Collect your Paycheck

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How do you feel after a long day?  If you are like me you feel exhausted and worn out.  That’s because I bust my butt during the day to accomplish what I need to do in order to be successful.  I don’t like to leave anything undone or put things off.  Those who know me very well may beg to differ, but in general it drives me nuts to put things off.

One of the challenges I used to go through was that my mind was so active that I could not sleep, and sometimes it still happens to me.  I would have an idea about something and my mind would begin racing.  But everyone needs their sleep.

Anyway, while we are here, it is imperative that we give to those who are around us and to not withhold the good due them.  People wrong us all the time, that’s life.  We forgive and move on to bigger and better things rather than get all wrapped up into our own self-absorbed drama.  Trust me, our own personal version of how someone wronged us is the polar opposite of how the other person sees it.  Life is short and if someone deserves credit for doing something, then give it to them.  If you need to tell someone that you care about them, then do it.  Having the courage for those 20 seconds to tell someone how you feel can change your life.

My point is, if you have given your all in everything you do; at the end of the day when you lay your head on the pillow, collect your paycheck.  That’s when you reflect on what you did and have the opportunity to know that you did everything you could and made a difference in the lives of people around you.  Don’t go to bed without knowing you could have done something to enhance the lives of those you care about.

The last thing you want to do is to have doubt or regret because you could have done something to affect a situation.  So if it is in your power to help someone, then why wait?  Once I put off seeing my grandfather when he was elderly, when I thought I should go.  But because of a lot of things going on in my life, I delayed and planned on going in the future.  Well I missed my chance and regret visiting when I know it would have meant so much to him.

You earn your paycheck all day long, doing what you are supposed to do.  Don’t take short cuts, but sometimes do the thing that is hard.  Go the extra mile, make the extra sales call, tell someone you care, make that phone call to a relative, or whatever you know that you should do.  THEN, when you lay your head on the pillow, collect your paycheck.

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