It’s Time to Start and Stop
Happy New Year. 2016 is here and we all have to learn how to write and type it. How long will it take you to get used to it?
I could tell you that I’m resolving to do certain things this next orbit around the sun. I could tell you of lofty goals of business, travel, relationships, exercise, health, finance and more. I could say that I’m going to be faithful to read my Bible everyday, or exercise 3X a week, or do a podcast/blog everyday or a million other things. But I won’t.
Most people who declare New Year’s resolutions and goals usually break them. Maybe not all of them, but at least some. I decided, after blowing it year after year, that I would not force myself to declare anything that I was going to do in the New Year.
I’m not against goal setting. But we must make sure that our goals are
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Attainable – assuring that an end can be achieved.
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
Facebook is filled today with people talking about resolutions and setting goals. There are a ton of sponsored ads to help you [and take your money]. Everyone in network marketing is reaching out to you wanting you to purchase their product and join their team. Hey, even I do that and even this blog and podcast are sponsored by PlexusChuck.com.
But, as I was thinking about what I might share with you today on January 1, 2016, I thought of just two things – Start and Stop.
It’s Time to Start and Stop
Start reading more books.
Good books that challenge your mind, inspire you, educate you, and more. I have a friend that said she read 403 books in 2015! Now, that just a few more than I managed to read. LOL. But, seriously, why not set a goal of at least one non-fiction book a month. If you do more that’s great.
Stop watching mindless TV.
Sure, it’s okay to be entertained. You know I love old movies on TCM. I also like shows on The History Channel, TLC, National Geographic, PBS, Food Network, and HGTV. Shows on nature, the universe, anthropology, ancestry, remodeling, exploring and mining. What we don’t need to do is sit there for hour after hour absorbed in nothingness. The commercials alone will kill you. Even if you love FOX News – they recycle the same commercials every few minutes. They tell you about putting your money into gold, refinancing your house, getting life insurance, car insurance, and these medical ads that tell you “in an entertaining way using celebrities and beautiful people.” That last category is one of the worst. Many times the disclaimers and side effect warnings sound worse than the disease they are trying to cure.
Start listening to something to inspire you or motivate you on a regular basis.
There are so many great inspirational authors and speakers out there. Here are just a few of mine:
- Sam Crowley – http://everydayissaturday.com – Sam is the one who inspired me to start a podcast. He has a great podcast that will motivate you, make you laugh, make you want to be better, and help you through the hard time of life. He lives his message. I’ve bought his courses, resources, and have heard him speak in Nashville.
- Les Brown – I heard Les years ago in person. I’ve read a book that he wrote. Great guy. He even has his own App that you can buy and get a daily dose of inspiration sent right to your phone.
- John Maxwell – I’ve seen Dr. Maxwell in person several times. I even played and sang some music at a conference he led in Alexandria, LA in the 90s. So, I was privileged to eat lunch at his table. No big deal. But, he’s got some great content in his books and more. Check out John Maxwell. You can even get a Maxwell Minute sent to your email everyday.
- Larry Winget – Larry is seen on FOX News and many shows on TV. He’s called The Pitbull of Personal Development. I’ve bought Larry’s books and heard him speak on TV and internet. He doesn’t pull any punches. He tells it like it is. Check out Larry Winget as soon as you can.
- Chuck Whetstone – you can always check out my previous blogs and podcasts on many subjects that I explore on Chuck’s Favorite Things.
Start being nicer to yourself.
Take naps in the middle of the day. As a youngster I hated nap time. I think it was invented as a way for Mom to get a break from me. So, I ended up NOT taking naps, but I had to be quiet. If you need a nap – take it. Don’t make it for 3 or 4 hours. I know from experience that will usually keep you up the rest of the evening too late. But, take some “power naps” of 15 – 30 minutes. 45 if you need. Set the clock if you need to. But, be nice and snooze in the middle of the day [but not if the Boss is around]!
Do some exercise. Nothing crazy. Start small and work yourself up. Even if you are in a wheelchair there are simple exercises you can do sitting down. Right now I have trouble walking more than 1/10th of a mile before my hip starts hurting. Walking is one of the best exercises. So, I am going to be doing short stretches of walking, then take a break, then start again. Plus I may do some water therapy. And of course I am still losing weight on Plexus, but it has been a battle for the last couple of months with all the holidays and such. Losing weight will help my hip and make it easier to walk. I know this. Now, I must act on what I know.
Reward yourself when you reach a milestone or make an accomplishment. I have decided to purchase a fancy western shirt [like Larry Winget wears] when I reach a certain weight-loss goal. When I get there you’ll know. I’ll take a picture and put in on my blog. For you that might mean taking a trip to the yogurt store or Starbucks. I also have a goal to make a certain amount of money this year . When I reach that level of income I’m going to buy another guitar. I probably will purchase a new or used Fender Telecaster. Again, the picture will come at the right time.
It’s Time to Start and Stop
Whatever you do in 2016 I know it will take some effort to Start some things and to Stop some things. May you have the BEST New Year possible! You deserve it! Believe it.