Don’t Settle; Choose Carefully

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Sometimes it’s so tempting to settle for something less than what we really want in our work, relationships, even our surroundings. But why settle? Did you ever stop to think about the fact that your 24-hour day is somewhat divided into thirds. 1/3 of your day is spent sleeping, 1/3 is spent working, and 1/3 is spent with those who you have a relationship with. Which also means that 1/3 of your life falls into one of those categories. When you think of it that way, it becomes really important to choose carefully.

The good news is that a lot comes down to three simple, but incredibly important decisions.

  1. Choose a great mattress, because 1/3 of your day is spent there.
  2. Choose your job or profession you care about, for it will be with you for 1/3 of your entire life.
  3. Choose carefully the people that you form relationships with.

Life is short but it feels longer when you spend it with the wrong people, on the wrong mattress or doing the wrong thing with your life.

Something to Think About
When you think about the fact that your life is divided into thirds, it’s not nearly as overwhelming as trying to get everything about every day right. Choose these three areas of your life carefully and you are likely to be more happy and well-rested!

Weekly Activity
Which of these three areas in your life needs some attention? Take action steps this week to change your future.

Words of Wisdom
Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it. – Katharine Whitehorn

You only live once, but it you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. It you haven’t found it, keep looking. Don’t settle. – Steve Jobs

There is no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. –  Mark Twain

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these. -Michael Nolan

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