It's Time To Put Down The Shovel

Updated: Mar 29

Ever feel like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to do anything right?


Ever feel like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to do anything right? In the words of Rick Dickerson, “If you want out of the hole, first put down the shovel.” (Yes, this is from the Incredibles 2 movie! I’m a mom and taking care of my niece and nephew as well! I watch this movie A LOT!). Who’d have thought something so profound would be heard in a kid’s movie when they won’t understand this kind of impactful saying? I didn’t expect it!


“If you want out of the hole, first put down the shovel.” ~Rick Dickerson, The Incredibles 2

You may be thinking, “What does this saying have to do with me and my life?”. Well, I wondered the same thing about my own life and this saying. The thing is this saying applies to any and every part of life. Want to make better choices? Want to make changes that aren’t happening because you’re still doing the same things repeatedly? Like I’ve said before in a previous post: “the true definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over yet expecting a different result”.


The true definition of insanity is doing the same things repeatedly expecting different results.

How to put down your own shovel


This is a saying I use in my life all the time now. It applies to finances, clutter, life choices, parenting, and relationships of all kinds. I’ve been working on decluttering my environment and my thoughts because as the saying goes, “your external environment is a reflection of your thoughts and a cluttered environment produces a cluttered mind”. They truly go hand in hand! I’ve decluttered so much I’m finding more time to write and to focus on my health and rebuilding my savings!


It most definitely applies to finances as well! If you want to get out of the hole (debt, living paycheck to paycheck, or again clutter!), first put down the shovel (put down the credit/debit card and fix your current situation). I feel like this is the most relatable comparison because as adults, we already have so much on our plates and sometimes we want to make ourselves feel good by getting something new, different, and exciting. What I’ve noticed personally is that if I’m feeling the urge to splurge on something like decorative pillows or a beautiful new planner, I’ve started taking time to look over my budget and even set aside a fraction of the cost somewhere where I can see it and save for it over time.


One of the best ways to put down the shovel is to find an accountability partner whether it is a spouse, friend or family member you really trust. My sister and I are really close and bounce things off each other all the time and are now accountability partners for making better eating choices and working out. We aren’t perfect but having someone to talk to really helps to improve the situation and helps us to get back on track when we get off track.


If you’re looking for a community and safe place to be fully authentic, break that snooze habit you keep turning to, feel more fulfilled and you’re looking to finally put down that shovel and be held accountable in a healthy way, come join my Facebook group! I’d be happy for you to be a part of the journey and let’s make our dream lives a reality! I look forward to seeing you soon!


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