3 for Thursday: November 10, 2016

Welcome to Thursday!  Whew! What an election week it’s been!  Take a deep breath and know that it will all be OK.

Here are 3 things catching my attention this week:

1)  App:  I have come back to an app I used long ago and once deleted.  Coach.me is very simple, but I think I overdid it and overcomplicated things last time.  Coach.me is a habit tracking app that allows you to create a list of things you want to integrate into your daily routine, and then when you accomplish those things on a daily basis, you can simply mark them off.  Like I said, it’s very simple.  It’s a to-do list dedicated to self-improvement.  Some goals you set are prefabricated in their system, and when you choose them,  you can receive daily tips on how to move toward accomplishment of the goals. You can take it to the next level and engage coaches who will coach you toward a specific goal.  It also lets you set goals for how many times a week you accomplish these routines.  I’m shifting some daily routines, and I’m finding that it’s helping my mindset and motivation to have this simple app that cheers me when I mark habit items as completed each day. My only encouragement:  avoid adding too much to the list too early or it can get overwhelming.  Also, the Coach.me site has a broad selection of coaching services, including habit coaching and leadership coaching.

2) VIdeo   Stephen Colbert is a very funny man, and he does a great job mocking politics on the Late Show.  This election cycle was very difficult for America, and as Stephen Colbert wrapped up his live coverage of the presidential election (on behalf of the SHOWTIME network) with no apparent winner, he got serious and made some sober, honest observations about where we are in America right now.  If you’re sensitive to occasional foul language or sexual references in comedy, this isn’t for you.  But if you’re needing some perspective on the election and what’s next for America, I encourage you to take a moment and watch the way that Stephen Colbert wrapped up his coverage on election night.

3) Read:  I’m going to offer one more election-related item.  My friend Jeff Houghton is the host of The Mystery Hour, a local television show in the vein of the Tonight Show that’s focused on the happenings of southwest Missouri.  He recently won two Emmys this year for his show and his viral video “Instagram Husband.”  Jeff, who is another funny guy, took time to write down his thoughts about the election and how we move forward, and it’s a great perspective titled “Marital Counseling from America from an Okay Husband”.  It’s a long read, so settle in, but I encourage you to take some time and ponder Jeff’s thoughts.