Twice As Much

When I stop and look around, I realize that if I put 10% more effort into just about anything I do, I would benefit exponentially. What if you put 10% more effort into your job? Would you get a raise or somehow create more income? No? Well then, what if you put 10% more effort into looking for a new job or developing a side gig because that one apparently ain’t worth a damn? It seems our brains are accustomed to maintaining the status quo. We develop a tolerance for the work required and any additional effort is typically perceived as wasteful and uncomfortable. Isn’t this disturbing?

A few minutes exercise in addition to the daily amount of exercise we are used to doesn’t seem so bad in theory, but for most of us, it’s difficult to implement into our schedules consistently. Maybe you’re already a gym rat and exercise is a source of pleasure for you. It’s not so difficult for you to add another session. But what about job improvement? House cleaning? That project you’ve been meaning to start or finish?

In the aftermath of the 2007-2008 economical downturn I saw many local people angry that they had lost their homes, their jobs, their cars, and anything they owed debt on. Even after all of that has come and gone, have they bothered to read one goddamn financial book? Would they really have to put forth twice as much effort to avoid those pitfalls in the future? Or would 10% be just fine?

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Life: On Purpose

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Can you imagine coming to the end of the line and knowing you spent your chance just floating along? What if instead of being a victim of our own excuses, or others’ pre-made, one-size-fits-all excuses, we lived our lives on purpose? Do you really have to work twice as hard to be twice as successful, or would 10% more do the trick? It shouldn’t be difficult to come up with a reasonable list describing your life’s purpose.

You can probably come up with several satisfactory reasons for working the job you have, living in the home you do, or even acting the way you do. But what if those purposes were met? What if your goals were achieved? Do you have a followup list, or have you at least considered that a re-examination will be necessary at that time, or are you hoping you never reach those goals just so you have a rabbit to chase?

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What’s Your Poison?

I couldn’t help but think to myself “well lovely, my body is poisoning itself.” This kind of realization makes you consider your choices a little more carefully. What to eat, when to exercise, etc. The next realization I had was that we are always poisoning ourselves. We just don’t admit it until it’s too late or we get a diagnosis. The food I’ve eaten and the alcohol I binged on was poisoning me all along. Regardless of any metabolic disorder. I just never thought of it that way. I always assumed I could fix it later. “Someday I’m going to exercise and eat right.”

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