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Simply Good Life - Resolutions | Habits | Storytelling | Bruce Lee

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Simply Good Life - Resolutions | Habits | Storytelling | Bruce Lee
By Adam Egger • Issue #162 • View online
Hi friends, here is your weekly dose of “Simply Good Life,” a newsletter that tries to make your day a little bit better and help you to grow personally and professionally. Enjoy!

New Year's Resolutions
Instead of making New Year Resolutions, last year I started with Tim Ferriss’ Past Year Review approach (presented in a previous newsletter).
With this approach, you create a list of beautiful things you’ve done in the previous 12 months and a shorter list of things you definitely want to repeat next year. It’s a great approach to not only see how much actually happened in the past year but also to deliberately put some beauty into our future life.
For me, the past year review was much more effective than all other methods I’d used before. On my list for 2019, I had a silent retreat in India, my first book and strength training. Having them on my “Do more of in 2020” list made me want to really put these things into my life. And I did!
Start New Habits
But what about all the difficult health-related things we know we should start with but we don’t?
There are five elements of a healthy lifestyle that most dramatically influence the quality of our lives. Those are: Not smoking, not drinking excessively, maintaining a healthy BMI, getting enough sleep, and regular physical activity.
Now guess how many Americans consistently engage in all of these top health behaviors? Only 6% (according to the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
Why only 6%? – Most people know, what they should be doing, and they’re still not doing it. To facilitate a habit shift, we need to shrink the change, we need to start small:
  • To improve your diet, first try removing the evening snacks.
  • The same thing goes for exercise – commit to just 10 squats/day
Shrink the challenge into doable bite-size steps. That will give you the motivation to take the next step.
By the way, what about becoming part of the 6%?!
Keeping Your Audience Engaged
Storytelling: How to keep your audience engaged | Sebastian Junger | Big Think
Storytelling: How to keep your audience engaged | Sebastian Junger | Big Think
This is a great short video about telling stories to keep the audience engaged. My favorite quote from this video is:
“You’re the least important thing the whole equation.”
This means: whatever we try to communicate, it should be all about the audience, it should be all about the way how we communicate. But it never should be about us.
Quote I love
Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee
Removing the nonessential is a key element of a good life. Our own lives need a conscious removing of things, ideas, thoughts to stay focused on what is important.
That’s why I focus my life on eliminating things from my life. I focus on minimalism, meditation, silence, fasting. It’s all about removing the non-essential to be able to see what’s important.
Have a great day, all.
Adam

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