Friday, December 24, 2021 (Day 357)
Relaxing Music for the week: A Calm Heart: Liquid Mind (11:33) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsuICdiXtBk
Question: What would you like to remember about today?
Answer: That I lived by my motto, “Striving to be 1% better every day.” I always ask myself the questions, “Did I engage in any activities that made me a little bit better today?” and “Did I engage in any activities that served something bigger than me today?” If I can say “yes” to both question, then it’s been a good day. Maybe this is crazy, but for me it’s always about living with purpose, every day, setting an intention to pursue goals and activities that both make me a better Bill Johnson AND serve others in some profound way, a little bit (1%) every day. Seems like a lofty goal, but if it honorable for both myself and others, it’s the right thing to do. For example, I got my long walk and read my 15 minutes of articles this morning (for me) and now I’m writing this blog and sharing an interesting article (for others). I’m sure I’ll do other activities that will both help me and serve others; my goal is to accumulate as many “1%” as possible within the day. How? I ask myself this question: “Is what I’m about to do helping me step forward into growth (+1) or backward into safety (-1). If my day has more +1’s than -1’s, then it was a great day. Now, there are very few days where I have a negative overall day, since there are ALWAYS opportunities to do something better for myself or for others. Even if ONE PERSON finds value in what I share in this blog, then it’s worth it. Thank you for taking the time to read and share thoughts; I appreciate each and every one of you!
To piggy-back on some of the articles I shared this week on passion and mindset, here’s an article that addresses one of the simple things you could do to boost your longevity; check it out here:
- Want to Live 12 Years Longer? A 30-Year Study Says Embracing an Optimism Mindset Is a Major Predictor of Longevity – https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/live-longer-be-more-optimistic-build-relationships-optimism-mindset-predict-longevity-importance-of-relationships-visualization.html
The author shares a couple of different suggestions on how to be more optimistic, such as:
- imagining your best possible self,
- spending time with optimistic people,
- and adopt a growth mindset.
Find a strategy that works for you, then try it for a week. If it works, keep doing it; if it doesn’t work, try something else. Isn’t it worth hanging around for another 10-30 years?