10 Minutes to a Better Life

There’s a secret to a better life that I wish someone had told me about a long time ago. This secret can change your life at work, home, and everywhere in between. It can transform your days from stressful to smooth. It can shift your attitude from ornery to open. It can turn even the most negative moments into possibilities for positivity.


And it only takes 10 minutes.


This is starting to sound like an infomercial, huh?  Believe me, if I could find a way to sell this secret I would. I’d show up on your television right after Tony Robbins at 3am and tell story after story about how this 10 minute secret has changed my life and the lives of millions of others. Pretty sure I’d be a multi-gazillionaire after just one airing of my high-energy, very compelling, and yes, hilariously funny infomercial.

And lives would be changed, especially mine with all the gazillions of dollars in my bank account. But I’m also confident that everyone who heard the 10 minute secret would instantly improve the quality of their lives and the lives of everyone around them.

But instead of charging you $19.95 for this secret, I’m giving it away  for FREE today, AND TODAY ONLY – sorry, slipped into infomercial mode for a second . You don’t have to order anything. No credit card needed. All I ask is that you just give it a try.


Here’s the secret:


Start arriving everywhere 10 minutes earlier than you do now.


How many times each week would an extra 10 minutes make all the difference in the world? I’m just thinking back over the past few days and I’m already picturing about fifteen different scenarios where an extra ten minutes would have created an entirely different feeling situation.

We’re a late-running society. We’ve become accustomed to cutting it close. And we’ve done it without realizing just how much unnecessary stress that unleashes in our day-to-day lives. You do it , too, and I bet you don’t even realize how often you do it. It’s just become our way of life. A habit. Even an addiction for some.

I was reminded of this by accident this morning. One of my kids has to be to school by 8am. We only live about a mile away from school, but knowing the traffic tends to backup at the dropoff area, we leave our house at 7:50am in order to get him to the door at 8.

Today, however, the clock in my brain was running fast and for some reason we left the house at 7:40am instead of 7:50am. Do you ever get the clock in your head messed up like I do? It all seemed completely normal…until we arrived at school ten minutes earlier than usual.

Now, you might not think ten minutes really makes that much of a difference. But I swear, it looked like an alternate universe. Where there are usually hundreds of kids running around, carelessly criss-crossing the street, there were none. Where there is normally a line of very slow-moving cars – starting and stopping to avoid the hundreds of kids carelessly criss-crossing the street – there were none. It felt like one of those doomsday movies where my kids and I were the only survivors. I even looked back at the boy and asked “Are you SURE you have school today?”

What is normally a bit of a mad dash and a flurry of backpacks, lunchbags, and careless street criss-crossing, was a smooth, peaceful, stress-free “Have a great day at school, son” moment.

Even if you’re one of the few, the proud, the ones who show up early for everything, arriving even ten minutes earlier would still ratchet up the quality of your day, wouldn’t it?

Think about what you could do with that extra ten minutes. You could:

  • Review your notes before a meeting.
  • Double-check the names and titles of people you’re meeting with.
  • Touch up your makeup (instead of doing it at every traffic light).
  • Meditate. Ommmm. Ommmm. Ommmm.
  • Finish singing along with that Motley Crue song on the radio.
  • Read ten pages of a book. Always, always have a book with you, BTW.
  • Stretch.
  • Make that quick call you need to make.
  • Check your email.
  • Visit the restroom. Heck, even stay awhile if needed.
  • Sit and do absolutely nothing. I highly recommend this one. I mean, how often do you do this? I’m going to guess “never.”

And don’t even get me started on the total stress elimination that will occur if you run into a traffic jam, detour, or blinding snowstorm while you’re driving. All because you now have a few extra minutes to deal with, well, whatever.

That’s it. 10 minutes to a better life. This one is easy to try on for size, too. You can actually do it before the end of the day, even if all you have left to do is go to bed. Imagine climbing into your fluffy, comfy bed 10 minutes earlier! I can tell by your smile that you’re starting to catch on.

Oh, and if you’re a true infomercial junkie or you’re the kind of person that only values advice that you pay for, feel free to send me a check for $19.95.


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