I do not know if I am a slow starter or easily distracted. I am a big believer in getting enough sleep(I like to sleep in when i can). My partner is the same way, and often times when we wake up we are not on the same page. So there are some things I like to do to help us get started every day:
- Before I go to bed I make a list of what I need to do and prioritize it for the next day
- When I do get up I try and focus on my most important goal of the day. This can often conflict with my partner’s goal of the day, which can slow us both down.
- I eat breakfast and have some iced tea, sans sweeteners, then tackle the goal.
- I do not beat myself up if I do not accomplish the goal or all of my goals. I just restart the process right before bed.
How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Are you still pursuing them? Have you started them? Are you having any issues? What can you do to succeed? What were your New Year’s Resolutions?
I have 4 goals this year:
- Mine are to get a certification this year. I’ve started to study twice a week and take the test in December.
- Grow my business – I’ve met with new potential clients
- Eat and drink healthier – check
- Get my six pack back – almost there
I was reading a book called Tokyo Vice written by my friend Jake Adelstein. At the core of this story is a member of the Japanese Mafia, the Yakuza, who needs to go to America for a liver transplant. It turns out liver issues are common among the Yakuza, because they get so many tattoos.
That little bit of information was a shock. Tattoos are all the rage. They look painful, but could they really be harmful to the body? So many fitness freaks get tattoos. It seems all the rage. So I started looking into it.
The tattoos suffocate the skin. It turns out our skin is an extremely important organ that we need to at the very least, breathe. Every time we get a tattoo we are destroying an area of our body/skin. That area will never be able to breathe again. The more tattoos we get the more stress we are putting on the our body making the remaining breathable skin work harder.
On top of that there are a ton of other issues surrounding tattoos. So why do so many get them when they are clearly bad for us, like smoking? It’s human nature. Especially for someone who is younger. People want to express themselves and this is a great way to do it. Will I get a tattoo? Probably not. For a far less dangerous reason that bad health. I just dislike needles.
I would love counter arguments for tattoos. So many of my friends have them, that I would like to hear some of the positive health benefits they provide. Also, my research is far from perfect. Poke holes in it. Maybe tattoos are not the next cigarette. Maybe they are harmless permanent body decorations?
Picking challenges/goals is not easy. Often times I picked goals that are a little out of my reach. Example: blog every day for 6 months. I never do it. They I started using the Japanese method of Kaizen. Pick a goal then break that goal down into small steps/parts. I would like to blog every day, but that has not happened. So I am setting a smaller goal of 7 days to start. On top of that I will bring back my simple workout routine: 21 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, 30 jumping jacks, and add 12,000 steps plus some light weights. If I accomplish this I will expand to 30 days. I really need this, because I will be headed to Seattle, Los Angeles, Italy, and Japan in the next 2-3 months. There will be a ton of hiking and walking and I want to be ready.
Side note: If anyone knows Tuscany, Italy, please send ideas. In Japan I need help with Mie and Wakayama Prefectures. I am open to ideasin LA and Seattle, but know both fairly well.
The last 6 years I have spent building my business. So I am thrilled I succeeded.
Now that it is established I feel I am not complete.
I realize now that I do not want to be based in the city I am currently living.
I’d like to live and work from my laptop, with my primary home being in Japan.
The other thing I want is to double my income.
How do I do it? Kaizen. Small steps leading up to a larger goal.
First I will research and see if I can port my practice with me. My primary goal will be the freeing myself from my current city.
What’s your primary New Year’s Resolution this year.