It Doesn’t Have to Be So Complicated

We all have crappy days now and again

The other day I was feeling crappy. We all have crappy days now and again, and I couldn’t seem to shake my bad mood.

My husband and I were walking through a mall, and we stumbled upon two youngsters playing “Just Dance” on X Box, with one of those giant live interactive screens between the Aldo and American Eagle stores.

In case you aren’t familiar, “Just Dance” is a video game where you learn choreography to all the latest hits.

I stood on the sidelines, watching, captivated by these two young people having so much fun.

Because my husband knows me, he could tell I was doing the choreography in my head and he said, “Well, if you’re gonna do it, go do it.”

The next thing you know, my jacket is off and I am dancing beside them. Move by move. Step by step. Dancing with two others. Smiling the whole time. I was fully immersed in this dance video game.

And within 3 minutes and 25 seconds, the length of Justin Beiber’s “Sorry,” my bad mood had evaporated. Gone. Vanished.

Solutions are not always complicated

I want you to get this. In 3 minutes and 25 seconds, you can change the molecules in your body and your brain, allowing you to see the world and yourself differently.

That’s it.

(If you want to see a video of me learning this dance, you can check it out right HERE.)

You see, I think in life, we often overcomplicate things.

We think that solutions need to be difficult and hard-won.

And yes, some things DO require great thought.

However, as we move into 2017, and you think about what you want to create, do, and achieve, I invite you to ask yourself this,“What if it DOESN’T need to be all that complicated?”

Lessons For The New Year

I have some big things I want to do this year. Huge. Some of it scares me. But this little mall dance reminded me of a few lessons I want to carry with me into the new year.

Perhaps you can let them be a guidepost for all your goals and dreams.

  1. If you’re gonna do it, do it. Don’t stand on the sidelines just watching. Jump in.
  2. If at any point you get lost or confused, simply put one foot in front of the other.
  3. Do things with others, it’s more fun.
  4. Smile. Laugh. It’s not that serious.
  5. Listen to your loved ones when they want to give you a push.
  6. Don’t stay in a bad mood for too long. It affects your ability to move forward.
  7. Creating BIG change doesn’t have to be complicated.
  8. Malls offer more than just things to buy 😉

And how about you? I would love for you to share ONE thing that you want to take into the new year. What is one lesson that had an impact on you that you want to keep in your pocket?

As always, there are so many great suggestions that show up in the comments section, so please leave a comment.

And again, if you want to see what I look like dancing in the middle of a mall, with passersby watching, you can watch it right OVER HERE.

Happy New Year!


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