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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Adjusting The Scope

"Do one thing each day that scares you" -  Eleanor Roosevelt

Since stumbling across them some months ago, I've been turning over Eleanor Roosevelt's words in my head. And I've reluctantly decided not to tackle her advice right now, at least not literally.

My decision is based on the scope Eleanor proposes, not the wisdom of her words. When someone as goal oriented as I reads "each day" in an admonition like this, deciding to act on it is not a halfway affair. The planning begins, closely followed by the documentation of the action taken "each day".

Still, the energy derived from inspiring words like these cannot be ignored. Consequently, I'm using "each week" instead and have already begun to settle on which "one thing" I'll do this week. If my first "one thing" ends up being not too cringeworthy, perhaps I'll share it here. In the meanwhile, I'd enjoy having company so let me know - here or offline - if you'd like to join me. If you're more prone than I to over-doing the goals, broaden your scope to "each month". Either way, we'll both be a little less afraid. 


  1. Contact me, Pat. It's been a long, long time since we've spoken.

  2. I love this quote, and the scope adjustment! I'm looking toward one big-ish scary thing that requires several little scary steps along the way. So perhaps my scope is "do something to move forward every week." Thanks, Pat!

    1. Elizabeth; Thanks for your comment. And, I think your idea for breaking one "big-ish scary" thing down into multiple steps is a great way to adjust the scope. Good luck with whatever it is.

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