To Don’t List

Negativity can creep right in at any time. I am someone who likes to make “to do” lists. If I write everything down, I find myself far more likely to get things done.

To Don't List

But what about a “To Don’t” list?

I was on an easy run a few days ago when the idea of a “To don’t list” popped up. I found myself brainstorming ideas and concepts that I could remove from my life to add quality to my day.  While thinking out loud, here is what I came up with…

Don’t rush life. Keep your mind in the present.

Don’t be afraid to say no and don’t overcommit yourself.  As humans we can only be good at a certain amount of things.  When we begin to overcommit and spread ourselves thin, we lose touch of what is most important to us. 

Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s fairly obvious but everyone is different and unique. This includes life, sports, relationships and just about everything. 

Don’t compare yourself to yourself. We all go through different life changes…It is impossible to compare ourselves at different points at our life.

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. This includes your career, sports or a single focus in life. Make sure you have something to fall back on. For example if you get injured with running, make sure you have other hobbies to keep you busy.

Don’t neglect family and friends. Family and friends will be there for you…don’t forget about them.

Don’t neglect yourself.  Always remember to give yourself credit and give yourself what you need to succeed. 

Don’t stress about a single day. The saying of life is a marathon not a sprint is relevant…it’s true and one day won’t make or break you.

Don’t be afraid to try something new. New things out of your comfort zone is what helps you grow. 

Everyone’s “To Don’t” list is different but it’s important to make it relevant to your life!

Question for you: What is on your “To Don’t” list?