Toothpaste

I like to think I’m a fairly responsible person. I’m a firstborn, and we are the responsible folks of the world. (OK, so much for the stereotype.) When I see something that needs to be done, I do it. Or I procrastinate! Do you identify? I recently did a deep clean of my bathroom and found not one, but FOUR tubes of toothpaste with a little product left in each one. I think I’ve maybe had two before, but FOUR! When I’m getting ready to go somewhere or to bed at night, I just want to brush my teeth. I don’t want to mess with little bits of toothpaste (that I perceive to take too much of my energy.) There is little counter space in my bathroom, so getting that last little bit out adds a few annoying seconds to my busy lifestyle. This all sounds rather terrible; surely there are bigger fish in life to fry! And certainly, there are MUCH bigger problems in the world to solve! But we all have little things in our lives that bug us until we take care of them. Maybe it’s the flowers that need to be deadheaded so they can bloom again, or that phone call you’ve been meaning to make, or that closet that desperately needs cleaning out. Research shows that simply writing something down—getting it out of your head—can reduce mental and emotional fatigue. Not only do TO-DO lists help you prioritize and plan, but they also help reduce what you are burdened to carry around in your head. Many self-development gurus, like Seth Godin and Rob Bell talk about the importance of saying “yes” to the things we really want and then committing to STEP 1. Saying yes means you commit to...

Best Exercise Ever!

We all know we’re supposed to get physical exercise. Just spend time with older people who eat poorly and never met an exercise they liked, and you should get a glimpse into what you’ll look like in a few years.

Round Tuit

I had a friend named Bob who had a habit of making pithy statements about life. By pithy I mean he could articulate profound statements about aspects of life that others sometimes avoided. I remember he had this little round thing with “Tuit” written on it. Bob explained that people are always saying, “I’ll get around to it.” In thinking about stuff we want to do someday, we tell ourselves we’ll get “around to it,” We complain we never have the time to do the things we know will cause us to grow or make a difference. We say we will do them someday, but then someday never comes. We have a lot of round tuits laying around. These are the very things that keep us stuck. It’s so easy to coast, remain comfortable, and keep the status quo, whether it’s in our career, relationships, spirituality, finances, health or personal development. Our worst enemy lives between our ears, convincing us that for whatever reason, that needn’t even try. What are your round tuits? What are the things you’ve been putting off, deceiving yourself into thinking you don’t have the time, or thinking that you’ll get to someday. This week identify one of your round tuits. Set a SMART GOAL to actually get “around to it.” Setting SMART GOALS is the first step to achieving success.    ...