Positive Start to 2018
Back in 2011, Assurance’s Steven Handmaker (Chief Marketing Officer), embarked on a path he’s probably regretted every day since. He started an annual resolution of giving up something he loves for a year to improve his health. From French fries to chocolate to soda, each year he banished exactly one thing from his life. I’ve lost track of all his yearly self-prescribed punishments, but I believe he’s chosen sugar-based foods and any added sugar for 2018.
Shortly thereafter, another Assurance employee jumped on a similar path. Starting with bread in 2014, she systematically knocked out year after year of deprivation. For 2017, she decided to add – rather than remove – one thing to her life for a year. Water. One hundred ounces a day, to be exact. Her selection was similarly healthy and similarly in need of a disciplined approach to meet her goal, but decidedly positive instead of negative.
Brilliant! With only minimal offense intended to Steven, I’ve decided to follow a different approach this year. But I needed some help. I gave myself an extra couple weeks to solidify my New Year’s resolution, so I could get some great ideas from the Assurance team. I posted my request on our company intranet and here are my top 10 frontrunners of the suggestions I received to make a positive addition as my resolution in 2018:
- Read one book per month
- Walk at least 30 minutes per day
- Add ½ hour of sleep per night
- Add 15 minutes of motivational reading or listening per day
- Make time for a short individual vacation with each of my three boys
- Do 100 crunches five days per week
- Spend at least 10 minutes outside each day
- Learn and cook one new healthy recipe per week
- Add a practice of 10 minutes of meditation or mindfulness per day
- Drink 100 ounces of water each day
My first inclination was, “These are all great and I can do them all!”. However, then realism kicked in and I’m going with the last two! Thanks to my Assurance friends for an inspirational start to a healthier 2018!
- Drive Fast. Take Chances.
- New Year + Old Habits = Same Results
- A Once in a Lifetime Goal
- No Success Without Shared Success
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