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Upgrade Your Life: Achieve More in 2015 with this Mindset

in the clouds, thrive in life, goal setting, achieving goals, mindset

Upgrade Your Life: Achieve More in 2015 with this Mindset

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In preparing to write the blogs for this month, I looked back at the blog for January of 2014. As we are starting a New Year, dealing with the years goals is often appropriate and looking back on the goals from last year as well. So here is reporting time. Last year, there were goals set in the spiritual, mental, relational, physical and recreational side.
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 So here goes.

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 On the spiritual side, I focused on reading one book of the Bible at least once a month and from different versions as well as reading a commentary on that book. I can boast that I achieved my goal. The book I chose was the book of Matthew. I have read it multiple times and am finishing a commentary today by an author who lived in the 1800s. There are a variety of things that have jumped out at me regarding my faith and I have found this very rewarding. I hope to focus on one book again in 2015 and continue the study of the person of Jesus.
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On the mental side, my goal was to read one book a week. Success again. I have had the opportunity of going through some 55 books in a fairly broad range of topics and hopefully have learned and put into practice some of the things I have read. The goal for this year is the same. I am also taking courses to become certified as a Life and Academic Coach and should be finished mid year.
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On the relational side, I will admit falling down. I had a goal to observe the body language of those around me so as to be more sensitive to their needs. I didn’t do well on this one and am going to pursue it again this year.

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On the physical side, my goal was to maintain an exercise routine and lose a few pounds. Partial success. I have maintained the routine and added to it by riding my bike 2 hours each Saturday morning before the rest of my family gets up. I failed to lose the pounds. Goal is to maintain that routine.

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On the recreational side, I had hoped to become familiar with Bach. No go. Had good intentions but failed to follow through by reviewing the goal and setting up times to do it. Goal for 2015 on the recreation side is to go paragliding at least once and start to learn about this fantastic sport. (I have a secret desire to fly and this is as close as I think I will get to it!) So off we go.

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Action Time.

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What about your goals? If you are considering setting goals for the year, consider the areas I have mentioned. I would have you consider goals that are dependent solely on your activity. For example, if you are a student, consider setting goals for progressing in how you learn and not on the grades you earn. Grades are dependent on your efforts and the input of your teacher. You can control your efforts. Your grade may be dependent on a teacher’s opinion. That is something you can’t control. If you are in business, set your goals on activities and adjust the activities to meet the employers’ requirements and/or your personal career goals. If you are a parent, set goals for the activities you want to do and the lessons you desire to teach.

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The mindset is to do your part. Your personal identity or achievement shouldn’t be dependent on the results.   Write them down, carry them with you and review regularly. I would look forward to hearing some of the goals you set and working with you to be accountable toward reaching them.
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As part of my exercise routine, I walk our Boxer every morning, 3 days a week. I go through a calisthenic routine, starting Monday with a lesser routine and building up to a heavier routine by Friday to rest over the weekend and start again on Monday.   As I walk, I listen to audio books of various types.  I listen to them two or three times before moving on to another book.  I find my attention wanders as I walk so it takes a few times of listening to gain extra insights (some might call that aging).
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I am listening to a book by Dr. Dan Siegel called, “The Neurobiology of WE.”  In making a point about how our brain functions, he briefly overviews an experiment with a monkey.  A part of the monkeys’ brain responded in a certain way when eating a peanut.  The same area responded when the monkey observed another monkey eating a peanut or seeing the lab person eat a peanut.  Dr. Siegel suggests that this offers proof for the reason of our unconsciously mirroring the actions of those around us. In one vein, it explains the trait of empathy and how our mind  is hard-wired to follow the activities  of others and thus empathize with them.  In another vein, it can also explain the actions we take when responding to a crowd and thus follow the crowd, be it in panic, anger, or elation.  It is a normal structural condition that is complex in both design and implementation.
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In and of itself, it is an interesting observation.  The reason I would have you consider it is twofold.  One is to have you consider developing the skill of empathy as it can bring a sense of meaning to life and strength to relationships.  The second is to help us both understand that this hard wiring can be trained and controlled.   I would have you consider the first responders to a tragedy.  As the event is taking place, a select few are moving opposite to the masses.  These responders have gone through some mental exercise or training to overcome this strong internal urge to follow the masses.  What I would have you consider is that there can be a process to both train and overcome our natural inclinations and do so for our good and the good of those around us.
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Action Time!

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Before I can understand others, I need to monitor my own responses.  Over the next week, when in a conversation or situation, make a note to listen to how different parts of your body are reacting.  Is your heart racing?  Do you feel a fluttering in your stomach?  Are you getting goose bumps?  During any of these processes, what is going through the mental part of your body?  How are these different areas responding to one another?  How would you, as the person you want to be, respond to a similar situation in the future?  As you hear your whole body responding, consider it as a yellow flag to be used as a signal and proceed with thoughtful awareness rather the reacting to events taking place.  Then, think how you would like to respond based on the things you consider most important and valuable to you.  Try practicing these mental reactions when the stakes aren’t high.  Let me know what you experience and how you deal with it.

 

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