Ten Tips for a Balanced Healthy Life in 2012 (revisited)

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1. Focus - Determine what your distractions are and eliminate as many as possible.  Some things are just that, distractions, and they cheat you out of moving forward.

2. Get Healthy - Eat foods that don't rob you of energy and good health.  Sleep what your body needs.  Exercise consistently, effectively and efficiently.  Avoid fad diets, avoid fad foods and avoid fad exercise.

3. Educate Yourself - Learn more about those things that propel you forward.  Don't seek advice from failures.  Look for people who have succeeded at the place you want to go to and seek their advice, experience and wisdom.  Read good books, listen to successful leaders and learn the mechanics of your field of choice.  And remember, everyone pays their dues.  Make every day a learning day.

4. Invest in Healthy Relationships - Reduce the takers in your life, and increase the givers.  Some people only cause you heartache and misery.  And then again, some people bring you great joy.  Ask yourself,  "How do I feel after I've spent time with this person?" or,"How do I feel after I've talked to this person on the phone or through a text message?"  If you're excited and inspired, you've found a fountain.  If you're exhausted, you've found a drain.

5. Make Money Your Servant - Pay yourself first (at least 10% of everything).  Try to give more to your favorite charity or your church, and do it out of a generous heart.  There is a law of giving and receiving that profits you above and beyond your generosity.  Pay off debts.  The borrower is servant to the lender.  Break the shackles of debt so that it doesn't become a course distraction.

  6. Do Something Out of Your Comfort Zone - Go on a canopy glide, go sailing or take a trip to country where you don't speak the language, etc.  It's intense and it makes you feel very alive.

7. Bury Your Past - Don't let the past direct the future.  Everybody makes mistakes.  Allow yourself the freedom to get past it.  Others may not want to let you leave your mistakes behind, but it's your choice.  Don't look back.  Images in the mirror are bigger than appear.  Don't look in the rear view mirror.  Your goals are ahead.

8. Renew Your Spiritual Life - A core relationship with God is an anchor in the storms of life.  Some days you need an anchor.  Other days, you need a sail.   A healthy relationship with God will provide both.  Know the difference between a true spiritual relationship with God and one that is only on the surface.   Pray, study God's Word and give Him your time.  I promise, you can't out give God.  If you give Him your life.  He will give you His. 

9. Extend Forgiveness - It's hard to walk up a hill with someone on your back.  Holding anger and resentment toward other people really only holds you back.  It rarely hurts the offenders.  There are people who you may not feel are worthy of forgiveness, but as long as you hold on to their offenses they are still controlling your life.  Extend forgiveness, and throw off the shackles of bitterness, resentment and anger.  If this seems too difficult, refer to #8.

10. Love More & Love Sincerely - Tell those you love that you really love them, and then go a step further.  Show it.  Don't wait for the next funeral to remember all the people you haven't told how important they are in your life. Tell them now while it counts.  You might be the only encouragement some people ever get, and you might be that one lifeline someone needs in an undisclosed time of distress.

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Mike Arthur and I just dropped in to wish you Seasons Greetings

Dec 17, 2011 10:51 AM #5
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Thank you, Karen.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season as well.

Dec 17, 2011 10:53 AM #6
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Mike extraordinary tips!  Easy and should be no-brainers but sometimes we just need to see it in type.

Dec 17, 2011 11:00 AM #7
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Thanks, John.  Have a great weekend!

Dec 17, 2011 11:10 AM #8
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Good Morning Mike, I will be printing this and hanging it on my wall. Focus and patience are 2 of my goals for 2012. Have a Great Saturday.

Dec 17, 2011 11:19 AM #9
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Awesome, Scott.  I hope you have a great weekend as well.

Dec 17, 2011 11:26 AM #10
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Excellent tips Mike, with #1 being focus..............

Dec 17, 2011 11:55 AM #11
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There you go, Roger.  Have a great weekend!

Dec 17, 2011 11:58 AM #12
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Mike,  Great as always, you do come up with some great topic's  when is your book coming out.  You could write one for sure.

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Thanks, Will.  I'll be hitting that hard in early 2012.  Hopefully by the end of summer I'll have one out.  Thanks for the kudos. 

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AWESOME post and every bit of it words of wisdom.

THIS post should be printed and on everyones desk or in view until it becomes part of their everyday life and mindset!

 

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Thanks, Sir David.  I hope you and the Mrs have a wonderful Christmas!!

Dec 17, 2011 01:23 PM #16
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I love this list Mike. When I started my Home Staging business 7 years ago I was so thrilled to be doing what I really wanted to do for the first time in my life. 10% of the gross goes to God for a thank you. 10% goes into savings....the remainder is for expenses and then what is left over to me. I wouldn't have it any other way. I am in the process of working on the rest of the list!

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Awesome, Shar.  You've got good seed in the ground, and a good future harvest is always in the process of growing.  Have a great Sunday!

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Mike, this is a great post. It is excellent advice. I am finally beginning to get the focus thing for real estate down. Exercise is another goal of mine. In making the career transition, I allowed my commitment to exercise to be waylaid. Thanks for the encouragement.

Cal

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Great, Cal.  I'm looking to change my exercise regime to a different style beginning in January.  I've been teaching indoor cycling for 15 yrs, but I'm giving it up Dec 30th.  So, I need to find new ways to accomplish the same thing without teaching. Have a great week!

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Mike, These are all great tips, and we certainly need to keep them all in mind for 2012. No. 8 is the BEST one for me, since all the others will happen if I focus on HIM.

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There you go, Jerry.  You are so right.

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Hi Mike, Suggested! Great list to follow for every single person. I agree with Jerry, though they're all great tips, #8 should be the beginning and the ending of everything we do..

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     "Bury your past".  This is so important.  The past only exists in your mind.  Get rid of the bad memories once and for all.

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