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Mastering Monday’s Blog Episode #1

Hi All!

I really hope you enjoyed your weekend and I am excited to write this email.  I have been thinking very hard lately about ways that I can more fully serve the needs of the people I am grateful to call my clients and friends. The primary reason we create financial plans at  Bowman Financial Strategies is so you can live the life you want to live without worrying about finances.  I like to think of it as creating a predictable Income Plan and an Exciting Retirement.  To this end, I will send an email on the first Monday of the month called, Mastering Monday.  I will discuss various topics and obsessions of mine that revolve around “living well”.

There are many personal and communal aspects to living well.  Thoughts that come to mind are:

  1. Being as healthy as you can be,
  2. Enjoying hobbies,
  3. Growing by giving,
  4. Spiritual satisfaction,
  5. Nurturing relationships,
  6. Continuous education,
  7. Progressing towards your goals.

This list is just a start, and I want to hear your thoughts on living well.

Below are areas of focus for me this month.  I’d love to know if any of these ideas inspire you and how.  Enjoy!

Reading is Fundamental

The earliest self-help Guru of all time may be Benjamin Franklin.  I am listening to his Autobiography.  The perspective is from Benjamin Franklin to his son as he imparts his personal history and passions in writing.  His writing skills and focus on continuous improvement are extraordinarily motivating.

What’s in  Your Mind

Many of the most successful people in the world share certain behaviors.  One of them is silent time, meditation or praying.   If  Tony Robbins, the  Dalai Lama, Steve Jobs, and Oprah can find time to do it, it may be worth investigating.  Sit or lie down, eyes closed, breath smoothly, dwelling on what you are grateful for.  Visualize a successful day and commit to making someone happy. Do this for just 5-10 minutes before you start your day and it can change your life.  If it is hard to find that 5 minutes you really need to do this.  Important!  Do this before you look at your phone or email. Preferably right out of bed or in bed.  Controlling the first 10 minutes of your day sets a good rhythm for the rest of the day.  Consider this free app from  Kevin Rose called, “Oak Meditation” at https://www.oakmeditation.com/.  The app is simple to use and provides guided breathing exercises and sleep programs.  What I like most is the choice of background sounds like a soft rain, or crackling fire in the background during meditation or to lull you to sleep.   My wife and I use a Bluetooth speaker on the bedside table instead of the phone speaker.  When my wife and I listen, it really seems to help us fall asleep more quickly and peacefully.

Food for Thought

With my focus on trying to manage what goes into my gut, I am sticking primarily to red wine if I consume any alcohol.  A wine I really like is Hot to Trot Red Blend.  It is made by  14 Hands Winery and found at most liquor stores for around $7.99.   I’ve been drinking the Red Blend since my Mother-in-Law recommended it 6 years ago (Thank you Mom!).  The price rarely changes, and it is smooth and drinkable.  The Chardonnay is good too.

Take Action

The only thing that can create proactive change towards a goal in your life, is to take conscious, intentional action.

“Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” ― Jim Rohn

“Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” Thomas Jefferson

Master your Monday and have a great week.

Erik

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