Strengthening Your Foundation

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by Terri J. Wright

We all hear about self-care and how important exercise and eating healthy or clean is for our bodies, but do we understand the impacts a shaky foundation has on our health, relationships, and careers. Let’s discuss how to live your dream life without having to sacrifice your health and relationships.

We live in such a fast-paced world, and it seems as if it keeps speeding up and not slowing down. For women, it is very easy to put ourselves on the backburner to fix all other’s problems, and for many it doesn’t take long to start seeing things slipping and sliding because we are trying to be Wonder Woman. Well guess what? We are Wonder Woman without having to make all the sacrifices in the world. What we don’t realize is that women especially need to establish boundaries to prevent the avalanche, but first and foremost, we must take care of our foundation…by making certain our cup is full.

As the adage goes, the wise man built his house upon the rock. It is very true and is not only an analogy for building your house on a solid foundation, it goes for everything you do in life. Good things take time, and we need to make certain we are building everything in our life on a solid foundation. Most quick fixes are just that…a quick fix. How are we to expect something that takes a short amount of time to provide lasting benefits?

Here is a method on how to breakthrough frustration and overwhelm to living a life with confidence and intention using these three simple steps. Now I say simple steps because in the grand scheme of things, they are simple; however, Rome was not built in a day. So, incorporating these steps can take some time because it takes 21 days to make a habit, and to be successful, we want this to be a lifestyle change.

  1. We need to develop a morning routine, which has a multitude of benefits. Wake up each morning and spend time on reflection and intention for the day. You may choose inner reflection, focusing on the goal(s) for the day, and daily affirmations. We do not want to be in a constant frenzy, running around feeling like you are late while feeling there is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything. This mindset begins your reactive or survival mode of thinking.

Instead start your day with deep breaths, focus, and intention on where and what you want to accomplish for that day. Read inspiration, motivation, or devotional literature, whichever helps you to align your purpose for the day. If needed, start out with taking twelve deep breaths before putting your car in gear for a week, and then add a reading the next week.

Quiet time for reflection and affirmations. Taking the time to spend with Yourself while focusing on your purpose for the day allows you to establish your barriers and understanding of what you can accomplish each day. It is important to take this quiet time to focus on where you intend to be at the end of each day. Again, if we are not intentional in our actions, we become very reactive and resort to survival mode, which can lead to short tempers, lack of patience, or completely going off your intended path.

  1. Second is care for your physical self. Activity is so important for your physical and emotional wellbeing, which translates into health and relationships. Everyone knows (or should) how important it is to exercise and the benefits it has on your health, but don’t let other priorities get in your way. Trust me, I know how hard it is when you are tired from your day but getting up and moving gives you the very best energy boost. So, you receive both long-term and short-term benefits, physically and emotionally by getting your regular exercise routine in weekly. Even if it is just walking, only you can take care of yourself. Unfortunately, nobody is going to do it for you, which exercise program do you have, would you like, or are you going to try different techniques.

  1. Transform your outlook and mindset. We are not promised tomorrow or even the next hour in life, so we must live each moment with that mindset….no regrets. We must focus on doing whatever is right, noble, and admirable in everything we do in life, and in doing so, we must fill our cup first and foremost. Doing this is living with intention, which helps you to find clarity and focus on who you have always meant to be. This simple change in your outlook reaps dividends beyond belief. There is true power in having a positive outlook on life!

We are living in such a robotic lifestyle these days. Let’s take the time to fill our cups, so we can use the overflow to make a difference in helping others! We are given so many blessings each moment. Let’s soak in every moment with the wonderful relationships in our lives! Start living with intention and caring for the holistic you…your health, mindset, and physical self.

Bio and Pictures

Terri is a life coach specializing in helping working women who are overwhelmed and frustrated identify their roadblocks, so they can take back their life, find passion in their career without sacrificing family, time, health, and freedom. She has spent 15 years as an auditor with an MBA, and many other certifications, and is now helping other highly successful working women find the proper balance in life. She has a keen eye for developing others and lifting their spirits along with identifying their strengths and passion. She is determined to help others awaken their strengths, ignite their passion, and breakthrough to the person they are meant to be. Together she wants to make a difference in this world.

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