Hi Sweet Peeps,
When I was in junior high in the early 80’s, one of my favorite things to do after school was head over to the local 7 Eleven, buy myself a huge slurpee and play the video game, Frogger.
I was a latchkey kid so I had plenty of time after school to do my own thing.
Refer to the above image of Frogger in case you’ve never heard of it.
Here’s how this simple game works:
You’re one of the frogs at the bottom of the screen [in the yellow area] and your goal is to jump to the other side of the pond, over the logs and on top of the turtle’s backs to get to the other side, without sinking in the water and drowning.
And like all video games, once you succeed at crossing over, you start again at the next level where the logs get faster and the game more challenging, etc., etc.
Kind of like life right when we take on more challenges and responsibilities?
Recently I thought of Frogger when I was reading the book “The Art of Money” by Bari Tessler.
In it Bari recommends creating a Money Map when budgeting and thinking about our financial goals.
She goes on to further suggest we give each expense category in our bookkeeping system more interesting and fun names like, “Bottom Line, Lovely and Luxurious” and place the items or services we purchase in each category accordingly.
And in that moment, I was reminded of myself playing Frogger and how the logs were like the steps in Bari’s, “Money Map” and I needed to cross them successfully to land on the other side of my financial goals.
The idea in Frogger and in Bari’s book is that we must be active and take steps to achieve our goals.
That got me thinking about the way we humans in the western world are wired to want everything now, now, now or nothing.
We often don’t think about arriving to our destination in smaller frog leaps to get to the other side of our goals.
I’ve seen this happen over and over again when working with health and wellness professionals who feel stuck in the fear of spending money on the redesign of their wellness spaces even though they know it’s an important part of the success of their business.
I advocate a more organic process of designing your work environment; one that feels comfortable to you and your bottom line.
I break down the crucial first step of repainting the walls of your practice in my book, “The Color Cure: How to transform your healthcare office, clinic or treatment room into an oasis by choosing the perfect paint.”
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