(Issue #573) Minding Your To-Don’ts

What do you have on your “To-Don’t” list? What would you like to add?

One of the most significant signals Roxie and I learned as we navigated Canine Good Citizen class consists of two words: Leave It!

It is a cue for Roxie to step away from—to avoid—something of potential danger, harm, or mischief.

At times, I find I need to remind myself to “Leave It!”  You know, things like over-thinking an issue or experience. Or do I really need that unhealthy item on the menu? Or, well, you get the idea.

I have found that so many, if not all, of those “Leave It!” moments can also be classified as items I need to place on my “To-Don’t” list. We all have “To-Do” lists. Those endless projects and tasks that fill up our days. While some rise to useful and goal-connected, others can lead us down a path of worry, anxiety, fretting, and injury. The things we need to not do.

A “To-Don’t” list could have things like:

  • Don’t bench press that extra 45 pounds to impress someone in the gym
  • Don’t eat more than the 80% rule
  • Don’t forget the people who made your business grow
  • Don’t make it about you
  • Don’t let anxiety control
  • Don’t let digital distraction rule your day 
  • Don’t drift to the negative interpretation as your go-to view of events
  • Don’t miss the small, yet beautiful, things that make up your surroundings
  • Don’t go to bed angry
  • Don’t endlessly worry about what ifs
  • Don’t miss the walk because it might rain
  • Don’t miss an opportunity, no matter how small, to make a positive difference
  • Don’t be dismissive of someone with whom you disagree (they might be able to teach you something)
  • Don’t “should on” people (see this week’s video below)
  • Don’t ………

What do you have on your “To-Don’t” list? What things do you need to add?


Video recommendation for the Week:

A quick clip about an inspiration from my song “I’m Gonna Should On You!”

Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.

My latest book can be found in
eBook ($2.99) and paperback ($9.99) format. Click 

Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit.

Well, actually, my dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story.

Click here for more information about the book. In the meantime, check out her blog.

And you can still order:

  • Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019print and e-book). Available on Amazon. More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at the above link.
  • Stories about Teaching: No Need to be an Island (2017, print and e-book)Available on Amazon. One college’s new faculty onboarding program uses the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos (see the link above) would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts (all 50 episodes) can be found here.

You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

©2021. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®

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