As a leader in your business, you need to show up every day. Growing your business takes consistent effort and intentional actions. Without those two ingredients, your business is nothing more than a time-consuming hobby. You may not have had good leaders in your past to emulate but that is no excuse. If you’re going to build a successful business, you need to rely on your core values and work ethic to define the brand you are building. This means you need to show up for yourself each and every day. Here are five ways you can show up for yourself and create maximum impact:
Eat a clean diet - Eat a healthy diet to fuel your body and increase energy levels for your body and mind. Consuming foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids can reduce moodiness. Protein dense foods like lean meats, fish and poultry aid the release of dopamine and help you stay focused. Whole grains like quinoa and seeds level out your blood sugar and create a stable metabolism. If you’re a late-night snacker, try a hand of almonds or a glass of low-fat milk which provides protein and melatonin for a soothing night’s sleep.
Get plenty of rest - In order to function at a high level, you need to be fully rested. Sleep deprivation causes impulsiveness and inhibits your ability to make good decisions. Your judgment may become impaired causing you to doubt yourself. Poor sleeping habits can be responsible for memory problems. You may begin to misplace your keys, important documents or forget people’s names. Sleep deprivation causes a larger than normal appetite and can lead to mindless snacking. Irregular sleep patterns can cause you to become irritable and difficult to be around.
Practice self-care - Slow down to recharge your battery. Create a regular self-care routine to get to know yourself on a deeper level. Doing things that make you feel good increases your self-compassion and gives you a sense of belonging. Practicing self-care increases your passion for life. When you engage in activities that really light you up, your energy level increases and you experience higher levels of productivity.
Dress the part - Create the image of who you want to be. Let your personality be your guide. You may feel better and be more productive in professional attire and heels. Business attire might be too constricting for you and you may feel more hands-on in jeans and a t-shirt. Regardless of your style, it is important to be true to your instincts. Dress in a manner that makes you feel empowered and your attitude will follow suit.
Be confident - Belief in yourself is the most powerful way you can show up for yourself. High levels of confidence allow you to perform better under pressure. You are more able to live up to your potential when you’re feeling good about yourself. People with high confidence levels tend to be more influential in winning over people and getting buy-in on major decisions. When you’re confident, you recognize the value you bring to the table and reduces negative self-talk and doubt.
Consistency and intentional habits will make it easier to for you to show up for yourself on a daily basis. Design a morning and evening routine that set you up for success. Take time to journal and reflect daily on what is working and tweak the habits that don’t serve you well.