Friday, May 27, 2016

Enjoy What You Do


I often say at my day job, "I can't believe they're paying me to do this."  The same thing happens on the tennis courts.  I can't wait to get there and the time passes too quickly.  When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play.

If you're not enjoying your work, consider making changes in your life.  Have a great day.  I'm off to more play time.  See you tomorrow.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Create Your Own Passion Bubble


Your daily choices determine your lifestyle.  Think about it for a moment.  What this means is if you're unsatisfied with your life, the only one you can blame is yourself.  You're outside the passion bubble.  It's so easy to blame the economy, your boss, your circle of friends, even your family for bursting your bubble, but the truth is you can always create a new "passion bubble" as soon as your ready to look in the mirror and have a conversation with the person in charge of your priorities.  Here's how it works:
  1. Decide today you want to create a new life.  Own your priorities.  This means letting go of all the commitments holding you back and wasting your time and making the time for your passions.
  2. Decide today who you want in your bubble and who needs to go.  I don't allow negative people in my bubble.  In fact, negative people don't really want to be in your bubble.  They see you as too happy or too optimistic.  They feel trapped in your bubble.  You will have conflict if you let them stay because they're focused on bursting your bubble or destroying your dreams.  ¡Adios, amigos!
  3. Create a routine that brings you joy and happiness.  It may be something like giving back to your community or finding a circle of friends who share your passions.  This should be something that makes you excited to get out of bed every morning.
  4. Sound proof your bubble.  Once you create the ideal life, the people living outside the bubble will make it their mission to burst your bubble.  Remember, they're the ones on the outside.  You can teach them how to create their own positive life or realize that's not what they want and add some bullet-proof insulation.  You may also want to spray some fog on your bubble so you don't have to look at them yelling at you for your silly ways they can't understand.
  5. Determine how high you can float.  This is your bubble.  The only limits are the ones you put on yourself.
One of my greatest joys in life is discovering just how many people I can fit in my bubble without bursting it.  This is a challenge but it works properly when you keeping asking yourself, "are the people in my bubble adding or subtracting to the quality of my life?"  If the answer is on the negative side, take a look in the mirror and figure out what you're doing to make others miserable.  If you are the root of the problem, fix yourself.  If the problem is with certain negative people and you can't mend the relationship by changing your behavior or asking forgiveness, it's time to vote them out.  Your bubble is not a democracy.  You have the only vote that counts.  Choose wisely.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sunrise


There's something special about sunrise.  Each day is a new beginning.  Ask anyone who lived through dark times what they appreciate most about their lives and you will discover much wisdom.  For me, it's seeing the light of day.  It seems counter intuitive to do what the author suggests in today's quote.  Chasing something you cannot catch is a waste of human effort.  Plunging into darkness is scary.  I've been in that tunnel a long time but I'm out now.  I found my sunrise when I headed east.  Do not fear the darkness.  Trust you will see the light of day.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Live Better Starting Today


Why does the pursuit of happiness seem to be such a long journey for some while others simply wake up happy?  Is there really a wrong side of the bed?  What if there's no bed?  Maybe we are too focused on things or milestones and we lose sight of the most powerful navigation tool we all possess – our brains.  Try this experiment:  Tell your brain to search for a better, happier life before you go to bed tonight.  Set the alarm for eight hours. 

Did I just hear you say, "I'm too busy to sleep for eight hours."?

Like I said, if you want to live better starting today, you need to make a few changes.  Waking up grumpy and unhappy may be a result of short-changing your body's natural healing process.  Let's try this again, please set the alarm for eight hours before you go to bed tonight.  Deal?

When you wake up, make a to do list and be sure to include some activities you really enjoy.

Did I just hear you say, "I'm too busy to do the activities I enjoy."?

And why are you that busy?  What's so important that you can't rearrange your life a little so that you can have something fun to look forward to?  Please tell your brain you want some help with time management so you can do some fun things.  I'm sure your brain will respond if you are open-minded to changing your priorities.

Okay.  You're all set.  When you wake up tomorrow morning after eight hours of sleep and a to do list that includes at least one activity you are passionate about, you are on your way to better living.  Isn't it amazing how short that trip was?  You found happiness in less than twenty-four hours.  Congratulate yourself – you are one of the few how understands how to live better.  Have a great day.

Monday, May 23, 2016

How Long-term Dreams Benefit Your Wellness


Barring any unfortunate unseen circumstances beyond my control, I have a dream to be a national USTA doubles champion when I reach my 90's in thirty-five years.  Sound far-fetched?  Nope.  I already have my partner picked out.  He happens to be the doctor who challenged me to be his lab rat nine months ago when I needed help getting my health back on track.  He told me I already had two strikes against me because I was eating all the wrong foods and they were giving me some serious inflammation issues.  Left untreated, my tennis championship dreams would have been more like a figment of my imagination than a realistic goal.  The truth is most of my competition will be dead because they eat like the average American and the odds of a heart attack, stroke or cancer are high.

Long-term dreams benefit your wellness because they give your brain something to focus on.  Your food choices become healthier.  In fact, every choice you make is based on that picture you have in your mind about that dream you want to fulfill.  What are your long-term dreams?  Please take a moment to share in the comments section below.  Have a great day.




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Plot Twist in Caveman Food Experiment


One of my day job peers shared her recent food challenges yesterday.  Her doctor asked her to eat processed foods and add gluten to her diet in preparation for her endoscopy next month – the best procedure for diagnosing celiac disease.  She feels worse each day and the pain is nearly unbearable.  Another unfortunate side effect is a weight gain of over twenty-five pounds in the last ninety days.  When I shared my story about giving up all processed foods and anything with a label, she wanted to hear more.  I added that giving up gluten was part of the experiment since many gluten products on the market today are man-made.

I'm excited to follow Patient XX on her food journey and plan to help her get back on track with a caveman food program rich in fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds once her doctors complete their tests.  She plans to document her progress and is excited to join the caveman food experiment.  Stay tuned.  I told Patient XX she won't be reading my next book – she'll be in the book.  How's that for a plot twist?  Have a great day.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Lesson in Losing for Winners


Losing is part of the game, just be careful not to make a habit of it.  I do believe the biggest lessons are in the losses because that's where you learn what your weaknesses are.  These are the areas of improvement.  Your greatest opponents will exploit these weaknesses.  Thank them.  They're giving you the wisdom you need to raise your game.  Have a great day.