"The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival." -- Aristotle

Take a look at the pages from a random book. Notice the margins. Notice the space. If the pages were covered completely with words, it would be too chaotic. It would be overwhelming.

Not only do the margins make it more visually appealing, but the margins allow us to contemplate. We can jot down notes, make connections, capture our thoughts and ideas. The margins allow us to explore what the words mean.

Our lives are like this.

The margins and the space in our life is where the valuable contemplation occurs. They allow us to process what's happening. They allow us to make sense of it all. The allow us to explore what it all means.

Life without margins becomes too chaotic.

Remember this today when you feel your pages of life filling up.

Make it a great day!

Coach Chris

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If you're like most people, you've got a laundry list of things you'd like to do, or things you'd like to learn. If you're like most people, that list doesn't get shorter. If anything, it gets longer because we don't make the time to do the things on our lists.

We have great ideas and moments of inspiration where we say things like, "I want to learn Spanish," or, "I want to play the guitar," or, "I want to write a book." But then we don't do much with that idea or inspiration.

Ultimately, we look back on those ideas and say things to ourselves like, "If only I had some more time..." The reality for most of us is this: We have more time than we realize. Sure, we don't have large blocks of time, but there are little chunks of time (10-15 minutes) scattered throughout most of our days. What are we doing with those little chunks of time? Most of us have defaulted to checking our phones (myself included). But what if we created a list of all the things we want to do and want to learn? What if we carried that list with us and defaulted to checking it instead of checking our phones? Let's call this list our "To-Grow List." It contains items that help us learn something new or move toward a specific goal. What if instead of checking Facebook or Twitter, we logged in to Duolingo and completed a 5-minute Spanish exercise? What if instead of looking at Instagram we practiced guitar for 10 minutes? What if instead of checking email we wrote a few pages of our book? Today I encourage you to create a "To-Grow List." What are some things you want to learn or get better at? What is something you put off to the side with the plan to come back to later? What are some actions that you know will move you forward if you can just find a couple of minutes to do them each day? Make a list. Carry it with you. Check it twice (at least). Use it to grow.

Make it a great day! Coach Chris

At some point today, someone is going to give us praise or thank us for doing something. We'll probably reply, "It was no big deal. Don't worry about it." We'll say this because we're trying to be modest. At some point today, someone is going to offer us help. We'll probably reply, "Thanks for the offer, but I've got it." We'll say this because we don't want to put them out.

We turn down praise and we turn down offers of help because we think we're helping the other person. What we're actually doing is robbing that person of the opportunity to give us a gift.

Think of the last time you did something nice for someone. It felt really good, right? You were able to lighten someone's load and you received the good vibes associated with knowing you helped someone. Think of the last time you paid someone a compliment. You got to see the smile come across their face, and you got to see their confidence level increase immediately. When we turn down compliments and offers of help, we are turning down gifts. We are preventing the other person from having the wonderful feelings associated with giving someone a gift. Accept the gift. Remember this today. It might be the best gift you can give someone!

Make it a great day!

Coach Chris

Coach Chris


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I'm a big believer in focusing on the process instead of the product. I call this Perpetual Progress, which is a theme in my personal life and my coaching. 

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