Review of Week 12 – Going BIG with Creating Positive Self-Talk

Changing to positive self-talk

Do is better than try

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I changed to using positive self-talk words like: do, choose, proud, make, and when, on my to-do list, to motivate me to get tasks accomplished.

Using decisive words left no doubt in my mind that I was going to accomplish tasks, helped me tackle little tasks easily, and the big ones didn’t seem as intimidating.

Do – ask for help to lift up a king size wooden futon frame and clean under it.

Choose – to eat meals at regular intervals and not skip meals

Proud – feeling proud and reflecting on the things I have worked hard to achieve instead of downplaying them.

Making time instead of not having time – By leaving no doubt that I was going to get a lot done, I completed a big sewing project this week, mailed items at the post office, ordered flowers for someone, bought computer software that I needed, wrapped items, had a celebration, printed off applications and helped fill them out, provided transportation to outings, and sorted through cupboards, drawers and closets.

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52 Weeks To Optimizing Yourself – Week 11 – Bo BIG With Eating Small Meals Frequently

Eat small meals frequently

Eating small meals frequently creates balance

I met a friend this week at a coffee shop and she looked really good, and said she changed to eating six small meals throughout the day, instead of three large meals.

She said by distributing her food evenly throughout the day, and not allowing herself to get hungry, she doesn’t end up overeating.

I am going to take her advice and schedule six small meals a day instead of three large ones, so I can avoid feeling lightheaded before my meals and tired after them.

She said if you wait until you are hungry to eat, your body stores fat, as it thinks you are starving it.

This week I am going to form a new eating schedule so I will feel better. I will let you know how it goes next week.

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52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself – Week 9 – Go BIG With Creating an Inspiration Wall

Inspiration wall

A wall of inspiration

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to make a wall above my work space called ‘an inspiration wall’ with symbols and sayings that inspire me to pursue my dreams.

I will let you know how it goes next week.

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Review of Week 8 – Go BIG With Going The Extra Mile

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I went BIG with going the extra mile, in the areas of communications and planning. I started a file of samples of designs and graphics and photos to pursue my future design goals. I also added one extra task each time I worked on a project or did research.

I learned that adding one extra task was extra helpful if I did it in advance – it was like filling the well before I was thirsty. Then when the unexpected tasks arose, there was no time crunch. Preparing a list and setting out what I needed ahead of time made it a breeze.

I learned that doing the extra bit was beneficial to others also, because I was prepared, and didn’t waste their time.

I also drank more water in flu season, and washed my hands often to minimize germs.

I am going to seek other ways to go the extra mile over the next ten months, so it will become a habit, and by setting my standards higher, I will learn to do things a little better.

52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself 2014 – Week 7 – Go BIG With Changing the Words “If Only” to “Next Time”.

Mistakes are Lessons

Mistakes Teach You What To Do Next Time

Change the words “if only” to “next time”.

Norman Vincent Peale.

 

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to change my “if only” thoughts or statements to “next time”.

Instead of saying “if only I had done this”, or “hadn’t done that”, I am going to focus on what I learned from my mistakes, and what I will do better next time.

As Norman Vincent Peale says in You Can if You Think You Can, “if only” is past tense, it wastes time, and hashes over old mistakes with you at the center.  “Next time” shifts your direction and lets you learn from your mistakes and push aside regret and move forward.  Living in the present, one day at a time, while thinking ahead to how you will keep optimizing yourself is the best you can do.

I will let you know how it goes next week.

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Review of Week 5 – Going BIG With Seeing Things Instead of Looking At Them

This week, I went BIG with seeing the moon, instead of only looking at it, and I saw the way it moves around the sky at different times of the night.  I gave it my full attention, instead of taking it for granted, and expecting it to illuminate the night sky.

I changed the way I looked at the moon and saw how useful it is, as a force that increases the ocean tides, and stabilizes the earth’s rotation so it doesn’t tip and cause extreme weather.  I saw it playing a starring role in lunar eclipses, solar eclipses, and appearing to get smaller and larger and change shape when the angle of the sun changes and casts shadows on it.

In the clear night sky, all the way from earth, I could see the valleys and highlands and marks where it had been hit by meteors and comets.  On a cloudy night, it shone a smoky, foggy light through the clouds.  One night, I saw a ring around the moon, caused by light reflecting on icy clouds surrounding it.

When I went BIG with seeing the moon, instead of simply looking at it, I realized how wonderful it is to have, and life would not be nearly as good without it.

 

The amazing moon

The Amazing Moon

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Review of Week 4 – Going BIG With Going With The Flow

 

go BIG with the flow

Going BIG With The Flow

I went BIG with the flow this week, instead of pushing or trying to influence events, I was laid back, yet surprisingly productive.  I read the book “Redefining Success” by W. Brett Wilson, and learned about work/life balance, entrepreneurship, marketing and philanthropy, from one of Canada’s top business people. I will post a review of the book later this week.

I also went BIG with getting updated on those around me:

–          My youngest son discussed his plans after high school,  and we sent off his college application.

–          My middle son loves statistics and facts and  fun Superbowl facts.  He said that 17 of the last 20 Superbowls have been won by the city with the lowest unemployment rate.  People who are employed are more able to buy tickets to go to the games, and spend money on team merchandise to support the team.  I have seen individuals gain confidence by gaining employment, but I wasn’t aware of the impact of employment on the confidence of a team and a city!  It will be Interesting to see if Seattle will win with 5.7% unemployment, or Denver which has 5.8%.  Apparently, The Seattle Seahawks have never won the Superbowl.

–          My eldest son organized a hiking trip for him and five friends up a 2,000 foot rock face called “The Chief” near Squamish, B.C.   I helped him gather supplies to hike up to the summit with all their backpacks to camp overnight where The Peregrine Falcons nest.  They are the fastest flying birds in the world, flying at speeds of over 200 miles per hour.

Sources:

www.foxnews.com , www.defenders.org/peregrine

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52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself – Week 4 – Go BIG With Going With The Flow

 

Go BIG with the flow

Go BIG with the flow

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going BIG with going with the flow…

I have a positive vibe this week, and I won a contest!!

I AM going to have lunch with W. Brett Wilson, formerly of The Dragon’s Den reality tv show, at an undisclosed location in Vancouver next month.  He is one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

I AM preparing a question to ask Brett at the luncheon, as are each of the 8 winners

I AM reading Brett’s book “Redefining Success” which I purchased this week, so I can review it on my blog

I AM preparing for my goal of taking my blog on a road trip in the next few months to interact with the community, and this is a great opportunity to do that.

I will let you know how this week’s going BIG with going with the flow goes next week.

Review of Week 2 – Thinking BIG with My Household Skills

 

Cooking for the week on one day

Cooking our meals for a week on one day

 

 

Bulking up on fruits and veggies

Bulking up on fruits and veggies

This week, I went BIG with my household skills associated with meal planning and preparation:  making a grocery list and planning the meals for one week, shopping, preparing the ingredients, cooking the food and cleaning up the dishes and kitchen. 

I did a bulk grocery shop at Costco, and then went to the farm market to buy fruits and vegetables.  Making multiple meals at once, and freezing some for the rest of the week saves time in terms of shopping, cooking and cleaning.  Getting bulk pricing also saves money, and saves making multiple trips to the store.  It is also healthier and tastier to freeze home cooked meals rather than buying frozen meals.

It’s easy cooking everything at once, because you already have all the ingredients and tools out, such as knives and cutting boards, oil and pots, and you are already working at the stove, so it’s not that difficult to stir a few more pots at the same time.  You can also wash all the dishes and wipe up the stove and counters in one go.

This week by cooking lasagna, spaghetti, chicken stir fry, and pizza all at once, I saved time, effort, and money, and went BIG with a big household skill. It is a great new habit to form for those weeks when the family is super busy and need some quick lunches and dinners to heat up.

Photos by: Ann Hoy