How have you been progressing with your goals this week?

If the answer is “not so good”, break your goal down into a ridiculously easy step.

It might not be the ideal amount of action that you want to take but at least you’ll be taking some action rather than no action.

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Ok, changing topics…

I’ve been living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for about a year and a half now. I’m originally from Vancouver Island, Canada and I’ve always been a bit of a sun-seeker.

Living in Mexico is usually great but there are moments when it challenges me.

The Wheels on the Bus Go “Smash, Smash, Smash”

I was on a city bus a few weeks ago and the constant bumping, shaking and vibration of the bus while it jerked along the rough, cobblestone streets was really bothering me.

I could feel each stone that the tires smashed against as the impact throttled my entire spine. It felt as though the very fiber of my being was going to unravel.

At times, I would even bounce slightly off my seat and then crash back down again on the hard plastic seat.

“How can anyone tolerate this?”, I wondered.

I looked around at the Mexicans on the bus, expecting that they would have the same pained look of discomfort and annoyance as me.

What did I discover?

All of the Mexicans looked completely relaxed and comfortable in their seats. I didn’t see any looks of annoyance or frustration on their faces.

They were completely at ease.

That’s when I realized that I had been sitting in a tense and rigid way.

As I began to relax and slump into my seat more, I was able to absorb the bumps a lot better. It made a big difference.

At the same time, an insight came to me: This is how I (and many other people) often deal with life situations.

We resist or push against something we don’t like and it makes us tense and rigid (and unhappy). This makes us suffer more than if we were open, loose and accepting.

Here are the insights from that bumpy bus ride:

  • Get more comfortable rolling with various situations; stay open and fluid
  • Accept something as it is, not as you want it to be
  • Learn to accept imperfections
  • “Soften” your position, both physically and in your attitude

Keep these tips in mind when pursuing your goals. Hope this helps you to reach them faster!

Until next time!


Nigel Cook
Accountability Coach
Holding Your Feet to the Fire

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