"Someday" Isn't a Day of the Week

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Here's one piece of good advice I've gained from my many years of experience from living on this Earth: if you need to get something done, do it today. Better yet, if you can, start doing it now.

If it's something that you SHOULD be doing and that you COULD be doing, then right now, in the present, is the best time to start moving.

You could procrastinate and wait until tomorrow to get it started. I get it. You're busy. You've had a long day. You have responsibilities and not all the time in the world. But if you start going down that route, you'll never start and definitely never get it done.


Here are some tips to get started:
1. Write down a specific plan, preferably broken down in stages
2. Make a deadline for yourself
3. Tell someone your plan/goal to help keep you accountable

Today is when it's going to get started; not someday. Someday is an abyss where dreams get lost. "Someday" will never be today.

It's the day that matters most because it's the day you have an opportunity to do something. Today is the day that turns future dreams into present reality. It's the day you get up and get started.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at Nourishment Notes about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

One Great Way to Be a Great Parent

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A couple years ago, a friend of mine asked me for some advice on how to be a good parent.  At that time, she was pregnant with her first child, and I already had two young kids of my own. Since I had a couple years of experience ahead of her, it was understandable that she looked to me for some source of parental wisdom.

The first and only thing that I could think of telling her was "be a good person." It's about pushing yourself daily to be the best version of yourself. Being a good person is fundamentally important in being a great parent.

Parents are the main role models in their kids' lives. Kids learn so much from their parents. They play a key role into their socialization and how they perceive themselves and interact with the rest of society.

Who you are affects everything about you. It affects your thoughts, decisions, and actions. Being a good person causes you to think good thoughts and make smart decisions.Those are the kind of things you'll want to happen when you're a parent.

As a parent, you want to teach your kids how to be mentally and emotionally healthy. You want to teach them how to properly act around other people, or in the face of adversity. You want to teach them how to act with compassion and to live with love. The best way to teach them that is to show them that yourself.

You may not always make the best decisions (hindsight is 20/20), but the better the person you push yourself to be, the better decisions you make. You'll make the best decisions you can for your kids, and in turn, slowly teach them how to make good decisions themselves.

As a parent, it's natural for you to want the best for your kids. You must exemplify the type of person you want your kids to be.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at Nourishment Notes about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Why You Need to Be One Step Ahead of Your Competition

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“The successful person has the habit of doing the things that failures don’t like to do. The successful person doesn’t like doing them either, but his dislike is subordinated to the strength of his purpose.”
- E.M. Gray

I’m going to tell you one secret to success: be one step ahead of your competition. That means you need to be willing to work harder than everyone else. That means you should be thinking smarter than everyone else. It means that you must be more disciplined and determined than everyone else.

Being one step ahead of everyone else gives you a competitive advantage. You’re the first to try out things, whether it’s a new piece of technology or a new strategy.

Being ahead also gives you a time advantage because you have more time to do your task well, or if you mess up, you have more time to recover. In the competitive world, having more time is a competitive advantage over having less.

In any competition, being one or more steps ahead of your opponents is an advantage. If you put in more effort than your competition, you’ll be ahead. If you’re willing to do what everyone else isn’t, that’s your competitive edge. If you put in more time (and use that time wisely), then you’ll have the advantage over the competition. Like I discussed earlier, if you have more time than everyone else, they’re at a disadvantage. If you work smarter than your opponents, then your strategy will be ahead of the rest.

Not only will being ahead of your competition gives you an advantage, it propels you closer towards success.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at Nourishment Notes about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Balance is a Key to Success in Life

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Balance is a key to life. Too much or too little of something isn’t good for you. Take food for example. If you consistently have too much food, it’ll lead towards obesity and all the health problems that go with it. If you constantly have too little food, you’ll be deprived of essential nutrients that your body needs to function. You need to eat just enough to avoid starvation, but not too much to avoid overeating.

Balance applies in everything else in life. You want to balance your work and home responsibilities. You balance your time for your family, friends, and yourself. You balance your bank accounts so that you have enough to maintain your lifestyle. Balance is very important.

Finding balance is hard. It’s not something you can physically look for or buy. It is something that you must create for yourself. You must actively put in the effort to make wise decisions to keep the various factors in your life balanced. People may help you create this, but it’s ultimately up to you to create it. When you create balance, you lead a balanced lifestyle for yourself.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at Nourishment Notes about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

This is the Way Through Fear and Doubt

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"Believe you can and you’re halfway there." —Theodore Roosevelt

You are more powerful than you think. If you believe that you can’t do something, you probably can’t. By thinking that you can’t, you mentally block yourself from being able to do so. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. On the flip side, if you believe you can, you probably can (or you have a higher possibility of being successful than thinking that you can’t).

Fear gets in the way. Being afraid of failing can be intimidating. You might fear feeling humiliated for trying new or unusual.

Doubt gets in the way. Doubt tells you that “you can’t.” It whispers in your ear that “it’s too hard” or “it’s not for me.” Doubt kills your dreams way before you even get to start working towards them.

Fear and doubt can be debilitating, but they’re not as powerful as believing in yourself. Being able to cultivate your own courage is what gets you through the fear and doubt each time they get in the way.

Believing in yourself is the first big step in reaching your goals. By doing so, you give yourself permission to aim high and go for your goals. To many, taking the first step is the hardest part, but after the first step, you start to build forward momentum that takes you on the path towards the life you’ve been dreaming daringly of.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at Nourishment Notes about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Don't Hold Back; You Can Do It!

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"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
-John R. Wooden

You can do a lot of things. Sure, there are a lot of things that you can't do (yet), but there are a lot of thing that you have done, and still can do.

Don't be bogged down with thoughts or beliefs of what you think you can't do. Even those can change with practice, patience, and persistence.

Use what you're good at to your advantage. Not everyone is good at the same thing you are. Those skills are your strength. They are what help you get ahead in life.

Definitely do what you love. Don't hold back. If you're interested or passionate about something, you can't help but be good at it.

If you're an expert in a specific topic (like health, finance, or playing the acoustic guitar), know that makes you unique. Not everyone has expertise in the same field as you, so use it to your advantage. Use it to help others and also advance your life.

There is so much that you can do. You have the potential. Don't let negative thoughts such as fear or self-doubt get in the way. You can do it.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at Nourishment Notes about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.