Don’t Neglect

by Bill Gough, Allstate Hall of Fame Member

One of the world’s great business philosophers the late Jim Rohn taught,

“Neglect is a major reason why people don’t have what they want. If you don’t take care of things in your life, neglect becomes a disease. If you neglect to do good things with your money, you probably neglect to do good things with your time. If you don’t know what’s going on with your health or your bank account, you could be at risk. Set up new disciplines to change your life. Don’t neglect.”

From an early age, we are taught how to read and write and how to be well mannered. We learn how to think critically and so that we can reach the next step on the ladder of success.

However, what we aren’t taught is how to manage the one part of our lives that matters most: our own self.

Some people wake up and realize they have neglected themselves for years. There’s a lot of pressure that leads to neglecting yourself and your desires in order to fit the mold others have shaped.

Neglect is like a pebble in your shoe.

What starts as a slight annoyance can drain you to the extent that you can’t function, become overtired and lose yourself in the process.

As over-dramatic as that sounds that’s what happens in both your business and personal life… and that pebble in your life is neglect.

One small neglect not attended to, can lead to the death of your marriage, your business, your health, the relationship you have with family, etc. And add to it, that a neglect in one area of your life leads to neglect in other areas.

Let’s take some ACTION TODAY: Pick an area you are working on improving.

You do have one, right?

You are already focused on the things you need to do each day to improve it, correct?

Now, I want you to check for pebbles in your shoes.

What small neglect are you allowing to exist because, well, it’s not really hurting or that noticeable right now?

You’ve got at least one, I’m sure.

Anyone who has traveled the trails of life as far as you and I have picks up pebbles. Let’s shake them from our shoes now before they lead to the death of our goals or one of our important values.

This is a different and important way to look at improvement. Not just what you need to do, but also what you are not doing, what you are neglecting.

Right now, is the perfect time of year to take this action. It’s when most folks just keep on keeping on and basically say to themselves, “I’ll do better in a few weeks with the beginning of the new year.” That’s a lame excuse and a big pile of crap. We know better don’t we.

Take 5-10 minutes right now and type or jot down on paper what pebble(s) you will shake off to release to improve in just one area of your life.

I am one of your biggest fans. Let me know how it turns out.