My Life Changes Best Lessons Learned in 2016

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One happy face in a crowd

As 2016 comes to an end, I would like to share with you a few of my lessons learned.

I exercise every morning.  When traveling for work I attempted to use the hotel gym after work with mixed results.  It was much simpler and more of a pleasure to head out for a drink and dinner instead of the hotel gym.  So, now I exercise first thing in the morning for at least 30 minutes on a combination of treadmill and elliptical while watching Netflix to relieve the monotony. Watching Netflix while exercising is called temptation bundling. Temptation bundling is building on a future reward of good health with the instant gratification of a good Netflix show.   

Lesson learned – It’s much easier to commit to a “first thing in the morning” exercise routine than try to schedule word outs in the afternoon. Netflix is an excellent exercise tool.   

I golfed for the first time in 9 years.  The above morning exercise routine has helped in achieving this unbelievable accomplishment and almost completely reduced the pain and discomfort from two herniated discs.  This is a life changer!

Lesson learned – If you miss your favorite sport, a regular exercise routine will do wonders to get back into it.    

I meditate in the morning. Trying to find time to meditate during the day with all the possible disruptions is nearly impossible. Practicing mindfulness first thing in the morning is the best way to begin a day with a clear mind.

Lesson learned – It’s much easier to commit to a “first thing in the morning” meditation routine than try to schedule one in the afternoon.

My social life makes me very happy. As much as money or anything else in life, meeting up with my friends either for lunch, a dinner party, or at the cottage is key to enjoying a full life.  We all want to share stories, laugh, reminisce, console, celebrate or just listen to each other. I am very fortunate to have had all these times with friends and hope to have many more.

Lessons learned – Having fun with friends is one of the greatest joys in life. Don’t ever stop.  

My car is an amazing experience too.  I read over one hundred articles on why buying experiences is better than buying objects. But driving my premium car every day and listening to music through a high end stereo  is a wonderful experience as well.

Lessons learned – Experiences in life can be ones that happen every day or once in a while.  Try to enjoy them all.   

My work is changing and more interesting. As I slowly switch to Business Development, new challenges and developing strong client connections is the key to success. You can read about it at World Class Supply Chain.

Lessons learned – Always important to learn new things and stretch yourself to become successful.  

I need more Vegetables and (slightly) less Alcohol.  My wife and I have recently increased our vegetable intake with these types of recipes and reduced our alcohol consumption. It is already making a huge difference in my quality of sleep, physical fitness and overall wellness.

Lessons learned – Eating well and drinking less alcohol makes me feel at least 20% better and will help me live a much longer life.    

When your bosses is an asshole it sucks. I wrote about this in an article in May 2016 and I wondered how the Pentagon would feel about getting a new boss.

Lesson learned – The world is an ugly place and you never know what can happen sometimes!

Terry Vermeylen is the founder of My Life Changes and wants to help you to cultivate new habits to bring infinite joy into your life. Please like and share this article! Oh …and sign up for the newsletter.


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