moreJim Rohn is an incredible philosopher. I use his pithy quotes frequently.  In this article, I want to share a little longer portion of something he said (and please read it carefully vs. skimming it):

“Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life. These are the choices that, once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation.

And the second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To earn as much as we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive and produce and accomplish as much as we possibly can. All of us have the choice.

To do or not to do. To be or not to be. To be all or to be less or to be nothing at all.”

Someone could read this and think, ‘Yikes! Is Rohn saying we need to do more, more, more and make ourselves crazy and OVERwhelmed?’ Heck no (or I wouldn’t be sharing it with you in an article about being ‘just whelmed’)!

Here are some thoughts and ‘take-aways’ from the quote that you may want to consider:

  • Get clear on what you want out of life.
  • Set goals (financial, learning, achieving, contributing, living, relationships, etc.).
  • Recognize that you are worth a life of “more.” You are worthy and anyone who tells you that you’re not is either someone to set straight on that or to stop listening to (and it might be your own ‘self’ who is telling you you’re not worthy).
  • Do one thing today that is closer to what you want and further away from what you don’t want.
  • Make the choices necessary to create, have, know, experience the life that you want - a “more” life vs. a “less” life.

So, what steps would lead you to a life of ‘more’ vs. a life of ‘less’?

1.  Get clear on what you want out of life and set goals around that clarity.

2.  Right this very minute, write down at least one thing you want out of life in each of the areas listed below.  (Note: You do not have to tell or show anyone, but you do have to do this for yourself. See what you come up with in an unedited format. Once you have written down your ideas, you can begin to set goals related to these areas.)

  • Financial –
  • Learning –
  • Relationships –
  • Living –
  • Contributing –
  • Health –
  • Achieving –

A ‘just whelmed’ life is a ‘more’ (vs. a ‘less’) life. When we are JUST WHELMED instead of the other two extremes, i.e., OVERwhelmed or UNDERwhelmed, we are healthier, happier, more able to contribute, positive, hopeful, upbeat, helpful, and so on… None of us can be these things without living ‘more’ and when we live ‘more’ then we can also help others move to ‘more’ lives, too.

A Gentle Suggestion

Know that you are a model. What are people learning from you about how they should view their own lives?

  1. Do they see that you are leading a full and wondrous life and that they could, too? Or…
  2. Do they see you leading a pitiful, subpar, anxious, apprehensive kind of life and that they probably will also?

Be the message you want others to receive.

Overwhelmed-woman-stressed-px300And here is a teleseminar that I recently taught that will help you on your path to just whelmed: Strategies for When You Are Seriously and Scarily Behind, which is available for immediate download.




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