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7 Habits You Can Practice Each Morning To Keep You Healthy

7 Habits You Can Practice Each Morning To Keep You Healthy

Waking up each morning with a smile and a positive attitude is something really healthy, and worthwhile. However, most people rarely wake up with the best attitude, and others wake powerless, tired, and with a negative mind-set to take on the challenges of the day.

These are 7 key habits, that you must take into account each morning to help you start the day perfectly.

1. Drinking Water

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    Drinking water, is one of the best we must habits we engage on a daily basis. Research has proven that drinking water in the morning, will help us to hydrate better during the day, accelerate the digestive system and metabolism as well as promote skin health.

    It is recommended to drink a glass of water on an empty stomach, preferably with a little lemon juice.

    2. Avoid Social Media

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      Sleeping with your cell phone next to you and getting up early to check the social media, read emails, and messages among others is something not recommended. This kind of habit can affect your productivity pending on what you stumble across on those platforms.

      Therefore, avoid using your mobile devices for at least an hour after getting up, practicing such will make you feel happier, more focused, and with a clearer mentality.

      3. Be Positive

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        Preparing a positive scenario for the day is key to being happy and motivated. For example, you can think and plan to do something special in your free time, and always work to fulfill it as you have planned.

        Going out for a moment to the garden or to the street, should be a good habit to start the day better.

        4. Exercise Lightly

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          It is not necessary to comply with a strict training routine every morning, but moving the body a little and exercising is a good habit that helps improve blood circulation, speeds up the metabolism and awakens our body for the rest of the day’s activities.

          You can walk, run or do some cycling or better still, you can dance to your favorite music but keep in mind that the music should be positive, cheerful and not with negative messages.

          5. Take A Bath

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            It is important bathe on a daily basis to appear fresh and reduce unpleasant body odors.

            Bathing daily after an exercise provides psychological and physical benefits; it drastically inhibit the spread of  bacteria and improves  confidence .

            6.  Eat A Healthy Breakfast

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              Many people skip breakfast because they are very busy, or because they are trying to lose weight. The truth is that breakfast is more important than it seems because, besides giving us energy for the day, it also favors the metabolism and helps us to feel very good for the rest of our daily activities.

              To start the day there is nothing more important than a good breakfast that includes protein, antioxidants, a small portion of fat and cereals. For example, you can eat eggs, fruits, yogurt, and oats among others.

              7. Affirm Positive Phrases

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                Having a positive mindset, is the key to stand out in all the activities we do. One of the best exercises we can do each morning is to stand in front of the mirror and say phrases like:

                “I am a winner and not a loser’’

                “I radiate confidence and beauty”

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                “I have the skills and the attitude to take on all the challenges of the day”

                “I will not allow negative people to influence me”

                “No matter the circumstance I will remain positive”

                Taking into account all these healthy habits every day, will make you feel alive, full of energy and with the best disposition to start the day. Apply each of these tips and start to notice how your day changes for the better because our reaction is something we transmit to others.

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                Published on July 29, 2020

                How to Build Strategic Thinking Skills for Effective Leadership

                How to Build Strategic Thinking Skills for Effective Leadership

                Have you been thinking of how you can be a more strategic leader during these uncertain times? Has the pandemic thrown a wrench at all your carefully laid out plans and initiatives?

                You’re not alone. The truth is, we all want some stability in our careers and teams during this disruptive pandemic.

                However, this now requires a bit more effort than before and making the leap from merely surviving to thriving means buckling down to some serious strategic thinking and maintaining a determined mindset.

                Is There a Way to Thrive Despite These Disruptions?

                Essentially – yes, although you need to be willing to put in the work. Every leader wants to develop strategic thinking skills so that they can enhance overall team performance and boost their company’s success, but what exactly does it mean to be strategic in the context of the times we live in?

                If you happen to be in a leadership position in your organization right now, you are most probably navigating precarious waters given the disruptions caused by the pandemic. There’s a lot more pressure than before because your actions and decisions will have a much greater impact these days not just on you, but also to the people who are part of your team.

                Companies often bring me in to coach executives on strategic thinking and planning. And while pre-pandemic I would usually start by highlighting the advantages of strategic thinking, nowadays, I always begin these Zoom coaching sessions by driving home the point that this pandemic has now made strategic thinking not just an option but an absolute must.

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                Assessing and making plans through the lens of a good strategy might require significant work at first. Nevertheless, you can take comfort in the fact that the rewards will far outweigh the effort, as you’ll soon see after following the 8 strategic steps I have outlined below.

                8 Steps to Strategic Thinking

                As events unfold during these strange times, you’re bound to feel wrong-footed every now and then. Being a leader during this pandemic means preparing for more change not just for you, but for your whole team as well.

                As states and cities go through a cycle of lockdowns and reopening, employees will experience the full gamut of human emotions in dizzying speed, and you will often be called on to provide insight and stability to your team and workplace.

                Strategic thinking is all about anticipation and preparation. Rather than expending your energy merely helping your company put out fires and survive, you can put the time to better use by charting out a solid plan that can protect and help you and your company thrive.

                Take the following steps to build solid initiatives and roll out successful projects:

                Step 1: Step Back, Then Set the Scope

                One of the things that leaders get wrong during their first attempt at strategic thinking is expecting that it is just another item on a checklist. The truth is, you need to take a good, long look at the bigger picture before anything else. This means decisively prioritizing and stepping away from tasks that can be delegated to others. Free up your schedule so you can focus on this crucial task at hand.

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                Then, proceed with setting the scope and the strategic goals of the project or initiative you plan to build or execute. Ask yourself the bigger question of why you need to embark on a particular project and when would be the right time to do so.

                You need to set a timeline as well, anywhere from 6 months to 5 years. Keep in mind that your projections will deteriorate the further out you go as you make longer-term plans.

                For this reason, add extra resources, flexibility, and resilience if you have a longer timeline. You should also be making the goals less specific if you’re charting it out for the longer term.

                Step 2: Make a List of Experts

                Make and keep a list of credible people who can contribute solid insight and feedback to your initiative. This could range from key stakeholders to industry experts, mentors, and even colleagues who previously planned and rolled out similar projects.

                Reach out to the people on this list regularly while you work through the steps to bring diverse insight into your planning process. This way, you will be able to approach any problem from every angle.

                Bringing key stakeholders into this initial process will also display your willingness to listen and empathize with their issues. In return, this will build trust and potentially pave the way for smoother buy-in down the line.

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                Step 3: Anticipate the Future

                After identifying your goals and gathering feedback, it’s time to consider what the future would look like if everything goes as you intuitively anticipate. Then, lay out the kind and amount of resources (money, time, social capital) that might be needed to keep this anticipated future running.

                Step 4: Brainstorm on Potential Internal and External Problems

                Next, think of how the future would look if you encountered unexpected problems internal and external to the business activity that seriously jeopardize your expected vision of the future. Write out what kind of potential problems you might encounter, including low-probability ones.

                Assess the likelihood that you will run into each problem. To gauge, multiply the likelihood by the number of resources needed to address the problem. Try to convert the resources into money if possible so that you can have a single unit of measurement.

                Then, think of what steps you can take to address these internal and external problems before they even happen. Write out how much you expect these steps might cost. Lastly, add up all the extra resources that may be needed because of the different possible problems and all the steps you committed to taking to address them in advance.

                Step 5: Identify Potential Opportunities, Internal and External

                Imagine how your expected plan would look if unexpected opportunities came up. Most of these will be external but consider internal ones as well. Then, gauge the likelihood of each scenario and the number of resources you would need to take advantage of each opportunity. Convert the resources into money if possible.

                Then, think of what steps you can take in advance to take advantage of unexpected opportunities and write out how much you expect these steps might cost. Finally, add up all the extra resources that may be needed because of the different unexpected opportunities and all the steps you committed to taking to address them in advance.

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                Step 6: Check for Cognitive Biases

                Check for potential cognitive biases that are relevant to you personally or to the organization as a whole, and adjust the resources and plans to address such errors.[1] Make sure to at least check for loss aversion, status quo bias, confirmation bias, attentional bias, overconfidence, optimism bias, pessimism bias, and halo and horns effects.

                Step 7: Account for Unknown Unknowns (Black Swans)

                To have a more effective strategy, account for black swans as well. These are unknown unknowns -unpredictable events that have potentially severe consequences.

                To account for these black swans, add 40 percent to the resources you anticipate. Also, consider ways to make your plans more flexible and secure than you intuitively feel is needed.

                Step 8: Communicate and Take the Next Steps

                Communicate the plan to your stakeholders, and give them a heads up about the additional resources needed. Then, take the next steps to address the unanticipated problems and take advantage of the opportunities you identified by improving your plans, as well as allocating and reserving resources.

                Finally, take note that there will be cases when you’ll need to go back and forth these steps to make improvements, (a fix here, an improvement there) so be comfortable with revisiting your strategy and reaching out to your list of experts.

                Conclusion

                A great way to deal with feelings of uncertainty during this pandemic is to anticipate obstacles with a good plan – and a sure road to that is practicing strategic thinking.

                In the coming months and years, you’ll need to continue navigating uncharted territory so that you can lead your team to safe waters. Regularly doing these 8 steps to strategic thinking will ensure that you can prepare for and adapt  to the coming changes with increasing clarity, perspective, and efficiency.[2]

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