Your Ever-Ready Survival Pack – Day 255 of 365 Days to a Better You

Life, I think you’d agree, is not a straight line from here to there, from poverty to riches, from ignorance to enlightenment. It’s a gnarly, windy road that can lead you astray, if you let it. Being human, we often let it.

One of my all-tine favorite quotes is a simple piece of profound wisdom that can instantly act as a survival pack on that road you and I are walking. When all has gone off track, this quote gives you all you need to get restarted.

As with most useful quotes, it’s often changed and misattributed. It’s normally attributed to President Teddy Roosevelt or tennis great Arthur Ashe. The Roosevelt attribution is a little closer as the quote comes from his 1913 autobiography. However, he uses it quoting Squire Billy Widener.

Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.

Eleven words of sheer genius.

    It begins with do what you can. You don’t have pull off a miracle or make up 20 points on one play or change the world in an instant. Just do what you can.
    Next do it with what you’ve got. You don’t need obtain a Master’s degree or someone else’s approval or have more money in the bank to begin. You can begin with what you’ve got.
    Finally, do it where you are. You don’t need to wait for the perfect moment. You don’t need to undo what’s been done. You don’t need to move to a new city. You can start right where you are.

It all seems very simple, but how often do you and I place all kinds of conditions on beginning a change? We’re always looking for a better time, a better place, a better situation. Those are myths. They don’t exist or, if they do, you’ll wait your life away in the hope they might one day arrive.

You don’t need them. You have your ever-ready survival pack in this quote – Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are. You have permission to use it without orders from headquarters.

The journey of a thousand miles does begin with the first step, but the first step begins by beginning.

In case no one else has told you today, YOU are amazing! Rock on!


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Stop Not Doing What You’re Not Doing – Day 143 of 365 Days to a Better You

The opposite of one profound truth may well be another profound truth.

~Neils Bohr

There’s a popular saying that goes, “If you keep on doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep on getting what you’re getting. In math, there’s something called the Inverse of an Operation – it’s opposite. In multiplication 3 and 1/3 are inverse numbers. In addition, 5 and -5 are inverse numbers.

What’s the inverse of our little quip above? If you keep on not doing what you’re not doing, you’ll keep on not getting what you’re not getting.

If you’re not writing your blog, you’ll keep on not having the successful blog you seek. If you keep on not taking jobs in line with your goals, you’ll keep on not reaching your goals. If you keep on not letting love into your life, you’ll keep on not having love in your life.

Today is simply a reminder. You need to take proactive action toward achieving those things you want to achieve. If you keep putting them off and deprioritizing them, you’ll get six weeks, six months, six years down the road and you’ll be right where you are now wondering why nothing has changed.

Your mission today, if you have something you want to do but have been putting off, take the first step. Get yourself into motion on it. You don’t have to “eat the whole elephant” in one sitting. Just do one thing today that gets you on the road. Then do one more thing tomorrow.

Before you know it, you’ll be looking back on milestone after milestone toward your goal.

No matter what anyone else tells you today, you are AMAZING. Don’t ever forget it!

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