Are you tipping enough?

Jen and I met our twins two months ago.  Our priorities were redefined.  Things like showering, blow drying of hair, eating food while

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hot fell to the bottom of the list.  Feeding babies, remembering to eat at all, finding 2-3 hours to sleep shot to the top of the list.

The babies are kicking our asses.  Feeding two newborns at the same time is one of the most exhausting things I’ve done in my life.  I go from energetic and enthusiastic to exhausted and exasperated in a matter of minutes.

It’s easy to get lost when priorities are jumbled.  Habits are interrupted.  Routines disrupted.  Add some sleep deprivation and judgement and will power is weaker, too.   This is probably why so many people look like a bad “before and after” picture before and after kids.

Writing takes time.  It’s easy to use the excuse that I don’t have time.  Instead, I’m learning to ask “what do I want to accomplish today with the time I do have?”.  I can ‘research’ something.  Or I can call a prospect.  I can watch another

10 min TED Talk.  Or I can write.

When I make time for the things that are most important to me, I either still have time for the lesser things or don’t miss them when I don’t get to them.

I am thankful to some good friends who have nudged me this week.  They help pushing me past a tipping point.

Monday I realized I need to start publishing again.  That night, my friend TK asked me about my writing.  He noticed my stuff wasn’t hitting his inbox lately.  Another friend wrote to me yesterday on Facebook.  Denise told me that she missed my writing and that I had an audience waiting.  TK pushed me to the top of the hump I was climbing.  Denise pushed me over.

TK and Denise didn’t criticize me or insult me.  They encouraged me.  They let me know that they noticed something was missing.  And that it was missed.  They gave me the nudge I needed.  It pushed me over the tipping point.

We all know people who aren’t going in the direction that we know they want to go in.  We can let them roll down the far side of the mountain of life.  Or we can give them a nudge in the right direction.  You might push them over the tipping point.

Who might benefit from a nudge from you?  Who can push past their tipping point?

Are you tipping enough?

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