Since you haven't worked all week, and its Wednesday... Why not blow off the whole week?

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Habits form very quickly.  Like watching TV at night, going to the gym daily, putting on your shoes right foot first, etc...  Good ones and even bad ones.

Human nature also makes us want to take the easier path in life.  The path that is more comfortable, less hassle, not as much trouble is the path that we WANT to take, but not necessarily the one we choose. 

So when you start doing things that are harder to do, it takes willpower and determination (and dreams and goals) to get you there.  It's not easy, but the rewards are great!  You have a sense of accomplishment that drives you to the next goal and beyond!

So when you start doing things that are easy, you don't need willpower or determination (or dreams or goals) to get you there.  Make sense?  The finish line at the end of doing nothing is more nothing...  You end up on the easier path, but end up with everything else you try later on, becoming only harder when you try something again.

So if you decide to NOT work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday...  It becomes easier to not work Thursday and Friday.  I mean, you have already blown off half the week, so you might as well just forget Thursday and Friday and just start ready to go on Monday.  So if you blow off the first two weeks of the month, it just becomes easier to disregard the rest of the month and so on...

The point...  It is easier to slack on what is important since it doesn't require effort (but there are no rewards).  So don't give up on your goals and dreams.  It is supposed to be an uphill battle, and it is going to be tuff...  But when you get there, the rewards are awesome!

Has there been a time that YOU took the easier path?  And expected better results?

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Inertia-A Body at Rest Tends to Stay at Rest...

You sound like a productive person.  Thanks for the inspirational blog.

Jen Wing

June 24, 2010 03:22 PM #1
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Hi Jen!  - Good to see (or I mean read from you again, lol).  That is a great thought about that word inertia.  And soooo true!  (I might have to include in some of my future classes!).  I try to be a productive person, but like most of us - I want to go back to "staying at rest".  I am glad that you feel it's inspiring.  By you saying that, it is inspiring to me!  Thanks!  :)

June 24, 2010 03:30 PM #2
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Ryan Smith
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Great post. Its very true. Its so easy (specially in this business) to fall into really easy bad habbits. Its actually something I really struggle with.

Thats why I just set up an accountability group at work. And I also am trying to put one together on here.

June 24, 2010 03:36 PM #3
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Ryan - You know, accountibility is the breakfast of champions...  or that's what they say.  I think accountibility is what is needed so we have support to make it.  Like if we were both headed to the gym, it would be hard to flake on you at 5am...  Thanks for the comments!

June 24, 2010 03:38 PM #4
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Richard Green
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Thanks for another awesome post! The worst part about being in that cycle of slumming about is the extra willpower it takes to get out of it, and to stay out. For example, I have a pool in my apartment complex and since I work from home there are some beautiful sunny days that it is REALLY hard to wait until after I finish for the day. I think to my self  "Well, if I just take a little break....for just a few minutes...."  I gave in one day last week and it took me the better part of two days to get my sorry self in gear again. So now I give my self a goal I'm working for, like that really cute handbag I saw, so now every time I hear the tempting call of the pool, I think "Super cute hand bag, super cute handbag!" So far it's working. ;)

June 24, 2010 06:16 PM #5
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@Phly - You are so right!  Sometimes we do get distracted by some good things!  So, are you getting that new hand bag???  And what was your last "gift" to yourself?

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Chris ~ well said!  The easy road is a difficult route to break.  keep writting this great information!

June 25, 2010 01:17 AM #7
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@Chris - I'm still working on the hand bag, it's not terribly expensive just very cute, but I try to give my self about two weeks per "goal" that I am working toward so that way I am not spending my life (and my entire paycheck!) at the mall. The last "gift" was actually something for my 4 year old daughter, I took her to one of her favorite places in the world, the zoo. ;)

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Dawn - Thanks!  And Thanks...  Um...  Kinda funny, Thanks to the second power.  :)

Phly - Nice!  My reward was taking my 3 year old son to Disneyland last month.  Soooo fun!  Havn't done the zoo yet.  Closest is SF and thats 50 minutes away.  lol.  (But I drove 6 hours to d-land, lol)

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Very good points you make in a fun presentation! Makes a person think, too!!!!

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Chris, Good post and a great reminder about keeping focused on our goals.  It is amazing how easily one can lose ground if you do not stay focused.  Working from home has been one of the hardest things for me to do since there are endless distractions.  I often feel like getting a time clock at home to punch in and out, as Bill Murray did in "What About Bob".

Gloria

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