My Thoughts On Living Our Best Life

Sunrise with someone raising their arms above their headBecome a goal setter and a goal achiever. What we do today will determine what we enjoy in the future. It requires being intentional about what you seek and focus in its pursuit.

Identify your slight edge difference. Identify two things that if you did them consistently every day would move you in the direction of your dream or goal. Please take this seriously, the difference between winning and losing is your slight edge activity done every day, something not hard to do, but just as easily not done. Winners do them, it's that simple.

Work on incremental improvement. Achieving any meaningful goal requires patience, persistence and faith. Goals worth achieving require effort. That's why so few people get there.

I've read that less than 20% of our New Year's Resolutions become a reality. Mel Robbins is a motivational speaker who is quoted as saying "If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea." She insists we must show we are serious about the goal or idea by immediately taking some action even if it is just a small step. The goal must become a new habit. To do so you have to overcome your old habit shouting "no" to the idea.

Focus on becoming optimistic. The New York Times reported on a very credible study in the American Journal of Epidemiology (I'm sure you saw it...LOL) that people with an optimistic view of life had a 40% lower risk of cardiovascular disease! There was also a very strong correlation with other diseases and cancers. Ask yourself "In uncertain times or stressful situations do I usually expect the best?" I have personal experience in this area and over the past two years I have worked on consistently being optimistic in every situation. The difference is powerful and transformative and absolutely within our control. It will change your sense of well being and your expectation for what life brings.

Make a list of the things you don't want to regret. I read this in Success Magazine recently and believe it is a profound suggestion for all of us to think about every year. If we're honest with ourselves there are things which are vitally important to us which we want to get right. It could be a relationship, saving, faith, travel or our health. This is not a "To Do" list. More powerfully it is your "Do Not Fail to Get This Right" list. The key is to identify one or two things you will commit to consistently do today to make sure you won't have this regret later in life. Don't put it off.

Jim Dodson
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A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.
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