Some of us follow the tradition of writing resolutions at the end of the year. I ask myself, why do that? The theory behind this practice is that in order to accomplish goals, they need to be put in writing. What is often overlooked is the need to set aspecific date for when you want to have or experience the result. For example, if your goal is to lose a numberof pounds; unfortunately, this goal rarely works for a number of reasons. For starters, there should be a very specific date for when you want to accomplish the result, and then a breakdown of activities and measured periodic results leading up to your goal. Often people start the process but do not follow through. But there are probably more reasons why new years’ resolutions can be just wishful thinking. A majority of goals lack specific reasonsas to why you would want the result in the first place — for example, why to loseweight? Do you want to look good on the beach or to be able to fit into the old dress or pants (I used this reason)? And then there is perhaps the most important reason – to maintain good health. Unless you have a major reason for any of your resolutions, you will probably have the same resolution at the end of the following year again, unless of course you will decide that resolutions are a waste of time. For years, I wrote down the resolution that my weight will be 170 lb. Only once was I able to reach this goal, after four days of a dietary cleansing, during which I only ate apples. Now, when I weigh close to 180 lbs, I decided to change the strategy – to focus on why.
The answer came (as it often does for me) from a book. While working on my own book, “Retirement Solutions for Smart People. 5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Your GoldenAge”, I researched about how to develop and maintain our well-being during the retirement stage of our lives. One of the books I came across was “The Plant Paradox” by Steven R. Gundry, MD. In the book, Dr. Gundry describes how eating the wrong food can affect our body and your health. As a result, my objective has changed, and my new goal is to develop the habit of eating specific foods that are in “The Plant Paradox” cookbook. The expected result – my weight will be what it is supposed to be. And it will take as long as it will take. After all, my resolution is to stick with my new habit for the rest of my life (i.e. another 50 years).
Of course this is not the only resolution I have. Among others are to finish writing“Retirement Solution for Smart People.” This will give you the opportunity to find out the results of many of my new habits, which, perhaps, you will decide to follow as well. The other resolution is to produce my third photo-story book “42 Encounters with Couples in San Francisco”. And since I read and write in the evening and work on my photography on weekends and during our vacations, this leaves me with about nine hours during the day to sell “42 Encounters with Dog Lovers”, which will have aside benefit – one hundred new clients, whom I will help with their mortgage needs (I hope you are going to be one of them).
P.S. The Holiday Season is a special time of the year during which people give each other gifts. I would like to challenge you to have one of your own new resolutions – to share my book “42 Encounters with Dog Lovers” as a gift for your friends at any time of the year, just because it will give the recipient joy. In 2019, I wish you a lot of joy, prosperity and good health. Meanwhile, I hope that these four images of dogs (including Max) will bring a smile to your face.
Happy New Year!
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