I am a firm believer that slow, deliberate change lasts longer than radical decision making. That being said, I am a sucker for immediate gratification. Who isn’t? I want to lose weight now, get rich quick and follow my heart, but I know that changing my eating habits and working out, compound interest and planning responsibly, will get me closer to my dreams than other fast and furious methods.
Let’s be honest, it takes serious time, energy and commitment to change. or start a Smalltopia. It may be months, or years even, before your new diet or exercise program starts paying off, or becomes a lifestyle.
I know you want to make changes. I know you want a better life. I’m not a mind reader, but if you didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading a blog about living life on purpose. So, knowing that change takes time, but also wanting immediate gratification, what do you do?
There are two things you can do today to see immediate results. They will take minimal effort to accomplish, and you will benefit in more ways than one.
Cancel Your Cable TV
Why do you watch TV? I used some of the following excuses.
- I want to watch the news and be informed.
- I want to unwind.
- I’m hooked on (insert favorite show here).
It took me more than a year after I started thinking about living a TV free life to actually pull the plug. The first thought that came to mind after I did it was, “I’m free!”. The second… “Why did I wait so damn long?”
When you make that one phone call, you will immediately have more time and money.
The Benefits of a TV Free Life
Without TV, I eat less, workout more, save more money, have more creative ideas, write better stuff and have a better sex life!
Now, if you want to gain a few pounds, feel sluggish, have a lighter wallet, brain fog, and less sex, call the cable company, or the company that takes your money in exchange for your 500+ channels and ask them if they have any upgrade specials. Otherwise, cancel service today, and then blog about how you did it, or share your story in the comment section. Believe me, it will be a powerful story and I can’t wait to hear about it.
Stop Using Your Cell Phone in the Car
Why do you use your cell phone in the car? I used some of the following excuses.
- I use my time in the car to get things done.
- Someone might need to get in touch with me.
- Oh! This is important, I have to take this call.
Really believing my ridiculous words, I was sacrificing my life, the lives of my passengers and the life of every driver around me. When you stop paying attention, while you are driving, you are going to make a mistake. You can hope and pray that the mistake won’t be fatal, or you can just stop. You might think I am being dramatic, but this is serious stuff and distracted driving is a big problem, with an easy solution. If you’ve ever wanted to change the world, now you can.
Stop using your cell phone in the car does not mean; only text at stop lights and check voice mail instead of returning calls or just check your email messages. Please don’t tell me that you never use your phone in the car. If that was the case then I wouldn’t be so damn scared on the highways. It seems as if every other car I pass is being controlled by a distracted driver.That is scary.
Unless you are a brain surgeon or work with very time sensitive organ transplants, please do not email me and say something like, “What if someone needs to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?” I have heard that line so many times. If you are that worried about being reached in an emergency, pull over every 20 minutes and check your phone. Otherwise, know that with fewer distracted drivers, there will be fewer emergencies.
I am not typically the whip cracking type. Usually, my intention to lead with love, and guide with grace, because I want you to incorporate changes that work to make your life better with less. Today’s changes demand a little tough love. These changes, these two changes have rocked my world. My world, and the world is safer today because I choose not to use my phone in the car. I wasn’t risking lives watching TV, but now that I’m not, I’m more engaged in my life and the lives of those around me.
Cancel your Cable.
Shut your phone off.
Engage in life.
Change the world.
More than ever, I want to hear from you today. Have you made these changes? Why not? Please share your stories, questions and concerns!