Ripples #690: Tend Your Planet!

Ripples #690: Tend Your Planet!
For our tribe of 30,900 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.


There is something to be said for keeping at a thing, isn’t there?
-Frank Sinatra, submitted by Josh in Plymouth, NH


It is a question of discipline.
When you have finished
washing and dressing each morning,
you must tend to your planet.
-The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery), submitted by Terry in Franklin, WI


Last week’s Ripples was about dreaming, and this week I want to encourage action. It takes discipline to transform your DREAMS into your TO DO list, and sometimes that requires following through on an action because you NEED to get it done even if you don’t WANT to do it. One trick is to focus on the desire to GET IT DONE and let that desire grow larger than the desire to continue on your current path.

If I find myself resisting a task, I sometimes try to imagine what it would feel like to be DONE with it, rather than on what it would feel like to DO it. This can help fire me up for a tiny chore (my back exercises) or a larger project (ooh crap, my fall campus tour begin THIS WEEK and I’m not yet packed!). Whether it is your work, school, home, or life, go TEND YOUR PLANET!

P.S. Each August I ask a crucial question that needs YOUR input to help improve the experience that thousands of new college students around the country are about to have. I’ll post the question in a few hours on my Facebook page. This year I’ll share Ripply Rewards for the most CREATIVE and/or — USEFUL feedback. Be sure you have liked my page and tune in Monday at 1pm Eastern.–


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