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January 26, 2021

365 Personal Development Tips 11-20

by Marc Matthews-Indovino

Personal Development tips can be so valuable to our growth. Personal development is about growth, body, mind and soul. Many of the tips I share, have been past down to me from my Mother, Grandparents, Friends and Extraordinary people I have admired and looked up to over the years.

As the old quote says “People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Not matter what reason people always leave a tip or two.

Tip #11 – Be Kind to Everyone

One of the greatest joys I get is seeing a person’s eyes light up when I show them kindness. I believe that kindness is lacking in our society today because people are sceptical of a kind act. However, this is not true to those more vulnerable or innocent, such as the homeless, elderly, kids, and animals. My partner and I will not walk past a homeless person without offering to buy them something to eat and in most cases, give them some money. It is not the money that gives these people joy, it is the sheer fact that someone has stopped to show them kindness. When you show someone who may be down on their luck a bit of kindness, you will see just how grateful and humble a human can be. However, do not limit yourself to anyone in particular be kind to everyone.

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Tip #12 – Work on your Core Muscles

Many moons ago I meet a guy once who had ABs of steel, no joke they were incredible. I asked him  what he was doing to get such an impress six-pack . His response was five thousand (5000) sit-ups a week. That memory has stayed with me for an exceptionally long time, and when COVID-19 hit, and
we went into lockdown, I thought about that guy and thought I would try it. Turns out five thousand sit-ups a week is no easy feat, well at least for me anyway. I have managed to do two-hundred sit-ups per day, which is about fifteen hundred (1500) per week so far.

Fifteen hundred (1500) sit-ups /crunches/Abdominal exercise have yielded me some impressive results. thus far. My belly has drastically reduced in size, and I have a much firmer midsection. I still have more work to do, but I have maintained two hundred (200) or more a day for the past six (6) months.
I started my Abs of steel journey doing twenty (20) per day, and slowly increased this to fifty (50) per day. Some days, I break up the two hundred (200) into rounds of fifty (50) spread throughout the day.

Working on my abs everyday has not only given me a great stomach, but better posture and I feel more confident. I walk taller and feel a lot more confident. I have limited eating pasta, potatoes and limited my bread intake as these foods bloat my stomach. I challenge you to give it a go, age and size is no barrier, just start with a few crunches per day and work your way up. I have added inside crunches, planks, and other abdominal training varieties as an extra to the two hundred (20)0 per day. My goal is to hit that five thousand (5000) per week.

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Tip #13 – Avoid Anything Toxic

Toxins can affect us in more ways than we know, therefore, try to avoid them as much as possible. We often forget that toxins are not just environmental, like pollution, so here is a reminder of what to avoid. Although not an exhaustive list. Some of the more well-known and apparent Toxins.

Human Toxins– Negative People, Gossiping, Swearing,
Spreading Rumours, Bullying, Talking Badly about Someone. Fat Shaming. Cyber
Bullying. The Tall Poppy Syndrome. Road Rage. Violence. Nasty people. Criminal
activity. Rude People. Cruelty. Destructive Behaviour. Dishonesty. Disrespect.
Unhealthy Relationships. Selfishness.

Man-Made Toxins- Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking. Pornography.
Toxic Foods and Chemicals- see below.

Toxic Foods– Fatty foods, High sugar, High fructose corn
syrup, and Starchy Foods. Saturated Fats. Trans Fats. Processed Foods.
Artificial Colours and Flavours. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) (Red
Meats). Mercury in Fish. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). Sodium Nitrate. Caffeine
(although hard to avoid :)).

Pollution– Environmental, Air, Water and Noise.

Chemicals– Pesticides. Parabens, Sulphate Bisphenol-A
(BPA). Ammonia. to name a minimal list

Tip #14 – Take a Walk Every day.

I was recently reminded by the CEO of my current workplace how important it is to get out and go for a walk. Often, especially at work, we can be tied to our desks and do not take the time to go for a walk. When we get out, we exercise, breathe in some fresh air, and get some sunshine. A walk whether at work or
home has many benefits and we should do this more often. Buy some good runners, go for a 15-minute walk. You can use the time to meditate, Listen to music or a podcast, have an enjoyable conversation or take your kids for a bike ride.

Tip #15 – Learning a New Skill Increases your Value.

In today’s modern world, it is no longer just ok to learn one skill. If you want to move ahead in your area of expertise, change your career or better yourself, then it is important to diversify your skills. Having new skills can make you an unbelievably valuable asset and even more beneficial if you have multiple skills in various areas. Furthermore, the more diverse your skills are, the better you become as a person, making you even more employable.

What skills should you learn, and how do you learn a new skill?

It is a great question, and it all depends on your current situation, environment and where you see yourself in the future. My future goal is to be running a successful online retail business; therefore, I have identified that I need to learn skills such as marketing, SEO, google ads, and social media marketing, to name a few. Of
course, I could always outsource any of these skills, and I will. However, if I do not have these skills, how can I find someone who is the expert in that skill to outsource in the first place?

Tip #16 – Exercise your Legs.

When you train your legs in the gym, your core and cardiovascular system also get a workout. There is a reason many people avoid training their legs, it is a hard workout and can often wipe you out. That is the idea!

Exercise your legs more than your upper body and reap the rewards. You will have a more muscular stance, stronger mid-section, buns of steel and stronger inner core muscles. As we age, our pelvic floor muscle become weak if we do not train them, and this can lead to all sorts of challenges. Training legs using weight will help tighten all that up for you.

If you are not sure where to start to try this routine, start with bodyweight, and slowly add weight. Although I encourage you to work out in a gym, this routine can be done anywhere, at any time. Adding weight to your body is only limited by your imagination. During the lockdown, I had my son on my back while
I performed the below routine, apart for jumping as this may cause injury.

20 x Body Weight Squats x 4

20 x Lunges x 4

20 x Single Leg Squats x 3

For an added extra kick add- 50 x Jump Squats plus 50 Jump Lunges x 2 (Caution
do not do any jumping exercises with weights if you have bad knees, ankles, hips,
or any back issues).

If you can manage to get to a gym, you can also add the Leg Press, Deadlifts and Machines for an extra leg workout.

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Tip- #17 – Learn Something New Everyday

Humans are creatures that strive to learn every day. How good does it feel when you learn something new? It may be something as small as trivia or something large like a new system at work. Either we should be seeking to learn something. If you learn something new by mistake all that much better. I challenge you to learn one new thing every day. If you get to the end of the day and have not learnt something, subscribe to a
Word App such as Vocabulary.com and learn a new word, grammar, spelling and vocabulary.

Tip #18 – Increase your Software Knowledge.

Do you know what all the buttons in the taskbar in Microsoft Word or Excel?

Do you know what the F buttons on a keyboard are for?

You may not have advanced computers or software skills like Microsoft Word or Excel. However, with only fifteen minutes of training per day, you can become advanced in any computer software you like, and very fast. LinkedIn Learning has many training courses that can help you in learning
or developing your software skills. Learning or enhancing your computer skills adds value to your ever growing skill set. When you learn a new skill on LinkedIn learning you are rewarded with a certificate which you can link directly to your LinkedIn account for everyone to see. Furthermore, LinkedIn learning has a plethora of other skills you can learn as well. Do yourself a favour subscribe today.

Tip #19 – Watch Documentaries

When you watch a documentary, you often learn things you never knew about.
Furthermore, your newfound knowledge can be an enjoyable conversation starter. You could even store the facts you learn for another day in time as a contestant on a game show. These days we are spoilt for choice regarding documentaries, whether it be about someone famous, infamous, history, science, global warming, or social media the options are endless.

Streaming services such as Netflix have some cool documentaries in many genres. However, you cannot go past the documentaries that Sir David Attenborough has produced such as, the OUR PLANET series, some powerful and informative stuff. If you have not seen the social dilemma (also on netfilx), watch it and let me know what you think.

Tip #20 – Train your Brain

Sudoku, Crossword puzzles and Jigsaw puzzles are excellent brain training tools. Playing puzzles can be fun, challenging, and frustrating. But they are extremely rewarding when you figured them out and complete them. You may not solve the puzzle in fifteen (15) minutes, however, try to work on a puzzle
for about 15 minutes each day. According to James Pickett, head of research at the UK’s Alzheimer’s Society suggests that playing “brain games” such as Sudoku may not prevent dementia but has been shown that regularly challenging yourself mentally seems to build up the brain’s ability to cope with the disease.

Other benefits include- Puzzles exercise both sides of the brain, increase your mood through dopamine release, they improve memory, improve your problem-solving skills, improve your visual and spatial reasoning, lower your stress levels, and they can improve your IQ score. Need another reason to do a
puzzle, they are family-friendly and fun.

Be your best Marc Matthews-Indovino

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