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Do this today to reduce anxiety

Do you remember “way back when” during the “Two weeks to flatten the curve” thing?

I was thinking about that today and what a great recipe that shutdown was for anxiety.

Stay inside, out of the sunlight…

Don’t interact with other people…

Be afraid to even step out into your back yard lest you breathe in the invisible COVID-19 particles…

I don’t think the folks who brought us the lockdowns meant to put us all in anxiety incubators, but that’s pretty much what they did.

Today I encourage you to step outside and take a big, deep breath of fresh air.

Live BIG,

John

My disturbing realization, and what I’m doing about it.

A few weeks ago I made a disturbing discovery: I had allowed worry to sneak back into my life.

You should understand, worry is something that crippled my personal growth for most of the first two dozen years of my life.

When I realized what worry had done to me, I got mad about it and determined to push back.

I did. And it worked. And that was great.

I went a step further and urged other people to stop worrying. This was personal.

So imagine my surprise and frustration when I realized I’d let my guard down and worry had come back. It fired me up all over again. So the battle has begun anew.

And this time I’m going to fight at a bigger scale.

This website is part of that battle. Here I’m going to share my own failures and successes, and help people who want to overcome worry but need some help.

My goal is to personally help 1,000 people effectively fight worry in 2021.

But 2021 isn’t here yet, and I don’t feel like waiting around. So my goal is to personally help 100 people by the end of this year.

If you’d like to be one of those 100, bookmark this blog. I’ve got good stuff coming in the next few weeks (Lord willing).

Live BIG,

John

Smartphone Side Effects

If you like dumping Cortisol into your system (which elevates blood sugar, suppresses your immune system, and keeps you on “high alert”), keep on using your smartphone like an addict.

Otherwise, it might be time to curtail your usage a little bit. Or a lot bit.

You can learn more from this interesting article I read yesterday.

Stop relying on your feelings

If you’re always letting your feelings run the show in your decision making, it’s time to stop. Especially if you think the right thing to do always feels good, or that if it feels good it must be right.

Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t pleasant. Sometimes you know it’s the right thing to do, and expect it to feel good, and then it doesn’t.

Recently I’ve wrapped up two different way-past-due projects. Neither were accompanied with so much as a “weight off your shoulders” sense of relief.

Project 1 was nearly three years overdue. When I satisfied that project, it didn’t occur to me immediately I had done so. No warm, fuzzy feelings about that one.

Project 2 wasn’t three years overdue, only 18 months or so. This time I was very aware I was finishing. I was making myself finish. I anticipated it feeling great.

My expectation was not reality. There were no good feelings. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

It isn’t just overdue projects, either. Earlier this week I finished something way ahead of schedule. I expected a huge feeling of accomplishment.

Guess how that turned out.

We need to be willing to let our knowledge of right and wrong override our feelings. Otherwise we might chase things that are wrong but feel good, or stop doing things that are right but don’t feel good. Neither of those results would be proper.

Give it some thought,

John

When you “boil up” faster than your tea kettle

News out of London confirms patience is increasingly rare.

Among other findings, a study–commissioned by BIC–found that Brits became angry if their tea kettle took more than 28 seconds to boil.

Unless there’s some tea kettle technology I’m unaware of, that means these folks would routinely be boiling well before their kettle.

If you think patience is only a problem “across the pond” you’re kidding yourself. Americans might not get angry about tea kettles, but we have plenty of impatience with other things.

It’s easy to blame our becoming accustomed to “convenience” and getting things quickly. And there’s no doubt being able to have things “on demand” affect how long you like to wait on something without getting agitated.

At the same time, it seems too easy to just blame our smart devices and fast food restaurants. Surely we bear responsibility for our own lack of patience, don’t we?

On the plus side of this bad news: if you train yourself to develop patience you’ll be skilled in a valuable virtue most people seriously lack. That means the opportunity exists for Christians to shine light for Jesus merely by cultivating and using the patience we’re already supposed to have.

“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” -1 Timothy 6:11 (NKJV)

If you struggle with your own patience, now’s a good time to start practicing. Even a minute’s patience (literally one minute) will put you ahead of the pack.

Give it some thought,

John

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