5 Minutes and 5 Steps to a Better You

[singlepic id=22 w=320 h=240 float=left]There are so many women past and present to whom we can look up to for inspiration. It is imperative to sit down, take a moment over coffee, in a bath tub, or a long walk and really think about who you have chosen to model your life after. Who do you look up to? What do you want to do with your life and how do you want to accomplish that.[singlepic id=21 w=320 h=240 float=right]

It seems like daunting task. I know for me it is easy to get lost in my thoughts and wander off track a bit. However, It is important that as woman, and a valuable member of society that we do this. Not just for ourselves, but for our families, our friends, our children, the future generations. Living a haphazard life can seem appealing, but when chaos ensues, and there is no anchor, no light house directing you to safety, you are bound to find yourself lost at sea with little chance of rescue.[singlepic id=23 w=320 h=240 float=center]

5 minutes day. That’s all it takes. You can find 5 minutes in a day.

  1. Breathe – this is an important first step in being able to evaluate your life. Deep breath in. Deep Breath out. You can even close your eyes if you want to help you relax and filter out all the noise. Repeat this over and over. You will feel the natural tension of life begin to loosen its grasp on you.
  2. Take one question – It’s easier to break the task into pieces rather than to try and tackle it all at once. Who do you look up to? Who is your hero? If you don’t know the answer to this question, I have given a few examples in past posts (and I have a few more I want to give you in future posts). In addition, it may not be a woman at all that you look up to. That is OK too. For me, my hero, the person I look up to and model my life after – Jesus Christ. All man and all God. He lived a perfect life, and while I know that perfection is impossible to obtain in this life, I have a model by which to live (more about this later). Focus on that person. What is it that they have said or done that inspires you? What is it about them that makes you want to be like them.
  3. Don’t replicate – it is important to realize that your life is not their life. Your life will not mimic nor repeat theirs. However, you can model characteristics and behaviors. For example: showing compassion to those less fortunate. A warm smile to the homeless man or woman you pass on the street. You may not be able to do anything immediate for them, but by acknowledging their existence and showing warmth to them can make a difference to them.
  4. Make one step every day – by taking little pieces and doing one thing every day, you will slowly begin to see your own life change and the lives of others around you change too. It may be that you begin by picking one thing, and repeating that thing every day until it becomes natural for you. Then, choose a new characteristic or behavior and begin to do that.
  5. Don’t beat yourself up – if you mess up. That’s OK. Tomorrow is a new day. You can begin again.

5 minutes a day will grow into a little bit more every day. Until, you find that in a year you are a completely different person than you once were, and perhaps, a role model or hero to someone else.

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