Lose the dumb

Quit dumbing down your life.

 

Dumb people.  Dumb talk.

Dumb job.  Dumb use of your time.

 

Lose the dumb.  It’s time to step up to smart.

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Get real, get started

A million excuses, but not one good reason.

 

Let go of all the rationalizing and blaming and covering up.

You’re better than that.

 

Whatever happened, happened.  Learn, and then let go.

It’s time to move ahead.  It’s time to get real and get started.

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The antidote for mediocrity

Failure: the antidote for mediocrity

 

Failure is that remarkable cold shower

that awakens you from your mental slumber.

 

It’s time to release the shackles of safety,

routine, and mediocrity. It’s time to

get to work as if your life depends on it.

Because it does.

 

The easy day was yesterday.

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Know what to stop

We fail when we get distracted by tasks we don’t

have the guts to quit.” Seth Godin

Knowing what to do is knowing what to stop doing.

Get off the treadmill.  It’s too seductive, too safe, too

predictable.  It leads nowhere.

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No one to blame

My problems are my own.  My challenges too.

 

I’ve decided not to blame my mother, global

warming, the president, or my crazy second

grade teacher, Miss M.

 

I’ve decided that the best years of my life begin

when I get fully accountable, and choose to

control my destiny.

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Why not?

Why not make it every day

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The horror, and also the wonder

“The one truth….is that we are all more or less wrong,

that we are all at fault, all limited and obstructed

by our mixed motives, our self-deception, our greed,

our righteousness and our tendency to aggression

and hypocrisy.”  – Thomas Merton

 

Our human condition.  The horror.

 

Yet the counter to this stands before us.  It is that every

day we are offered life, death, resurrection, and hope.

Every day we can choose a new beginning.  Every day

we can choose to embrace change, to resurrect, and

reinvent ourselves.

 

Our human condition. The wonder.

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Decide in advance

Think ahead

 

Temptations show up. All sorts of distractions

and compromises can and will show up too. 

Fail to respond correctly and they’ll derail your life.

 

You can’t just assume you’ll respond in your best

interests.  You can’t assume you’ll consider the best

interests of those closely connected to you.  You

can’t cross your fingers and hope for smooth sailing. 

 

Think critically.  Think ahead.  Decide in advance

how you will respond.  Know your values. 

Know your limits.   Know yourself.

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Why not today?

Why not one a day?

 

Why not one totally terrifying task today?

One task that’s far out of your comfort zone.

 

Why not that one task you’ve been putting off,

that you’ve dancing around?

That one task that pushes you over the edge,

and pushes you closer to an important goal?

 

Why not make it a habit?

Why not push yourself to try one difficult

task every day, and see where it takes you?

 

The only way to change your life is to change

your life. Why not today?

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Raise the value of your YES

Grow some

I’m saying NO.   I’ve been too easy. I’ve pleased

too many for too long. I’m moving past old notions

of insecurity and hesitancy, and just saying it.

I’m saying NO to consuming meaningless internet.

NO to mindless meetings and events. NO to substances

that fog my mind. NO to time-wasting and toxic people.

I’m saying NO to a lot more too.

I’ve found that when you say NO, you raise the value of your YES.

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