Nate's Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Happy Labor Day, to all of my friends who work hard each day doing all the things that need to be done. I am reminded regularly that life is not about how many hours we put in or how much money we may make, but rather the true difference we have on people's lives. We must always remember why it is that we do what we do. We must always remember every time we choose to do something we are giving up the chance to do something else.
We must always remember that time will pass by regardless of what we do or want. Let us leave the baggage of frustration, anger, sadness, hurt, loneliness, or disappointment in the past. We must move forward and we must become better each and every day. We should look at the people around us and ask ourselves if we are we making a difference in their lives. Are we making a difference in our own? I hope you all focus on the differences you can make, because the rest will follow if you do.
The 5 Minute Rule
When you are about to abandon a task because you’ve had enough or feel you aren’t getting any where or are just bored then try applying the “5 Minute Rule”. Say to yourself I will stick at it for just 5 minutes more and then I can give up or take a break.
At the worst you get 5 minutes work done and at the best you will have found a second wind, got focused and become productive. Of course what you are aiming for is to move into The Zone when suddenly work becomes effortless, the words just flow, the paperwork gets dealt with, you make that call you’ve been dreading, nothing seems a problem. But imagine if you hadn’t applied the five-minute trick you might have never got there you might have gone and switched the television on and watched a replay of the ball-game!
You can use the 5-minute-more trick in the Gym as well or when doing jobs in the house. I actually hear my lazy inner-self thinking up excellent reasons why I should abandon my endeavor, you’ve had a long day, mustn’t tire myself out for tomorrow, it’s too cold or hot or windy and the most crafty one shouldn’t you be doing another task altogether.
Remember the other 5 minute rule that we often want to give up a task after just 5 minutes, 5 minutes into writing an essay or starting a run that’s the danger time before we’ve warmed to the task before we see any progress, you can use the five-minute rule to help you through this discouraging phase.
Go on, do five minutes more…
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.” ~ Mark Twain
“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” ~ Mother Teresa
“Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.” ~ Ivern Ball
“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.” ~ Joe Paterno
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ~ William Shakespeare
“You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty.” ~ Cecil Baxter
“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr
Let’s make this the best week of the year! Nate