It’s that time of year again – everyone is thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. And while exercising more and eating healthier are certainly great things to do, as resolutions they are pretty boring and unoriginal. Plus, by February the gyms are empty and the Oreos are flying off the shelves again.
So here are ten New Year’s resolutions that you can easily keep up with, and that are guaranteed to significantly improve the quality of your life. Let’s call them…
Resolutions To Do Every Day!
1. Drink a tall glass of room temperature water when you wake up and before you go to bed.
Forget acai berries or some other fad – water is the original “Miracle Food.” No matter your culture, food preferences, physical condition, or anything else, your body craves water. (Here in Baltimore we pronounce it to rhyme with “mortar.”)
2. Take walks.
Walking has been known to help people solve problems, come up with new ideas, and have epiphanies that seem to have come out of nowhere. But they don’t come out of nowhere. They were there all along. Taking a walk just changes the context from ‘inside’ to ‘nature,’ and nature is going to win almost every time. Plus – it’s healthy!
3. Have a moment of gratitude every day.
Just stop what you are doing for two minutes and think about how fortunate you are. It’s great to do this in a beautiful place, but not necessary. And remember – if you live in a modern, developed country, you are indeed fortunate. If you’re not sure what to think of, try three things you are grateful for. Or say to yourself – “I could have been born in a Sudanese refugee camp, but here I am in ___________.”
4. Think of your most distasteful task each day, and do it first.
This is called “Eating The Frog First.” Your day will be so much more relaxing once the most dreaded task is taken care of.
5. Send one email / text / message / call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Over the course of the year, you could reignite 365 friendships! And in line with “Eating The Frog,” send the first one to a person you are having a difficult relationship or grudge match with. Actually, stop reading this and do that one now. It will change your life!
6. Give away or donate one item from your home every day.
Don’t stop until you feel you are completely free of clutter. Then start again! By the same token, stop accumulating stuff you don’t need!
7. Compliment and / or thank someone every day.
And try not to stop with one – keep doing it all day long. It’s always fun to thank someone who is not expecting it. Example: you are in a public restroom and a custodian is in there wiping down the sink counter. Look at them and say “Thanks for keeping this place clean.” It will “make” their day!
8. Improve your sleep quality.
Sleep is extremely important, and most people don’t get enough restful zzzzzs. Avoid caffeine for six hours and alcohol for four hours before bedtime. Alcohol may conk you out, but your sleep will be less restful. Tell your brain what time you need to wake before going to bed and avoid the jarring shock of the alarm. Start the relaxation period well ahead of bedtime.
9. Spend at least fifteen minutes every day reading something that will expand your mind.
Generally speaking, this is not the news, celebrity gossip, dental journals, etc… Not sure where to start? Try “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’ll change your life!
It’s amazing how many dental people do not floss every day. Gross!! And how can we expect our patients to do this if we don’t?
There you have it – ten simple yet powerful resolutions that you absolutely can do. Don’t wait another day – start now!
And if one of your resolutions is to improve your practice, earn more money, and enjoy dentistry more, attend our upcoming Masterclass For Dentists! To register, click here.
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