Archives For Personal Growth

Would you love to feel great? Of course! Our goal at The Life You Can Afford to Live is to provide you with insight and strategies to feel great and live the best life possible. Our most common focus centers around business and personal financial strategies but we can’t ignore the body that God has given to us.

 

Health Tips

 

Below are a few of the best ideas that we’ve personally used to create great health. We encourage you to make these a part of your routine since great health doesn’t happen overnight. It must be continually sought after each day. When things become routine or part of your habits they get easier but until then we must make conscious decisions to succeed.

Below are a few of the health tips that we love!

Daily Exercise

Seems obvious! Getting your heart rate up and blood pumping has such an impact on every facet of life.

Cryotherapy

This chilly experience is a game changer. 3 minutes in the Cryo Chamber reduces inflammation which is where disease thrives. The most immediate impact is a faster recovery from workouts and it dramatically reduces soreness from working out; Not to mention those aches and pains that come with aging.

Sleeping with a Humidifier

This is the easiest health tip ever. I’ve written before that this is the best health tip ever and I still believe that to be true. This nightly routine keeps your nasal passages moist thus allowing you to fight off airborne viruses that we encounter all the time. Experts say that it is good for your skin but the primary benefit is simply avoiding illness.

Daily Skin Care

Everyone wants to have a great tan but no one wants the longterm negative effects of sun damage. Utilize sunscreen daily not just when going to the pool or playing outdoor sports.

Massage Therapy

This is often seen as a luxury item however, there is substantial proof of the health benefits associated with getting a massage. Stress reduction, improved flexibility and circulation are few of the benefits of this treat.

Go Vegan

Yes, I definitely saved the most difficult for last. The greatest contributor to great health and even poor health is what we put into our bodies. As many others have done, we learned about the positive attributes of a Plant Based Diet from the popular Netflix documentary, What The Health. We personally have countless stories of those who have made this change and reduced/even eliminated medications and feel tremendous. It can be a difficult transition at first, but once you learn what and how to eat it is a lifestyle change that you will enjoy. At risk of sounding fanatical we will stop there:)

 

These are a few tips that we have gained from ourselves. How about you? Let us hear from you on any of our social media channels. Continue the conversation on LinkedIn, twitter or facebook.

 

Find additional tips at Schedule Your Success and Automation

“Wow! That persons intense!” How many times have you heard that about someone? Being intense can be a phenomenal quality. However, In my unique business role I get to “see behind the curtain” of people’s relationships, health and finances. Over the past 20 years I’ve noticed that the intense person rarely has the best results. 

 

Intensity

Consider this, you should brush your teeth at least 730 times per year. What if you said, I’m going to be super intense and take a really aggressive approach on this and you were able to knock out all 730 times within the first two months of the year? Would that work out? It’s pretty intense though. 
Intense people often talk about working out and being healthy. Many January Gym Members use their regiment as a point of shaming those who are less intense. However, what we all know to be true in the realm of healthy living is that its best when achieved over time. 20 minutes per day far exceeds the hyper intense 1x per week visit to the gym. 
Certainly I don’t want to give the impression that I’m an advocate for going slowly towards or meekly attacking ones goals. Quite the opposite in fact. However, in this time of year when New Years Resolutions are falling faster than Atlanta Sports Teams I want for you to consider creating life habits not just guilty fallout.
Guilty fallout is the unresolved desires that you stack on top of last years failed or unresolved ambitions. 
Make certain, however, that you are creating the right or even best habits to achieve your goals. I often times see, regardless of intensity, people who are working on tasks or projects that will never lead them to their desired results. This is when having a mentor proves most beneficial; Most importantly being open to hearing and responding to their guidance and a willingness to change directions.
As you get started with your 2018 plans consider techniques which will allow you to be more like the the tortoise from Aesop’s Fable. Steady plodding but all the while gaining on your goal. 
Check out Schedule Your Success or Automation to find some techniques that will assist in your journey. Because we all know that when you plan ahead things generally are more successful. 

For The Record!!! I haven’t lost my mind but I have lost my car; on purpose! It’s no secret that Jackie and I have made a semi-radical shifts by moving into Midtown Atlanta from the suburbs of Johns Creek. Some of the unintended consequences of a downsized super urban lifestyle may pleasantly surprise you.

For example, the subject of this article, ditching my vehicle. An audacious move by most native Atlantan standards….. well at least for my suburban Atlantan friends. Atlanta is quite a car town; frankly a status symbol by which most cast some level of judgment upon you and your status in society.

 

Uber for productivity no name

 

For in-towners or as we say ITP (for Non-Atlantans, that means “Inside The Perimeter” which encompasses the city) not having a vehicle to maintain and pay to park is quite normal. This new Midtown lifestyle has made me want to follow suit. So, after a few weeks of experimenting, I have completely made the shift to being “car-free”. Below are some of the details about my move into this new era of a Mass-Transit/Uber combination and increased productivity.

Utilizing Mass Transit in Atlanta means using MARTA , our light rail system that operates within the Metro Area. A train station conveniently located just behind our building means being able to hop on a train and avoid traffic all the way to the perimeter of the city or slightly beyond. From there, I simply request an Uber or Lyft service to carry me through the remainder of my journeys. Have you tried Uber? Give it a try for Free by using my Invite Code: n9sns

This combination allows someone else to do the driving and navigating while I safely return calls, e-mails, texts, social media messages and more. Not to mention the absolutely freeing feeling of being unencumbered.

 

Allowing someone else to drive has literally doubled my productivity!

Time

Utilizing the travel time to enhance the service to our Drive Planning Members or Team Members is extremely valuable. Likely an hour or more is gained each day on the days that I travel to our offices located in Sandy Springs or Johns Creek; both in the northern parts of Atlanta. These tasks being completed during travel time allows me new freedom at the end of each day in not having to do them once I’ve arrived at home.

Cost

Living in town has presented itself with some additional expenses that OTP (Outside The Perimeter) friends do not have to endure. One small cost is simply Parking your vehicle. In my case, that meant $50 per month at home plus each time you go somewhere.

In addition, there is the actual cost of ownership of a vehicle. Fortunately, I did not have a car note/payment, but there are still gasoline, maintenance and insurance costs that are always present. For me…. Not anymore.

Stress

Road Rage or any kind of rage quite frankly has never been my thing. I tend to operate at a pretty stress free level. Personally, I know who my creator is and that he loves me, I have a great wife and family and generally feel grateful for most things. Therefore, I wasn’t a stressful driver. Moving into Midtown and opening an office here meant that I didn’t drive near as much anymore (only a couple days per week) but when I did it was usually a time where I still wanted to be productive. You can read about my drive time in a recent article, Making the Most of Traffic. Even with my stress free nature and making the most of the time it has felt good to turn the driving over to someone else.
I will conclude by saying, I will miss the occasional rush of accelerating through a wide open winding road along with the great suspension and handling of my Infiniti G35x! The lifestyle of walking to my new Drive Planning – Midtown office, increased pace and productivity has improved me as a person. So, for now I’ll stick with this new “car-free” commuter role until it’s time for another change. Thankfully, I’ve learned that personal growth is almost always accompanied by change. We certainly always need personal growth so bring on the change!

 

What are your thoughts? Could you go “car-free”? Connect with me for a conversation on Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.

 

Stay Tuned for more information on my upcoming book for Financial Professionals. Advisor’s Edge: The Sharp Edge of The Skilled Advisor – How to create the financial practice you’ve always desired.