Don’t Pencil Whip Your Life

pencil whip your lifeDon’t pencil whip your life – don’t just willy-nilly check off your boxes of achievement especially when you might have only phoned-in your effort and didn’t really do the work that you could have.

Don’t Pencil Whip Your Life

It’s great to have to have goals and it is great to have a bucket list of items in life to check off but what exactly are the items that you are checking off and do they really mean anything to you?

Life isn’t just about checking off boxes; especially if the boxes that you are checking off are not that important, inspiring, or possibly even scary for you because the things you should be checking off do need to be on the bigger side… the scarier side… and more on the exciting side. In other words, don’t pencil whip your life by checking off a ton of things that you are not passionate about.

The point that I am trying to make is that for the most part we all have certain goals and milestones that we each have in common in life… graduate high school, graduate from college, get a good job, get married, buy a house… blah, blah, blah. You get the idea.

It’s how you choose to do these that will differentiate you from being average and just going through the motions, or being well… more than that.

Using college as an example, how many people actually go to school and study something that they are passionate about while at the same time will secure their future, as opposed to those who take the easiest courses, the easiest majors, just to finish? Just going to school to check off the box that they went to college and then move on (or try to move on) from there?

I like the urban dictionary definition of pencil whip. 1. To cheat, by adding more points than deserved in a game (like DOMINOES.) 2. To write down more points than deserved in a game (like DOMINOES.)

And the word in the definition that sticks out to me is “cheat.” Don’t pencil whip your life or “cheat” yourself out of doing all that you can do or are maybe meant to do just because it is easier.

In life, some boxes will be easier than others to check off for sure, but make sure some of them are at least worth it… make sure some of them make you a little uncomfortable, stretch you a little bit, and cause you to grow as well. Those are the boxes that are worth checking off more so than any others.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 08 July 2006 – My old pitbull Roxy who taught me to live life fully every day.

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