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. It may be months, or years even, before your new diet or exercise program starts paying off, or becomes a lifestyle. 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 long?”
When you make that one phone call, you will immediately have more time and money.
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.