Throughout the summer, I’ve talked frequently about the benefits of a growth-oriented mindset and the desire to constantly improve. Growth orientation references a thought pattern that leads to a way of life in which one strives to always do more, learn more and be more.
If you believe you can always do more, learn more and be more, these statements are true.
How you, as an individual, choose to live your growth-oriented life, including the methods and routines you follow, is not as important as the fact that you have a growth-oriented mindset. Growth-oriented people continue to seek out new routines, activities and techniques that help them stay in a positive mindset and help them live their lives in peak state, the state that creates cohesion between the heart and mind and generates an elevated sense of purpose and focus that pushes us forward each day.
Living in the peak state leads to the feeling of living a fulfilled life.
Achieving peak state requires you to achieve balance across the following domains:
- Mind (mental health)
- Body (physical health)
- Balance (relationships with others)
- Business (work)
Mastering only one or two domains makes it too easy to come out of balance. Mastering three domains puts you in a better situation. And if you master four, you will find yourself living a fulfilled, peak state life.
But, in order to live your life in peak state, you don’t need to create instant massive change. Instead, you should introduce change at a pace you are comfortable with, as small changes enacted daily and weekly will add up over time. The first step is committing to changing one thing and making that change permanent. Here are some simple ideas:
- Mind: Find time to meditate 3x a week. You can download the Headspace or Calm apps on your phone for guided meditations.
- Body: Generate some movement in your day, and do it early. Getting a little bit of natural light and some movement (try to sweat) each morning can have a huge impact on your day.
- Balance: Look up “date night” and what it means to different people. Make a commitment to have a date night, or some other defined type of human connection event, once a week. Also, make sure you find time to do something for yourself each week, something fun (yes, you can be selfish here) that makes you feel like you are a kid again.
- Work: Set goals for the week, the month and the balance of 2020. What do you want to accomplish? Where do you want to be on 1/1/2021?
Start small, get some momentum and build on that. Remember, all you have to do each day is talk a small step forward, and you will drive massive positive change in your life. We all have the ability to create change.