If You Want to Be Successful, You Have to Take Care of Yourself

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For some reason, people think that they have to practically kill themselves in order to be successful. Although it is important to put in time and effort, it is more important to have balance. It is not healthy to work 60+ hour work weeks or make yourself a martyr at work.


You need to take care of yourself in order to maximize your potential. You need to be at optimal (not perfect) physical, mental, and emotional health in order to be at peak productivity.


When I take care of myself, I feel good and am an effective and efficient high performing machine. This is when I eat healthier, exercise more, and make sure I get enough sleep. this is also when I make sure that I get some “me time” and have time to reflect and plan ahead. This is also when I cultivate my relationships with people. I can’t live my life in isolation. I need my family and friends as my support system.


When I don’t take care of myself, I’m not 100%. I don’t feel like myself. I constantly feel tired and unmotivated. I’m still able to get what I need done, but it’s not as pleasant as when I’m physically feeling good about myself. I could get a lot more done if I was in peak shape.


When you take care of yourself, you are giving yourself the best possible chance to do well every single day. So remember to prioritize your health. Go for a walk, eat your vegetables, or take a nap. Doing that opens up opportunities for success.

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Life Changes, and That's Okay

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If you feel disappointed with yourself because you feel as if your life didn't go the way you initially planned, I want you to know that it's okay. You shouldn't feel like a failure because your first plan didn't go according to plan.

When I first started college, I planned on being a computer programmer. It's what I spent a good chunk of my high school years dreaming about. I was going to study Computer Science, become a programmer, and make tons of money afterward.

But all of that didn't go according to plan. I ended up not liking programming at all. (I want to give a shout out to all you computer programmers out there! I appreciate you for what you do.) It was tedious and involved a lot of advanced math. I wasn't prepared for it, so I had to find a different route. 

Long story short, I ended up being an educator and author. Who would've guessed that my life would end up this way? 18 year-old me wouldn't have.

I did think of myself as a failure for a bit, but I did have to realize that life doesn't always go according to the first plan. I had to have a second, third, and fourth plan. I know that I'm going to have to have an infinite amount of backup plans since life is so unpredictable and anything can happen.

Life is a never-ending phase of planning. You plan as much as you can: day, week, month, and so on. Planning ahead is a part of life.

When life changes, change your plan accordingly. It may not have been the way you expected, but that doesn't mean you failed; it means you're a normal human being.

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

You're a Lot Tougher Than You Think You Are

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Hello, my friend. If you feel jaded, unmotivated, or helpless, I want you to know that it's okay. You're human. You're allowed to feel that way sometimes.

But hopefully this is just temporary. You can, and you will, overcome this.

You are brave enough to face this.
You are strong enough to overcome this.
You are brilliant and it's time to show it.

One student I had in the past thought he'd never graduate from high school. Whenever I talked about his options after high school, he would look down and say something like, "if I ever graduate..." We immediately talked about it and I appreciated his honesty. After a lot of hard work, he finally graduated. I was so proud to see him walk across the stage at his ceremony. Even more so, I was proud that he accomplished something that he previously thought he never would. He overcame challenges he never had to face before. He did it, and so can you. 

You are a lot tougher than you think you are. Human resiliency is always surprising. You've got this. 

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Why You Should Surround Yourself with Awesome People

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Jim Rohn, a famous motivational speaker, is known for saying that “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I’ve heard variations of that adage in speeches, videos on YouTube, and from a close colleague. 

My colleague told me that her mom taught her that early in life to encourage her to hang out with people who were positive influences. I guess it worked. She is currently a successful educator, and a terrific family woman.

When I was in high school, I started hanging out with a guy who I thought was cool, but didn’t have the best of habits. He was really nice, but he didn’t really care about school. He wanted to hang out more than anything, and when we hung out, I didn’t have any time for my homework. I felt myself slipping in school, and I knew that this friendship couldn’t last.

Luckily, that wasn’t the norm. Growing up, I’ve been lucky to have lots of good friends. I have friends who have been good examples and role models for me. My close friends showed me how to socialize with others, how seriously to take school, and how to have fun. With them, I’ve had many great memories and learned how to make more. 

The people you spend most of your time with have a significant impact on your well-being.  Whether you know it or not (or like it or not), they are influencing you. These people can either lift you up or bring you down. Their habits influence your habits. What they say influences how you think and how you feel, especially about yourself. With that in mind, be mindful of who you spend your time with. 

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Keep Moving Forward, No Matter What!


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If you’re like me, you sometimes get stuck in life. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and experience “analysis paralysis” and just sit there overthinking things. Sometimes I get stressed out and want to avoid my current situation. It is easy to get stuck, and even easier to stay stuck for a long time. During times like these, it’s most important to find a way to get unstuck and move on.

It’s important to always be moving forward. Even if you hit a snag, you’ve got to find a way to eventually get up and get going. Staying stuck in your situation isn’t going to help you in the long run. You’ve got to find a way to always move ahead, especially when you hit challenges.

If you have to go slow, that’s fine. No one can make fast progress in every aspect of their life. Sometimes we learn somethings quickly (like cooking), and other times not (like figuring out your taxes). Like I usually say, slow progress is better than no progress. 

Even if you have to take a few steps back, that’s also fine. It’s not a complete failure if you learn from your experience and still make forward progress. In my life, I’ve failed more times than I can count. I made goals that I didn’t meet. It was easy to think of myself as a failure, but instead, I used my “failures” as an experience that was an opportunity to learn and try again, but better and wiser.

My wish for you is that you keep on moving forward towards your goals in life, no matter what. Even if you hit a problem or a challenge, know that setbacks can be temporary and that your success depends a lot on your determination to move forward beyond all that. 

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

It’s All About Balance

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Too much or too little of anything isn’t a good thing. Scarcity is bad, and so is excessiveness. Not having enough food leads to starvation and too much leads to gluttony. This concept applies to much more.

Finding balance is the never-ending struggle in life. 

Balance applies to everything. Be passionate about what you do, but don’t be obsessed to the point where you’re ignoring your friends and family. Be compassionate, but not gullible. Expect more from life, but don’t get greedy. 

It’s hard to be perfectly balanced, and it’s okay if things aren’t right now. That’s the challenge in life. You’re working towards balance and when you get there, the challenge is maintaining it.

Life works best when things are in balance.



Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Accept Yourself

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Every single day, you get a chance to be who you want to be. Be the version of yourself that you’re proud to be.

Be yourself. No one else has your ideas and experience. No one else lives life in your shoes and sees life through your lenses. You are truly unique. 

You may face pressure that threatens your self-identity. You might be pressured to conform the standards of the people around you or just give in to lower expectations. You don’t have to give in. 

Accept yourself. It’s okay to push yourself to be better and still be content with who you are. Being happy with yourself is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.



Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

You Define Your Destiny

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People sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that their lives are predetermined, that their lives are already figured out for them and that there’s nothing they can do about it. 

Well, that’s a grave misunderstanding.

Even though you may be presently limited by your circumstance, it’s not set in stone. You are in charge of your own life and you can determine your life’s direction.

You get to choose how you spend your days. You choose your attitude. You choose what you do and how you do it. You choose who you spend your time with and how you interact with them. You get to choose what to do with your resources and how to react to what life throws at you. 

It’s your life. Your choose your destination and your path to get there.


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Setting Low Expectations for Yourself is a Dangerous Thing

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I’ve always like the adage “make today’s ceiling tomorrow’s floor.” It means that you should reach high today so you can reach higher tomorrow. This applies especially to your expectations for yourself. 

If you set the bar for yourself low, that’s what you’ll aim for. Even if you achieve it, you probably would achieve more if you had higher expectations. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of setting small, achievable goals. Setting goals that are unrealistic are just setting you up for failure and it may hurt your self esteem. It’s okay to set the bar low at first, just don’t keep it there. After a while, aim a little higher. You might surprise yourself. 

As I got older, my expectations for myself evolved. I expected more of myself. That’s because as I got older, I became more experience and more mature.  How I viewed myself and the world evolved, and so did my expectations of myself. 

The idea of setting higher expectations can be misunderstood as being greedy, but there is a big difference. One being satisfied with what you have, but still aiming to reach the next level (whether it’s lifestyle quality, career path, or financial goals) and the other is never being content with what you have. 

Be satisfied, but strive for more. Strive to improve yourself and your lifestyle. Keep pushing yourself so you can reach higher today so you can reach higher than that tomorrow.


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

A World of Possibilities Wait for You Outside Your Comfort Zone

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If you want a life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do things you’ve never done before. You’ll have to grow to be an evolved version of yourself that is putting yourself on that path. 

There’s nothing wrong with you being in your comfort zone. Your quality of life will stay consistent. If you stay there, your life will stay similar to how it is right now. If that’s what you want, that’s great. 

But if that’s not what you want, you’ll need to do something; it won’t happen automatically. You’ll need to be courageous and take action that you’re not used to. 

Going outside your comfort zone can take many forms. It may be applying for a different job, moving to a place that has more opportunities, or going back to school. It can be as small as trying something new or as big as reaching out to someone for help. Change can be scary, but to improve your lifestyle, it’s necessary. 

The life you’ve always dreamed of is waiting for you just outside your comfort zone. 


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

This is Your Life. Make It Amazing!

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As far as I can tell, you only have one chance at life. Only you can be you. You’re the only one who thinks your thoughts, feels your feelings, and chooses your choices. You’re the only one experiencing your life, always remember that.

The more I think of how finite my life is, the more I want to make the best use of my time. I want my days to be memorable and meaningful. When I’m with my family, friends, and colleagues, I want to be present enough that I truly enjoy my time with them. I want my life to matter in the most extraordinary way possible. 

I’m very fortunate to be living the life that I have, and I want to make sure I don’t squander it. 

Since you only have one life, you might as well make it an amazing one. Make it worth your limited time in this universe.



Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Don’t Just Be Alive; Truly Live.

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Being alive isn’t the same as living. Don’t get me wrong, being alive is a good thing, but  you’re simply existing. You’re in a state of being physically conscious, but the concept of “living” is something else. 

Living is fully experiencing life. It’s an active state of being. It’s being aware of your presence in the world and with the people around you. It’s experiencing your surroundings and engaging with your friends, family, and everyone else in your life. 

Smell the flowers, but also smell the trees and everything you can sense in the air. Feel the warmth of from the sunlight and the cool touch from the breeze. Taste the flavors that life has to offer you.

Be with people. Engage with them. Be present with them. Listen. Spend time and share space with the ones that matter to you.

Challenge yourself to be your true self. 

Truly living life is a challenge. Every day, I try to actively live versus just being alive. It’s hard. Sometimes I fail because it’s easier to just stay in my comfort zone or make excuses for myself. Sometimes I slip, and it’s okay if you do too sometimes. The important thing is to keep trying.

And when you do try, try with full intention. Try your best and try your hardest. I don’t think I’ve ever fully lived a day of my life to its full potential, and that’s okay. That’s my daily challenge. That’s my goal that motivates me every day.  

 


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

What People Tend to Misunderstand about Dreams

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Dreams are one of those things that are greatly misunderstood. People tend to think that dreams are passive fantasies that are attainable only in one’s imagination. In reality, dreams are nothing like that.

Dreams are life fuel. Dreams give us purpose. Dreams gie us goals. They are what hope, hard work, and faith drive us towards.

Dreams are fluid. They’re not set in stone. You can have more than one dream. The thing that people tend to forget is that you can have as many as you can imagine. You can change your mind and delete or modify them, and even create new dreams. The life I dreamed of as I kid isn’t quite the same as the dreams I have now. I achieved some of them, modified others, and because of my life experiences since then, created new ones to aspire towards.

Dreams exist in the realm of possibility. It is where hope lives and thrives. If you’re crazy enough to dream it, it’s possible.

Dreams are powerful. They are our vision for a better world and a better future.


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.


Why Right Now is a Great Time to Be Alive

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There are so many different eras that you could’ve been born in, but you weren’t. You were meant to be alive right now.

Now is the only time you can experience anything. The present moment is the only time you can look around and see how magnificent the world is. You can listen and hear the melodies of everyday sounds. The present moment is meant to be enjoyed.

Also, right now is the only time you can really do anything. Only in the present can you take action and do what you need to do, and what you really want to do. Right now is your time to make things happen.

I know at times I can be a procrastinator (believe me). Right now, I have a lot of errands I’ve been meaning to get done. They haven’t been done yet, and unless I do something, they’re not going to get done. Now is a good time to get started, or to at least make a plan of when I’m going to do it in the near future.

There are so many things I’ve been wanting to do. I’ve been meaning to make plans to hang out with more of my loved ones. I’ve been meaning to finish writing a couple more children’s books. None of this will become a reality unless I take action.

The present is a great time to get started.


 


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.


Always Be Learning

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For some reason, people tend to think that learning is only done in school and that when you’re done with school, you’re done learning. People mistakenly think that they now know everything they’ll need to know for the rest of their lives.

A lot of people I’ve met think that way, and it’s a mindset that is harming our society. The world is ever-changing, and we need to be constantly growing to adapt. That means that we need to never stop learning.

I’ve graduated from high school, went on to college, and even have a master’s degree. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t learned much since I’ve finished going to school. I’ve learned so much about business, sales, management, personal finance, parenting, technology tools, and so much more since my last days in college.

In every career, no matter what field you’re in, you always need to be learning. With time, new things get introduced. New trends or current events affect your profession directly or indirectly. 

In education, I have seen new theories of learning,  new instructional strategies, and new educational tools that spawned from increasing use of technology and the internet. As a teacher, I’ve had to learn about them and how to successfully implement them for the benefit of my students.

Learning also keeps life from becoming boring. There is so much to learn about, learn to do, or simply discover. If you find something awe-inspiring, it’s refreshing. 

Learning keeps life anew. Keep doing it.



Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.