Tips from TV: Do Nothing = Lose Everything


I did nothing so I lost everything ~Woman featured on Hoarders: Buried Alive


The woman who spoke the words of the quote above was in tears. All of her plans had collapsed in a heap. Her family had tried to help her; strangers were willing to pitch in. She couldn’t move forward, couldn’t get rid of even the littlest bit of clutter and junk clogging her house and yard. She was so resistant that she frustrated the volunteers, professionals, and her family. Everyone ended up walking away, even her family. Eventually the town officials had to step in and haul everything away. As they were literally shoveling out the house, they discovered that the woman’s hoard had damaged her house to the point that the officials had to condemn it.

Not at all a fairy tale ending. Not even a hopeful ending.

Which got me to thinking….

Sometimes we’re lured into thinking that doing nothing is maintaining the status quo and keeping us safe. Moving forward seems so perilous and dangerous. It feels as if we’ll lose everything, even with the tiniest tidbit of a step.

But this is not true.

Staying put—not moving forward—is far more dangerous. Like the hoarder whose house rotted out from under her, every time we don’t move forward, we’re losing. Little bits and pieces of our self esteem, confidence, and hope in the future are decaying.

Your homework is to take the next step. Break it into the tiniest bits possible. The smaller the little tidbits and specks, the more likely you will be to do them. Promise yourself to do them and then get busy. Your life depends upon it.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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