“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” – Walt Disney

Lesson of the Week

“Ok, just do it, it’s not gonna kill you.” That’s what a friend of mine told me a few days ago after listening to a frenzy of complaints about how much work I had to do, and how much stress I had. The blunt rationality of what he said struck me, and I didn’t really have a good response, because he was right! I just had to start doing it. I even realized that the stress was only being compounded my own complaints, and just by starting it felt to finish the things that caused me the most stress. A lot of business productivity journals tell you to “handle it once” in regards to tasks or emails, but if you apply this across life, I think we’d be a lot happier more often. Most of the conversations I have with people involve complaints, and as much as I think shared complaints are great for bonding (not being sarcastic), I think that same conversation finds its way into how we talk to ourselves when an issue arises, and inevitably how we think. When you can address a problem as something to be solved rather than something to be complained about, you not only cut back on negativity, but you get closer to overcoming the challenges in your way!

Positive News of the Week

  • A 105-year-old cyclist, Robert Marchand, has shown that brief bursts of strenuous activity mixed with low-intensity exercise can help promote better aging and less physical exhaustion.
  • Friday is the anniversary of the revolution that established the Islamic Republic of Iran, and many Iranians are protesting the tradition of burning American flags, saying they are heartened by the backlash against the recent travel bans.
  • Intel is investing $7 billion to create a factory in Arizona that could add as many as three thousand jobs to the area.
  • A cholera vaccine accepted by the W.H.O. is being stockpiled, and may soon be given out to countries in need, where cholera is a real and terrifying threat.
  • Flight attendants and other airport workers are being trained to spot people traveling against their will, in an effort to fight human trafficking.
  • Longer than a football field and 40 feet tall, “The Battle of Atlanta” is one of the largest oil paintings in the world. Thanks to a group of philanthropists, the painting is going to be restored nearly 130 years after its creation.

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal Challenge ∅ This week, try to get in touch with your youth and reread a favorite childhood story-book.
  • External Challenge ∅ This week, try to compliment someone for a non-physical attribute you admire in them.