Coaching Life Maintenance

The idea of maintenance struck me recently as an interesting subject. My usual thoughts when I hear this terminology go immediately to my car. But more and more, the term is being used to describe our physical and mental conditioning.The act of maintaining means that we have to preserve or retain what we already have. It is not considered a rebirth of opportunity nor an act that pushes us beyond an already achieved state, mental, physical, or otherwise. There is a joy that comes with moving forward rather than just maintaining. Every success not only includes maintenance, but it also can have additional benefits that help us favorably partition of lives by counting our wins and celebrating acts of kindness. It is not just the fifty sit-ups that are executed in the early morning hours, it is the ability to change our eating habits so the fifty sit-ups actually will have physical benefit.

Maintenance is sustaining, improvement is rewarding. Most people today are only in the mode to maintain dealing with life's twists and turns as they occur. Recognize the opportunity for you to seize the moment when the moment only calls for maintaining. Turn the moment into opportunity whenever you can.


"When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact." - Warren Buffet

"The principle that prompts to save, is the desire for bettering our condition, a desire which, though generally calm and dispassionate, comes with us from the womb, and never leaves us till we go to the grave. In the whole interval which separates those two moments, there is scarce perhaps a single instant in which any man is so perfectly and completely satisfied with his situation, as to be without any wish of alteration or improvement, of any kind. An augmentation of fortune is the means by which the greater part of men propose and wish to better their condition." - Adam Smith

"Tis of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, tho' he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean."Tis well he knows that it is long enough to reach the bottom at such places as are necessary to direct his voyage, and caution him against running upon shoals that may ruin him. Our business here is not to know all things, but those which concern our conduct. If we can find out those measures, whereby a rational creature, put in that state which man is in the world, may and ought to govern his opinions and actions depending thereon, we need not be troubled that some other things escape our knowledge." - Locke

"The past leads to us if we force it to. Otherwise it contains us in its asylum with no gates. We make history or it makes us." - Marge Piercy

"In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car." - Lawrence Summers

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