Keeping It Real and Taking Action – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 87

Wake Up Call

The kids had their first full day of summer vacation, and they’re like see-saws.  First, they’re excited, then their bored, hungry, tired, thirsty, yada yada yada.  This is started off to be a great summer.
Back to the task at hand.  This week has been a week of challenges.  So many things taking place in my business and our region was challenged to step it up in order to make things happen.  For the past 4 days, the challenge was to set appointments with others to show how we can enhance their lives.  The challenge usually calls for setting at least one appointment for that day.  So, it could happen on your first call or your 20th call, as long as you set that appointment, you’re done.  The idea behind this one a day challenge is to show consistency in our efforts.  If this was done every day for 5 days a week, you’re looking at a minimum of 20 appointments in that month.  Thinking about how that can impact so many lives is monumental.
For me, this was a necessary challenge, and I needed to step it up a few notches.  Things have slowed a bit, not progressing at the pace I would like, but this challenge has opened up my eyes and made me realize I need to keep my eye on the prize.  Look long term and not the quick, easy fixes.  I also had a talk tonight with my mentor and he hit on some key areas that I need to tweak a bit which should yield better results.  After that call, I went to work and kept going until I saw the results.  We will see what happens over the course of the next week to see how those results pan out.  Whatever the outcome, I am not going to stop.  I will keep going because regardless of what others do around me, I will keep going.

What to Share…What to Share – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 27

So Much to Discuss…So Much Time…

Today, I’m at a diverged road trying to decide which path to take.  There’s a couple thoughts running through my head as to what I should share tonight, and I’m not sure which one to go with.  Do I go with my thoughts on children and discipline or discuss my trip to the dentist…

OK, the dentist wins.  So simple.

So, last week, I touched on the fact that I had an appointment to see the dentist because I had a tooth in pain and it just wouldn’t go away.  I was hoping they would take care of it last week, but, no such luck.  It was infected and had to take some antibiotics to prepare me for today.

With yesterday’s late April snowstorm and my white-knuckle drive home, and the conditions not any better this morning, my nerves were a little up there with this upcoming visit.  I knew what was going to happen, but I wasn’t sure how my experience was going to be.  I haven’t had too many bad experiences with the dentist, but, they don’t get much love sometimes.

Took this selfie literally minutes
before the procedure.  It was all done
before I could even blink.

So, the procedure went rather quickly…literally.  I was given a numbing agent, freezing of the area and sat for 10 minutes to let it kick in.  I tell you, I’m not sure exactly what he did in there, but, it was like 1-2-3, you’re done.  Start to finish, I’d say that took 15 minutes, and no pain.  Seriously, 15 minutes to get rid of pain that could have lasted longer.

My tooth was quite a sight (no, you can’t see it.  I didn’t take a picture, but I’ve got the image in my head.)  After, the right side of my face felt so numb, I may have gone one round with Mike Tyson.  That’s always the part that would get me going – the soft, numb face and lack of feeling and movement on one side of the face.


Seriously, it wasn’t bad at all.

This experience got me to thinking…and I’ve posted about this already, but, what fears hold you back from the things you want to do (or should be doing?)  Are you one of those people who creates a major scene in your head on how a situation may turn out, only to find it wasn’t so bad after all?  What have you been putting off?  Avoiding?  Not taking seriously?  Yes, I put off going to the dentist for quite a while (a REALLY long time) because of a couple unforgettable moments that I generalized into something that wasn’t a big deal.

Confusing enough for you?

So, let’s each make it our goal to tackle those fears head on…face those demons…make that appointment you’ve been putting off…whatever it may be for you.  Take the first step and make things happen for you.

Just get that sucker out – get it done…you’ll feel so much better in the end.  Oh, and be sure to take care of your teeth.  Re-read Dr. Seuss’s “The Tooth Book” next time you feel like indulging on some unnecessary junk.  Lots of great lessons in that book done in true Dr. Seuss form.