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Another new year, another occasion to start something new. While you may think it’s odd, I’ve actually already started most of my New Year’s Resolutions last December of 2022. I wanted to remind myself that you don’t NEED to wait until January before you make positive changes in life. You can do it any time you want. In fact, you should actually do it as often as you can. Life is, after all, a constant and neve rending process of growth.
While I often try to think of ways to improve, the lack of energy and motivation coupled with the multitude of problems that life throws at you make things slightly more difficult.
Unfortunately, life has a painful way of shocking you awake when you get complacent, and while I won’t get into any details I’ve just had a big one last November.
In any case, this year I’ve set some new personal targets for myself. I won’t go into too much detail with those either since a lot of things in life are best kept secret, but here are some of the things I plan to work on for 2023.Read more: My Own Self-improvement Work for 2023
- Increase income – Always easier said than done, but always worth attempting. There are many options: I can improve my current income sources, I can look for new ways to earn, I can retry old methods, or I can try something else. The main goal is to earn more wealth for 2023.
- Personal Growth – While I try to stick to this all the time, I have gotten stuck in a rut during the past two years. It’s time to rekindle that passion and ambition and try a lot of things to become a better and more amazing person this year onwards.
- Improve relationships – A hint to what happened last November. This will follow the second goal, but I’m setting it as goal number 3 to set the law of attraction in motion. It’s said that if you look for good relationships then you will likely fail, but if you aim to become a better person then good relationships will likely follow. If you are a high value individual (e.g. a wise and competent expert), then you will attract excellent people who will add value to your life.
Aside from my three main goals, here are some new habits that I will start, or have already started:
- Eat new things: Maca powder, spirulina powder, ground flax seeds, etc.
- Train in new exercise forms. They’re like yoga asanas, but for different arts.
- Improve daily morning stretches. Instead of quick “bouncing” stretches that can damage tendons and ligaments, the small change of extending the stretches to 30 seconds improves flexibility.
- Improve Qi Gong breathing techniques. From experience, I know that proper breathing technique helps during extremely stressful situations. This year, I’ll study the advanced tips from Bruce Frantzis’ book. They’re easy enough to practice while sitting in front of the computer.
- Add new exercises to my weekly workout sessions. For months I’ve been doing the same old bicep curls, squats, and calf raises. This time, I’m learning new exercises for a better full body workout. Thankfully there’s plenty of free guides all over YouTube.
- Improve book reading habit. Since I’ve just been rereading my old books these past two years, this time I’m going to start buying and finishing more new books as my budget allows.
- Increase frequency of YourWealthyMind blog posts. This is part of my increased income goal as it improves SEO and Ad revenue. I’m doing this by making daily writing a habit again.
- Prayer, visualization, and meditation habit. Those will keep me focused on the goals that I want to accomplish and they will also stir up the brain’s reticular activating system to think of more ideas and notice opportunities.
- Commit to a weekly lifestyle and goals review habit.
- Revive old hobbies that I stopped doing (e.g. drawing, streaming, etc.).
Those are the ones that I will list for now. Once those become automatic, it will be time to find things I can improve on and/or learn things that I can add to my life. There’s always time especially if I can reduce all those time-wasters in life (social media browsing, YouTube, etc.).
One of the most important things we have to remember is that if we want to live the kind of life that we want, then we must commit to constant and never ending improvement. Of course, our actions should all have a consistent long-term end goal or else a lot of effort will get wasted. In any case, once we get that self-improvement habit and make it consistent, the benefits will add up over time. If we do things right, then we might just achieve those things that we’ve always dreamed of.
Anyway, I’ve told you some of the things I’m working on this 2023 and thankfully I’m doing well on most of them so far.
How about you? What are your self-improvement plans this year?
Do you want to accomplish your new year’s resolutions this year? Here are five tips to help you do just that.
It has always been tradition to start something new, or get rid of old bad habits every new year. Unfortunately, most of us often fail due to lack of willpower, motivation, organization, or something else. In fact, we fail so much that it’s become a common joke. Still, if you actually want to make positive changes in your life (and I follow these tips as well) this year, then these tips should be able to help you do just that.
(By the way, if you want some more detailed lessons and tips, you should definitely check out James Clear’s book Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.)
You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.James Clear, Atomic Habits
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It’s said that your habits eventually become your destiny, so if you want success in your life then you have to develop good habits. On that note, one of the better books I’ve read recently is Atomic Habits by James Clear. While I tend to stay away from titles that the bookstore seems to have bought too much of, I found out there was a pretty good reason why it’s recommended so much after reading it. It’s actually really good as there’s a lot of useful and important information inside.
Of course, reading alone is useless if you don’t apply what you learned so among the things I learned there I’m currently trying out habit stacking, the 2 minute rule, and setting up your environment. There are so many more lessons and examples inside, but for this article, we’re going to talk about that last one as it’s one of the easiest, and probably one of the most impactful.
Your habits change depending on the room you are in and the cues in front of you. Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.James Clear
Your actions and choices are based on your environment
You stay quiet at a library, you drink and dance at clubs, you work while in the office, and you get wary when you’re on a dangerous street at night. Obviously, depending on where you are, you will act differently, and that’s one way that your actions and choices differ depending on your environment.
As for how else your environment affects your choices and habits, let’s have some other examples. Let’s say you want to be healthier, but the only food in your house is junk food. You want to have a stronger body, but you have no exercise equipment and there’s no gym in your area. You want to learn how to be a better person, how to invest money, or how to become a better leader, but you never bought any books about those things you want to learn.
Do you think you’d be successful in those things that you want to do? Of course not. Sadly that’s how most of our lives are built. Somehow, the environment we live in just ended up that way because it’s what’s easy or convenient. We also just copied what’s popular, what other people around us do, and we keep doing things that have always been done that way even though it’s no longer good for us.
Carl Jung, a famous psychologist, once said that unless we make the subconscious conscious, it will direct our lives and we shall call it fate. In other words, unless we pay attention to things we’ve been doing automatically, then those things will shape our future, for better or worse. Unfortunately, those include bad habits that ruin our lives.
So what can we do about it then? Building good habits is usually pretty hard. You’d need a lot of time and willpower, but most of us are just too tired and busy with our jobs and all of our responsibilities.
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If you want to travel abroad, then getting vaccinated can give you a lot of perks and advantages. You have to remember though that while the vaccination card or certificate you got from your city or LGU works all over the Philippines, it is not recognized abroad. If you want a document that is recognized all over the world as proof of vaccination, then you will need something called an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV), which is what some people think of as a “vaccine passport”.
While it’s not an absolute requirement for some countries, having one will definitely make travel much easier. For example, in some countries it will let you skip quarantine requirements and/or negative testing requirements. Sometimes you can even get discounts. In any case, if you are already vaccinated and you want to travel abroad soon, then it’s definitely a good idea to get one. It’s relatively cheap and easy to get anyway. Here’s how to get an International Certificate of Vaccination in the Philippines.
- Vaccination card/proof of vaccination from your LGU.
- One valid ID (Driver’s License, Postal ID, etc.)
- Passport (with at least 6 months validity.)
- Email address for your ICV.BOQ.PH account.
Main Steps (Short Version):
- Register at icv.boq.ph.
- Add your information at the profile section.
- Upload scans or photos of your valid ID, vaccination card(s), and passport.
- Schedule an appointment.
- Pay online to confirm your appointment.
- Bring your original vaccination cards, ID, and passport to your BOQ appointment and show them to the BOQ personnel.
- Receive your International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV).