Modus Operandi

How do you operate? How do you decide what’s for lunch? What time to wake up? Or what to say? How do you weigh your options? Do you think about how your decisions will affect your future?

If you keep repeating a wrong decision it starts to become your standard, your M.O.

So what will you choose?

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Day 2 of Self-Discipline is about considering how my choices affect the future me. Here are a few things I would like to try to work on

  1. Email or Texting someone back right away instead of waiting until I am comfortable to answer. I can always say, “I’m working on this, and I will get back to you.” At least they know I read the message.
  2. Not Drinking soda or energy drinks. In the moment this drink may be satisfying or seem as though it is boosting my energy but is it? Or is it psychological?  Could I drink some water, get more sleep or eat a healthier breakfast and avoid this whole situation??
  3. Not hitting snooze. This is an everyday struggle. I honestly don’t know what to do anymore. I must remind myself that it is not an “alarm clock” I’m waking up to but an “opportunity clock.” The day awaits, I mustn’t waste it away. There is so much I could get done in the morning, but instead I give myself the minimum amount of time to get ready and get to work.
  4. Finishing what I start. I commit to a book, an online course, a fitness program, but then I let myself get distracted. I lose my spot. I’m thrown off course. I have to go back and reread. I lose my progress. This, in turn, wastes time. When I could be moving on to the next, I am stuck among the unfinished.

Don’t let “life get in the way” this is your life! It is what you make of it. Yes, there will be times of sadness, frustration, celebration and more. But this is no excuse to make decisions to set you back. Let your M.O. be something you can be proud of, exhibit habits others look up to you for having. We must stay strong in good times and bad.

Tell those around you what you need from them to keep you going in the direction of your ultimate self. When you’re starting to make changes in your life you are not the only one it affects. But in the end, everyone will benefit!

Live the hard way and make your choices wisely <3

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Thought Exercise: To Bury or Not to Bury

Today’s Daily Prompt:

Bury. Rhymes with the Larry, Mary and the other berry but looks like jury. Thank you, English Language.

Bury is a word of hiding or of an end. It’s obscure and leaves us curious.

It isn’t a comfortable subject for most but the first thing I think of when I hear bury is a funeral. Nobody wants to talk about funerals. It’s weird and in a lot of settings, it feels like an off-limits subject. But it is important. Part of our culture just so happens to include burials of the deceased. This movie certainly doesn’t shed any light on burial….

But of course, we hope to avoid the whole buried alive thing.

The history of funeral rites is a very interesting topic. A bit morbid on one level but it’s human. It says a lot about different cultures and religious beliefs. Burial grounds have been found dating back to 60,000 BC.!

It’s incredible how traditions and rituals evolve. If we look at afterlife plans nowadays, burial is by no means the only option for the deceased.

I just recently purchased an audiobook called, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. She talks about the “strange lives of our bodies postmortem.” And how you have uh… options. Like getting involved in science or art….as a cadaver….

Yes, I know. It’s a little…off-color, taboo? Disrespectful? … bizarre?

Honestly, I was a little disturbed with myself and my interest in the topic! But when I read the description and listened to the preview, that avid learner in me wanted to know more!

This coming from a girl who, as an adolescent, kept herself up at night worrying about what life was like after death. <<<< This is way too deep of a subject for right now but my point is there’s so much to learn, even if the topic is uncomfortable. Be curious!

“As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.” – Ashton Kutcher

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”  -Robin S. Sharma

Get out there and step out of you comfort zone!

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Wait there’s more!

The deceased are not the only thing we bury.

Sometimes we bury…..

  • something to find later
  • treasure
  • a time capsule
  • the hatchet
  • our heads in a pillow
  • our heads in the sand
  • the secrets of our past
  • or just a dog bone

I hope your thoughts are good and exercised!

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Second Thoughts

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Even if you don’t have them for long, everyone has second thoughts about one decision or another in their life.
We use the phrase, “on second thought” to express that we have given something more thought, or that we are reconsidering something.
As fun as it it to be spontaneous, sometimes you have to rethink, reevaluate, etc. Take a second look at your situation… are you happy? If the answer is no, you should be having second thoughts! You gotta think about number one!
Though these decisions we make vary in importance…
“On second thought, I will have that cup of coffee.”
“On second thought, I don’t think I want to go out tonight.”
“I’m having second thoughts on not taking the job.”
“I’m having second thoughts about our engagement.”
…Every decision you make there is the potential for second thoughts. You are a human. We think we know what we want, but we love to change our minds. We think, then we over think … We make ourselves, and others, a little bit crazy. But it’s OKAY!
Hopefully, in the end, you figure out what’s best for you and the situation you’re in and everyone will be better for it.
I encourage the second thought, especially when playing it safe. Give adventure a chance, try something new, talk to that person across the room before they talk to you, learn a new skill, dye your hair, try a new style, order something you wouldn’t normally order,  make the first move. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Don’t let those once in lifetime opportunities pass you by.
Make yourself happy.
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