After an amazing two-week vacation, I’m back online and ready to tackle 2013. But because my brain hasn’t quite caught up with me and the New Year yet, I’m going to base this week’s post on a wonderful blog posted by Zen Habits, but with my own twist. I give all credit to Zen Habits and the guest post from Craig Ballantyne for the inspiration.
What I loved about the original post is that it gives a wonderful, earthy way of adopting changes and goals into your life and how you can learn from those who have the stick-to-itiveness to meet them. So, because it wouldn’t be a New Year without some sort of change in mind, I’ve tweaked Zen’s 12 Rules and made 6 of my own. Let’s see if any resonate with you.
- I exercise 4 to 5 days a week. I’m up at 4:45am 2-3 days a week before work to get in strength training or fusion Pilates. I intend to go back to my early morning yoga routine next week for a change. Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings (early!) are reserved for running on the treadmill at the gym. I took nearly 3 weeks off from doing this and I’m feeling the effects. Time to get back on the move!
- Write for 30-60 minutes every weekday. I do this on the train ride to work. Sundays are reserved for book and personal marketing. Saturdays are my day off from anything writing related.
- Do not check email before 9 a.m. This one is directly from Zen’s site and I’m horrible with this. I always check as soon as I get up. And I check social media, too. I’ve now realized that I’ve become a slave to my smart phone and social media and that I’m missing out on the glory of starting the day off with a deep breath and a clean slate. I have the feeling I won’t be missing this bad habit very much when I give it up. Starting tomorrow.
- My life moves forward or backward because of me. My triumphs and sorrows are mine and mine alone. And my reaction to them belong to me, too. It’s what’s in my head and heart that count, not someone else’s opinion or reaction.
- I will not be the person I don’t want to be. Another great one from Zen. I am who I am because of choice. And I choose to do what’s best for me and my family and listen to my own heart and mind. I can take input from others but will decide for myself what’s in my own best interests. That may cause disagreement and so be it. We all see the world through our own eyes and can do so without selfishness.
- “I will always keep the child within me alive.” – Frank McKinney. Yet another gem used on Zen’s website and one I often don’t have trouble with. No matter what my age, I try my best to have fun, laugh and enjoy life as best I can in the way that’s best for me.
How about you? Do you have any rules to add?
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