Finding Your Version of Uncommon Success

Finding Alignment in Business and Life

  1. What your version of uncommon success looks like, and
  2. Making sure your daily actions are in alignment with that

Creating Your Version of Uncommon Success

Start with a Vision

  • Where are you?
  • What sounds are around you?
  • Who are you with?
  • What are you working on?
  • What do your surroundings look like?

Attach Goals to Your Priority

Work Backwards to Find Your Starting Point

  1. You know what uncommon success looks like for you
  2. You know what goals you have to accomplish to get closer to your version of uncommon success

Critical Daily Habits to Help You Achieve Uncommon Success

1. Stay Focused

2. Surround Yourself with Supportive People

3. Implement a Morning and Evening Routine

4. Stay in Tune with Your Health and Nutrition

  1. Stay Hydrated Throughout The Day. This is the one thing that can literally make or break your energy for the day! Do you have a coffee drink in the morning, some soda at lunch, and some beer or wine with dinner? Fluids outside of water can contribute to a large amount of sugar and calories throughout the day, which can lead to weight gain, increased blood sugars, and potentially worsen diabetes or other health problems. When we are dehydrated, we will feel more sluggish, lack energy and even the motivation that we need to get through a busy day. The minimum water intake each day is 64oz, but I highly recommend that you try and bump up your intake to drink HALF OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT in water. For example: 150 lb person divided by 2 = 75oz water. Pro Tip: Get a new water bottle to help motivate you to drink more. Set alarms on your phone as a reminder to drink. Download a water tracking app on your phone, like Waterminder, while you build this new habit. Keep your water bottle nearby to keep yourself hydrated, and drink at least 8oz of water before coffee or caffeinated beverages!
  2. Make Time For Movement. Most of us are sitting most of the day in front of a screen for our jobs. But it is so key to try to get up during the day to work out, or even for 5 minutes of movement (like an “exercise snack!”) I try to go on a walk right after my lunch because walking after a meal can actually help improve your digestion and prevent G.I. distress. Not to mention it helps me get my steps in! Pro Tip: A lot of activity trackers will actually remind you in the last 10 minutes of an hour to get up and get moving. Instead of ignoring that alarm try and get up for at least five minutes every hour to keep the blood flowing, get your steps in, and keep you active throughout the day. Remember, even doing 5 or 10 minutes of an activity is better than nothing!
  3. Eat Foods That Give You Energy. As a Dietitian I get asked all the time, “Brittany what foods will give me energy throughout the day?!” The answer is our fiber-rich plants, like fruits & vegetables! These foods are jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which will help you feel energized and refreshed throughout the day! Try your best to include fruits and vegetables at all of your meals and snacks. This will also give you more fiber, which helps keep you full for longer; it’s one of the last things to be digested. It also helps keep you regular (with your bowel movements that is!) Swapping fruits and veggies for refined carbs (think chips, candy, and cookies) can help you naturally reduce foods that suck your energy! Pro Tip: Try an apple and peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter) for a snack, which will be sure to keep you more full and satisfied until your next meal!
  4. Be Sure To Take Your Vitamin Z’s. Starting off your day feeling totally fatigued is not the way you want to start your day. Not getting enough sleep can make you feel sluggish throughout the day, less focused on your work, less motivated to make healthy food choices, and can even lead to a lack of exercise during the day! Research shows that not getting enough sleep can affect your hunger hormones. Leptin (satiety/fullness hormone) decreases with sleep deprivation, which means you can end up feeling hungry all the time. When you sleep, Grehlin (hunger hormone) actually decreases since it takes less energy for your body to function while sleeping than it does when you are awake. So get your vitamin Z’s by getting at least 7–9 hours of sleep per night. This will help set you up to be your healthiest and most productive self! Pro Tip: Give yourself a bedtime so that you have a better idea of when to wind down and get to bed, helping you get more shut eye! And check out Shawn Stevenson’s Sleep Smarter book.
  5. Make An Eating Plan For The Day. By planning meals and snacks ahead, you can set yourself up for success. Preparing what you need for the day leads you to make healthier decisions ahead of time — before your day gets busy and you’re tempted to just run through the drive thru or order in. You will also spend less brain power trying to decide what to eat. Pro Tip: Need some meal prep ideas to get you started? If you don’t have time for breakfast in the morning, make these Easy Egg Muffins for meal prep! Or try utilizing your slow cooker with this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe. An easy sheet pan dinner is also a winner with this Sausage, Veggie & Potato Sheet Pan meal.

5. Give Yourself Space

Start Your Journey to Uncommon Success Today!

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Kate Erickson

Kate Erickson

Kate is the engine at Entrepreneurs On Fire, the host of the podcast Ditch Busy, & co-author of The Podcast Journal: Idea to Launch in 50 Days.