It's February 1st. You made New Years resolutions. Lose weight. Save money. Stop smoking. The reality is, you've gained 10 pounds, spent money, and are smoking as you read this. I get it. I really do. You feel like a failure. You feel like you've let yourself down. How in the world did it come to this? You had such great intentions, and now they just seem like pipe dreams. The truth is, right now is a key time. Now is the time for action. Now is your greatest ally.
We all have the best of intentions when we start something new. We're motivated. We're excited. The world is our oyster baby and we're ready to go! Then your big 'but' gets in the way. 'I want to go to the gym but it's too cold.'
'I will stop smoking but I have to just finish this last pack.' Where is the zeal when you have to do something you don't want to do? We buckle to the pressure, put it off another day and before you know it you look up and the whole month of January has passed you by and you're no longer even pursuing your goal, let alone thinking about it.
Getting The Band Back Together
So what do we do now? I suggest this: Fughetaboutit!! Don't let your internal pressure drive you insane! Think of it this way: If 10 years from now, you have $1MM in the bank, a sexy body, a calm mind, or whatever your resolution is, would you really care if you started in January or not? Would you really look back and say 'Man, I accomplished my goal but I'm super bummed out that I started February 2017 and not January!' No, you wouldn't. You wouldn't care. You would be so happy that you achieved something, rather than being obsessed with a meaningless timeline. Erase the negativity from your mind and just start over as if nothing ever happened.
The Power Of Focus
I believe there are a number of reasons why people don't reach their goals. Sometimes it is an unrealistic target, sometimes it is a lack of effort or understanding on what to do. But more often than not, it's because of focus. When we first start out we know precisely 'Why' we are doing it. We can feel, breathe, and taste why we must do it. But while we are going through the actual process of what needs to be done, it doesn't feel the same. Waking up at 5am, wiping the crust out of your eyes and then driving to the gym doesn't have the same feel as writing on a piece of paper that you will lose 10 pounds. You have send yourself text reminders, look at your vision board, pray and meditate. Whatever it takes to be reminded and then focus on the task at hand. Only then will you see success
It's Closer Than You Think
Success isn't a destination. Its a way of thinking and living. It's when you feel fulfilled, happy and grateful no matter what the circumstances. But it starts by being able to forgive yourself, and start over when you don't get it right. Don't give a 'reason'. These are better know as 'excuses'. It happened. Acknowledge it. Now get back to work!
“I quit! It’s just not worth it. I keep banging my head up against the wall without any results. The more I try, the worse it seems to get. This time I am finished”! Ever find yourself thinking those words or perhaps saying them out loud? Was it said about your business, school, a relationship, a hobby? When you let out that frustration, the words rain out of your mouth like a thunderstorm that gives life to your hurt, sadness, and pain. While your emotions are valid, in reality, you don’t want to give up. You don’t want to quit. You’re just stuck in the middle of the process. Life can be filled with moments of setbacks and unexpected happenings. And moments when you feel like you’re sinking in quicksand with nowhere to go. But there is a way to rekindle that initial flame and passion you once had.
Why did you choose this anyway?
Have you ever been a dinner and when the food got there, you looked at your mussels and fettuccine alfredo and then glanced over at your date’s hot, juicy and warm steak and wonder ‘What was I thinking?’ The setbacks we face are exactly the same. Consider someone who started a construction business, wanted to build their business from the ground up. But then they started to hit roadblocks in financing, contractors, and customers. And then the debt began to pile up. As they look down at yet another disappointing statement, they contemplate closing down. It is at this precise moment you have to remind yourself of why you got into this business. If there is no ‘Why’ to what you are doing the how’s, what’s, when’s, and who’s mean absolutely nothing. Identify your ‘Why’ and you will start to build back the drive you once had.
What went wrong?
Even those with the best intentions can go awry. A man may be well intended in telling his wife ‘Honey you look beautiful since you lost that weight’. But she more than likely will only hear the ‘Lost that weight’ portion of the conversation. Oftentimes our drive, passion, and even experience are no substitution for good old fashioned information and research. In order to have a great and loving relationship with your spouse, there are some basic things you need to do: Love them, be kind to them, respect them, and communicate well. We can all agree on that. However, if you don’t know how to do one of these things, your great intentions will fall by the wayside. That’s why reading, research, watching subject-matter videos, and more are so important. Whatever problem or situation you are facing, you can rest assured that someone else has faced them AND overcame them before. Never allow yourself to feel isolated and alone. Not only is there always a way out, if you search hard enough, you can find it.
Rekindling the fire you once had is actually easier than it seems in the moment. Although it can be difficult, removing emotion and just thinking about why you are doing something will get you back on track. That’s also why it imperative that you know your purpose. It all starts with this. That burning desire that you have deep down in your belly that won’t allow you to sleep. From time to time the flame will diminish and then sometimes burn brighter than ever before. It is during the moments of the diminished flame that you must fuel it by reminding yourself of the mission at hand and seek out resources to stoke the fire again.
You are destined to win. You are destined for success. Your victory is a mere inevitability rather than a question. These statements are true of every person reading this. How can this be? How can EVERYONE win? You may question it because you think the adage that ‘You win some, you lose some’ is true. Well it isn’t. You are destined to win, and you can win at all times.
It Started At Birth
You won just by being born. Consider the miracle of life: Your parents conceived you on the specific date, moment and time to create who you are. Of all dad’s ‘swimmers’ you were the one that resulted in your personality and characteristics of who you are. Consider that the probability of you being born is millions, upon millions to one. You have already won the lotto! You are a miracle. Despite the odds against your birth, you are here. You then survived the treacherous experience called ‘childhood’ when you were most vulnerable. At any time you could’ve been taken out by disease, happenstance, or freak accident. But you are still here. Think of all the traps set for you by ‘friends’ and those that meant you harm. The people who talked about you behind your back; the lies that were told; and the all you overcame. You are a miracle.
Fast forward now to adulthood where we gain things called ‘responsibilities’. Where we met came into possession of items called ‘bills’ and ‘expenses’. Where some of us created little ones and now they require much/most of our love, time, and affection. You are a miracle. The bad relationships, the nights of loneliness and despair, the nights you cried yourself to sleep because you didn’t have anyone to relate to. You are a miracle. And that moment you looked yourself in the mirror and said ‘I want more out of life than what I have now’ and you decided to pursue it. You are a miracle.
Mistakes Don't Equate To Losing
All too often we mistake set-backs, mistakes, and failures for losing, and it isn’t. Up until this very moment, everything in your life that has sought to bring you down hasn’t succeeded. You’re still standing! You still have your mind, your sanity, and an opportunity. You have the opportunity to stand tall like David did to Goliath and state ‘I have slain lions and bears and this Philistine will be like them too!’ You too can look at the scourge of debt, uncertainty, a troubled work environment, a disobedient child, a failed business and say ‘I will win. I am destined to win’. Every relationship that didn’t work made you wiser. You won. Every business that failed, made you prepare differently. You won. Every time you have been told ‘no’ in sales has taught you how to overcome objections. You won.
In order to truly succeed you must have a vision, you must believe the vision, and you must execute the vision. You cannot give up. You cannot give in. Your biggest cheerleader must be yourself. You have to dig deep when backed up against the wall and know that you win. That even before you drew your first breath, the odds were stacked against you. And yet, conception happened, and a short while later you opened your eyes to a brand new world. Your eventual success is exactly the same. Have the courage to overcome the odds again, and experience your world in a new light.
I was talking with one of our Life Changers here at KP Jonez, and I was excited about a new role & opportunity for someone. I felt they were a perfect match for a new initiative. We spoke on the phone and I went on (and on) about why I thought they would be great for this project. After a brief pause, they politely declined the offer. Not because they didn’t like it, but because they would be unable to properly fulfill the duties. While initially crestfallen, it allowed me to reflect on a basic tenet of happiness: You’re going to have to say no a whole lot.
You Don’t Have The Time
Most of us, quite frankly, are too busy. We have kids, a job, perhaps a second job and so many things going on that at the end of the day, we collapse into bed with a thunderous sound. And this is precisely the problem. That we allow ourselves to be consumed with things that drain us of energy and vitality to the point we can’t even function properly. ‘But KP, there is so much I reeeeaalllllyyyy need to do,” I hear some of you saying. However, I’d like for you to consider this: If the activity is important, it can be planned. Whatever can be planned, can be scheduled to work in harmony with your other activities. A theme that we have this year for our KP Jonez readers is ‘Preparation’. One must prepare properly in order to succeed. It is the foundation of all accomplishment.
It Doesn’t Align With Your Personal Goals
That chocolate covered fudge dipped brownie? It doesn’t align with your goal of healthy eating. Skipping out early from your job? It doesn’t align with your personal goal of being a leader in your office. Going on a shopping spree with your best friend? It doesn’t align with your goal of saving money. Temptation is always tapping your shoulder like an old familiar acquaintance wanting to know ‘How ya been’. I suggest that you look at your vision board daily to remind yourself of your personal goals. That each morning you meditate on your goals, look at your vision board and during times of doubt or worry, you reflect back on what it is that is important to you and ask will this activity line up with that goal.
It’s Not What You Want
This one can be tough to follow through on, but ultimately may save you pain in the long run. If you are a KP Jonez reader, you are an enlightened high-achiever (Way to go, you!), however, sometimes opportunities come up that others may jump at, but you will need to decline. I was once offered a leadership opportunity. While it aligned with my personal and professional goals, and I had time to do it, I did not like the location and prospects of success one I accepted the opportunity. If you are at work and you want a promotion, well just don’t take any promotion, take one you have studied on, know that you will succeed in and will ultimately get you closer to your desired position. In business, don’t take on projects or clients that may put a little change in your pocket, but will also bring a headache along too! There is a major difference between highly successful businesspersons and those that are not: Working with the right people. Once you can identify the right client, spend your time finding them, and politely declining those that are not.
The word ‘No’ can seem so impersonal. That we are being ‘mean, stuck-up, or self-centered’. But the reality is there is a finite time in each day and that your sanity is worth more than rubies. You can’t be the loving, fun, and great person your family enjoys is your mind is racked with frustration and exhaustion from situations you shouldn’t have taken on in the first place. Saying ‘no’ isn’t about turning the other person down, it’s about realizing what will truly make and keep you happy.
Happy New Year! It’s that glorious time of year when most of us are anxiously looking forward to the future of the upcoming year. When we reflect on the past and what didn’t go our way, and try to make this year better than last. We’ll craft resolutions, write down plans, and make this ‘our’ year. We’d like to be successful and win this year. Yet, there is one more thing you must add to New Year grab bag: It’s making success a habit and about ‘When’ it will happen.
The road to success is paved with little daily habits that don’t look like much. It’s constructed with concrete resolve to rise early every morning and get going. It’s built with the barriers of keeping out negative thoughts. It’s painted by the visions of what the future holds for you and your family. These daily habits make up the foundation of you need for success, because as you ‘Win’ each of these daily activities, your success only becomes a matter of ‘When’ it will happen. You must get used to winning! Your entire mindset must be that ‘I win’ at all times. That by waking up this morning at 5am and looking over your business plan, that’s something you ‘won’ today. Why? Because you didn’t do it yesterday. Or the day before. Or frankly, much at all last year. Anything that you can turn into a victory makes winning (and thus success) second nature and then something that you can repeat. And when things don’t go as planned? You still win because you’ve gained experience which is the professor of the mature.
The best way to move forward in 2016 is to reflect on last year. I encourage you to list out 10 (or more) things you did well last year and 5 (or less) things that you need to improve. No matter the number of items on each list, the list of positives need to outnumber the negatives. This is because human nature is corrupt and we naturally want to look at our flaws rather than our achievements. Even us ‘High Achievers’ spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on what is wrong rather than what we do right. Success typically comes down to refining and repeating what we already do well, instead of identifying and correcting what we do wrong. It also will allow you time to look at what you did accomplish and be proud of yourself! Sometimes when you don’t have anyone to pat you on the back, use both of your hands and do it yourself!
After reflecting, write down the things you did well, and how this month you will keep doing them. Do the same thing with what you didn’t accomplish and how you will make changes. The key is only focus on January. After that, write down 7 things you will do this week either continuing what you did last year or what you need to change. What’s most important is breaking your goals into to monthly, weekly and lastly daily activities. They should be easily attainable, which is why they should be simple, easy, and actionable. As you get used to ‘winning’ these tasks, you will begin making success a habit and thus matter of only ‘when’ it will happen.
I wish you a happy and prosperous 2016. Please check us out often as we focus on helping you develop your true self: One with loving and passionate relationships, a fit and healthy body, and following that dream that you have on the inside!
There are many clichés that we hear about in life: The grass isn’t always greener on the other side; don’t cry over spilt milk; the early bird gets the worm. And they all hold some kernel of truth to them. There is another cliché, however, that is quoted often but rarely actually carried out: Everybody dies, but not everybody lives. Or simply put for the millennials in the audience: YOLO, ‘You Only Live Once’. Not only is this statement absolutely true, but this mindset is critical to living the life that you truly deserve.
It Starts At Birth
Each one of us when born is born with a purpose. We all are pieces to the cosmic puzzle in order to carry out a divine plan. You may or may not believe this, but it is true. Don’t believe me? Well if your parents had never met, then you wouldn’t exist. It was in the plan. Parents no longer together? Hate one another? Regardless of whatever happened with them, you were part of the plan. In fact if you are like many of us with a ‘non-existent’ parent, even that person was necessary to just get you here. As harsh and as cold as that may sound, accepting that their only purpose was of genetic transportation will lead you closer to your own divine purpose.
After we are born and at a very early age, we start developing things that interest us: Art, music, science, athletics, etc. And throughout our childhood we often explore these things with an insatiable curiosity related to the subject matter. You may have stayed up all night reading about Robinson Crusoe, or watching old comedy films of Richard Pryor. Whatever it was, it captivated you. You couldn’t put it down and it was etched in the back of your memory banks and possibly it was what you wanted to be when you grew up. That’s why you are a veterinarian, but can’t fathom why anyone would be a dentist, and vice-versa.
The problem becomes when somewhere along the line, the dream of what you wanted to be when you ‘Grew up’ ceased. You were shouted down by the world with doubt, lack of resources, and second-guessing. You settled into a nest of acceptance, while knowing deep down, something was missing. And it is at this moment when you realize that there is more. This is where the need to LIVE comes into focus.
For our purpose to LIVE means: Learning In Various Experiences. It means that no matter what you have experienced or go through, understanding the positive and the life lesson you were meant to learn. It means that despite disappointment and set-back, failure and miscues, you are still standing. It means that in the face of naysayers and doubters you stand strong and firm and dedicate yourself to making it. It means living with no excuses. It means taking the ‘bull by the horns’ and embracing the uncomfortable and the unknown, while wrestling with the uncertainty but holding on throughout it all. It means being true to yourself. It means taking your good with your bad and loving yourself through it all.
In the bible you will often see mankind described as the ‘Children of God’. That the ‘Children of Israel’ roamed in the desert for 40 years. Just thinking logically (and chronologically) if they roamed for 40 years, many of those ‘children’ became grown men and women. What this illustrates is that no matter our age, we are still yet babes learning and growing daily. And when you stop learning and stop trying is when you stop living.
LIVE & Don't Die
As we near the end of the calendar and ready ourselves for a brand new year, please make one crucial promise to yourself: That this year, you will live. That the ‘haters’, the circumstances, the finances, the networks or whatever will not stop you this year. That even if you make baby-steps toward your purpose, they are as large as giant-leaps when compared to moving backwards or standing still. Don’t count yourself amongst the dead while still living. Live and let LIVE.
Adversity is a lot like a bruising prize boxing match: Grueling, tiresome, and damaging. Adversity cuts at you in various ways, through many channels and almost always unexpectantly. Adversity is the stomach punch delivered near the end of a 15 round heavyweight championship fight that stuns the challenger, as well as the crowd. Imagine as the referee begins his count: The boxer fumbles about, gathering his wits, as well as his mouthpiece, hoping to get to his feet before the count of 10. The champion stands over him, eyes peering down, in anticipation of the conclusion of a hard fought fight. The referee continues his count: “5, 6, 7…”
This is how adversity comes at us in our everyday lives. As we ‘fight on’ each day for our sanity, for our happiness, our children or just to see another day. Adversity comes in the form of a phone call, an email, or even a chat with a close friend. It comes in the way of a cancelled business contract, an unfortunate diagnosis, or a letter in the mail. They say only two things in life are certain: Death and taxes. And we can add a third: Adversity. As long as you try to do things, the right things, you will surely encounter adversity.
Defeating your foe of Adversity
In order to defeat adversity, you must first remove its mystery. To start with, adversity is to be expected. No great person every accomplished anything of matter without facing challenges and setbacks. Steve Jobs was fired from Apple. Walt Disney was told he was not creative enough. And the great J.K. Rowling was fired from her job as A secretary. You may, or may not, have the same dreams or passions as these people but what we all have in common is that at one point we were told ‘No’ or that our services were no longer needed. By removing the mystery from adversity you see that this isn’t the end of the road, but merely another bend in the road.
The next step in defeating adversity is to plan for it. You must have a backup plan, a proverbial ‘ram in the bush’ if these things don’t pan out. Case in point: If being a singer is your God given passion, in between signing at weddings and parties, having a regular ‘9-5’ isn’t a bad thing! It doesn’t make you any less committed to the prize. It means you are able to provide a stable income until your passion pays off. It means if you get cut off in one area, you can survive in another. And if you encounter shady dealings in the entertainment business, where records are just as likely as promises to be broken? Then with each situation you count it all joy for the learning and continue onward.
The next step to defeating adversity is know your enemy and its tactics. See, adversity only has a few tricks. The first one is hitting you unexpectedly. When ‘Things were going so well!’ is when it strikes. Understand this is its motive and the sting of this blow is lessened. Another tactic adversity uses is isolation; having you believe you are the only one and therefor unable to defeat it. There is a scant chance whatever you are facing you are the first. There is nothing new under the Sun. You may be the only one you know going through it, but it is highly unlikely you’re the only one. Being laid off or cut backs at work? This may be the opportunity you need to finally pursue your own passion. Many of entrepreneurs found themselves as well as their businesses when corporations closed their doors.
The other tactic is despair. Having you believe it cannot conquered. This is the one that is defeated by good ol’ fashioned T.I.M.E. Each day you chip away at it. Each day you work just a little harder. Each day you get a little better, build confidence, until you see your desire upon this enemy. It may take a long time, but anything work fighting for is worth the effort.
We return to the ring with our underdog and champion in the ring. But this time, let’s give some names and identities to the actors in our passion play. The champion peering down? That is adversity. He has defeated several opponents over the years. In fact too many to name. The record? Really doesn’t matter. Just know that many have befallen his blows. The referee? Well, his name is Father Time. See he keeps the match fair. That both fighters have the opportunity to strike the other. True there is the occasional head-butt or low blow, just know that Father Time keeps track of all and reports them to who’s tallying the scorecards of life. The crowd is filled with our onlookers. Those closest to the ring have a vested interest while those further in the back are merely there as spectators. Just wanting to see a good fight. Many of them know there’s no way they could ever withstand so much punishment, but they want to see a ‘Good fight’. And lastly, our challenger? That is you. Knocked down, but not out. As the blows of life have come round after round after round, you’ve stood in there. Counter-punch for counter and jab for jab. As you fumble about, your will and determination bring you back to your feet. You fight on through blood, sweat and tears until the champion is rocked. He staggers into the corner, and falls to the ground and this time the referee counts to 10. With mouths agape, eyes widened and shoulders slumping, the onlookers stare in disbelief as the champion is no more and the underdog has prevailed. You drop to your knees thankful that you didn’t give in and that you persevered to the end. This is the fight of life. Fight the good fight.
The Day After
The day after a rainstorm is really quite an amazing scene. Even after the harshest rain, the sky has an electric vibrancy to it. The atmosphere is crisp, clear, and sharp. You can hear every bird song, leaf rustle and creature scurry about. As your senses soak in the sun rays and warmth of the air, you can feel the earth seem to almost stand still in the calm.
This is the day after the storm. The hours after you were almost taken out. The minutes after you stumbled to find your way, but were able to locate the exit. It is only during the day after that we can truly appreciate the struggle. The day after lends to recollections, reflections, and remembrances. The day after leads to the thoughts of ‘Whatever didn’t kill me only made me stronger’. The day after is spent in thankfulness, happiness, and joy. Because in the day after you can appreciate what it took to survive. And not only to survive, but to bear witness and testify to the glory of your triumph.
The day after, you look back and wonder how it was done. You wonder “How did I do it? How did I pull it off?” Was it the Hand of the Almighty? Was it perseverance? Was it luck? Or was it all three? Was it fortune or destiny? Was it all in the cards? Is this where you were headed all the long, but finally arrived? Are you tardy or on time? Is it finally your time? And in what time are you in and what season? Your mind races with questions, yet you arrive at one central answer: I am here now, and I have arrived.
The day after is your guide. The day after is your lamp. The day after is what drives you, motivates you and keeps you through it all. The day after is why you grind. The day after is the reason for the sacrifice. The day after is the prize. The satisfaction that comes with an internal ‘Job well done’. When you know what it took and you were able to persevere. You did not take ‘No’ for an answer. The literal blood, sweat and tears it took to get there; that is what the day after is for.
So as we struggle with doubts and insecurities and trudge our way onward through the foggy mist of life with only a flashlight and compass, just know that the day after is near. That your hour draws nigh and your destined arrival is close. We must log step by step, immune to the darkness, as the sun begins to peek through the night and dawning of a new day.
"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under Heaven"- Ecclesiastes 3:1
There may be no truer saying than this: That there is a time for everything. The passage then continues to go into great depth on the things that there is a time for. Such as birth, and death. A time to plant and a time to uproot. A time to tear down and a time to build, and so forth. It is with this in mind that we should each examine our own lives and determine what time in which we currently exist. Is it a time of planting or harvest? A time of expansion or contraction? A time of clarity or a time of doubt? By understanding the time you are in, you are better able to understand and complete the process.
In The Cocoon
Nature gives us the simplest example of the butterfly and the cocoon. It would be absolutely nonsensical for a caterpillar to frown and be upset because he was unable to fly. A casual observer would offer words of encourage (if one could talk to insects) and say 'Hang in there man! In a very short while, you will be the most beautiful, majestic creature in the forest!" Well, why don't we take the same advice? As you embark on new challenges and adventures in your life, learn to accept the process for what it is: A necessary occurrence that prepares for you greater. If you are just starting a new workout routine and can barely drag yourself out of the bed every morning, don't quit! Just keep going through the process! Keep at it and talk directly to your inner-self and accept the challenge and accept the process.
Why The Process
While going through the process, you gain a greater appreciation for the end result! Sure, we would all LOVE to be handed $10 Million dollars and be told 'Here ya go, enjoy!" Your happiness and shear delirium would be enough to keep you going for a while, but imagine how it would feel to actually EARN that same amount of money? To look back on the days when you doubted your business yet continued anyway? To look back on the nights you weren't sure how you would make ends meet? To reflect on the relationships and people who helped make your dream a reality and how their lives have progressed? How proud your children are of the empire you've built and how they are ready to continue where you left off? Those things make the process worth it. And most importantly, you go through the process in order to share it with others. To be able to mentor and support someone else in their times of need and doubt. To be able to offer tactical and crucial advice and guidance on how it can and will be done! Often you go through the process to help someone else, and not as much for yourself.
What Time Are You In?
So this takes us back to our original question of time, and what time are you in? If you are in a period of doubt or uncertainty, accept it! Understand that you may not have all the answers at this time! However, you keep going, sew good deeds into others, your family, and community, and in time you will see this season pass! Are you in a period of expansion, where your relationships are thriving, your health is excellent, and your mind is as clear as ever? Then accept it! Walk around with a smile on your face and a song in your heart and take things as they are. As easy as this sounds, just think about it: When things are going well, do you ever find yourself 'Waiting for the other shoe to drop'? Wondering 'How long will this last'? We do it. We all do it to a certain degree, unless we consciously choose to accept that good things are happening to us. And that they will continue to happen to us. When you are in a time of 'Expansion', you should be thankful, reflect, and spend as much time walking in that experience as possible. Many people will downplay the role of positive thinking, and I do, but with one caveat. Positive thinking alone will NOT create results in your life. The formula is: Belief+Words of Confirmation+Action=Success. That is the formula. You must believe it, you must use positive words to reinforce what you believe and you must have a plan and action to succeed. Whether you want to love your spouse better. Or if you want to be the best business owner or to lose weight, that formula works.
No matter what time of your life you are in, it is a time of power. It may be a time to learn, or to listen, or experiment, or to reap the rewards of hard work. Regardless, stick with it during the process, don't ever give up, and the time will work in your favor.
Summertime is Here! Well, not technically, but as we move further and further away from Spring and closer and closer to the Sun, it indeed feels like summer. And what comes with summer? Vacations. Road trips. Children in Summer camps. And that Summer sizzle heat! Summer is such a great time of the year as we are able to have cookouts and celebrations and spend time with loved ones enjoying the great weather. This is the perfect time of year for you to unleash a new you and create new experiences!
Summer is perfect for new adventures
Just take a look out your window. What do you see? Are you in the suburbs and your see children frolicking in their front yards? Are you in the inner city and you see concrete buildings and hot pavement? Chances are wherever you are, you have seen much of this over and over, year after year. And this can become routine, comforting and ultimately: boring. Summer is perfect for new adventures because one of the top reasons to not try something is weather. In the Winter, it's too cold. In the Spring it's too rainy. In the Summer it can indeed be too hot, but a little A.C. or cooling fan can go a long way. Summer is also perfect because people are generally in a better mood. As the Sun glistens off your skin while sipping a Sangria sitting poolside, it's a little difficult to be angry! The warmth in the air alone can do wonders for your mood!
There is more to do during the Summer
Given that the weather is better during this part of the year, your options begin to expand. You are able to do things water-related such as swimming and snorkeling. You can hike outside in the mountains. You can host cookouts at home with friends and neighbors. This can also be the ideal time to get to start a new relationship! You'd be surprised how a quick wink or sly grin while standing next to the barbeque grill can catch the fancy of a new love interest. Also consider this: This is the perfect time to try something you've never done, but always wanted to. You're likely to be taking some time off from work, or from your business. During this time take a look at Trip Advisor or any number of travel sites for things to do! Embrace a 'Live and let live' mentality or even a YOLO (You Only Live Once) viewpoint. Of course, whatever you choose to do, do so SAFELY and WISELY, but I encourage you to L.I.V.E. Embrace a 'Why Not?' philosophy. It Is better to have tried something and found out you didn't like it, rather than to look back years later and wonder 'What if'.
You Owe It To Yourself
Make this Summer the Summer of YOU. Embrace, challenge and love YOU this Summer. Enjoy laughter, new experiences, new places to visit, exotic foods, move beyond your comfort zone. This month at KP Jonez, check out our articles on Summer fitness tips. We also have exciting things to do here in the city of Atlanta. Lastly, don't forget about dear old Dad during Fathers Day! Check back with us early and often and live the life you deserve!