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Who Do You Surround Yourself With?

People Matter

Who do you surround yourself with?  The old saying, ‘birds of a feather flock together’ is true.  People who have similar interests, ideas, characteristics, and values tend to associate with one another.  It makes a difference who you ‘hang out’ with.  People that you spend a lot of time with have an influence on you whether you recognize it or not.  Think about the top five people that you spend most of your time with.  Who are they?  What do they do?  How do they impact your life?  How do they challenge you?  How do they encourage you?  Make a list and answer these questions about each of them.  When you are finished have a serious look at your answers and decide if they are someone that you want to continue to have in your life.

How Do You Want Your Life To Be?

When was the last time you seriously considered the kind of life that you want to live?  I think that it is a worthwhile exercise and I suggest that you make it an annual inquiry if not quarterly.  Once you have decided this for yourself, think about who you know that lives like you want to live.  This could be someone from your circle of friends, great authors, artist, speakers, or well-known people in history.  Start spending time with these folks.  Invite them for coffee or a nature walk and ask them what their life strategies are.  Read their books, listen to their talks and podcasts, learn

By |2019-03-02T12:21:39+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Habit 4: They Read

Habit 4:  They Read

The benefits of reading are vast.  Have a look at Lana Winter-Herbert’s article on Why You Should Read Every Day

When was the last time you read a book or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant oatmeal packet?

If you’re one of the countless people who doesn’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.

Reading has a significant number of benefits, and here’re ten benefits of reading:

1. Mental Stimulation

Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia,[1] since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.

Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. Doing puzzles and playing games such as chess have also been found to be helpful with cognitive stimulation.[2]

2. Stress Reduction

No matter how much stress you have at work, in your relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.

3. Knowledge

Everything you read fills your head with new