Top Five Regrets of the Dying

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And on that somber note, HAPPY THURSDAY!!

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Why Successful Habits Are About Structure, Not Effort

Full article from Fast Company can be found HERE

START WITH A SMALL GOAL
The number one driver of whether a habit change is a success or not  is how big the initial goal is. Because everyone, if they’re consistent, will eventually achieve something massive. But the people that end up failing are the people trying to achieve overnight success.

CONSISTENCY TRUMPS EVERYTHING
The idea is to start with something really, really small and let it grow into a bigger habit or routine. You could write your goal as “go the the gym.” Not “stay at the gym for an hour,” but just “get to the gym.” Put on your workout clothes. It’s not that you have to run five miles; what matters is that you just get your running shoes on three times a week. In a month or two months, you’ll be running as far as you want to run. That consistency ends up trumping everything else that you can do with goal setting.

SCHEDULE IT AND CREATE AN AUTOMATIC REMINDER
You can be motivated, you can be able, but if you forget to do it, you’re not going to make any progress. Having a trigger in your life is a big part of that structure.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE TOOLS TO DO IT

If you go to a gym, a lot of time it’s hard because you don’t know what exactly to do, you’re shy or uncomfortable around some of the machines. That’s why a lot of people get a coach at the gym, it makes it easier for them to get started. Then on the trigger part, you can link your goal to a pre-existing behavior.

SET YOUR PRIORITIES FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
For me, my number one productivity practice is to set priorities at the beginning of the day, before I get lost in the chaos that goes on around me. When I sit down at my desk, I set priorities. I’ve trained myself that that’s the trigger for this other goal that’s not as natural, but is actually really important to me. It was a major a-ha moment when I realized that productivity is about how important the things that I get done are. I used to count how many things I crossed off my to-do list. Now, much more importantly, I actually work in the prioritized order.

PICK A REPLACEMENT HABIT
A common tactic applicable to any type of behavior change is picking a replacement habit. If you have a bad habit, the way to break it is not to just will yourself, which is a ton of effort, but to give yourself an alternative.

 

Work Inspiration: Jimmy overcomes one of life’s many obstacles

 

Happy Monday, everyone! Hang in there!

Role Model of the Week: 81 Year Old Runs a Marathon Every Month

Many of us have excuses for our struggles, your pal Jimmy included. You can’t find a job because of the economy. You don’t have time to exercise. You can’t find love in your city. You’re getting too old. Your body can’t do the things it used to. Usually it helps to find a role model that can prove that you can. Case and point, this man:

Doctor’s Prescription for Beating Cancer: Running More Than 200 Marathons (article from yahoo!)

By  | The Good News – Fri, Mar 7, 2014 10:50 AM EST

photo courtesy of Dr. Moses ChristianThe 81-year-old physician battling prostate cancer will run his 19th L.A. marathon on Sunday, one of more than 200 marathons he’s run over 18 years. Christian was diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease in 1994, and it has since metastasized and spread to his spine. Nevertheless, the man on a mission continues to work full time as a general surgeon and practitioner in Beaumont, California, and runs a marathon every month.

Furthermore, he’s skipped chemotherapy in favor of a vegetarian diet, alternative medicine, and, most importantly, running.

“One thing that’s going through my mind when I run is the health benefit, and then the challenge of it, the determination,” Christian tells the Good News Blog. “Especially when you do one a month. There are times when you think you can’t do it because of the pain and all, but I tell myself, no I have to finish it. How can I go back after travelling and going this distance and tell the people at home that I quit?”

Dr. Moses ChristianWhile Christian only began running only at age 61, he has conquered more than many who’ve been hitting the trails their entire lives. For 14 years, the doctor has run a marathon every single month. He got into it when his cousin dared him and quickly became hooked.

Christian initially believed running great distances was bad for the knees, but he changed his mind once he took up the sport.

“It is a good addiction,” Christian remarks. “One of the secrets I have lived this long with the cancer is my exercise. A good diet and a stress-free life, it’s a holistic approach.”

Christian opted out of radiation years ago, as he felt the treatment did more harm than good. He was told surgery wasn’t an option, which actually made him happy because he didn’t want to quit running.

As a substitute, the doctor visited an alternative medicine clinic and started taking all-natural vaccines. Keeping his health in check, he adopted a mostly vegetarian and vegan diet, with the occasional serving of fish and ice cream.

Otherwise, it’s all about marathons. Christian even ran the Boston Marathon in 2013, which was disrupted by two fatal bombings. He was on mile 20 when officials halted the competition.

“They told me to stop. They said I couldn’t go any further,” he recalls. “They said to come rest in the tent. I said no. I had planned whatever happens, I’m going to finish. I took my own road, my own route. I’m a very stubborn man.”

Dr. Moses ChristianChristian finished the 26.2 miles his own way and would later learn what had transpired.

In addition to running, the spry senior participates in biathlons and is a thrill seeker. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 1997 and went bungee jumping in New Zealand in 2007.

“Running a marathon is much harder than jumping. You just close your eyes and jump and trust the rope,” Christian says.

It’s his ability to look beyond cancer that makes him such a winner. He hangs his medals in his office as a means of motivating patients, and he pushes everyone to test their limits.

His motto is to lead by example.

“Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God,” Christian remarks. “Be an inspiration to others.”

The Day-to-Day Activities of Music Mogul Pharrell Williams

A DAY IN THE LIFE (from Fast Company)


Time He Gets Up: “Generally, around 9 a.m.” (He never uses an alarm clock.)

First Thing He Does Each morning: “First thing I do is thank the master. I thank God every day. Then I lie there for a few minutes and just sort of . . . be. Then I shower, and that’s where a lot of my concepts come from. I write songs in there sometimes. If you don’t interrupt [your subconscious] with the ego, or are like, No, it’s gotta be like this, then a lot of ideas will come. Once you start judging it and editing it, then you’re no longer tapped in. You’ve moved it over to your mind before you even realize it. So I spend a lot of that time just standing there in the water with a blank stare. It is often the reason why I’m tardy.” To potential collaborators, he adds, “When you hear me say ‘traffic,’ and I wink, you’ll know what that means.”

Apps and Other Assists: Apple’s Logic Pro. “I’m a creature of habit. Now that I’m on it, it’s hard to get me off.”

Typical Schedule: “I do phone calls from somewhere between 10:30 a.m. and noon. I’m usually entering the studio between 12 and 1. I work from 1 or 2-ish to maybe 9 or 11 every day. Somewhere between 4 and 6, I may have to get on one or two conference calls about things outside of music.”

Last Thing He Does each night: “When I get back to my room late at night, I first watch MSNBC, then some Discovery Channel stuff. Then I’ve gotta go to TiVo and look at all my esoteric aliens stuff, like Ancient Aliens. I have to spend at least 30 minutes on that a night.”

Time He Goes to Bed: “Sometime between midnight and 2 a.m.”

One Athlete’s Video Uncovers Life’s Key Lessons

This isn’t a story about a sport. It’s not a story about an athlete. It’s a universal story about an individual, about adversity, about resilience, about overcoming discouraging statistics and succeeding despite it all. I hope you all enjoy this.

Video obtained from the Fox Sports Live youtube channel

This Video Will Instantly Pump You Up (note: most effective to watch when you wake up)

WARNING: This video contains a heavy dose of macho manliness, but it’s message is universal!

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