How do you stay mo­ti­vated when the daily grind gets you down? Adopt these prac­tices of suc­cess­ful women and live your best life ev­ery day

Essentials (South Africa) - - CONTENTS DECEMBER 2018 -

Adopt these prac­tices of suc­cess­ful women and live your best life ev­ery day

Reached the end of the year and lack­ing mo­ti­va­tion to face the new one with en­thu­si­asm? Be in­spired by these women’s habits that keep them on track for suc­cess…

Seize the mo­ment

‘ Luck is prepa­ra­tion meet­ing the mo­ment of op­por­tu­nity. Re­mem­ber that every­thing that’s hap­pened in your life is prepar­ing you for the mo­ment that’s to come. Embrace those ex­pe­ri­ences so that you can seize that mo­ment of op­por­tu­nity.’ Me­dia mogul Oprah Win­frey

Ac­knowl­edge mis­takes

‘ My motto in life is that we all mess up, but we need to learn from these mo­ments. We’re only hu­man, but then we also need to ac­knowl­edge where we went wrong, apol­o­gise, cor­rect it, and move on.’ Jour­nal­ist and au­thor Katy Katopodis

Con­nect mind & body

‘ Yoga gives me the men­tal clar­ity that I need to find a con­nec­tion be­tween my body and mind. By med­i­tat­ing daily, I’m able to cope bet­ter, es­pe­cially when it comes to deal­ing with stress.’ Health blog­ger Cara-Lisa Sham

Voice your opin­ion

‘ In­te­grate what you be­lieve in ev­ery area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of ev­ery­body else, too.’ Ac­tress Meryl Streep

Re­cite your goals

‘ I of­ten re­cite my goals and make them pos­i­tive, not neg­a­tive. Rather than just say­ing: “I’m go­ing on a diet and cut­ting out fat”, turn it into: “I’m go­ing to be kind to my­self and help my body to get healthy.”’ Cor­po­rate mo­ti­va­tional speaker Cate Mur­den

Start the day well

‘ Be­fore I get out of bed, I try to think of five things I’m grate­ful for and keep those in mind as I start my day.’ TV pre­sen­ter Lalla Hirayama

Plan to switch off

‘ Bal­ance doesn’t just hap­pen – you have to be on top of things. Tech­nol­ogy makes it easy to work on the go but that also means you’re al­ways work­ing. You have to make an ef­fort to switch off.’ Busi­ness­woman Cindy Nell-Roberts

Shift your fo­cus

‘ Fo­cus on what you can con­trol. Be a good per­son ev­ery day. Vote. Read. Treat one an­other kindly. Fol­low the law. Don’t tweet nasty stuff.’ Former US First Lady Michelle Obama

Get naked

‘ Walk around your house naked. It builds your con­fi­dence. You have to see the things that you were told were im­per­fect your whole life. You ac­tu­ally see it and then deal with it.’ Plus-size model and body pos­i­tiv­ity am­bas­sador Ash­ley Gra­ham

Choose wisely

‘ I choose to sur­round my­self with peo­ple who up­lift me and who I can learn from. We are what we feed our minds with ev­ery day.’ Life coach and mo­ti­va­tional speaker Mar­ciel Hopkins

Note it down

‘ I al­ways note down three mo­ments of per­sonal joy. I used to go to bed ev­ery night think­ing about what I did wrong and what I was go­ing to do wrong the next day. Now I go to sleep think­ing of what went right.’ Sh­eryl Sandberg, COO of Face­book and au­thor of Lean In

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