“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.”
-John Burroughs, American naturalist and nature essayist
In the early years of coaching there was a man named Thomas J. Leonard, whom many consider a primary catalyst for the profession we know today.
Among his prolific writings, as he developed the curriculum for Coach University, was a simple exercise to improve one’s life by reducing or eliminating the small things that often drain our energy and satisfaction. He called these little things that sap our lives, “tolerations.”
Generate a list of little and not so little things in your world that diminish your life in even the smallest ways.
How can you reduce, eliminate, or, as John Burroughs suggests, rise above these things, to live a more fulfilling life?
Select at least one “toleration” and take some action today, and consider making this exercise an everyday practice to improve your life.