Recently I was given some good advice. Actually it wasn’t anything new – it was something I have told to people and have used myself also.
I had something I wanted to do but I was having a hard time getting started. When I looked at everything there was to do, it looked a bit intimidating and overwhelming. It was something I had an interest in starting and I thought it would be very beneficial to me once it was in place. The problem was I would work just a little at it but didn’t get very far.
The advice was so simple. They told me to just set aside 30 minutes to work on it. I could stop there and I would have made some progress. The accumulated 30 minute blocks will eventually add up and I will get to where I want to be. Of course I could keep going after the 30 minutes were up if I wanted to. I do that sometimes since I realize the task isn’t really all that hard.
I used that advice immediately and made some nice headway right away. It helped me to see that I could do what I wanted and it gave me a nice boost to my enthusiasm for the project. It left me with a good feeling when the time was up and I was looking forward to the next 30 minute block.
I hope you can use this idea on an endeavor you have been thinking about. It’s also helped me recently around my house. I’m cleaning up, clearing out what I don’t need, and reducing clutter. I’m working on one area at a time. I’ve made progress and it doesn’t seem like such a big job when I think I’m just cleaning off my desk or my coat closet.
A big part of the success I will achieve will be setting aside those 30 minute blocks. If they are only done sporadically, I won’t get far and it will take much longer to finish. However if I consistently schedule them I will be successful.
That story leads to this – are you setting aside and consistently scheduling time to take care of yourself? Can you look in the mirror at the end of the month and honestly tell yourself that you didn’t have 30 minutes for a massage? It’s true that you can feel better with a longer massage, but even a 30 minute massage can help you with pain or discomfort you have been dealing with. It also is enough time to relax and experience relief from the stress that has been weighing you down. You will find relief and start feeling better by getting massages consistently.
Look at your calendar and make an appointment. You have to make it happen, not wait for free time. I’ll be ready for you when it is time to start and I won’t keep you waiting after it is over, so you can get back to your life. Make at least 30 minutes this month for yourself and begin to feel better.
Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio. Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com
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