Welcome to Speedbo 2017, my friends!!! Now first, let's dish: If you've gotten off to a slower-than-you-wanted start, fear not. The tortoise overcame the rabbit because the rabbit got winded, so remember: Slow and steady wins the race. (well, not always, I know a couple of sprinters who tip sideways on curves they're going that fast, so in that case, the fast person is going to win. Just so you don't get confused...)
But in a long race or big project, it's often the plodders among us whose steady progress builds. So get back to plodding. Or racing, Or medium speed is fine, too.
JUST DO IT, DARLINGS!
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So here's the thing about attitudes and objectives. I've thought a lot about this. Like for an hour or so. Maybe less. But here's the thing: Do you aim high and then disappoint yourself if you don't reach your goal?
Or do you shoot low, and then get happy when you've not only met your goal but surpassed it?
This is not a trick question. I bet some smart person out there has done studies about which is more effective and which gives better return on investment, but we don't want to know what he/she/they think.
I want to know what YOU think.
How do you set up your plan? Is it workable? Does it help you stretch... or keep you in a comfort zone so you don't get mad at yourself and quit.
There are no wrong answers here. None.
It's not a trick question or a crazy exercise in futility.
This is one of those fun, quick self-examinations that helps us to see ourselves and our methods. I'm a Catholic gal, and we were schooled in doing an "examination of conscience" on a regular basis. Honestly, regardless of denomination, every child should be taught the value of doing an evaluation of conscience because this is the base-line platform for success in multiple areas of life.
Have I done my best this week?
Did I do my work in a timely fashion?
Was I kind to others and treated them with respect?
Did I help others?
Was my work neat and precise?
Was I mean?
Did I lie or say something I shouldn't have?
Did I share so much that I feel it inside?
It seems like a little thing, doesn't it? The ability to look at ourselves and do self-examination. But it's not little. It's huge. Big. Ginormous.
Self-examination illustrates our strengths and reminds us of our weak spots. It blesses us with internal knowledge, and that leads to being a better person, writer, mother, sister, daughter, friend, brother, Dad, whatever.
The few minutes it takes to examine our conscience regarding our lives... and our work ethic... can be one of the most rewarding habits you ever acquire because it's not just about life or work or family or love or faith... it entwines. It weaves, much as God intended our lives to be woven of many threads, many colors.
Tell me today how you plan. What's your modus operandi? What's your methodology? Do you keep yourself rigid or allow slack?
And when you think about this examination of conscience exercise, you might be surprised how it makes you feel... And you might be more surprised about where you need work.
It's not a test.
It's more like a gift, from me to you. And with that gift, my constant encouragement for you to be the very best "you" you can be!
Coffee's on and there's breakfast pizza hot and ready for you! I know some of youse are on diets or you gave up sweets for Lent... either way, the Ruthinator has you covered!
And I've got two copies of "Back in the Saddle" mass market edition to give away today... or if you already have Colt's amazingly wonderful story, I've got two copies of "Their Surprise Daddy", my third Love Inspired book set in Grace Haven, New York.... And if you should be writing right now, well, don't be standin' there, peeps! Get to it and come see me later!
I'll be here!
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