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The Real Reasons You Should Care A Little More About Your Body (Now!)

2 Reasons You Should Definitely Make the Effort to Get in Shape

It’s 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning. It was a hectic week, topped off with a long and exciting Friday night. I’m just now getting in. Upon remembering all I have to do over the horribly short weekend, I panicked. I set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Guess what happens next?

Do you find that you are always just too tired to do the Things That Matter? It may be ow you treat your body. Everyone, but especially young adults, need to be conscious of how we treat this most critical tool. | Photo by by anieto2k
Do you find that you are always just too tired to do the Things That Matter? It may be how you treat your body. Everyone, but particularly young adults, needs to be conscious of how we treat this most critical tool. | Photo by by anieto2k

Invariably, whenever I do that madness, I end up sleeping until 10, 11 or even 12 the next morning! Having given my body a most unrealistic goal, my brain and body then conspire to ignore my alarm and instead, have me sleep until they are good and ready to wake up.

I want to encourage you in relation to how you treat your body. Right now, your primary responsibility is not to make commitments about fitness that you are very likely to break like getting  “a 6 pack,” or “a chiseled chest,” or “the most toned thighs ever!

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So What If Everyone Thinks 2013 Will Be A Horrible Year?

Dare to Defy Odds and Make 2013 the Most Meaningful Year of Your Life

13 has always had an eerie ring of horror to it and by the major accounts, this New Year, 2013 is set to live right up that reputation.

The number 13 has always had an horror feel to it and by the sound of pundits globally - this year will be horrible. So what? Photo by Skley
The number 13 has always had a feel of horror to it and by the sound of pundits globally – this year will be horrible. So what? Photo by Skley

A whopping 65 percent of the 311,591,917 people living in the United States of America have predicted that 2013 will be a year of economic difficulty.

To date it seems there will be no easing in the European crisis. In fact, the latest reports are that the Greeks have discarded the use of the Euro for bartering.

Here in Jamaica – well, they didn’t even bother run a poll. #Foregoneconclusion.

But…You Can Defy the Drab Prospects

It is against this bleak backdrop that I extend a most audacious challenge to you: How about we work to Make 2013 a Stand Out year – a year of uncommon exploits, never to be forgotten?

How about we work to Make 2013 a Stand Out year – a year of uncommon exploits, never to be forgotten?
How about we work to Make 2013 a Stand Out year – a year of uncommon exploits, never to be forgotten?

I have written 7 articles, challenging you to make serious commitments in 7 areas of your life this year.

These commitments, I am suggesting, will transform your life even in the midst of a turbulent year. Moreover, they will ensure that at the end of this horrible year, you are stronger, wiser and more ready than ever to take advantage of new opportunities.

Why You Should Care About “Bad Years”

Ever said, or heard a friend say, “Man, last year was just a really bad year for me personally”…?

I wrote this series because I believe, especially as young adults; neither you nor I can afford “bad years” in our lives.

And, with all the predictions in the world saying it will be ‘oh so bad’ socially, politically and economically – it’s clear to me, we must work double time to prevent the impact of it in our lives.

This Is Our Only Time

Bad years and hard times bring at least 3 things that do a lot more than make the present unpleasant – they attack the foundation of a great future.

We must be fanatical in our efforts not to have “bad years” as though they were like bad days. Two reasons:

1.     We only have so many of these years to spare:

People like Dr. Meg Jay, author of The Defining Decade are correct – “Thirty is NOT the new Twenty.”

Those of us long past the age may feel a sting of regret in reading this but the jury is in: what we do in our twenties really does matter.

Life does not begin when we want it to; we only decide when we’ll come alive to life.

2.     Bad years are horribly destructive to our future:

Because “bad years” bring three things:[pullquote align=”right”]At the end of a bad year, you may find yourself more aged but no more mature; older but not wiser; bigger but not stronger; a head and shoulder taller than everyone around you, but not an inch more elevated in their eyes and estimation.[/pullquote]

  • Deficit

In the bad year – there is a deficit of positives. Less meaningful interactions, less things read, less feeding of your imagination, less exercise, less healthy habits, less activities that matter, less, less, less.

  • Deterioration

Slowly, over the course of the year, your mind and body alike become flabby. The networks you were building disperse.  The fitness you had wanes, the strong positive resolves you had are weakened, the bright, colour dreams are noticeably dull.

  • Derailment

A bad year in your 20s (any point of your life! But especially here) is not “just another bad year!”

At the end of a bad year, you may find yourself more aged but no more mature; older but not wiser; bigger but not stronger; a head and shoulder taller than everyone around you, but not an inch more elevated in their eyes and estimation.

Sadly many of us are still 13 going on 30.

I challenge you: Make this year different! Change the script. Read the series. Defy the odds.

Are you ready to face a New Year? How do you plan to meet it?

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This is part 1 of a 7 part series “Make 2013 a Stand Out Year.”

Read the other posts in this series:

1. So What If Everyone Thinks 2013 Will Be A Horrible Year?

2. Decide On Your Destination: Create A Personal “Life Plan”

3. One Thing For Your Daily MUST DO List: Get Out of the Pile!

4. Are You Improving Your Mind? Here Are 3 Reasons Why You Should Be

5.The Real Reasons You Should Care A Little More About Your Body (Now!)

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“Stop Trying to Be Deep”

Amazingly, you doing better things (stepping out, getting stronger and being progressive) will actually be annoying to some people. Having not gotten the memo that life has moved on, that tomorrow is already here, they will abuse you for being productive, for being diligent and most of all, for being different.

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“Stop trying to be deep!” “Stop trying to be so smart.” “Why are you wasting your time reading that book – what’s in it for you?” I want to call you, today, in the face of all the abuse you will endure for “trying” to do productive things to Stand Up and Reject the Culture of the Common. Continue reading “Stop Trying to Be Deep”

Want to Try Something New For 30 Days? Here are 50+ Ideas!

Everybody has seen the TED talk by Matt Cutts on how he improved his quality of life by simply deciding to try “Something New for 30 Days“. Its less than 6 minutes (WATCH IT).

Tomorrow, the start of a new month is the perfect time for you to undertake such a project (even if you don’t start tomorrow – still try).

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