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Are you ready?

Are you getting ready for your big moment or are you still planning on it coming? There’s a big difference.

While on a call with my mentor recently, she said, “Are you ready, Amy? The money will be there, that shouldn’t be a concern at all. You’ve got to BE READY!” Me, my mind, my knowledge, my skills, my character, me. I need to be ready. And I need to be busy about being ready for that now.

Be busy with your goals and dreams as if they’re imminent.

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What’s an early morning to you?

I’ve been waking up significantly earlier the last couple of weeks.

As I am breaking through this paradigm of what is early and what’s not, I realize how much of that is something I unknowingly programmed in my mind over the last several years.

4am is only a number. And all the numbers are relative to when I go to bed.

4am isn’t early if I get to bed at 8pm or 9pm. (It’s terribly early if I don’t get to bed until 4am.)

What’s an early morning to you? Where did you come up with that idea?

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A great wedding story

I’ve played the piano for countless weddings and funerals. A lot of them blend together, but a few stand out.

One particular wedding ceremony I looked up to see window decorations catch fire across the room from where I’m playing.

Now, this is an interesting predicament. It’s a sacred and quiet tone to the room, the sanctuary is filling up, and I’m playing prelude music.

At this moment, when I spot the decorations on fire, one might think – WHY DIDN’T YOU GO PUT THE FIRE OUT AS SOON AS YOU SAW IT?!

There’s nothing like the pianist quitting, dashing across the room to a pile of flames to upset the mood and draw heaps of attention to the burning decorations.

If I choose to leave my post, I’m going to jack up the whole mood of the wedding. I better be really sure about this move.

There aren’t many seconds in between the fire spotting and needing to make a decision about dashing across the room. Maybe 7 seconds. Maybe 6. Thankfully, someone else spotted it nearby and took action.

And most people never knew…because the pianist remained steadfast. 😉

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Reset

While circling above Chicago several times in a plane, I could sense the energy in the plane going sour. We knew why we were circling, but rather than having this knowledge reset expectations, passengers kept stewing about their circular conundrum.

Too bad. They could have invested energy in a great plan B or a better use of the circling minutes.

How often do you circle without resetting?

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The most expensive nap I ever had

College was full on. I took 18-21 credits a semester and played a sport.

I remember being painfully tired and taking 4-minute power naps between classes. (Three cheers for learning the greatness of a power nap!)

One particular day 4 minutes wasn’t going to cut my exhaustion and I skipped class to sleep. To some of you, this was a regular occurrence, but others will appreciate my diligence. I rarely skipped class, and it certainly wasn’t to sleep. This time it was though.

I’d like to tell you it was the most restful 45-minute nap, but it wasn’t. What I remember to this day is that during that 45-minute interval I calculated how much each class cost me based on the credit hours and the number of actual classes we had that semester.

$286.

I never forgot.

I think I managed to get a 20+ minute nap.

I never slept through another class.

What was your most expensive nap?

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Are you going to live by someone else’s?

Everyone has their own threshold for “I’ve been busy this week.” It varies from person to person.

I once heard someone tell me they had a busy day because they were getting a hair cut in the morning and had to go to the bank right after.

On the opposite extreme, I’ve talked to people carrying such a wild and heavy load that I thought for sure they would be wearied from it, but they weren’t.

The point isn’t to live by someone else’s threshold. It’s to find yours and decide where you want to exist in relation to it.

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Reflection, folks.

Very rarely do we get a clear picture of why we should travel “this” path while walking each step. Reflecting makes it much clearer to see why things happened the way they did more than looking at what currently exists, or what’s coming down the pike and trying to make sense of it.

Theoretically, based on where we get the clarity we should spend more time reflecting, but somehow we haven’t gotten the math right and spend the majority of our time gnawing on why such and such is happening now and worrying about the future.

Clarity comes from reflection.