Which Shoe Will You Put On First?

Which shoe will you put on first?

You don’t ask a fussy toddler whether she wants to put her shoes on: you ask which shoe she wants to put on first.

This quote was cited by Christina Xu as being the best advice she ever received and it’s easy to see why.

Are we all not the fussy toddler from time to time?

In life we will frequently encounter things that we just plain don’t feel like doing. Taxes. License renewals. Bill payments. They distract us from the things we’d rather be doing, namely: anything else.

But these things must be done so really we should stop fussing and ask ourselves:

Where do we want to start?





3 responses to “Which Shoe Will You Put On First?”

  1. The Sister Avatar
    The Sister

    This is taught in Education classes- giving the kids a choice without them realizing you’re still controlling it. Works well in parenting too 😉

    1. J. Greg Joachim Avatar
      J. Greg Joachim

      I believe it!

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