We’ve all been there.  We find ourselves at the same frustrating crossroad in life we’ve visited so many times before. Do any of these sound familiar?

“It’s time to go back on that diet… again.”

“I’m going to get up earlier and start exercising every day… again.”

“It’s time for me to turn off the TV and catch up on some reading… again.”

“It’s been so long since I’ve had a regular time of prayer and/or meditation.  I’m going to start my day off from now on making that my priority… again.”

“My life is such a cluttered mess!  I’ve got to reorganize, de-clutter and re-order my life… again.”

It seems most of us want those things for our lives that truly should be most important.  We want to be healthy, we want a consistent sense of spirituality, we want our lives to purposeful and on track.  Then why is it that we seem to spend so much of our time with our lives looking more like leaves on the business end of a leaf blower?  Beyond that, how can we bring consistency and purpose back into those areas?

First, just let me be honest.  The real answer here is “I don’t know.”  What helps some people may not help you.  What works for you may be a joke when others try.  Even more discouraging, there may be nothing that helps you in certain areas of your life.  Discouraging, right?  People that want to fill you full of “Positive Power” baloney that promises 100% success if you just use their methods, buy their book or take their pill are simply trying to gain some kind of power for themselves and over you.  That power might be financial, it might be influential or egotistical, but don’t fall for it.  There is no “self-help” technique, system or plan that works every time.

So why read the rest of this article?  Why have this conversation?  It’s just you and me, one traveler to another, talking about doing the best we can to win as many of life’s challenges as we possibly can. Maybe we can trade a few tips back and forth and help each other out.  So here we go.  

Tomorrow we talk about Tip #1- “Step Off Fool”. Talk to you then.