A scary thing happened at our home the other night.
Our daughter called while we were out and told us that our dog Lilley had eaten part of a bag of dark chocolate chips that had been left out on the counter.
Those of you who are dog owners know that dark chocolate can be extremely toxic to dogs.
When we got home, Lillley was starting to show signs of toxicity, so we rushed her to our local Emergency 24 Hour Vet Clinic - - so happy to have them!
It's a good thing we did.
They kept her overnight and pumped her full of fluids and had to give her some medication for her racing heartbeat - - scary stuff!
One of the first things we did when we got home was take all the bags of dark chocolate chips that we typically leave on the counter (we're a little bit addicted to them - especially with peanut butter) and put them into tupperware containers to keep them secure and out of reach.
We literally compartmentalized the situation.
The point of this story is that we could have kept the chocolate in tupperware all along. Why didn't we? Because it was easier to leave them in their bags on the counter. It took a very scary close call to teach us a valuable lesson (Lilley is doing great by the way!)
Our excuse was typical - "Come on, we're busy - we don't have time to put them away!"
So many of us do that with our lives every day.
The interesting thing is that once we compartmentalized the chocolate chips, a huge burden was lifted. We'd always worried about her getting the chips and we'd had a few close calls before, but once we took that one simple step and put them into tupperware containers, we realized that it actually made the whole situation easier.
No more stress about where the chocolate chips are, and whether Lilley can accidentally reach them.
Think about it. How many simple steps toward your dream are you putting off because you're just "too busy?"
And then stop and think if it would make your life a little simpler if you dealt with it and compartmentalized your life just a bit more.
So often, people tell me they're too busy to start or build their career. They're stuck in a rut or in a job they aren't passionate about. They want to make progress but life keeps getting in the way.
The solution is to compartmentalize.
Organize your thoughts and put them into tupperware containers (not really - but you get the point.) Once you've taken the mental step to separate out your goals and plans, you'll find you're better able to divide and conquer.
I spend a lot of time in my online course walking through the steps I take on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis to organize my goals and make real progress. You can get more information at my course website vosuccess.com.
I'd love to continue the conversation here and over on Facebook. Let me know what the one thing is you'd love to do and what the reason is that you haven't taken action on it yet.
I'll bring the tupperware :)
All the best,
Mike Lenz is an entrepreneur, professional voice actor, audio book narrator, author, podcast host, husband and father. His ebook, Paid To Talk, is available on amazon.com, his podcast, Mike Lenz Voice – A Journey Into Voice Acting, can be heard on iTunes, and his online course, 5 Steps To Start (and Grow) Your Voice-Over Career, can be found at vosuccess.com. Mike is passionate about sharing stories from amazing and inspiring people from all areas of the voice-over industry, as well as sharing his insights with aspiring voice actors around the world. Mike lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.