Happy New Year Folks!
Monica and I are extremely grateful to have so many of you reading our blog. We know we didn’t produce as much content in 2016 as in years previous but we’re massively focused on contributing more in 2017.
To start your year off right we offer these 18 amazing life altering strategies you can employ right now to improve your daily existence.
1)Keep a Daily Gratitude Journal –There is nothing more inspiring than taking 5 minutes out of your day to write down what you’re grateful for. If you are supremely organized keep a log book and leave it next to your bed. For those of us looking for something more convenient, use this amazing app.
2)Make Meditation a daily part of your life–Meditation means different things to different people. It might just mean investing 10 minutes in nature away from your cell phone. Or it could mean listening to this amazing Healing Chakra app. Or it can be simply slowing down your breathing and paying attention to your breathing. Whatever it is to you, practice it regularly. It is critically important to connect with the creation force of the universe.
3)Smile at every person you encounter and give them a warm greeting –I can not tell you the feeling one gets inside when you smile, say Hi and genuinely connect with another human being. Even if you’re having a bad day, human connection will uplift your spirit.
4)Create some form of Daily Affirmations. We are what we repeatedly tell ourselves. Perhaps you don’t realize however you are continually affirming something about yourself. There are times where you may say “I am so disorganized, I can never find anything”. What if you could tell yourself what you would like to be. Perhaps say something like, “I am the best possible version of myself in this given moment!” When you can say them with emotion, belief and movement, it will create even more of an “anchor” belief. Make these anchor beliefs become the foundation of your daily life.
5)Get Your Blood work Done–Instead of going to see your Family Doctor in the first quarter for your yearly check up-do something far more productive. Get a full on internal diagnostic of your biological processes. If you’re healthy, don’t expect your family doc to order this stuff for you. Take personalized control of your health and learn to do it yourself. If things are out of wack- work with a progressive Doctor to balance your hormones and potentially optimize your thyroid.
6)Understand your Insulin Sensitivity-The key to living healthy is to harness and control your insulin. Insulin is what causes inflammation. Inflammation leads to degradation. Degradation over time leads to disease. It is important to understand how your body processes carbohydrates. Understanding how many carbs you can consume daily gives you control over your body composition and ultimately your health and lifespan. Get your HbA1c levels tested. Once understanding how many carbs you can consume without issue, establish a daily rule you follow restricting their intake to remain lean and healthy for life. If this doesn’t make sense, contact Jay.
7)Perform daily exercise but do so with a plan and a focused intention-It really doesn’t matter your fitness or body fat level. If your goal is to live longer and stronger, YOU MUST EXERCISE consistently. Why not use 2017 as the year you become the best version of yourself? You can do this by formulating a plan designed to achieve your specific goal. Don’t exercise without a plan. If you are a newbie to training, hire a competent coach. Don’t be one of those people who shows up at the gym with no sense of purpose nor direction.
8)Embrace the Suck–It took us a long time (nearly 40+ years) before we realized that dealing with resistance head on and dancing with it was the key to unlimited personal growth and development. No matter where you find yourself in your life right now, you’re sure to be dealing with resistance almost daily. It’s how you balance this negativity, that determines your ultimate success. Nobody said life was going to be easy but it can become a whole lot more so when you create coping strategies designed to deal with the expected up and downs of life. Which leads to our next point.
9)Ask Productive Questions to Yourself (Your Inner Guide)–If this doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry-you’re not alone. Most of us live under the yoke and control of our ego. Our ego is fed by modern day material culture and consumerism. As we have learned ourselves, “The quality of your life, depends on the quality of questions you ask yourself.” For example, ask “What can I learn from this?” or “What can I do different today to create positive change in my life?” instead of “Why me?” or “Can my life get any worse?”. If you would like help with addressing your internal self, reach out to Monica.
10)Learn to look for the best in others- Think about it this way…everyone is truly doing the best with the tools they have. We are all living in our world, dealing with life as best we can. Some are not as educated, some are not as driven. Does it make them/you wrong because we are not the same? NO! The world is a beautiful place with a variety of people and experiences. Think about how boring this world would be if we were all the same. Contrast creates more opportunity for growth. Once we can each embrace each other for the wonderful differences we represent, we can experience freedom.
11)Create a before bed routine–Whether this is journaling in your Gratitude Journal or meditating or whatever. Carve some ‘me-time’ to center yourself and your thoughts before bed. Allow yourself to slow down and release. You can even do a “brain dump”where you write down all things concerning your mind so you can go to sleep with a clean slate. Another fun thing to do before bed is to tell ask yourself a question you would like to have an answer for. Many times our brain can and will give us answers and it is fun to see what comes to our mind as we open our eyes. Keep a journal next to your bed to write down your thoughts before all the “get it done” thoughts pop in.
12)Create more intimacy in your love life–This is for married couples and also single people. Practicing peaceful loving kindness is the key to living in the highest form of yourself. To receive love you must also give love. Make it a point to be intimate in your love relationships. Tell your Spouse you love them as often as possible to create a bond of true intimacy. Do things for one another to keep your spark ignited. What if you woke up to a love note from your mate? Meet each other at a place and pretend to not know one another. Spark up a conversation with them as if it is a new encounter. Intimacy can mean something for each person. Explore your mate’s definition so you can both create intimacy for one another.
13)Get out in nature and disconnect from technology–We now live in an extremely fast paced world yet we are losing touch with the human experience. Technology has its place and it is important to keep it there. The world is filled with some of the most amazing artwork known to mankind. Getting into nature also allows you to connect more with your inner guide/God (source). Life moves so fast. Before you know it, you will be older and you don’t ever get the time back. Take moments to stop, breathe in the beauty and fully appreciate nature.
14)Forgive often and release resentments–Have you ever been angry with someone and held onto the anger for a few days? It feels so heavy. Growing up, when my dad would get angry at my mom, he wouldn’t speak to her for days. Being in their presence, when he wasn’t speaking to her, was so uncomfortable. We could all sense the heaviness. Imagine what your own body/spirit goes through holding onto this needless heaviness. Having resentment toward anyone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Resentment eats you up inside. Forgive for yourself and for others. Forgiveness does not mean you approve of the behavior or you will allow yourself to continue to be hurt. It means you will no longer hold onto the heaviness thus creating more flow in your life.
15)Become a saver not a consumer-We are being sold on something at every moment from every form of media. Will you continue to allow the media train you to spend/spend/spend or do you want to take control of your future by saving more. Spending only gives you momentary satisfaction. Saving allows you to spend more effectively/efficiently. Saving also allows you to be in control of your own life rather then living bound by the chains of debt.
16)Take Full Responsibility for Your Life and Stop blaming others for Your Results- When you can take full responsibility for the results in your life, you take your own power back. Blaming is essentially telling yourself you have no control. You are more powerful then you realize. It’s OK to make mistakes. Acknowledge them, learn from them and move on. We tend to be adults living from the perceptions of our childhood. You are not the little boy or girl anymore, you are a creator of your own experience. You got this!
17)Have more Fun–Life is SO short. Do you really want to be on your death bed one day looking back at your life, realizing you just didn’t have any fun? Create fun moments. Dance if you want to dance, sing if you want to sing, laugh if you want to laugh. Remember, you create the fun moments. It can be as simple as playing a game with your child, reading a book, going for a walk, etc. Whatever you do, make it fun. Our spirits didn’t come into this human body, to simply exist.
18)Volunteer or Donate Your Time-What could be more important to spiritual development than helping people less fortunate? Volunteering one’s time is the ultimate form of ‘giving back’ to the universe. Reciprocity and paying it forward is the best way to create new karmedic pathways and soul connections. You’re never too busy to lend a hand. Plus when you get out of you, and help others without conditions, it is a form of selfless love. When you can give love without restrictions, you are truly tapping into your natural essence.