What To Do Now

Our news cycles seem to get worse and worse each day. Everything from pandemics, to civil unrest, to military disasters, to warehouses blowing up overseas. What are we going to do? Well, we could bury ourselves in the bed covers and pretend none of it matters, or we can get up and live our lives. I am all for leaving this rut and moving forward.

There are things that we can do in safe ways in which we can protect our selves. Yes, we have a terrible plague, and yet at the same time, we have been handed marvels of technology that will allow us to work our way around it. There is a difference between not doing something because you don’t have the where-with-all and not doing something because you are rapt with fear or held back in a cycle of procrastination.

I will grant you, in the beginning, it took a little getting used to the protective gear. And getting a slow start back in February through April might’ve been OK. We are now in August. No more excuses, and it’s time to do what you do. All the lawyer ads and game shows on TV will have to entertain themselves from now on because you have things to do. 

The airplane came to be by two guys in a bike shop. The Automobile grew out of Mr. Fords Garage. Trains, the cotton gin, the apple computer, and many other of our everyday items of today did not come to be because of geniuses in ivory towers. Their births started in garages and old work sheds.  You may have the next significant innovation we need—time to get to work.

Sit down and make a list. Write down out what you need to do and start it. If you aren’t sure how to get it done, email me, I will help you. You can do this. I have faith in you. You could also stay in bed all day, walk around in your jammies, and lose precious time in your life. I don’t have the time left in my life to get everything I want to do done. I need to work at this, and this lecture is not only for you, it’s for me also.

Everything I need to do to earn money, to help people, and to get my message out there can happen from my computer. It does n0t have to be a fancy computer. I bought mine in 2011; it’s not as elaborate, yet it is a great workhorse.

Start putting your ideas and thoughts on paper. Figure out what you would like to do, which will relieve the tensions and maybe pay the bills. And don’t just think of them in your head, put them down on paper.

If you have everything written down on paper, then you can go through it and arrange it so that the things that you want to do and the things that you would like to do are in the appropriate spacing for when to do them. You don’t fill the bathtub for a bath until after you put the plug in the drain.

 Number the list you have created, so you know what needs to happen first, second, third, etc. Now, ensure you have supplies or suitable substitutes to put everything into action. If you don’t have everything figure out what you can purchase online without leaving the house or what you might be able to borrow from the neighbor. If you use something from a neighbor, be sure to replace it for them. There also may be new habits needed. Tomorrow we will talk about building those new habits.

Thank you for being with me today, and hang in there. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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