what to do when you don’t reach your goals

Who doesn’t love a fresh start? I love setting a new goal or tackling a project, and part of that desire comes from an innate pull for self-improvement. But what happens when we fall short and how do we keep going? The process of setting the goal usually involves identifying something that will help me be the version of myself I aspire to be. I will typically set a timeline with actionable steps.  But admittedly, I fall short of a lot of goals I set and the disappointment ensues. Y’all may remember my gratitude challenge for myself – “write something

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what’s in a 30 day challenge?

What’s in a 30 day challenge? Some of y’all may have heard of Sober October – a challenge to not drink alcohol for the month of October. A lot of people also participate in Dry January (same concept, different month). I started thinking about these types of challenges, the motivation behind them, and why they work. Other wellness challenges that come to mind are Whole 30 and various 30-day fitness challenges like holding planks every day for a month. Let’s dig into the motivation behind these challenges and find out if they are effective. Psychological Pull – There’s a pull

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Mental Health Awareness

Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day, and we know 2020 in particular has strained our collective mental and emotional health. Kaiser Center for Public Health has reported between the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic impacts, 53% of people report a negative impact on their mental health as a result. If there is any silver lining in this (and trust me, I know it’s sometimes tough to find), I feel like the conversations around mental health are happening more openly than pre-pandemic. I talk about struggles, effects of isolation, etc. with friends and family with more ease. Maybe because

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self-education

Final post of self-improvement month! I hope y’all have enjoyed the tips & topics we’ve shared on bettering ourselves. Either way, we’d welcome your feedback on what you did and didn’t like in the comments below.    Today, I am featuring ways to focus on self-education. There has been SO much I didn’t know while starting Rightside, and frankly, Google has been a great friend and resource. But when a quick Google search doesn’t do the trick, I wanted to highlight some sources that may help with some of your continuous improvement goals.    Online Courses – I signed up

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self-awareness – sourcing feedback

In order to become more effective and productive, self-awareness is a critical component.  After all, how can you improve if you don’t have a baseline? Part of building self-awareness is understanding how others perceive you. I recently went through a 360 feedback exercise – a process where you receive confidential, anonymous feedback from people you surround yourself with and wanted to share some thoughts with y’all on how to source that type of feedback as part of self-improvement September.       How to Source Feedback – I was just listening to a blink by Dan Meredith – how to

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self-care – biohacking

I’m continuing to dive into self-improvement topics during September, and this week, I’m exploring biohacking!  I recently was listening to a podcast featuring Ben Greenfield, and admittedly, I hadn’t heard of biohacking before but was immediately intrigued.  Dave Asprey says biohacking is a crazy-sounding name for something not crazy at all – biohacking is the desire to be the absolute best version of ourselves. Most of what Ben shared on the podcast was very digestible – very easy to implement. Since listening, these are three of the things I’ve implemented to get more energy in my day. 1)     

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