What it is and why we should all have one...
“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” ~B.K.S Iyengar
Planning for who you want to BEcome from a space of where you are currently, a glow-up plan is a plan for personal Growth mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. This plan encourages healing, challenges your current thinking/sense of self, and requires you to look inward. This is about coming face to face with your TRUTHS and growing in that truth.
Glow up can be used and defined differently depending on the context one utilizes. The belief that you can learn what it takes to create your own success at work and in life is the way we will be using this to discuss glow-up in this article. This context is based off of the international research done on what is known as the growth mindset. According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, when we have a "growth mindset," we believe that our intelligence, creative abilities, and character are things that we can improve in meaningful ways. We can always learn and get better at what we do.
How to begin:
Create a list of goals, aspirations, intentions that you want to achieve.
Many times, for me, having a plan of action comes after a brainstorming sessions. One has to have some idea of what they want before they go after it. Brainstorming for me looks differently every day; at times its done through journaling alone, other times its after meditation or yoga practice, after being in nature, or talking amongst girlfriend...at any moment really, a great moment of inspiration may arise and I am always ready to write when the mood strikes. Having a pen and notebook on hand (or anything to write something down-phones work wonders here too, however I'm old fashion in my thought endeavors, I enjoy the moments of taking pen to paper the most).
A great place to begin is to start with what inspires you. If you don't know, think about what used to or what currently really make you happy. How can you create more of that in your life right now...start small and grow from there. Think about all aspects of life here:
Mental: (what excites you socially, artistically, geographically...what do you want to learn more of?) Maybe you can make a point to read an hour a day, learn a new skill/language, take up a new hobbies..
Physical: think wellness, what activities make you feel good and how can you do more of that. Lets not get excessive here...Think about trying new foods, exercises, or even improving sleep/rest, and breathing. Finding a balance here is very important. Something as small as drinking a glass of water before every meal or switching to 1 cup water before having a soda/coffee. Adding an herbal tea to start or end your day. Stretching at the end of the day to release tension.
Emotional: Journaling is a great outlet...Let your thoughts out, how your feeling, what your thinking, release and let go of whats bothering you, exciting you, inspiring you...Options are limitless on what and how you write here. Maybe start ing with 5 minutes each day with gratitude is a great way to start writing if you don't know what to write about. Finding someone to talk to about what is going on in your life: a counselor/therapist...There are also beneficial ways to address stress/anxiety/depression that are within everyones budget, get creative here. Maybe poetry/spoken word, art therapy, horse/animal therapy, music therapy, yoga/thai chi/chi gong, prayer/meditation...Try many different things to find your outlet
Spiritual: What connects you closer to SOURCE/SELF/GOD...finding that peace inward. Again there are many ways to find inspiration to BE closer to the most high! Finding moments of stillness/silence is when we are the closest to our truest SELF. Meditation, reflection, quiet moments (even starting with 5 minutes a day), breathing exercises, yoga, joining a church group, reading the bible/Koran/ Buddhist teachings and other spiritual texts, opening yourself to learn about other religions...
A Continuous Practice
Glow-Up, it's a self practice that we re-create daily. One time and you start notice something, several times and you begin to create an awareness, continuing over several weeks you create a habit, continuing over several months you have created a ritual, continue for a year plus and notice the GLOW-UP of self transformation. Keep adding, evaluating, and creating greatness in your life. For each mistake/misstep all hold a lesson. Learn here. Grow here. Evolve here. BE here.
“Recognize that you have the courage within you to fulfill the purpose of your birth. Summon forth the power of your inner courage and live the life of your dreams.”~ Gurumayi