“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Relax, reflect and look ahead
It’s close to the end of the year. It’s time to wrap up projects, personal projects as well as those professional projects. How many of your goals did you achieve?
This is the time to get things done and prepare for a new set of objectives for 2016. What did you do this year? What was remarkable about what you did? Did you even notice how you were doing over the past year or did it just fly by in a blur? What was the best part and what was the worst part?
It might have been an ugly year for you or it might have been the most spectacular year of your life, what did you learn? What do you want to do to make 2016 better?
What do you want to accomplish before the year ends?
For many people the last two weeks in the year is a time to recover and just relax. It is time to think about what is coming next and a time to start dreaming again. For some people this year was a hard year, challenging them in so many ways. Was your year challenging? Was it something you wanted to forget? If it was challenging then now is the time to just reflect and relax. It is time to reset expectations and a time to forge a new dream. What will you do?
What do you want next year to bring? Are you ready to begin?
” The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain
The doorway to success
What is the secret to success? It is doing three simple things. By doing these things you have more vitality during the day. You’ll feel alive and be able to think clearly. You’ll be able to feel the air pulse through the body. You’ll be able to focus and stay alert. You’ll feel happier and more grateful.
So, what are the big three.
1. Exercise – as simple as it may seem exercise increases the production of dopamine and serotonin in the body. These hormones increase the sense of well-being and can improve focus and alertness especially for those with ADHD/ADD. Exercise is something most people lack. In today’s fast paced world most of the work is done sitting down with little physical activity. Taking breaks to energize the body by increasing the respiratory rate and heart rate is a good practice. Better physical conditioning helps improve immune function. Exercise is a win-win proposition, a win for the mind and a win for the body. What is stopping you?
2. The second big secret and it appears to be a secret because it isn’t done nearly enough and that is eating a balanced diet and drinking the right amount of water. Drinking water, it’s cheap and available yet we spend a lot of money purchasing other drink alternatives. Save money and drink more water.
Diet in America is poor. Obesity rates are climbing quickly and all states exhibit obesity rates of 20% or more. The availability of cheap high calorie food might be to blame but so is the fast paced society we live in where preparing healthy meals has given way to meals that can be prepared in a few minutes or seconds.
Health issues increase dramatically as the weight increases. There is a greater risk of diabetes, a disease that can be controlled by diet and exercise and yet as a society more and more people are becoming diabetic.
The secret, eat less and eat better. Drink more water stay hydrated. Headaches are often a result of not drinking enough water.
3. The final secret even though there are hundreds of studies on this topic is getting enough sleep each day (7-8 hours). High performers get the sleep they need to continue to perform well. It is possible to get results on a few hours a sleep a night for a short period of time but for the long-term, the right amount of sleep is critical.
The formula for success is living an active healthy lifestyle. If the body isn’t healthy the mind isn’t as healthy as it should be either. Living a lifestyle of positive choices improves longevity, improves overall well-being and reduces the chances of having expensive medical care. You would think those would be great things to have but many people are making choices that push the responsibility of their health to the medical field. Why?
What are you doing to live a positive healthy lifestyle?
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