Dying Daily #279: Mindfulness and Criticism

I haven’t done a good job being consistent with Mindfulness Monday in a while either. All those series threw things off. I’ve said it often on this blog: you cannot do anything worth doing without experiencing some kind of criticism. It is just the way things work, it is inevitable. It will not hurt you. It might even help you, …

Dying Daily #278: Birthdays, Business and Bathroom Remodels

We haven’t done a Sunday Pop-Up in a while, so today I will write about the things that have “popped up” over the last few weeks. Max turned three on Friday the 22nd, and it was another reminder of just how quickly time goes by. The whole point of this blog is to focus on intentionality in life because it goes …

Dying Daily #277: Follow Through and Fragility

“I don’t know Marge, trying is the first step towards failure.” Homer Simpson I think this is the last day talking about follow-through for a while. The earliest blogs I wrote and my first podcast were about how seeking perfection will keep us from even trying something new, much less following through on it. Perfection stops us at the gate …

Dying Daily #276: Always Have a Secret Plan

Ok, you don’t have to have a secret plan, but you do have to have a plan if you are going to follow-through on things you need to do. A secret plan can’t hurt though. Think of the things you have failed to follow-through on. Think of one in particular. How big was the thing you wanted to do? How …

Dying Daily #275: Distress Tolerance

One of the primary reasons I see people struggle with follow-through is a lack of distress tolerance. We live in a world and society that tells us, either directly or indirectly, that we do not ever have to be unhappy or uncomfortable. There are quick-fix pills for just about everything, including a large variety of healthy life struggles and difficulties. …

Dying Daily #274: Knowing Your Why

Back to follow-through. He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. – Friedrich Nietzsche To do something big, whether it’s a change of habit or a new project or something else, we will not follow through unless we know why we are doing it. Change is hard, projects are hard, everything is hard, and it will all …

Dying Daily #273: Burning the Village Down

“If you don’t initiate your young men into the tribe, they will burn down the village” It’s an oddly unpopular idea these days, but men need men to mentor them and help them. We evolved in bands with other men, and many of the ways we bond and grow are based around this. Yes, our moms are super important, and …

Dying Daily #272: Fathers

We’ll get back to the specifics of following-through tomorrow or the day after. There is really no way around the fact that we owe our lives to a father of some kind. Even if it’s just a literal sperm donor, somewhere, somehow, we all have fathers. There is also no way around the fact that this is the full extent …

Dying Daily #271: Destroy What Destroys You

If you were to make a time log that documented your life in 15 minute increments, what would be on there the most? People always have their go to answers when I ask them this question: Family God Work Chores Reading Driving We all like to think that our times goes to good and necessary things, but when we actually …

Dying Daily #270: Accountability Revisited

“Can you elaborate on the ways to follow through?” I try to keep things under 300 words and cannot always go into as much detail as people would like, so we’ll work on clarifying/specifying a couple of things over the next few days. How can we establish accountability in an effective way? This is a tough one, because the things …