Why Not Today?

It occurs to me that I’m an expert at finding reasons to put off things I know I should be doing. Especially this time of year. Diet and exercise goals are held off until after Thanksgiving. Then when I realize Christmas is so soon  “I might as well wait until after.” Of course once Christmas is down there’s all the leftovers that can’t just be allowed to spoil, so maybe I’ll wait until after New Years.

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Responsibility And Independence

In my early twenties I recognized that those that were highly independent were also highly responsible. I decided that in order for one to be truly independent they must be significantly responsible. As I’ve grown older I’ve realized that responsibility isn’t merely necessary for independence, but independence itself is simply a high level of responsibility. Just as you rise through the ranks of a specific source of employment, picking up more and more responsibility as you go, ultimately the absolute top leaves you independent of other management within the company. It also carries the entirety of the responsibility for the company and all its actions and decisions.

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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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Revelations on Resolutions

This year I will be doing a few things different. I’ve never been much on New Year’s resolutions but I do pay attention to the setting of goals and how they are negotiated. There are a few things I’ve picked up this last year that are likely to serve me well in the upcoming year. It seems that the whole resolution thing is tired and old. I recently heard about previous data that’s been used to determine just when the majority of people give up on their resolutions. It involved a cross reference between the uptick in fast food consumption and the downtick in gym usage. It’s very encouraging to know that we’re so poor at keeping resolutions that a watch can be set to our imminent failures. I think I’ll be trying something different this next year.

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Out Of My Mind

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In early 2016 I heeded a suggestion I began to hear often and from different respected sources. It was a simple task that I found I normally did not do even though the suggested benefits were both believable and understandable. It was to keep a journal recording my thoughts, observations, plans, and intentions. The benefit, as it was explained, was that the many thoughts and ideas floating around in my head can more easily be structured, reviewed, and analyzed if they were taken out of my mind and placed in the physical (or digital) space. At first I thought “well sure, that makes sense.” Then I promptly forgot the suggestion and moved on with my life. Then I heard the same or similar suggestion from one respectable source after another. All with the same explanation. After giving it some thought I realized that I already did this with other aspects of my life and with the exact same intention.

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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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Luck Is A Term For The Self-Sabotaging

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According to the Oxford Dictionary “luck” is defined as: Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than one’s own action. Taking this definition into account, it should narrow the list of people that are lucky to have the things they have. More interesting, we all know at least one person that’s quick to tell us “if it weren’t for bad luck” they’d have “no luck at all.” The more memorable times you’ve heard this is when the “unlucky” person was fired because they laid out of work one too many Mondays. Or when they received a speeding ticket just as the Christmas they hadn’t saved for anyway was right around the corner. Maybe lady luck’s influence isn’t as common as we let on.

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House On The Hill

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I woke up November 9th, 2016 with several messages on my phone. That would be unusual but that particular day was my 32nd birthday. Must be all the Happy Birthday texts rolling in. Not so much. It was mostly Happy Trump Day wishes rolling in. Turns out there had been some kind of election held.

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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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What You Deserve

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What do I deserve? I ask myself that question but I haven’t come up with an answer. There are a few things that I feel I’m reasonably entitled to. But, if I didn’t receive them, would being deserving of them make any difference? I doubt it.

If anything, I’m probably doing quite a bit better than I actually deserve. It’s easy to get philosophical about what one “deserves” but it’s a moot point in the end. If I don’t get what I think I deserve does that make me a victim? I don’t like the idea of that. The dictionary lists “loser” as a synonym for victim. After all, if you’re a victim something has been taken or withheld from you.

There’s another question I ask myself: Does a bear deserve a trout from the stream?

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