What do I do next?

Aug 5, 2013 by

Are you ever unsure of what to do next?

What’s next in your life?  What’s the next move to make on a particular project?

Do you ever ask yourself, what should I be doing?

If you are looking at multiple options or multiple choices and not sure which way to go or which one to pick, always pick the scary one.

Stop and look at what is before you and what you are afraid to do.  That is your path.  That is the right choice.


Doing the scary thing leads us down the path of discovery and opens the world to us.  It shows us exactly what we are capable of and reveals how truly un-scary the scary thing really is.  That perceived roadblock of fear is really the trail marker showing us the way we should be going.  It is when we push through that fear that we make giant strides forward and gain the understanding of how brave we are and how fear doesn’t matter.

I’ve been on a big building and moving forward phase in my life lately and a huge part of that moving forward and building a new future is pushing through that fear.  Not knowing where to go next can be frustrating and seemingly paralyzing.  An overzealous fear of failure can and often does halt us in our tracks from even beginning.  It is when we push through those fears that we realize we had nothing to fear at all and our world is open to a new future with new possibilities.

If you are stuck or struggling this week with not knowing what to do next try this.  Break down the challenge you are tackling into discrete steps you need to take.  Make the tasks small enough that you can understand them and begin working on them.  Then scroll through your list and find the one that scares you the most.  This shouldn’t be hard.  It should either jump out at you or give you a weird feeling in your stomach.  Which one of those items causes you fear or discomfort?  That is your number one task.  Don’t do anything else until you’ve started and completed that one task.

That will kick start the rest of your list because once you’ve conquered that scary task, you will realize it wasn’t that scary and the rest of the tasks will be easy.  You just have to start.  As the quote goes, “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage.  Just 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery.”

You just need to begin.  You just need to pick that scary task and go at it with all you’ve got.  Once you start the scary feelings will run and hide when met with your courage and bravery.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is to pick the scary thing on your list.  Be bold.  Be Brave.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:



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What are you building?

Jul 29, 2013 by

Last week I wrote about building something to look at.  Something tangible.  Something that you would see every day and get to admire and feel good about.  Something beautiful to show off to yourself and the world, and I hope you took that advice and started a cool project.  I’m working on a few tables for my mom and a new entertainment unit for the house.

This week I want to talk about building something bigger for the future.

What are you building for the future?

If you answered nothing then we have a problem because whether you know it or not you are building something.  Every day your words, actions and attitude is building something.  If your words are true, your actions sincere and your attitude is good then you are building a legacy from which you can build upon a great many things.  You will have friends and acquaintances that like and admire you and want to not only be around you, but help you build great things in the future.  This is your foundation that you have laid through days, hours, years of work “being you”.

It is only from this place that you can make great things happen.

Two things that are happening in my life right now that are building on the past work I have already laid down.

First, I am going to be a dad for the first time very soon and I am excited about building a great family with a great family culture devoted to learning, exploring, helping, building, fixing etc.  I am excited about the prospect of creating and having a great many adventures to come.  I read a great article on building a great family culture and this is one of the most exciting aspects of fatherhood and building a family for me.   I want to take the work my wife and I have done with our upbringing, our education and building our marriage and leverage all of that into bringing a new addition into our family and creating an awesome family culture from that.  Plus I get to play with Lego’s again and that is just awesome.

Second, I’m working on starting a new business venture up.  I have tons of brilliant ideas that come and go, but I had a new one that is picking up momentum. I’ve been telling some old friends and co-workers and it has caught on to where they want to help me build it.  Now again, if I was an asshole when working with these people they would have no interest in listening to my brilliant ideas let alone wanting to work with me to help me build them.  So I am filled with gratitude to be surrounded by brilliant people who have connected to  me and my idea and something may come out of that.  That is very exciting and extremely rewarding for me.  None of this would not have been possible if I had not laid the foundation for all of this years ago with my attitude, and effort that I put into creating this future today.

So what are you building for the future?  What are you building today with your actions?  What is your attitude steering you towards this very instant that you can build upon for something amazing in the future?

Build the foundation of something amazing today.  Go out and be YOU in the best possible sense.  Set your intentions toward good and let that attitude guide you in your actions as you interact with those around you.  Be generous and helpful to all who you come across and you will be able to look back on this time and this work as the foundation of the great things you have built.



TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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