my journey

January 16, 2018…Small Steps

Good morning my beautiful friends!

Today I am beginning to add small steps that I know will lead to great achievements.  Because right now, “Go-Go-Go” is not the mental state I need.  I need small wins that will lift me every day.

This morning, I woke to a video in my YouTube feed by MindValley called 10 Morning Habits Geniuses Use to Jump Start the Brain.  While all 10 are very attainable, I have selected the following five so that I can fully commit and have five wins every single day.  I made sure to include some that were geared more towards health, which is what I’ve been working on for two weeks now to gain the energy I need to make this dream of mine happen.  Here they are:

1 Make My Bed Every Morning.
Guilty!  I do not make my bed on a regular basis.  Not even semi-regular.  I am of the belief that it’s going to get messed up anyway, so why bother.  According to Jim Kwik (MindValley), a clean environment encourages a clean mind.  I can certainly agree with this as I always feel better when my house is clean.  My stress levels pop up when things are not in their place.  I never see the bed until night though, so again, why bother?  Jim then proceeded to explain that by making your bed, you are succeeding first thing in the morning.  Not only are you succeeding in the morning, but when you come home at the end of the day, you come back to your first success.  Win-Win.  This, I can do.           2 Water.
Lots of water in the morning.  As a previous health-coach, I can strongly agree with this.  But do I currently do it?  Nah.  I have incorporated plenty of water throughout the day beginning two weeks ago, but still have my coffee in the morning.  I will never deny that I am addicted to coffee.  According to Jim, our brains are made mostly of water, and we lose a lot of water while sleeping.  Yep, knew that as well.  So why do I not do it?  I really have no answer.  Especially since my body asks for water in the morning.  I know myself, and I know that once I step out of bed, I head to the coffee pot.  So, I will take on this morning routine by placing a bottle of water next to my bed each night and will not allow myself out of bed until it is gone.

3 Brush My Teeth With My Opposite Hand.
What??!  I laughed at this one.  But it’s really quite interesting and takes maybe an additional 60 seconds for coordination each morning, so why not?  He says that by using your opposite hand to do tasks, you create more neuro connections.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I am an aging woman.  I must do what I must to keep those brain cells working.  Lefty-brushing it is!

4 Journaling.
According to Jim, you can boost brain power by taking and making notes.  Welcome to my journal♥.  Truth be told, I likely won’t “journal” in here every day because, well, my life just isn’t that exciting.  But I will commit to, at a minimum, letting you in on my daily act of self-love.

5 HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
HIIT is the best workout you can do if you are limited in time.  Jim suggests three minutes every morning in an effort to get your blood moving, which in turn, goes to your brain.  He says this should not be in place of your daily workout.  Rather, it is just an a.m. boost for your brain.  THIS is going to be my challenge.  I barely want to walk in the morning let alone Jump Up Jump Up and Get Down (song reference 🙂 ).  It is my understanding that in order to change, we must do something that makes us uncomfortable.  I suppose I will take this one on.  I know it will be good for me.  But getting my booty to move so early in the a.m. … ugh.  FINE!

The rest of his 10 tips are all very good and I do suggest watching the video if you have time; perhaps something more will appeal to you in whatever journey you are on.

Today’s act of self-love: Telling myself I will do things that better my health, mind and soul…and doing them. ♥♥♥

I am off to start my day…including the dreaded HIIT.  Until my next post, much love to everyone!

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