Seven Steps to…THRIVE

When the journal prompt is, “How do you want to feel?”, the first word that comes to my mind is this week’s word: THRIVE.

I want thriving relationships, a thriving career, a thriving business, and a thriving body. I also want the people around me to be thriving…because when everyone’s thriving, the world is a better place. There’s more peace and less discord. More vitality, less suffering.

To arrive at THRIVE, we must understand what it is and how to draw it into our lives on a regular basis. The more we draw into our own lives, the more we shine a way for others to. So, this week’s Seven Steps are designed to illuminate this week’s word while taking you there.

1. THRIVING is a good measure of success.

When you’re thriving, the “work” feels easier because you’re aligned. Aligned with abundance, not scarcity. Your optimism makes the “work” feel worthwhile. You’re moving toward your goals with a full tank of willPower.

2. You THRIVE when you’re good at being you.

When authenticity fills your voice and fuels your action, you lose the disconnect between what you do and what you want to do…who you are and who you want to be.

3. THRIVING happens after a period of time…

…following the incubation period of your desire. You’ve done the initial groundwork and now you’re reaping the benefit.

4. THRIVING is not cruise control; it’s ego control.

You can bask in the sun and still realize you are not the sun. It’s important to maintain a gratitude perspective and “do the practice” from your thriving state.

5. Beware of so-called energy vampires.

These are people, places, or spaces that “steal” your energy. Limit them best you can.

6. Notice how different meals or food / beverage choices affect your inner THRIVE-ometer.

We are all creatures of habit. Even the best foods should be cycled through on a regular basis. This is a great week to change up your sources of carbs and proteins, in particular.

7. Take responsibility for your THRIVING state.

Some people can thrive on seemingly nothing, while others can’t thrive despite everything. Observe and see this as a decision…their decision and, more pertinent, yours.

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit