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Seven Numbers Everyone Needs to Have on Speed Dial

Seven Numbers Everyone Needs to Have on Speed Dial

You never know what life is going to throw at you. From busted water pipes to random allergic reactions, navigating each day can be a challenge. The good news is that you don’t have to do it on your own. By having the right professionals on call, you can get assistance in a matter of seconds. Here are some numbers you absolutely, positively need to have on speed dial for quick access.

1. Handyman

Just because you can change a lock, patch a hole in drywall, or apply some caulk to door jambs doesn’t mean that you’re qualified to call yourself a handyman. What happens when appliances go kaput, pipes start leaking, windows get smashed, or fuses need replacing? While a YouTube video may make you feel powerful enough to handle the problem, don’t let a false sense of courage guide your decision making. A handyman is who you need– and fast.

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2. Family Doctor

Getting sick is never convenient. It always seems to happen right before a big meeting or test– or over the holidays when your doctor’s office is closed. That’s why it’s helpful to have the cell phone number of your family doctor. Most offices will give out these numbers or at least give you a number that will forward you to the doctor who’s on call. Make sure to have this number close by at all times, especially if you are a parent.

3. Trusted Auto Mechanic

Whenever you move to a new city, one of the first things you should do after finding a home is to look for an auto mechanic. Finding the right mechanic can mean the difference between wasting thousands of dollars on repairs you don’t need and getting an expert to target the problem and not overcharge you. Once you find that mechanic, put him on speed dial!

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4. Defense Attorney

Nobody ever plans on getting in trouble with the law, but you can’t always control what happens. Whether it’s an unfortunate DUI that lands you in jail in the middle of the night or an unjust criminal accusation, the last thing you want is to end up in a compromising situation without legal counsel. Finding a defense attorney and plugging their number into your phone can provide valuable peace of mind.

5. Poison Control Center

The Poison Control Center hotline is available 24/7/365 and is always free. Whether a child accidentally consumes medicine, you unexpectedly get a chemical substance in your eyes, or you’re out on a hike and suffer a snakebite, the Poison Control Center can answer your questions and quickly point you in the right direction.

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6. Animal Control

You’d be surprised how many people have to call Animal Control on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you live in the middle of the woods or in a crowded city, it’s always smart to have this number plugged into your phone.

7. Florist

Finally, you need to have a florist’s phone number on speed dial. This may seem a bit silly when compared to attorneys and doctors, but the fact of the matter is that you never know when you’ll need a last-minute bouquet. From anniversaries to funerals, flowers are a universal gift that show thoughtfulness and caring.

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Be Prepared to Respond

You can’t always be prepared for whatever life throws at you, but you can be prepared to respond. By having the right phone numbers on speed dial, you have direct access to expert advice and assistance, regardless of where you are or what you’re doing.

Start by including the aforementioned numbers and then consider whether there are any additional resources you need on hand.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

You’ll Only Live Your Best Life Once You Step Out

You’ll Only Live Your Best Life Once You Step Out

Fear is a valuable thing. It keeps people safe and encourages caution when caution is due. But Fear can also be a limiting factor because not everything you’re afraid of should really be feared.

Have you ever been faced with a situation where you were afraid of making a decision, making a change or taking a risk?

Did you end up taking that risk or making that decision? Or, did you just stay put and left things as they were? If you did, are you happy with how things have turned out?

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It’s in our nature to like feeling safe–to be in comfort and away from danger. This has always been the case since the beginning of time, when the first humans only knew how to prioritize survival. Even today, many still choose to play it safe and avoid taking risks or taking leaps of faith when it comes to their choices in life.

The Realist and the Dreamer

To put it simply, there are two kinds of people: the realists and the dreamers. The realists are the logical and cautious type of individuals who always think and weigh out the pros and cons before making any decisions–especially the big, life changing ones. Whether it was deciding on what to major in at University, what career path to take, whether or not to purchase that house or car, to go on that holiday, or to splurge on that new watch, the realist thinks long and hard before making a decision, if they even decide. Realists stick to the “what’s next?” plan for the future and may not abstractly consider different possibilities for where life can lead. This is usually because of the confidence they have already devoted to an accepted plan.

Realists have dreams too, but these are more so rooted in ambition, drive and determination. They are goals that have been enumerated for some time. Realists understand that progress requires more than ambition and drive, but also, connections. They feel that life is never worry-free because of survival, responsibility and…paying a rent or a mortgage. As a result, they tend to make safe choices and stick to their comfort of knowing what’s best for themselves.

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Now let’s look at the dreamers. The dreamers are well, dreamers. They have big lofty ambitions, are risk takers, sometimes over impulsive, but they often always challenge the norms of society and dare to think outside the box. This is not to say that they do not have plans or a path that they want to follow. But they are more likely to change the course of their journey through time, experience and by following their heart.

Dreamers derive their inspiration from within. No one else’s perspectives weigh in greatly enough to shift a dreamer’s drive. Dreamers don’t allow their fears to consume them. They may fail from time to time, but they never give up on life or love.

Embrace Fear

So which of the two do you think you are? And is one better than the other? In life, balance is always key. I’m sure you would have heard the saying: “everything in moderation”. Likewise, being a realist isn’t any better than being a dreamer. Both come with their challenges. But what I do know, is that no matter where you are in life, fear should always be seen as a way of pushing you towards becoming a better you.

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Stepping outside of your comfort zone is a type of fear that should be embraced. If you see yourself as a dreamer, then great! Chances are, stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t new to you. Whether it’s deciding to drop out of University to start your own business, moving to a new country on your own, taking that step to ask someone out on a date despite thinking they’re way out of your league, or deciding to quit your high paying job of 10 years to become a DJ. You chose to do that because you knew that you would most likely regret the ‘what ifs’ more than the mistakes (if any) of those decisions.

But if you’ve always been more of a cautious individual (nearing towards being a realist), then I hope you’ll give more thought to embracing the act of stepping out more! Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to start making hasty or bold decisions such as the ones mentioned. It just means opening your mind to the acceptance that stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t a bad thing, it’s not something to be hesitant or afraid of.

Managing Fear

In times of stress or discomfort, remember that some of the best things happen when you’re afraid or put in an uncomfortable situation. These experiences can both challenge you and help you grow. Commit to giving the situation a try with your best effort, and keep expectations low to reduce additional pressure. Living outside of one’s comfort zone is by definition uncomfortable. Therefore, the best habit you can foster within yourself is the practice of becoming familiar with discomfort.

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You may be at a crossroad in life and feeling undecided about something, or you may feel like you’re not happy with where you’re at right now. It could be a job that you’re not happy with, a relationship you’re not happy in, or even just knowing that you’re too comfortable with where you’re at that you don’t feel challenged. All of this uncertainty can be traced back to your intentions. What is it that you want? What is it that you’re looking for?

So, What Are You Looking For?

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or know that you need some sort of change, but you’re just not sure how to take that step towards the change, why not subscribe to our newsletter? Our daily inspiration will help you embark on a journey, and will allow you to find that light at the end of the tunnel you’re searching for.

At Lifehack, we’re dedicated to helping you find the ideal solutions to your problems, and with over 15 years of experience in coaching, we have condensed our knowledge and practices into a highly effective transformational model that you can use to not only help you out of your rut, but to also help you find new and bigger meaning to your life.

Stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t always the easiest, but we’re here to make it easier for you to realize your true potential. The time to act is now!

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