Ten to Go: New Year’s reservations

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Why does the headline change “resolution” to “reservation”? Quite simple. Resolution is the act of solving something (that we seem to fail at every year) while reservation refers to a limiting condition. The top resolutions every year consist of losing weight, enjoying life, and getting fit and healthy. Statistically, only 8 percent of people achieve their resolution. If we look even deeper, 75 percent of resolutions are maintained only through week one; 71 percent last two weeks; 64 percent last one month; and 46 percent last six months.


Let’s not dwell on failed attempts, but rather look at the conditions that limit us from achieving our goals. The reality is that over time our bodies have become programmed, and it often takes an extreme kick for us to change gears. Therefore, we must be willing to P.I.M.P. ourselves to succeed. (Relax, this isn’t that type of magazine.) P.I.M.P. is an acronym I developed long ago to measure and ensure success.

  • Plan goals that are realistic and easy to achieve.
  • Implement your plan and celebrate your achievements often.
  • Manage friction to implementation and keep yourself compliant.
  • Purge your old thoughts or failures and review your initial plan.


To give you an extra edge as you work toward reaching your goals, try these tips:

  • Add a half-cup of blueberries (antioxidants), half-cup of bananas (potassium), 1 tablespoon of agave nectar, a fourth of a guava and a half-cup of electrolyte-rich coconut water to your smoothie for an added boost.
  • If you’re having trouble sleeping, try kiwi fruit an hour before bed. Kiwis contain serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates your sleep cycle. And remember, unless we constantly recreate ourselves, we atrophy.

Demond Johnson


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