26 11 / 2013
Sometimes I feel like I should be living my life “faster.” Like I should be a new place doing something I’ve always dreamed of. For me this happens perhaps a few times a year, during times when I know that I’m ready for change. Maybe you’ve experienced it too — you’ve been in a relationship that hasn’t really been working for a while, your job has gotten stale and you feel like you’re not learning anymore or, in my current case, a big decision has presented itself and it could mean the difference between moving into the unknown or hanging onto something familiar that may or may not be healthy/wise. It’s these times in our lives that the expectations we have for ourselves take a gleaming look down at our reality. Pretty soon we start to become more critical of our boredom and our inactions. We feel guilty of days gone by where nothing really happened. It’s kind of like when you catch yourself watching a re-run of a show you like and realize that you’ve seen that same episode at least 20 times.
Now is that time. It is for me; maybe it is for you too. We can’t be bored. We have to fight our laziness, bad habits, and procrastination. The realization of our dreams depends on it. Let’s do ourselves a favor and do something about the things we know we need to get done. Let’s embrace change and uncertainty as new and exciting chapters in our lives. And let’s do this — whenever we’re faced with doing something productive that can get us to where we want to be or doing something comfortable, relaxing and routine, let’s force ourselves to drop what we’re doing and be productive, and afterwards reward ourselves by stepping outside or grabbing a refreshing drink. Ok, I’m guessing you’re thinking that the last part of that call-to-action was a bit random. Why step outside or grab a drink?? Because our minds need a reward system that helps us to build habits of good behavior. We could reward ourselves by watching 10 guilt-free minutes of YouTube, but oftentimes (depending on what you’re watching, I suppose) that could just mean shutting off our brains is the reward. We would want to do just the opposite. A step outside or a refreshing glass of whatever would not only be pleasing but it would allow us to, at least for a minute, take a deep breath and reflect on that little victory we’ve just accomplished. Do this enough and pretty soon doing the things we’ve been meaning to do will become much easier.
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