Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Today is Christmas Eve, a day when people everywhere are waiting to see what Santa Claus will bring them tonight. Here, this morning, I’m waiting for the delivery of the first truckload of my new book Fear of Nothing. First, though, I have to wait for the weather to warm up one more degree so the overnight ice can melt.

When something big is coming, it is important not to fall into the pattern of just waiting for it. It doesn’t take long for a state of anticipation to turn into waiting and worrying, a state that doesn’t feel nearly so good. The key to feeling good about anticipation is preparation. This is obvious enough on Christmas Eve — I never heard of anyone being completely ready for Christmas — but even when you think you’re completely ready for a big event, there is always something you can do to be more ready.

When you just sit and wait, life grinds to a halt. Life is about action, so keep taking action today even if the big holiday is tomorrow. You can have a happier holiday, and a happier day before.