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Pause or Fast-Forward?


Matt Booth


Everyone is canceling everything.

People are sad and scared because lives changed overnight, and we don’t know what the future holds. I’ve heard too many people making too many excuses to not get work done. Let’s face it, there’s not much you can do about cancellations, but it’s not like everything is canceled for all of eternity.

I see most people hitting the pause button when we should be hitting the fast-forward button. Don’t shrink from this situation, move toward it. This isn’t the Zombie Apocalypse. While others are hoarding supplies and canceling the next three months of their lives, now is your time to chew bubble gum and kick butt.

What can you do right now that will make a difference in your life? Write down 10.

Here's my quick 10:

  1. Exercise daily.
  2. Clean out our garage.
  3. Reconnect with family and friends.
  4. Get my next book organized.
  5. Teach our kids some cool tricks.
  6. Prospect more.
  7. Pray more.
  8. Create written or video content
  9. Cut way back on social media.
  10. Love on my wife.

I’m confident we will navigate this negativity together and get to the other side. Stop worrying about things you can’t control, and start paying attention to what you can control. I am confident my family will grow together in ways that I cannot fathom.

This can be true for your family as well. During times like this, you can choose to shrink from this situation or expand into it. I’m going to do my best in every way I can, to live our lives, and to be a support for our fellow human beings.

For those of you ‘excuse makers’, this is a great time for you to make excuses, and hit the pause button on your life. For everyone else, while others are on pause, now is your time to hit the fast-forward button!

You can cancel the next three months of your life right now, or you could chew bubble gum and kick butt. Oh, I forgot to tell you, the stores are completely out of toilet paper and bubble gum!



Matt Booth is a professional attitude speaker and coach. He grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and has earned his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation. Matt helps organizations and individuals around the world navigate negativity with simple and proven strategies for success. Connect with Matt today for your next company meeting, call 563-590-9693 or email


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