Being UNproductive

 

Somedays, I am unproductive. I get nothing done. I sleep in. I fill my time with activities that take little to know brain power.

Somedays, being unproductive is VERY productive!!

Consider the possibility of giving yourself an unproductive day!

UnProductive

Honor – Instead of IMPROVE – Your Body

9ways-improveHave you ever noticed how much messaging we see about “Improving” our bodies – making them thinner, stronger, and/or more defined?

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The problem with focusing on “Improving” our bodies is that we are always looking at being something “better” than we are today. Doing so leaves our brains struggling to be happy with our current body. After all, it constantly needs “Improvement” according to such a focus.

At the same time, we see messaging about “LOVING” our bodies. Talk about mixed messaging, right? Ugh!

What is another option instead of focusing on “Improving” our bodies?

HONOR your body! When you look at your body, LOVE what you see RIGHT NOW.

Each day, eat, drink, and exercise to HONOR all you are meant to be right now.

WHY today matters most:

You can’t change the past. Its in your past where it is meant to be.

You can’t jump into your future and suddenly have new results today.

You can LOVE your body today and HONOR your body by treating it with RESPECT.

When you look in the mirror today, SMILE and honor all you are today.

Ways to Honor Your Body:

  1. Cardio Exercise
  2. Strength Training
  3. Yoga and/or Stretching
  4. Eating to Energize Your Body
  5. Meditation, Prayer, and/or Focus Time
  6. SLEEP
  7. Treasuring Your Body

How do you HONOR your body each day?

Insights from a Year of Books

mike-domitrz-books-2013After reading Keith Edward’s blog “Books I Read in 2013,” I was reminded of many of the books that impacted my life in 2013. Which of these books did you read? What insights did you take from the following books?

Have you ever noticed that when you begin reading a “Business” book, suddenly you are applying it to your personal life (and vice versa)? For this reason, consider looking at EACH of the following books as a resource that could impact multiple aspects of your life. The books are broken into the following categories:

  1. Life Lessons, Part 1
  2. Health & Wellness
  3. Business & Career
  4. Life Lessons, Part 2.

Here you go:

LIFE LESSONS, Part 1 (Part 2 is at the end):

Manuscript in Accra by Paulo Coelho. A book filled with lessons every student of life, from teenagers to people who are over 100 years old, can benefit from reading. Each lesson is engaging, concise, to the point, and a good reminder of how to live. Manuscript in Accra is one of those books you wish was “Required Reading” in schools.

Aleph by Paulo Coelho. As a big fan of The Alchemist and Manuscript in Aleph, this time Coelho failed to engage me in his writing. I kept hoping the book was going to take a big turn and show more of the life lessons and insights Coelho is known for sharing in his writing. Without giving away any of the book, I just kept saying to myself, “Don’t do it” to the main character.

 In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson. Sam Silverstein called me and said, “Mike, you’ve got check out this book I just read.” When a friend says a book is good, you check it out. Batterson takes a quickly mentioned story in the bible and shows how you are born in God’s eyes to pursue your life goals and mission – and do so on a grand level. In fact, if you are not doing so, you are not fulfilling your ministry on earth.

August. A True Story About Love, Sex, and Entrepreneurship by Mike Hrostoski. Mrostoski shares the daily journal of his life in August (30 entries – one for each day). Throughout one month, he takes several trips – including letting you into his head. He is open, honest, and does not hold back. If you are offended by language or sexual discussion, this book may not be for you. If you would enjoy reading a free spirited entrepreneur’s 30 day journey through life, check out this book.

If you’ve read August and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, you might be thinking, “Really, Mike? You put these 2 next to each other?” Yes, these 2 books are VERY different from each other and yet both share messages of being you and pursuing YOUR LIFE – albeit in different ways.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health by William Davis. Your bread is NOT your great, great grandma’s bread (particularly the yeast and grains). That fact alone dramatically impacts the health of our society. You may be surprised how much wheat impacts your waist line (both in size and in HEALTH) and how many foods include wheat that you’ve never thought of. Many holistic and traditional doctors are recommending going Gluten Free and this book shares the insights on WHY. Unlike the majority of the books on this list that are easy, quick reads, this book requires moments of “I’m going to reread that one more time to ensure I’m fulling getting it” and those moments are worth it.

Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution by Steven Gundry.  Imagine the possibility that all the “healthy” foods we are eating are actually leading to us dying sooner – they are tricking our body into thinking we are in trouble (and thus leading to fat storage, slower metabolism, etc…). Unlike other books promoting a RAW lifestyle of foods, Gundry shares a historical look at the human body – going back to our ancestors and how our bodies were built to work. Plus, he shows how certain RAW foods can also lead to trouble.

Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy—Until You’re 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge. While this book is meant for readers who are in their 50s and beyond, I really enjoyed the outlook the book provided. You get 2 authors from very different backgrounds, a lawyer and a doctor, sharing WHY and HOW to live a young life. They provide you real examples and show you the benefits of implementing the strategies and approaches they share.

BUSINESS AND CAREER

Unique Ability. Creating the Life You Want by Dan Sullivan. As I travel the world speaking, I meet professionals who range from those working a “Job” to people who are really good at what they do to the ones who INSPIRE you because they are soooo AMAZING and gifted at what they do! That last group of people are working in their Unique Ability. Do you know your Unique Ability? You might be surprised that it might not be what you think. AWESOME BOOK that includes a cool journey you will take yourself on!

StrengthFinders 2.0 by Tom Rath. QUICK read that you’re really purchasing to take the online assessment. Discover what your greatest strengths and how they can impact your life going forward. Be sure to purchase a NEW COPY of this book. Why? Each NEW book includes an individualized access code to take the online assessment. If you get an old copy, the copy won’t do you any good. FYI: You’ll need this book to complete the journey you are going to take in Unique Ability.

The 80% Approach by Dan Sullivan. 80% is what you need to make a real difference (except for surgeries and a few other tasks – LOL). The more you try to get above the 80% rule, the more likely you’ll do nothing. Treat yourself to this fun, SUPER FAST read.

The Team Success Handbook. 12 Strategies for Highly Productive Entrepreneurial Teams By Dan Sullivan. Awesome book everyone on your team can read in under 2 hours. Are you an owner, entrepreneur, or leader in your place of work? Are you a member of a team that you wish was more productive? If so, you’ll love the strategies in this book and find that most people on your team will too!!!  This book is written FOR the team. Each team member will find insights and strategies they can use to being more entrepreneurial and creative.

LIFE LESSONS, Part 2 (“TRANSFORMATIONAL” Books)

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Many people consider this book to be one of the greatest books written in the 20th Century and for good reason – this book is AMAZING. You will be taken on the powerful journey of a concentration camp prisoner. Through Frankl’s words, you will be INSIDE the mind of a prisoner and all he had to endure. YOU will be challenged to think about what defines a person’s outlook on life, especially your own.

Life’s Operating Manual by Tom Shadyac. From one of Hollywood’s most successful directors (Ace Ventura, Even Almighty, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams, and many more), you are asked to question what matters in life. You are given a blueprint for living by GIVING to the world and pursuing your life passion. Shadyac shares his own journey of going from pursuing typical “success” to experiencing a paradigm shift that lead him to a new understanding of fulfillment.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown. Discover 10 guideposts to living a Wholehearted Life – free of guilt, shame, and a willingness to be vulnerable. Brown captivates you by sharing from the heart and having the research to back up each guidepost. I found myself constantly taking notes – applying the guideposts to every area of my life. The Gifts of Imperfection is FANTASTIC!

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown. Take what you learned in The Gifts of Imperfection to an even deeper level and learn how to take risks in living, loving, parenting, and leading. Many of us parents too often forget to apply “Success” tips to parenting. You won’t in this book. 🙂

COMING IN 2014

I recently read The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Currently, I’m reading Start with WHY by Simon Sinek.

How about you? Have you read any of the above books? What were your reactions? What additional books do you recommend? Please share.