➡️ #AtoZChallenge: P is for purify your mindset

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The things that cage us aren’t insurmountable.

I’m sitting here early on a Saturday morning.

P2020I’ve pondered how to streamline my life. I’m working from home as many of us are. I’m struggling to find balance. I wake up every day encouraged that this will be different. Often, I go to sleep wondering where it went wrong.

See, I’m the same guy who has found success before.

Not success in dollar signs or prestige. In peace of mind. In the moment. In trusting that the process is the thing, in that I must keep my eyes and heart open. The stuff that makes the biggest difference are things I haven’t planned for. But you have to have an efficient way to get to those things.

P is for purify today.

I picked it by random, and want to make it fit. Purify your mindset. That’s the way to go. It’s early on a Saturday morning. I’ve run through email, fed the kitties, and had some cold pizza before anyone else has woken up.

I’ve even had a great conversation and watched an episode of Last Chance U. before my REAL breakfast. Let’s see what else I can do.

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1. Change your body language

Posture is everything. Your shoulders telegraph which direction you’re going. When you feel beat down, that’s the time to try and stand tallest.

It’s one of the first nonverbal cues I learned in coaching. Regardless of the score, how the coach stands influences how play progresses.

Stand tall and let your perspective follow.

Pro tip: Watch others. what can you tell from how they stand? Especially someone you consider to have their shit together.

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2. Clean out your brain

I save stuff to my desktop still. I save stuff to my brain still, too. Now and then, you’ve got to purge that sponge. When I get an idea, it goes in my overloaded Todoist app list.

At least it’s in the workflow, and out from between my ears. This frees up brain space for the moment. Philosophy, pizza, whatever.

Aim to get 1-3 of those to-do things done daily.

Pro tip: Cut the sugar a bit. I can feel the difference when I’ve indulged, and it makes me foggy. I’m not saying leave it behind. One KitKat, not 7. That’s all.

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3. Ditch one bad habit

Pick one. I have plenty to choose from. I’m not quite ready to give up processed cheese slices. Don’t judge. But I do have a tendency to spend hours on Medium or trying to be clever on Twitter.

If I can commit to zoning in on my assignment and postponing the joy in dicking around on LinkedIn? There’s one bad habit down.

If you can vanquish one today, grab another tomorrow.

Pro tip: I’d like to suggest adopting a good habit to replace the bad one. But I don’t know that works. So I’ll suggest rewarding yourself with a handful of frosted animal crackers for each one.

But one handful only. Because of the last pro tip.

What do you do to purify your mindset? Which of these would you like to try?



A is for Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Adam and Avril, and Amidala

B is for Bonnie Marie Williams, voiceover superhero, a #GirlsRock interview

C is for Conversations, Camdyn and cookies (#GratitudeAndShit) 

D is for Dorsey Standish, yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, for #GirlsRock

E is for End-of-your-career awards

F is for Frank, my uncle

G is for 💇🏽‍♂️ Go Ask Daddy about what you GET to keep on Flea Market Flip, if I’m GOING to sit in a racecar next time I get my hair cut, and how high basketball scores GO

H is for ✊🏻 haiku (my quarantine journal)

I is for being IN progress, IMMUNE system meditations and INSIGHT (for #GratitudeAndShit)

J is for Jess Cohn, an interview with a senior acquisitions editor, for #GirlsRock

K is for Kelly Calhoun, an interview with an influencer, reporter and model, for #GirlsRock

L is for learn

M is for middle finger, mercy rules, and mating (Go Ask Daddy)

N is for Nancy Kempa, realtor and translator, for #GirlsRock

🎡 O is for observing, opportunities, and optimism (#GratitudeAndShit)

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  1. Shoes says:

    As I read this, I adjusted my posture from slumped to sitting tall. I also adjusted my daily to-do list to one that is more manageable so that when I get to the end of this day, I can be at peace with, and proud of my accomplishments. Clean out the entire garage? No, just the Christmas boxes.
    Enjoy your day and thanks for the good read!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s awesome! I have also paired down my list, and although it’s still kicking my butt, I have a puncher’s chance. Christmas boxes – that’s progress. Thanks for taking it all in!

  2. Gotta work on the posture. Spending so much time hunched over weeding or scrubbing floors is starting to take a toll.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I think about it a lot! I feel like I breathe easier if I am sitting up straight.

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