In my last post, we took a look at the life of rock legend Bruce Springsteen, some of the specific ways he demonstrated the principles of excellence throughout his rise to success, and lessons that we can take away and apply to our own journeys. But, one of the themes of my blog is that the pursuit of excellence is for everyone. So, I’m starting a companion series where I’ll be interviewing everyday people – people who have chosen careers or lives outside of the limelight, or those who are just beginning their journey – who also have a passion for excellence, to see how they integrate the habits of excellence and ongoing improvement in their daily lives.
In this article, I’ve interviewed fellow coach and blogger Lucy Smith about her personal journey, and some of the tips she has for the rest of us. Let’s see what we can learn!
One way to think about excellence is that it’s the result of a process of continual, ongoing improvement. As a coach who blogs on topics related to personal growth and development, you obviously value this process. What drives your commitment to ongoing growth and improvement? Why is it so important to you?
I have been committed to personal development daily for the last 2 years. I used to suffer badly with anxiety and depression as well as fears and confidence issues. My counselor recommended a mindfulness book and this showed me the world of personal development. Since then I have learned more and expanded my morning routine into what it is now (The Best Morning Routine For A Productive Day).
Without this morning routine I wouldn’t have the strong mindset that I do, and that keeps me motivated to complete my morning routine daily without fail. It is now a habit and when I wake up I do my whole morning routine without thinking.
How has your commitment to personal growth and development impacted your life? What changes or benefits have you seen?
In so many ways – I don’t even know where to start. I can now manage my anxiety and depression, by working on my mindset every morning this usually keeps it away. When I have occasional moments I know how to handle them and prevent it from escalating like it used to.
I have overcome my fear of driving and being in public alone, this has been life changing for me as these fears held me back for a long time and impacted my life.
My confidence has boosted massively, I always used to be very shy and struggle in social situations. Now I enjoy being around people, I am comfortable in my own skin and when socializing (My Confidence Journey).
What challenges have you run into on your journey so far, and how have you handled them?
I truly believe that anxiety and depression will never leave, that I just have to manage it. Occasionally something triggers it and I have to handle the situation. My top tip for this is mindfulness, there is nothing better that concentrating on the present moment to get out of your own head.
One technique I love is to ask myself these 4 questions:
1. What is one thing you can see?
2. What is one thing you can smell?
3. How does your body feel?
4. What is positive about this moment?
Another technique I use is affirmations. These are very easy to make, start by writing down all the negative thoughts you have about yourself (e.g., I’m not worthy of love and happiness). Create a positive affirmation starting with the words I AM (e.g., I am worthy of love and happiness, I attract this into my life daily).
You can write these down somewhere and say them to yourself daily, either in your head or out loud. I have recorded mine as a voice note so I can listen to myself saying my affirmations, as I find this very powerful.
What tools have helped you the most on your journey?
- Anxiety – The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge
- Confidence – Confidence by Katie Piper
- Positivity – Happy by Ferne Cotton
- Mindfulness – The Mindful Kind by Rachel Cable
- Health – The Chalene Show
- Positivity – Happier with Gretchen Rubin
- Relaxation – Smooth Radio
- Motivation – Motivational Music
- Motivational Playlist
- My Favourite Guided Meditations
What advice or tips would you give to others who are striving for personal growth and improvement?
Reflect on how you want to improve your mindset: how would it look and feel if you had a perfect mindset?
Make a list of all the areas you want to improve your mindset. Research tools that will help with these areas and start making habits.
Create a morning routine with these habits and stick to completing it daily. Use a way to track them, either on paper, a memo on your phone, or a scheduler (my favorite is Asana).
If you would like me to help you set some habits to work on the areas you want to improve email me at Lucy@SucceedNow.co.uk
Lucy Smith is a personal development coach supporting others in their journey to overcoming anxiety, fears and limiting beliefs and improving their mindset.
You can find her at www.succeednow.co.uk where there is a range of support to help you on your personal development journey.
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