When I first started blogging about three years ago, I followed a guy who wrote about successful retirement lifestyles, how you could have one too, and fancied himself to be a lifestyle coach who could make a fortune blogging. And you know what? I was laying around one afternoon listening to music, and thought, “Hey I can be a retirement lifestyle coach too.” How hard could it be? All ya gotta do is lay around the house all day and watch TV. Plus, I’m a fairly opinionated guy, who has no qualms about giving folks unsolicited advice.
So….The fist key: Don’t Overdo It!
The Wife and I are in the process of redoing out dinning room. Getting rid off the old curtains and wallpaper, repainting, the whole nine yards (guess we didn’t learn our lesson after doing the kitchen re-model last year). A pretty big job for an old retired guy. Thirty years ago when I was younger, in my prime, had more energy and was getting layed on a regular bi-weekly basis; no problemo. I could whip that sucker out in a weekend, but not no more! Everything now is just a slight bit more painful, and not only do I have to look forward to hours of aching drudgery, I first gotta move thirty years of accumulated bullshit, and have The Wife find a new temporary home for all that crap, before the torture begins.
When a friend stopped by and saw the process going on, he suggested that if I where to work more than just three hours a day, this project would be done in no time. But no! Being the lifestyle coach that I am, I told him that while on the surface that may appear to be true, in reality it would be the other way around.
If I where to work, say eight hours a day on this project, I’d destroy my body, and need to take a shit-load of drugs to ease the pain. And everybody knows that when ya take a shit-load of drugs, you’re not very productive all day. Plus, (drawing on my experience as a probation officer), using a shit-load of drugs on a regular basis, can lead to addiction, and with addiction, the daily need to feed your habit…to the point where ya got a little “problem” going on, and end up being put in Detox by your kids, followed by a ninety day Residential Program which probably ain’t covered by MediCare, and costs a fortune to boot. Then there’d be the follow-up out-treatment program with daily meetings to attend.
So, it’s plain to see, that working harder at some goal, does not necessarily mean your goal will be reached quicker. On the contrary, working too hard at something could mean you’ll never get it done.
Nope. You never wanna Overdo anything.