Become A Better Version Of Yourself In The New Year
We upgrade and update our tech while ignoring ourselves
Last month, I finally upgraded my trusty old iPhone 6 to a shiny new XR. Unremarkable except for the epiphany this triggered. It dawned on me that we routinely upgrade the things in our life - our wardrobe, car, appliances and more so with electronics like phones and laptops. But how many of us consciously try to upgrade ourselves? A new phone brings better hardware: faster, with more storage, a better display or camera. It also comes with a new version of the software that fixes earlier bugs, improves performance and adds new features. What is the human analogue of these?
Better hardware means a more capable body. Science is showing that with the right diet, exercise and lifestyle, aging can be slowed dramatically and even reversed. We are what we eat. And exercise may be the single most important determinant of our mental and physical health. And what about our internal software? This feels more complex, more subtle.
One part of our software upgrade is learning new things. What skill will you acquire this year? What new activity will you start? Perhaps learning to play a new instrument, going on an adventure or taking on a new role- anything that causes you to move out of your comfort zone and allow new neural connections to form. Another dimension is working on your mindset. An old Jewish proverb says, ‘nothing is as it is; everything is as we are."
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