Seven keys to optimizing your life (summary by Dr. Charles Dodgen)
1. Awareness and empowerment. Recognize that you can change the world—the world that matters most for your resilience and verve. Allow the appropriate authorities to deal with the important matters beyond your direct control.
2. Visual appeal. Make yourself and your surroundings pleasant. You will look and feel better and you will be more attractive to others.
3. Association with positive people. Make it a priority to spend as much time with people who are supportive, comforting, fun, and who make you feel good.
4. Mindful consumption. You consume food and drink, as well as mental stimulation. If you pollute your body with poor food choices, excesses of low quality foods, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, you will suffer the consequences. Similarly, you must choose healthy “mind food”: a diverse diet consisting of reading, writing, talking, meditating, listening to music, and watching television and movies.
5. Engagement in regular exercise. The environment is not just good to look at. You benefit by moving around in it. A significant part of joy in life comes from physical activity. Go for walks, ride a bike, or engage in any other activity that you enjoy and can safely participate in.
6. Setting of modest, achievable goals. Do not overwhelm yourself by being too ambitious. Take the low-hanging fruit and build on success. If you feel you want to improve your fitness level, increase your physical exercise a little at a time. Don’t set out to complete a marathon in a week, which is setting yourself up for failure.
7. Maintenance of a positive focus. Whatever you direct your mind to will be what your body reacts to. Discipline yourself to spend more time thinking about positives such as a gratitude list, happy memories, and successes.