One of The Biggest Challenges You're Going to Face In Your Life
It's been sitting on top of my dryer for 3 days. The king size fitted sheet that I've been neglecting to fold.
Every time I walk by the laundry room it taunts me.
I pride myself on being pretty neat and organized; but I’ve never really learned how to fold a fitted sheet. Not a huge character flaw, I realize, but it bugs me nonetheless.
Today, I couldn't bear to pass by that damn sheet anymore.
I quickly checked in with myself and asked, "Do I really care about being able to fold a fitted sheet properly?" Meaning, “Do I really want to exchange some time off my life for this?”
My honest answer was yes.
I grabbed the sheet, brought it to my bedroom, opened the laptop and found a brief instructional video on YouTube. I had made up my mind to learn this skill once and for all.
The life lesson I want to share with you today has nothing to do with a fitted sheet. It has to do with the following:
Every single move you make that allows you to smile, laugh, lose track of time, feel proud or in any way good about yourself is an act of self-love.
I can’t emphasize enough the power that ongoing acts of self-love have in shifting the quality of your entire life.
If there’s areas of your life where you’re feeling stuck or anxious or stressed; if you feel like you keep trying really hard to achieve a goal but you’re not getting what you want; I can almost guarantee that it has a lot to do with a lack of self-love.
In the grand scheme of my life, knowing how to fold a fitted sheet is of course no big deal, but giving myself consistent moments of learning something knew, of perfecting a skill, of making myself laugh or feel proud is no small thing. These are the moments that when incorporated into a daily life practice end up having a cumulative effect.
In simple terms, any time you engage in even the smallest act of self-love you drastically increase the chances of reaching your goals.
I've been studying human behavior a very long time, as long as Tony Robbins and a central truth that repeatedly comes up, is that we humans have a habit of making our lives much harder than they have to be.
Hardness does not deliver results. And it certainly doesn't do much to help you enjoy the moments of your life right now.
If you don't give a damn about folding a fitted sheet, I highly encourage you to take this message (and your life seriously) by seeking out opportunities to laugh, relax, enjoy yourself and feel proud.
When it comes to gestures of self-love, size doesn't matter. What matters is that you were daring enough to make a move at all.
There's a good chance this could the missing piece to powerfully reaching some of your more meaningful goals.
"One of the biggest challenges you're going to face in your life is folding a fitted sheet." - Jill Cooper, Living on a Dime. I can't tell you how much I LOVE a woman with a dry sense of humor.
There is great power, to be discovered inside all the little moments you let yourself enjoy yourself. Please don't trust me on this; go see for yourself.
Love and light,
TAKEAWAYS FROM THE ARTICLE:
1. One you learn a skill; you never have to learn it again. Meaning, you can take it off your brain for good. There is great power in this concept.
2. “Do I really want to exchange some time off my life for this?”
This one question alone will give you a huge opportunity to instantly enhance the quality of your life. With every thought, with every action you’re considering taking throughout you everyday life, ask yourself this question and see if you can answer honesty.
3. Don’t get caught up in the specifics of your gesture of self-love; make an agreement to start loving the fact that you let yourself do anything at all.
4. Being hard on yourself never delivers results.
HELPFUL QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
1. Is there some little task that been bugging you that you’d love to learn?
2. How often do you feel proud of yourself?
3. How often do you smile, laugh, or otherwise make space to be silly or relaxed.
4. How often do you challenge yourself to learn something new? (Even if it’s something small, like folding a fitted sheet, tying a new recipe, or signing up for a class?)
5. Are you able to celebrate, small little victories?
6. What do you think might be blocking you from enjoying your everyday life more?
If you have questions or would like some additional support, please don’t hesitate to reach out. This is why I’m here.