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Happy New Year! (it’s resolution time)

6 Jan

Happy New Year, once again, and welcome to the end of the first full week of 2020.  Although I’m not a big proponent of annual resolutions, this time of year certainly lends itself to that process for lots of people.  If you’re one of them, here are some considerations in your quest for self-improvement:

  • Upgrade your pantry and fridge.  Replace the high-sugar, refined, processed, and fried foods and snacks with healthier options like nuts, fruits, and veggies.
  • Schedule your workout.  You’re more likely to commit to a regular workout if you schedule it as part of your day/week as you would any other appointment or obligation.
  • Train with a buddy to keep you motivated and accountable.  Research shows that you’re more likely to stay on task if you workout with a partner, especially if he or she is more fit than you.
  • Try new foods.  Experiment with new recipes and try to avoid stuff that comes out of a bag, package, or box.
  • Get your sleep.  You’ll feel and perform better when you are well-rested.  Aim for 7-8 hours of shuteye per night.
  • Try a new activity.  If your current routine is getting stale, move on.  Finding an activity you enjoy increases the likelihood that you’ll make it a priority.
  • Take a break.  Set aside time in your daily calendar for two 15-minute breaks — one in the morning and another in the afternoon.  Go for a walk, listen to music, or grab a healthy snack to improve productivity.
  • Get more color in your diet.  Try to include at least three colorful fruits and vegetables on your plate at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Colorful meals are packed with antioxidants and nutrients to help fight illness and decrease inflammation.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2020.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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New Year, New and Improved You

30 Dec

No matter how good you are, everyone has room for improvement.  How will you improve yourself in 2020?  Here are a few thoughts:

Do Something

Challenge yourself to develop a new skill.  Start a new project. If it’s making you better — taking you in a positive direction — continue and improve what you did in 2019.  Commit yourself to self-improvement in some area.  If you’re not satisfied with a certain area of your life, do something about it.  Then, keep doing it… every day.  The cumulative impact will be considerable.

Get Moving

Inactivity is the enemy of productivity.  Get started.  Take action.  Move.  Nothing will change until you get going.  Beginning a new endeavor can seem daunting, but Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu reminds us, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

The best and brightest individuals in every field were once beginners.  No one starts as an expert.  The greatest accomplishments all have the same common denominator:  At some point, someone was willing to take the first step toward greatness, even if they didn’t realize it at the time.  American Author Zig Ziglar said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

Be Confident

Believe in yourself.  You have positive attributes.  You have strengths and skills.  Use positive self-talk as a motivator.  Surround yourself with people who are positive and encouraging.  Learn to view setbacks as nothing more than learning experiences — steps on the path to success.  “Believe you can and youre halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Risk New Things

You know the “definition” of insanity:  “Doing the same things over and over, and expecting different results.”  Take a chance.  Be open-minded and adventurous.  Step out of your comfort zone.  Go out on a limb — that’s where the fruit is.  Change can be scary, but it is a necessary component of progress.  “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” – Ben Franklin

Stick With It

Creating a better you won’t necessarily be easy.  Some days will be better than others.  There will probably be some obstacles and growing pains along the way.  Be persistent.  Follow your plan and do something to move forward, every day, especially on the “low-motivation” days.  Don’t give up, don’t give in.

Then Be Ready for Big Surprises

You’re as good as you think you are, and as good as you want to be.



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21 Life Improvement Tips for 2016 (and beyond)

4 Jan

mountain-climbing-accidents-deaths-on-lhotse-person[1]This is too good not to share.  Here are 21 “Life Improvement” tips from Bill Phillips, Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health, that “will make you feel great today… and tomorrow.”

  1. Get out of bed an hour earlier. (Shhh. Don’t wake your smartphone.)
  2. Drink an 8-ounce glass of water within 8 minutes of waking up in the morning.  Pound another after your shower.
  3. Start a protein-at-every-meal routine.
  4. Learn a new word every day. Bonus points if it’s not English.
  5. Take the long way to work.  Obey the speed limit!
  6. Say “Nice job” to a young person.
  7. See how fast you can run a mile.
  8. Buy a vegetable you don’t recognize.  Maybe even eat it.
  9. Read a poem.  Anything by Langston Hughes, W.B. Yeats, or Marshall Mathers will do.
  10. Send a postcard to somebody, anybody.
  11. Call your mom.
  12. And call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a year or longer.
  13. Book a flight to a city you’ve never seen.  You’ll sort out the details later.
  14. Sit quietly for five minutes, without distraction.
  15. Argue the other side.
  16. Compliment your wife.
  17. Better yet, do something you know she’ll appreciate, just because.
  18. Strike up a conversation with a stranger.
  19. Say thanks — and be specific.
  20. Turn the TV off at 10 p.m.  Extra credit if you pick up a book.
  21. Smile like you mean it, even if you don’t.  Because then you will.


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