Empowering Yourself To Make Change Happen

Recently, in my ‘Things I loved in May’ blog post I mentioned The Book of YOU http://amzn.to/29chkeq. This book promises to empower you to make change happen – one micro-action at a time because the small things really matter.

The Book of You - empowering yourself to make change happen

During this challenging time I am prepared to give some time each day in the hope of achieving a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life. The Book of YOU contains 365 micro-actions, one for each day of the year, grouped under four areas – Food, Mind, Move and Love. Trying to change too much, too fast, isn’t a really effective way to bring about lasting change. By focusing on very specific, instantly measurable micro-actions, you can make a difference in your life. The key to success is making small changes, to take time to reflect on each micro-action; this can have long lasting results.

There are some very simple, yet great suggestions, in this book:

  • Explore your neighborhood – Put on your walking shoes and go out to explore your surroundings.  Notice something new.  Find a place you haven’t visited before.  Admire something for a second longer than usual.  When you are paying attention to what’s around you and get lost in the moment you may not only experience something new but also end up walking that extra mile.
  • Your positive mantra – We spend much of our time fretting about the negatives instead of focusing on the positives.  Get in front of the mirror today and tell your reflection a positive mantra.  For example: ‘Happiness isn’t size-specific’, ‘Work out because you love your body, not because you hate it’ or ‘I am strong, I am beautiful, I am enough’.  What are you telling yourself today?
  • Get creative with veg – we all have a repertoire of dishes we bang out, week in, week out, but mixing things up and getting inspired with new recipe ideas is crucial to keeping veg on your menu long term.  Today, get creative with veg.  Switch up salads by using a speed peeler to add ribbons of courgettes and carrots, or grate a load of gorgeous fresh veg to make a slaw.  Use your imagination and have fun!
  • Read something new – Teachers encourage children to read a lot to help instil the ‘story structure’ so they learn to think in sequence while their brain still has a lot of plasticity.  For adult brains, reading something new can improve your creativity – so if you love novels, maybe go for non-fiction or even poetry today, or try to learn something new.
  • Best of the year – Introspective thinking and writing can have numerous health benefits.  Today, look back at the past year.  What do you recall?  What was the best, coolest, funniest, most memorable part of the year gone by?  Was there something that you really loved?  Take a moment to record it.

Micro-actions

I love the variety of micro-actions. Completing them is about taking time out for yourself, to do a random act of kindness, to appreciate the beauty around you or to use your time whilst running the bath or during an advert break to fit in some simple exercises.

YOU-app

There is also a brilliant app called YOU-app. It allows you to complete daily small actions for health, mindfulness, food and movement. Partaking in the daily and weekly actions makes life more enjoyable. It’s a great way to make small improvements to your mental and physical well being.

Inspiration and motivation

The Book of YOU and the app offers you inspiration and motivation to make little positive changes and to adopt new habits. I am, like most people, a work in progress but I feel that this book and app has motivated me to continue my journey.

Keep smiling 🙂

Claire

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41 Responses to Empowering Yourself To Make Change Happen

  1. Mummy Matters says:

    I love books like this and am a firm believer in positive thinking. I’ve recently been trying to find out more about Mindfulness and this sounds like a very similar sort of book. One which I shall definitely be checking out thank you x

  2. I always like looking back at the year and noting down all the positives. It makes me feel so much better about things.

  3. annalisanuttall says:

    A nice post to read, i’m a firm believer of empowering and positivists. I have seen the book on bookself – i might download it. xx

  4. Sarah Bailey says:

    I think I am going to have to download that app it sounds like such an interesting way to give yourself a bit of a helping hand. x

  5. Anosa says:

    Though I have not dedicated much time to myself I think this book is exactly what I need to help me become empowered

  6. StressedMum says:

    I think I am going to have to buy this, it is funny but no matter what happens we do always try to find a positive in it, and there is usually one even if it is really small.

  7. Life as Mum says:

    I might download this app! Sounds really interesting. 🙂

  8. I’ll have to seek out that app, I love the idea of empowerment, I just never great round to pursuing it!

  9. This sounds like an interesting read, I’m not sure if I would make use of the app.

  10. Ana De Jesus says:

    I love that it is more than just your typical read and actually encourages you to make change happen. Liberation is good!

  11. Liz Mays says:

    This sounds very helpful. It would be great to learn to make some small changes here and there.

  12. Some really good tips. I always have to tell myself positive things (especially about my body image) because I think it’s important to love yourself even if you want to improve or change x

  13. I’m going to try get hold of this on amazon, but first I’m downloading the app!

  14. I love books like this – definitely going to give it a read now x

  15. Rachel says:

    Now this sounds like something everyone should read, including myself x

  16. Just seen this app on Twitter. Off to check it out.

  17. nicol says:

    i do like the sound of this. i do get creative with my veg and i do love the other suggestions and want to know else there is. im actually going to buy this now 🙂

  18. I love the idea of doing one small thing a day – it really does add up! Will look out for this book.

  19. Leanne says:

    I’ve seen this book online and quite tempted to read it as it sounds really good!

  20. I love the sound of this book. Going for a walk would be an ideal idea for me as the area that I live in isn’t where i grew up so I dont really know the streets too well xxx

  21. This sounds like such a great read. Off to check it out!

  22. I haven’t read this book, but it sounds right up my street. I love the hints and tips you have included on here too. I need to do a few more of them, myself

  23. Jessica Ayun says:

    YOU is such a poweful word. It’s all about yourself/ourselves first to make change happen indeed.

  24. I’ve heard such good reports about this book. I’m a huge advocate of read something new – in fact, I embrace do something new too! Life is so short and you never know what you might miss.

  25. Love the idea of this book. Adding it to my Must Read list. Thank you for recommendation.

  26. The app sounds wonderful, I’m definitely going to get it as well as the book. Even just thinking about exploring my neighbourhood…I’ve never done that. I always seem to be caught up with different things.

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