Do not touch

My face is missing me.

Until I was instructed not to touch my nose, my eyes or my mouth with my hands, I never thought I was the kind of guy who played around with his face like a first base coach giving instructions to his baserunners. 

Now I can’t help myself. I need someone to tie my hands behind my back. My nose itches like it never has before. My eyes need a little love from my index finger. I didn’t recognize how much I wet my thumb to turn the pages of my newspaper. I’m a total mess.

This plays to a general principle that has hounded me all my life. The more I focus on not doing something for my own good, the more difficult it is for me not to do it. If I convince myself not to eat pastries all week long, I’m stuffing a jelly doughnut in my mouth by Tuesday. If my self-talk says, “Don, don’t give your overbearing advice to your adult children,” I’m calling my son to instruct him on money management. 

Maybe reverse psychology will work?

I will never eat those healthy green vegetables again.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.