6 Ground Rules for Hitting Your New Year Highs

This may be the year to skip the usual resolutions and zero in on some key ground rules:

1.     Don’t waste valuable time on guilt.  Clear the decks and cut through all of those ever present guilty worries about what might go wrong, what to do next, and why are things the way they are!  It takes a lot of energy to constantly brood about everything and it also swallows up time that you could use to get things done.

2.     Expect the best from yourself and everyone around you.  We all know how much better  results become when we start with a smile and a positive word.  You automatically  make a better connection.  Make that positive attitude your norm as you accept who you are and give yourself credit for what you are achieving.  Instead of downplaying efforts, enjoy where you are and reach out to everyone around you. 

3.     Open the door to big and little ideas.  Some of those “I wish” projects really can happen if you put them in focus and work on them a little bit every day.  Set aside a special time in the day, or on the weekend when you can work on a pet project that you have always wanted to do.  Make your doubts take a backseat and do some brainstorming to see just where your ideas can go. You will find that this time will rapidly become its own productive reward.

4.     Mix some exercise, healthy foods and meditation into every day.  There’s still room for a burger or two, but  why not make a Farmer’s Market fruit and vegetable run one of your regular stops too.  Adding a quick walk, run or gym stop to your morning or after routine will burn off extra stress too.  Finally, find some time each day to just sit quietly and let your mind catch up.  Mindful meditation means  taking the time to just sit still and let your mind play through  the good, bad and in-between things in your life. Don’t try to judge or search for solutions, just give everything an airing.  You may be pleasantly surprised with new directions and more peace of mind.

5.     Turn negativity into step-by-step positive solutions.  Everything usually looks better when you sit down and actually review finances, or other problems, making the effort to come up with a real plan of attack and then taking steps to activate it. 

6.     Give your body a real tune up.  Talk to your doctor and your chiropractor to sort out any nagging pains or persistent aches. Your chiropractor can evaluate your whole body and give you easy at home exercises to help you relax and be at your best.  

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