Optimizing Yourself – Week 17 – Setting Constraints as Big as Dr. Seuss

working with constraints

Working With Constraints

Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) was the master of setting constraints. He once made a bet with a publisher at Random House that he could write a book using 50 words or less.

His power to set limits paid off when Green Eggs and Ham sold more than 200 million copies and was Seuss’s best- selling book

Cat in The Hat was written using only a first grade vocabulary

Limitations inspire creativity by making you find a way to make it work, and setting a schedule helps you get things done whether you feel like it or not, and adds to your productivity.

Everybody has a limited set of tools to work with, but you can work with your tools to maximize what you have.

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to challenge myself to set constraints and make myself work within limits, and find a creative way to make it work. I will let you know how it goes next week.

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Review of Week 16 – Open Space In My Heart For Blessings

Blessings Cupboard

Making Space in My Blessings Cupboard

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I cleaned out the cupboard in the laundry room where I put everything that I don’t know what to do with. I call it my procrastination cupboard, full of stuff I haven’t decided to throw out yet. It is where I look, if someone asks me where that thing-a-ma-gig is. As the old saying goes “if Mom can’t find it no-one can”.

It is one of the last vestiges of disorder in my house, and clinging to the stuff, feels like I am holding on to the past.

So when Pablo Coelho said that by purging what isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful, we will open space in our hearts for blessings, this was the perfect place for me to start.

I found a marionette puppet of Woody from Toy Story, which would be joyful to a small child, but not my adult children. I found a black plastic holder for je ne sais quoi, that is also getting the deep six. That blue plastic basket that was never beautiful, useful, or joyful, has also gotta go. There were two empty boxes, and a box of pencil crayons, and as soon as I throw them out, someone will ask me for them, but even if I have to buy new pencil crayons, I can’t hang on to stuff in case someone someday might need it.

I felt so good cleaning out the cupboard that I am going to rename it a more positive name – the blessings cupboard, as Pablo said blessings will come if I make space for them. <3 photo credit: -PinkFarasha.* via photopin cc

Optimizing Yourself – Week 13 – Nurturing Your Body Each Day in a BIG Way

Nurturing the body

Nurturing the body keeps it healthy

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to nurture my body each day.

Feeling your breath going in and out is the easiest way to connect with your body. Focusing on breath makes you present, and rids your mind of obsessive thinking, as your thoughts transfer into your body. This creates peace and relaxation, and helps you to fall asleep at night.

Getting your body moving more, even if it is walking or gardening, pumps blood and oxygen through your body, and the sweat cleans the impurities and toxins out of your skin. You sleep better when your body is tired, and eight hours of sleep at night restores your energy.

Eating nutritious food and taking vitamins energizes your body, and taking a bubble bath re-juvenates you, and putting lotion on your skin afterward makes your skin soft.

Drinking warm herbal tea also calms the body.

I will let you know how it goes next week.

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Review of Week 11 – Go BIG with Eating 6 Small Meals a Day

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I ate six small regularly scheduled meals a day instead of three big meals. For the first four days, it felt like an inconvenience to stop and prepare so many small meals when I didn’t feel hungry, but as I continued to follow the schedule, by the fifth day, I felt the difference.

I started to feel more energy, and was able to take my dog on longer walks, and I didn’t feel dizzy once, yet I didn’t need to snack because I never got hungry. I also ate healthier food, like eggs and vegetables and fruit, instead of getting hungry and eating heavy food.

After only one week of establishing this routine, I was feeling better and more balanced, and I am going to continue on with this new routine and make it a habit.

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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52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself 2014 – Week Two – Thinking Big With My Household Skills

 

Thinking big with my household skills

Buying In Bulk

This week I am going to find ways to think big with my household skills.  By stockpiling supplies,  buying in bulk, and cooking multiple meals so I can freeze some for later, I am going to go big with saving time and effort on grocery shopping and cooking.  I am also going to search for other ways to go big with my household skills.  I will let you know how it goes next week

Happy New Year 2014! – 52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself – Week One

Happy 2014

Happy 2014


The next 52 weeks are filled with promise. A new year’s resolution is a promise to yourself, to start doing something you want to do, or stop doing something you don’t want to do. With a positive attitude and a sense of well-being, I hope you will have a year of optimizing yourself.

A year can feel like an eternity to commit to a goal. We are always evolving, and our goals are always changing too.

The goal you set at the start of the year may lose its’ urgency by the end of the year.

As I reflect back on my 52 weeks of optimizing yourself for 2013, I sometimes found it difficult to work on my goals for even one week, but by setting the goal, I remembered to work on it for the rest of the year, while also working toward other goals, because many of my goals are linked together.

This year, with a brand new 52 weeks of optimizing yourself ahead of me, I am going to create a habit of thinking big to achieve my goals, because I already know what happens when I think small.
This year I am choosing to go big or go home!

Innovators dare to think big:

Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of
things that are not and ask why not? -Robert Kennedy

For some of my life goals, I already think big, but other times I settle for less than reaching my full potential. Since I have nothing to lose by thinking big in all my goals, and potentially much to gain, I feel I owe it to myself to try.

Jumping off my comfortable path will help me build momentum to move forward and experiment.

By forming new ways to reach my goals each week, I will try something different to see if I get a different result.

For week one, I am going to note down all the goals that I need to think big on, and as the 52 weeks unfold, begin working on each one to continue to optimize myself. I will let you know how it goes next week.

I am wishing everyone a year filled with peace and love, and may your reality be health and happiness in 2014!

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Optimizing Yourself – Week 43 – Oct 14 – Oct 20,2013 – My Imagination Paints My Dream

Paint your mind's dreams

Paint your mind’s dreams

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream”

Vincent Van Gogh

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to paint my dreams in my mind.  I am going to dream in colors of  ocher and magenta, feel the beauty in the painting’s texture and tone, and imagine that I already have my dream.  They say that what you can conceive, you can achieve, so I am going to write down my dreams in a dream journal each day, and take a few minutes to meditate on them.   I will feel the clothes I am wearing, see the location I am in, and taste the food I am eating.  We are all artists painting dreams in our minds, and  if we dream  with no limits, our positive thoughts can create our own masterpiece, that is uniquely ours.  I will let you know how it goes next week.


Review of Week 42 – Optimizing Yourself – Don’t Worry About What Others Think

This week, as I didn’t worry about what others think, I was able to be myself.

Ester Hicks says that many of us learn at a young age to care about what other people think. We learned if we pleased our parents and our teachers, we got their love and felt good, and if we didn’t please them, we didn’t get their love, and felt bad.

By staying on my own path, and loving myself, I don’t worry about other people’s approval. I let other people’s thoughts belong to them, not me, and I take responsibility for myself and how I feel.  

By not trying to control other people’s thoughts, I give up the need to control them, and we can both be ourselves;then we are both free.

Week 42 – Optimizing Yourself – Oct 7 – Oct 13, 2013 – Don’t Worry What Other People Think

 

“What other people think of me is none of my business.”

Wayne Dyer

I am changing the category“bettering yourself” to “optimizing yourself”  this week as “ there is no end to better” as Georgia Nicols, my favorite astrologer says.  Optimizing is to make the best or most effective use of my resources, and that is more fitting.

For this week’s Optimizing Yourself I am going to focus on being independent of what other people think, and continue on with my day.  Their definition of me is limited in the same way that my definition of them is, because it’s impossible to understand or know everything about another person.

I will let you know how it goes next week.

Don't worry about what other people think

Other’s thoughts of you don’t define you

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Week 8 – Feb 18 -24, 2013 – Eat Less Meat

For four weeks now, I have been eating more fruits and vegetables, and I have lost weight and I feel  healthier. For this week’s bettering yourself exercise, I am going to focus on eating less meat.

We watched Vegucation on Netflix, a movie about a group of meat lovers who embark on a journey to become vegans.  It explored how the increased demand for meat in our world results in animals being treated like production machines,  and how increased meat production is more detrimental to the environment than automobile emissions

Since North Americans typically eat too much meat, health problems  like high blood pressure and heart disease are on the rise.

I am going to investigate ways to obtain protein from other sources,  so I can eat less meat to help save my life, the life of the planet, and maybe save a few animals’  lives in the process.

This week I am going to cook my vegetarian lasagna with alternate sources of protein, that I found by watching Mimi Kirk on Youtube and search out other meatless recipes,

Vegetarian Lasagna

Vegetarian Lasagna

, and I will let you know how eating less meat went next week.

 

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