Simplify Sundays Vol. 1

You can’t believe how hard it is for people to be simple, how much they fear being simple. They worry that if they’re simple, people will think they’re simple-minded. In reality, of course, it’s just the reverse. Clear, tough-minded people are the most simple.
— Jack Welch
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It's Sunday!? I curse the dreaded realization, this happens every Sunday. As if I should magically expect a third day to be tacked onto the weekend. I'm unconsciously training myself to be anxious.

Well, I'm done getting the raw end of the deal. Simplify Sundays are an open invitation to combat Sunday angst. Fuel to start your week with intention. I'll let the experts give the advice. I'm the experimenter.

I hope you learn something you didn't expect. We can all benefit from a little outside help.

As my good pal Schwarzenegger said, "The worst thing you can ever do is think that you know enough. Never stop learning. Ever."

For that moment when you don't have the answer...

Mark Zuckerberg managed to give one hell of a commencement speech for a guy that dropped out of Harvard. You can read it here or watch it here

Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

One of my favorite stories is when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: “Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon”.

Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.

When you can't get out of bed...

Dr. Allison Harvey of the Golden Bear Sleep Research Center told journalist Kevin Roose that the best ways to overcome sleep inertia may be the R.I.S.E. U.P. method

Refrain from snoozing
Increase activity for the first hour
Shower or wash face
Expose yourself to sunlight
Upbeat music
Phone a friend

When you read something that shakes you to the core...

I read The Work You Do, the Person You Are and I immediately read it again. Immediately followed by an e-mail to my friends and family. It's that good.

Hold yourself accountable! I'm here to help. Shoot me an e-mail chris@simplifyyourwhy.com and tell me what you're working on!