Tag: Habits

Beating a Concussion, Part 3

Beating a Concussion, Part 3

Exercises are important.

Diet is important. 

But, then there is what I call the glue to the entire thing. No matter what the issue is. And it’s the mental component.  We can exercise and we can eat right. But, without the mental component the battle is MUCH harder.

When I am frustrated or overwhelmed, I have symptoms from the concussion that I got back in 2018. It can range from a mild headache to a borderline migraine that NOTHING except a dark, quiet room deals with. So, I’ve been playing around with what helps for me.

One thing started standing out. Stress. Reggie Cochran reminded me that stress is connected to fear. And that fear is kryptonite to faith. I can follow a diet that has all the benefits to my brain. And exercise too. But, unless I keep my stress level down it won’t work.

So, what are the things that I’m doing?

1. I pray 1st thing in the morning. And begin with praise and worship music because it’s uplifting.

2. I do affirmations. Again, it’s to keep my mind positive.

3. I have a gratitude journal. Whenever I have something positive happen, it gets written down. It keeps me looking for positive things.

4. I limit news, and that includes political ads.

5. I take 15-20 minutes a day and meditate. Typically right after lunch. It makes my day go smoother.

6. I limit conversations that tend to cause stress. And that includes with my family.

7. I get plenty of sleep. And whenever I have a hard time getting to sleep, I remember my things I’m grateful for. And put some soft music on. Typically from Pandora.

8. Visualize. I imagine myself living without the concussion or any of the symptoms of it.

9. Finally, I memorize small bible passages. Or uplifting thoughts. My favorite is 3 John 1:2. It says, beloved, I pray that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

These activities may seem simple and insignificant. And they are simple. But they are far from being insignificant. By following the diet that I am, exercising, plus mental components, and seeing a local chiropractor. I am beating this.

Are you fighting something? I’d like to help. Sometimes, the only way to fight is to figure out what isn’t working and then look at what is working. By doing these 3 posts, I broke down what have realized is helping me. Some of these ideas, everyone in my opinion, should do.

16 Habits of the VERY Wealthy! #13

16 Habits of the VERY Wealthy! #13

This 1 will be lucky! Not unlucky! (LOL)

But 1st, let’s recap.

Here’s what we need to be doing (or not doing):

1. Eat healthy.

2. Focus on a single goal.

3. Exercise.

4. Listen to audiobooks.

5. Maintain a to-do list.

6. Wish Happy Birthday to your family and friends.

7. Write out goals.

8. Read for education or career reasons.

9. DON’T speak your mind.

10. Network.

11. Less TV and

12. NO reality tv.

Number 13 is not something many people are a fan of, myself included! But, it’s effective! If used correctly!

44% of the wealthy wake up 3-hours before work starts vs. 3% for the poor.

But why?

Here’s some reasons:

1. Get a headstart on the day.

2. Increased productivity.

3. Timeliness. You’ll be on time for what needs to happen each day.

4. Self-mastery: you set yourself up to be successful.

5. My FAVORITE! Whenever my family allows for it. Peace & quiet! It’s nice to have the house quiet when I do my devotional & prayer in the morning.

6. Faster commute. If you have to commute, you will have the ability to beat the rush hour traffic.

7. Breakfast! You won’t have to rush through it.

8. Exercise. I prefer to get my exercises done in the morning, whether it’s from home or else the YMCA. I have more energy the rest of the day when I commit to this.

Hopefully, you’ll start doing this. It’s worth it!

16 Habits of the Very Rich, Part 5

16 Habits of the Very Rich, Part 5

What do 81% of the wealthy and only 19% of the poor do? I’ll give you a hint, or 2: it only takes a few minutes and will DRASTICALLY reduce stress in your life! And people with autism can’t function without doing this. It gives direction to the day, week, month and year! It’s the 5th thing that John & Nadya Melton teach about on this.

It’s having a to-do list! Sounds simple (and it is!), but very few do it. On this post, I’m going to pull from my own knowledge from my home-schooling years. And when my own kids were little. My kids are now ages 16-23. And when I quit doing this simple activity, my life became so chaotic, that I ended up falling apart. But maybe you’ve never done this. Or been taught how. Here’s my way of doing it. There are many ways to do this, but this is what I’ve learned.

1. Write down EVERY single thing that you have to get done. Include business/work, personal, kids, family, etc. This needs to include things that only get done on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
2. After you’ve written down what you have to do, categorize it into what needs to be done daily, then weekly, then monthly, and finally yearly.
3. After you’ve determined what needs to be done and how often, it gets MUCH easier! You schedule what order things get done. And this really comes down to personal preference. Some people work best by setting time blocks to get things done, others do best by doing a calendar with times. Most do a combination of these. For example, maybe you are in a class at the local gym. That will be at a specific time. That will also apply for work hours. By the way, a success tip I got from several of my leaders, including Reggie Cochran is if you have your own business: schedule it and work it like you would a job you go to. And treat it like that!
4. And that’s basically it. You will need to tweak it and adjust it when life changes. But a basic to-do list will simply allow you to get the things done each day that are required. And a bonus that you will discover is that you will have time to pursue those things that you “thought” you didn’t have time for. Such as a home-based business or a goal you thought you didn’t have time to pursue.

Now, what do you do when your friends/family/others don’t support this? First, decide if the opinion of that person really matters. A spouse or your parents, yes, they matter. And hopefully will support you in this! But anyone else (even well-meaning friends), decide if they are against it because you are making a decision that will inevitably change the relationship with them in some way. A story Reggie told me a few years ago will help here it’s the story of the crab bucket.

THE STORY OF THE CRAB BUCKET
One time a man was walking along the beach and saw another man fishing in the surf with a bait bucket beside him.
As he drew closer, he saw that the bait bucket had no lid and had live crabs inside.
“Why don’t you cover your bait bucket, so the crabs won’t escape?” he said.
“You don’t understand,” the man replied, “If there is one crab in the bucket it would surely crawl out very quickly.
However, when there are many crabs in the bucket, if one tries to crawl up the side, the others grab hold of it and pull it back down so that it will share the same fate as the rest of them.”

Do you have too many crabs in your life? If you do: maybe, it’s time to change it.

crab bucket

Another lesson I learned applies here too: you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with. If you are spending time with people who are broke, who have no ambition, or no dreams. That will impact how you live your life. But the nice thing is you can change this. I’m not saying it will be easy or that everyone will support it. In fact, since I made the commitment to change, I’ve lost MANY friends. BUT I’ve gained friends who have more than made up for it. And it’s changing my life for the better!

Here’s a video that talks about it:

The Law of Averages | One Minute Lesson

Finally, get a GRIP on life. (I’m not yelling, by the way). This is an acronym from my awesome friend, Bob Goshen. From his book: “Confident Hope:Getting Through What Your Going Through.”

G: God is in control. He will help you through this and guide you. Just ask Him to.
R: Rejoice during the challenge. Taking control of your time is a challenge, but it’s so worth it!
I: Initiate your faith. Bob’s wife, Kay, has a wonderful take on Hebrews 11:1 which says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Kay’s interpretation is this: “Faith is believing something is so when it is not so, so it can be so.”
P: Prayer! Prayer is how I begin and end my day. But throughout the day, I also find myself praying throughout the day. And it’s because of that I’m able to handle my life. And anything that comes my way.

I hope this helps. As always, if I can help, let me know.

16 Habits of the VERY RICH! Part 1

16 Habits of the VERY RICH! Part 1

This is going to be the LONGEST series I’ve ever undertaken. But it’s IMPORTANT! Yesterday I had you watch a video of my live broadcast from Facebook that I moved over to YouTube. I do that from time to time. Not all my live broadcasts are on YouTube yet. That’s something that will come. I’ve done over 100 live broadcasts! LOL

What sets rich people apart from, the rest of the people around the world? We all have 24 hours in a day. We all have choices that we make each day. Some of our choices we allow others to make for us! And that is a choice! Sometimes, it’s good and necessary. But other times, that choice isn’t smart, wise or even needed!

I got this from My Lifestyle Academy, but have seen this information in MANY other places. So, lets get started. If you have an interest in being an entrepreneur,get connected to them. They earn over a $1,000,000 A YEAR in their businesses.

EAT HEALTHY: 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor eat more than 300 junk food calories a day!

Here’s an example of a junk food meal that MANY have on a weekly (or daily) basis from a fast food restaurant:

Hamburger: Calories: 270
Medium French fries: 340 calories
20-ounce soda: 240 calories

That simple meal that is “low cost” comes out to 850 calories for just 1 meal!
Now, doing this occasionally is ok. By anyone standards. But, do it daily is just not healthy!

What is healthy? If you ask 100 people, you’ll likely get 100 different responses! Last week I heard about the new food labels. I realize there are people who really don’t look at them. But for this, I am going to assume that you do. Here’s an image, let’s look at it closer.

fda-old-label-new-label

In the current labels, a serving size is given. But in the new labels, it says how many servings are in it. With how much a serving size is. In this example, on the new label, there are 8 servings and each serving are 2/3 of a cup. It also says how many calories you’ll get. Plus, the amount of fat broken down into total fat and how much fat is saturated verses trans fats. Plus, the cholesterol levels, sodium, total carbs with the fiber and sugar broken down. And what I love is how much added sugar there is! Plus, specifically broken-down vitamin levels.

But what does a healthy meal look like in general? It will vary depending on what your health goals are. Someone who is battling obesity will eat differently from someone who is getting ready for a marathon. Or preparing for a black belt test. But there are some common themes across the bar.

1. Eat more vegetables,
2. Consume more wild-caught fish,
3. Eat fruit for breakfast or as a snack,
4. Use whole grains, legumes, and nuts
5. Use olive oil, coconut, real butter, and healthy oils,
6. Use less red meat, add chicken, turkey, lamb and fish more,
7. Use herbs and spices for flavors and avoid MSG as much as possible,
8. Cut out the unhealthy sugars and use honey, stevia and other natural sweeteners instead,
9. Add a collagen supplement to improve hydration, lubrication of joints, and many other functions,
10. Add a general supplement to improve health,
11. Drink more water and
12. Use dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) instead of the typical candy bar.

These are simple strategies that will help anyone. If you need specific help, reach out to me. I will help. Tomorrow I’ll talk about what only 12% of poor do as compared to 80% of the wealthy. Stay tuned!