Routines were made to be broken
If you find yourself in a rut doing the same thing day in, day out, every single week, it’s time to break the cycle and do something you’ve never done before. The monotony will drive you insane and one day you’ll wake up asking yourself what did you really do with your life?
Of course we all have to work but no one says that work has to be boring or that you can’t mix it up from time to time and do something else other than eat, sleep, workout, and stare at a computer for 10 hours a day. What’s life by doing the same thing all the time. A BORE! So stop and start making some goals for what you want your life to look like.
Here are my steps to keeping it fresh:
Step 1: Hangout with new people outside of your typical circle of friends or co-workers. If you’re in IT then go network with HR folks. If you’re from the US, go to an event that is run by the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. If you’re not any good at dancing, go to a dance class. Expand your horizons and throw out all the tired excuses for not trying something new.
Step 2: Every month make a list of places that you haven’t been to and go to at least one. Could be a new restaurant, a play at your local theatre, a park, or even an event. There literally is so much going in the world that you can venture out every month and find new things to do. Start small and pick one and take it from there.
Step 3: Volunteer. Doesn’t matter what organization it is. Just do it. Find something that suits you and give your time back to the community. You’ll meet some amazing people. People outside of your circle as well who have a big heart and who care about the community as well.
Step 4:Test your limits. How far are you willing to step outside your comfort zone? Small steps or one big step? You get one shot at life. Why wait for things to happen to you when you can make things happen on your own? Every few months reevaluate your daily habits and rituals and push yourself to reach for new heights. If you’re standing still you’re going nowhere.
Fear and regret kill dreams. Stop wasting time doing the same thing every week and turn off the TV. There’s a big world out there with people to meet, places to go, and things to do. Live an inspired life and keep it fresh. Boredom will push you to insanity. So get out there and fear nothing! What do you want to be remembered for?