12 Days of Christmas (Day 11)
We are coming down the home stretch here and as of right now if you are reading this and taking some action you are setting yourself up for an awesome 2016. These tips are not just made up to fill a list but have been proven to help people improve all different aspects of their lives. I wouldn’t give you some BS and waste your time.
Number 61: Start using Olive Oil
If the ancients used it and they looked pretty good why wouldn’t you give olive oil a shot. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats which helps lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. If you are one that frequently orders salads with all sorts of dressing, it’s time you give olive oil a try. Dressing can add excess calories that you really do not want to be consuming. You can keep your salads tasting great all while reaping the benefits of olive oil.
Number 62: Improve your Neck Strength
Growing up I remember Classy Freddie Blassie calling people pencil neck geeks. If you don’t know who Freddie Blassie is then you should add this as bonus tip and do some homework. Why is neck strength important? Look in the mirror, now tell me, what does your neck attach to your body? That’s right, your noggin, and what’s in your noggin? Wow, you got it right again, your brain. Have a weak neck? Well you are also putting yourself at risk to for injury of the cervical spine and trauma to the head. Having either one of those injuries would be disastrous to your life. You don’t have to be Dan Gable (You really should know who this is) just adding basic neck exercises to your training will go a long way to helping protect the most important part of your body.
Number 63:Be Prepared for Downs
You have your goals set and we usually start off strong, we start to get results and we are happy. Then BOOM! The results cease, all of a sudden a road block is between you and your goal. That’s right you hit the down period or the dip. Your next step when you get here will tell me a lot about who you are and where you are going. This is where most people stop, but this is the point where you should just keep on pushing. Sometimes the dip will be long and it will seem like it will never end. Just remember this is part of the journey and in order to get to where you want to go you must get through it. So as you embark on your journey, prepare yourself for the fact that this down period, this dip will come. What you do when it finally does will be the difference.
Number 64: Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
Coming right off Tip 63 this is perfect. Growing up I remember taking tests in school, I was not brightest of kids and I really sucked at taking tests. I remember failing plenty of test and the feeling really sucked especially when I studied hard and tried my absolute best. With red marks all over the paper I was always afraid to go home and show my parents because I did not want to disappoint. Those failures could have been the best thing that ever happened to me. Without them I would not have learned. And this my friends is where people go wrong with failure. If you don’t learn from failure then yeah it is a bad thing but if you do, it can take you to new heights. Don’t be me as a kid, try new stuff, fail, and then come back stronger than you were before. Failure will toughen you up if used the right way.
Number 65: Be 90% Perfect
Yes, I know 90% perfec makes no sense. Hear me out and this usually goes when we are trying to eat healthy and this is where most people screw it all up. People try to be 100% perfect all the time. I will tell you from experience this will not work. You can’t go rarely being perfect to being perfect all the time. Humans simply do not work like this. If you even think that you have to be perfect then they won’t be. And I am here to tell you, if you are starting a diet you have to give yourself some leeway. This is why I say 90% perfect. 90% of your meals should be perfect and the other 10% you can give yourself some room for fun. Say you eat 35 meals a week, take 10% of that and that means that 3.5 meals can be off your diet, a treat. Some people do those meals all in one day and others spread it out during the week. It really depends on you and your body. Don’t strive to be perfect, strive to live life like a normal human being and still get awesome results.
Number 66: Make the Most Important Thing the Most Important Thing
With all the distractions in our daily lives this tip can be the most useful. When you are at the gym training, what’s the most important thing? Training! When you are writing your TPS reports or lesson plans for work, what’s the most important thing? Getting your work done! When you are cooking a delicious meal, what’s the most important thing? Cooking the meal! When you are hanging out with your family, what’s the most important thing? Your Family! Eliminate the distractions and focus on what is important at the time. Nothing else should matter at the moment except for what is the most important thing. This single line that was said to me a few years back has transformed my life. Sure I get distracted at times, but nothing like in the past. I now live in the moment because the moment is what is important. Give it a try, make the most important thing the most important thing and watch your life grow leaps and bounds, professionally, emotionally and personally.