It has been a week since New Year’s Day and the tradition of making resolutions. The beginning of a new year marks the beginning of new possibilities, so it is the perfect time to make plans and prepare to succeed beyond expectations. For those who are still working on their resolutions, the following is some helpful advice from Grammy Award-winning musician and composer Dana Leong about his 2018 new year’s resolutions and how he stays motivated to achieve them.
Resolution: Live a healthy life filled with music, exercise, travel, and learning
Almost everything that Dana does is centered on music and energy. Dana believes it is important to live a healthy lifestyle, which means to live a life that is filled with music, fitness, travel, and wisdom. To Dana, all of these soothe his soul, enrich his life, and make him a better person overall. But trying to fill your life with all of these aspects can be overwhelming and discouraging, so Dana confronts each day by staying organized. He believes self-regulation is one of the essential elements to achieving success, especially since challenges are faced every day, and they can easily spin out of control without planning for them appropriately.
To Dana, another key to a happy and successful life is what you put in your body from the food that you eat to the way you work out to the music that you listen to. Additionally, he believes that you need to push yourself as well as constantly learn to be the best you can. Dana’s sentiments follow many other entertainers, like his fellow Grammy Award winner and friend, Alicia Keys, who shared her New Year’s resolutions on Twitter: “May 2018 be filled with mountains of love and endless expansion!!! Here’s to becoming greater than you could ever imagine!!!!”
– Dana Leong, Alicia Keys & Adriel Chan
Resolution: Find a good balance between work and taking time to reflect.
Although Dana loves what he does, he thinks it is important to find the right balance between work and reflect on all the areas of his life, especially friends and colleagues. Dana usually starts his day with a short meditative music session, which helps him relax and get mentally prepared for the day. He knows that every day you are going to have to do something that you may not want or like to do. Meditation is an ideal way to start your day by doing something that you enjoy.
Besides maintaining weight and living a long and healthy life, Dana thinks fitness allows time to reflect on what is worthy. For performers especially, Dana believes it is crucial to stay in shape because he wants to perform at his “A” level for his fans. Like his friend Leon Lai, actor and Cantopop singer, when in front of an audience, it is equally important that he looks good as it is to entertain them. Dana knows that if his body is not in top shape, he will not be able to perform at is best. Also, improved fitness level allows him to better focus and get into the flow. As a performer, Dana recognizes that this is of high value to his audience and can be highly stressful.
– Dana Leong & 黎明
Resolution: Worry less, be more patient, and be of service.
With TEKTONIK, a global arts-based lifestyle brand that unites creatives around the world to use arts and music to assemble creative and healing energy, Dana believes in helping others. To solve problems that affect many people, he knows he needs to be less anxious and more easygoing. Together, Dana and TEKTONIK started in disaster zones and then went global. According to Dana, they are now exploring what they can do with creatives around the world to heal with music and arts. Looking ahead, Dana knows that music will have a bigger role in wellness, especially relaxation, stress reduction, and healthcare. As a result, he is envisioning and planning to make new channels for healing music around the world.
Since one of Dana’s passions is food, particularly where it comes from, how it affects your body, and how it affects the planet, he makes sure to have healthy meals and thinks others should, too. Dana believes there is a strong relationship between food, music, and global harmony. As he considers the connection between these and what gives his life purpose, he immediately wants to figure out how to share the experience with others.
Yoko Ono, the Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and activist, who is among the renowned artists Dana has performed, shares this purpose with him. Along with preserving John Lennon’s legacy, her Wish Tree in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art in New York is just one example of how she works to be of service to others worldwide.
– Dana Leong & Yoko Ono
Although New Year’s resolutions are beneficial, they can also be challenging. According to Dana, reinforce that what you are doing is rewarding and making a difference for yourself and others. He advises being flexible when life gets in the way, find a support group, so you do not need to go at it alone and use music as a motivator. Achieving New Year’s resolutions and success does not always happen on the first try, but it will happen if you think about what is motivating you and push your vision forward with energy and optimism.