Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Let sleeping dogs lie? Where's the fun in that?

You have probably heard that old expression before, to “Let sleeping dogs lie,” or alternately, “Don’t poke a skunk.” Both warning you not to rock the boat. You should “just go with the flow, accept things as they are, etc.” Enough of this nonsense! If you don’t shake things up every now and then, you’ll never know what coulda, shoulda, woulda been.

I don’t mean you should go out and incite a riot or anything of that magnitude, but if you continue to do what you’ve always done, then you’ll have what you always have. Oh my, apparently I can’t stop myself!

I love going into a job, any type of job whether it’s a new work role, volunteer role or even just a home project and figuring out why things currently are the way they are and how we can work together to make them better. At work, when I’m trying to figure out why we’re doing something a particular way, they know better than to give me the answer, “because we’ve always done it that way.” I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t cut it with me. I am challenging each and every one of you to challenge something in your life. Ask yourself, “Why, why, why am I doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?”

For example, you may be planning to work on your weight “one more time.” Have you always waited until Monday to start your diet? Why? Other days of the week work just fine. If you fall off the wagon, do you view that as a green light to eat whatever you want the rest of the day? Why? So you weren’t perfect, none of us are, start back on track right now, today. Do you feel the need to prepare “special, diet food” just for you and another meal for your family? Why? This time make it a lifestyle change for everyone in your family and focus on how together you can make fun, nutritious meals and not on making anyone feel deprived because they’re on a DIET.

Poke that skunk. Wake up that sleeping dog, ’cause they can be a LOT of fun, they can change your attitude and help you change your life. I’m off to wake up those sleeping dogs!


3 Comments on “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

  1. Funny you should mention shaking things up — no, this is not an earthquake reference, even though I live in Quakeville Central…This morning I got on my treadmill and I just felt…slow…like I couldn’t keep up. So, I slowed down the pace, BUT, picked up my hand weights AND increased the incline a bit. THEN, I moved over to the elliptical where I had the same problem — I felt like my pace was just OFF and I couldn’t go as fast as I wanted. I solved the problem by changing the program to a challenging interval session AND cranking up the resistance to my highest level yet. The next result? I may not have traveled “as far” in terms of miles, but I sure did burn some mean calories — AND — I worked on building some strength. You do have to change it up…mix it up…keep it fresh. I agree — if for no other reason than to keep things interesting. We all have to think outside the box sometimes…it helps to reframe the way we define success! I guess that’s the bottom line for me: EXPAND YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS and stop accepting defeat! 🙂

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