Choose Yourself Tuesday

Tuesday. Choose Yourself. What does that mean? Well anything you want it to I guess, but I’m referencing James Altucher’s book.

A favourite quote from James is “The only predictor of a successful tomorrow, is a successful today”.

One thing he suggests is a simple daily practice of focusing on taking care of yourself in 4 areas:

  • mental health
  • physical health
  • emotional health
  • spiritual health.

James says he is attempting to improve himself by just 1% in all these areas every day which for him means he’s sleeping well, exercising a bit and writing down 10 ideas a day, no matter if they’re any good.

It’s also about being around only the people you love, cutting out toxic people and living in the moment each day – not in the past or future in your head.

I’ve found that the best way I can make any progress in anything is when I set up regular habits and routines. Which is why I get up early each day and go out for a run. If I’m having a rest day (which is important for recovery) I walk instead of running.

And I’ve discovered that when it comes to food I’m what Gretchen Rubin defines as an ‘abstainer’ in her four tendencies. I’ve learnt that I find it easier to give something up completely rather than try and moderate the amount. It’s all or nothing for me. So I’ve not had any alcohol for almost a year now, and I avoid eating anything with sugar and gluten. The bonus is that I’ve lost 14 pounds and feel much leaner.

What are you choosing for yourself on this lovely Tuesday?

More reading: James Altucher and Gretchen Rubin