Have you ever had a pebble in your shoe? You know, like a small rock or something hard inside your shoe? It can be really annoying rolling around in there. I mean, you can push through it. You know, mind over matter and all that. But don’t worry, it will still be there later to surprise you. Who wants to take the time, who HAS the time to take off their shoe and take care of a pebble inside? There are times that I’m convinced, I don’t. So, on I go. Walking through my day, with this small rock in my shoe. Jabbing my foot every time I step. Hmmmm.
You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life, Ep 89 “Pebble in My Shoe”.
How many times have we had something in our life, nothing major; in fact, it’s probably pretty small, just enough to get our attention and yet we ignore it? We go about life as if it’s not there. That’s like having a pebble in our shoe.
Now there is something to be said about the power of ignoring things that don’t matter. It’s a great trait to have when you need to focus. (Getting bogged down in the weeds.)
When I need focus, we use certain tools, keeping a calendar, using an app, even keeping some type of notebook handy to track your day seems to be a great help.
See, I’m big on systems. I love to create systems that help people, almost automated systems that help people take care of things in life. So that their life will open up in other areas, to increase their capacity in places where they are passionate.
The solution to having a pebble in our shoe is something pretty simple that all of us know. Take care of the pebble!
If we don’t pause for self-care today, we will be forced to deal with it later.
Why then do we feel superior when we are able to push through the pain when in reality, we don’t need to and it will be better and sometimes less painful if we do.
There are only two standard answers here.
- “It’s not that bad” – We think the pebble is not that big of a deal. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. The question is, “How are you looking at it?”
- According to Business Insider, if Jeff Bezos (the founder and CEO of Amazon) if Jeff saw a $1,000 bill on the sidewalk, he would lose money if he stopped to pick it up. b/c he makes $2,500 a second. It would take him more than one second to stop and pick it up. So technically, it would be more profitable for him to continue his day without taking the time to stop, bend over and pick up a $1,000 bill off the sidewalk.
- But the question is “How are you looking at it?” Maybe that’s the reason he DOES pick it up. The mentality of taking care of the little things and seeing their impact down the road is crucial. If he overlooks places where he is missing $1,000 at a time, he won’t be the Billionaire as we know him, very long.
- Which brings us to the second standard answer, “I’m too busy” – The belief of “I’m too busy” to take care of the pebble, is a lie.
- No one, I repeat, NO ONE is too busy to deal with pebbles in their life. Whether you realise it or not, the pebble is affecting the way you walk. Subconsciously, you are compensating for the pebble. I WILL affect the way you walk today.
- It probably reveals that Priorities may be out of whack.
- If you think you are too busy, then you are keeping the calendar of a fool (ouch). There are some who are “Addicted to Busy”. Brady Boyd has a book by that same title that I suggest, if this resonates with you. We may need to look at maybe an inflated sense of importance or setting some boundaries in your life that have been ignored for a long time. The lie is that, things look to be more important than they are. Remember, our enemy will use all types of smoke and mirrors to get us to believe something other than what is true. In his book I mentioned, Brady says “If Satan can’t stop you, he will push you to be so busy, that you’ll want to stop.” He does that by distorting our priorities.
We can help in both of these areas.
Something as small as a pebble can be ignored.
But how are you looking at it?
Do you think you are too busy?
Will this still be affecting the way you walk today?
Are you believing a lie?
Can you even see what is true in the situation?
We can help untangle all of these questions and more. Hey, if you enjoy this podcast, subscribe and write a review wherever you get your podcasts. We would appreciate it, but, if you do that, you just may be helping someone else discover that they too, can be Living the Freedom Life.
Until next time, Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle