Part 3 | Strengths and How To Feel Awesome All the Time

March 25, 2016


BuildLifeEDIT5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action

Five Ideas for Feeling Awesome All the Time

Commit to doing a thousand of something. Setting a big goal of a thousand push-ups, good deeds, compliments, drawings, meditations, stretches etc. can provide a nice frame around taking daily micro-actions toward a greater accomplishment. Sure, maybe you only do 5 push-ups on the first day, but as those daily actions start adding up—and as you get physically stronger and more capable—the task creates its own momentum and ease. The sense of accomplishment can feel prolific. Remember, doing just 10 push-ups a day after one month is 300 push-ups. When you do this, track it. Make a record of it. It can also remove the phrase “I don’t have anything to do” from your vocabulary.

Read One Page a Day from a Personal Development Book. It’s worth asking ourselves, “How much time have I consciously dedicated to my personal development lately?” If the answer is “not much”, reading one page per day from a dedicated text is a concrete way to ease into that world. Remember, one page per day adds up a few books a year. Some authors to consider: Gretchen Rubin, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, Brené Brown, Gabrielle Bernstein, Martha Beck, and Seth Godin.

Brain-dump. Once a day, take a pen and a blank piece of paper and go wild for a few moments writing down everything that is in your head.

Pay Compliments. Commit to paying one nice compliment to someone in your life each day for a month. Set a reminder in your phone to go off, and when it does send a text, email, make a phone call, turn to your neighbor, write on someone’s wall, tweet a tweet, and make it about complimenting another person on a real quality about them or value that they add to the world.

Go To Bed One Minute Earlier and Wake up One Minute Earlier for Thirty Days. By the end of one month, you will be going to bed and getting up a half-hour earlier than usual, which is, generally, a challenging shift to make. But, if you ease into it, it happens all by itself. Best part is, you won’t lose a single minute of sleep, mathematically.

Three Questions

Do I have any goals set for my day tomorrow?

What have I done today to affirm my greatness?

If someone gave me a million dollars and told me that I had to spend it all, but I could not spend a penny of it on myself—what would I do? 

An Action 

Desired Result: Inspire someone

Concrete Action: Share one secret to life that you have found

It’s pretty straight forward: We’ve all discovered some trick, some secret that makes living life that much more meaningful, enjoyable, or stress free. Ask yourself, “What is my secret?” and then create a way to share it with someone else. A great way to start this conversation is to ask them the question first: What’s your secret? Because it is an uncommon yet significant question, people generally love the opportunity to reflect on this idea and share what they know.

So, what is your secret? I’d love to hear from you.

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.

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5 thoughts on “Part 3 | Strengths and How To Feel Awesome All the Time

    1. Yes! For me, list are a way of turning the electricity between my ears into atoms of ink on the page. I feel like all writing is magical because it transfers physical energy from one form into the next. Thank you, Miriam!

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