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If you are a New Years Resolutions kind of person, you absolutely want to read this today especially if you are beating yourself up (or about to) on breaking that resolution already. To make it even worst, If you are in most parts of the northern hemisphere it’s dark, cold, and depressing without much sunshine. And if the year is 2021, which it is; these pandemic lockdowns do not help much either!
Ok. So Your New Years Resolutions have failed? If not, this is awesome. And comment below and let me know your secret. How exactly were you able to keep up with your resolutions.
And if you are beating up on yourself, because you stopped going to the gym or eating healthy, or writing, reading, saving – whatever your resolution was on January 1st.
The first step – Stop beating up on yourself.
Secondly, If you are feeling the blues, get a good Vit D supplement. I know, I know – Go to the doctor first and confirm if you have a deficiency. Also generally a good time of the year to do your annual physical as well. Here is the Vit D supplement I take around winters, and I like it so far. All I know from tests is I am not deficient and generally feel good, positive, and upbeat! I also don’t go crazy and take only one tablet every few days, as needed, and feel just fine. You do you – If you are confused ask your doctor.
Third, Use your sick day for a mental health day. I know because I have been there. I used to think that taking sick-day off for no apparent “physical” sickness is procrastinating and dishonest. And It would only mean putting off that day’s work for the next day. My 8 year old would call this kind of thinking cray-cray! And it sure was crazy thinking – Do bad quality work and ruin health, instead of resting and recharging and getting your best work done.
I am not entirely sure if Dalai Lama said this, but here goes – Humans sacrifice their health in order to make money. Then sacrifices money to recuperate their health.
Really try it. I do not have to quote The Dalai Lama to make you change your mindset. Take the day off and sleep, rest, meditate, disconnect from technology completely. You will be surprised how much more productive and better you will be the next day.
Fourth – Can’t take a whole day off? Just put on your walking shoes and weather-appropriate outfit and go out for a walk. Take kids out to the playground. Kids love to play in 4-degrees Fahrenheit weather as well as 85-degrees Fahrenheit.
Fifth – What is with New Years Resolutions? Live every day like it is your Birthday, New Year, or whatever you celebrate. It is always a good day, to have a good day
What if you did the Opposite?
- Do not make new year’s resolutions like everyone else.
- Make resolutions anytime you want.
- Follow them immediately.
- Get into the habit of breaking down your resolutions into many behaviors that will help you achieve your resolutions. Make Behaviours Tiny.
- Instead of making a resolution that I will publish a book in 2021. (Which I know will overwhelm me and I would have given up around this time.) My tiny behavior is to WRITE EVERY DAY.
- It is actually even tinier. Here it is – After I settle kids down for their 9 AM virtual school, I will open my WordPress and Click the “Write” button. I talk about productivity and tiny habits in this post here – Greatest Productivity Hack – Do not break the chain. And What has habit got to do with it?
I hope that solves the “Giving up on resolutions” Problem for some of you reading. And if it helped even one person, that made my day!
Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.Winnie the Pooh ~A.A.Milne
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And random joke of the day!
What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? The same middle name.~Do not know the Author. I have no idea who writes these jokes.
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Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #22.