Achieving success comes from a solid, grounded foundation. Many people relentlessly pursue their dreams with such gusto that, oftentimes, it can lead them to a life that is out of balance. When this occurs, success can feel empty and meaningless. The key to having a solid foundation for success starts with you.
So how well do you support yourself? Let me count the ways…which include five main areas: Emotional, Mental, Physical, Spiritual and Financial. When you delve deeper within these areas, you may notice that they each hold specific beliefs and behaviors that you tend to follow on a continual basis. These behaviors, some of which are unhealthy, become automatic from years of conditioning. And because it requires a lot of time, energy and awareness to meet the many needs within each area, they can frequently be neglected. But now it’s time to learn a new approach where you can holistically support yourself better in all five areas, in order to create a healthy, balanced life.
So let’s proceed by taking a closer look at how you are functioning in each category.
The Emotional aspect includes how well you support your feelings. Do you express yourself freely? Do you accept your feelings? Do you send yourself loving messages or are you judgmental and critical? How happy do you allow yourself to feel?
The Mental portion includes your thoughts. How positive and supportive is your thinking? Is your mind trained to focus on one thing at a time or does it continuously chatter and over-think things? Do you provide enough intellectual learning and stimulation so that your mind feels fulfilled?
The Physical part includes how well you take care of your physical body. Do you eat healthy? Do you give your body enough rest? Do you enjoy physical exercise? How often do you give and receive loving touch? Do you appreciate and respect your body?
The Spiritual piece includes your daily connection with your inner self and the world around you. What do you value as being sacred? How well do you honor that in your life? Do you pray or meditate? Do you go to a place of worship? Do you connect with nature as a spiritual practice?
The Financial segment includes your money and wealth. How well do you support yourself financially? Do you earn enough money? How well do you save and invest your money for your future? What are your spending habits?
As you go through this checklist you will want to honestly evaluate your behaviors. When you allow yourself the opportunity to clearly see your actions, you can then choose to change them to more supportive ones. Taking steps to better support yourself is a true act of self-love, empowerment and the mark of adulthood.