Changing Routine is Painful


If nothing in your life seems to be changing, that’s usually the result of your actions not changing.

I know, that seems like common sense, but how many sensible things are you aware of, yet don’t put into action?

I certainly don’t always follow my own advice, or live in harmony with every inspiring quote that I post on facebook.

In fact, recently, I’ve been feeling stuck. I feel like I should’ve started on a lot of things long, long ago. I feel like I should’ve jumped on countless opportunities that I never did.

And it’s not that I literally said “no”,
but rather, my sub-conscience said, “yes… one day”.

“Yes… one day” is not the same as “Yes”.

HUGE difference.

However, your mind can trick you into believing that they are the same.  It’s like when you announce your big plans to do that really cool thing.

You’re saying yes out loud for all to hear.  YES.  I’m doing this.  I’ve decided.  And maybe you will.  But, until you start, until you do, what you’ve really said is “yes… one day”.

And there’s nothing wrong with planning to start something on a future date, unless you get to that point, as I have, where it seems like too much time has passed.

“And then one day you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun.”

-Pink Floyd

Time marches on in what can feel like a freakishly accelerated manner.  And before you know it, your grand ideas and plans have evolved into nothing more than fleeting thoughts.

I’ve realized that in order for my life to change, I need to approach each day with the idea that I’m going to do things differently.

In the movie, Yes Man, Jim Carrey’s character simply stops saying no to any request, no matter how crazy.

For the rest of us, in real life, for those of us feeling stuck… it’s simply a matter of asking yourself…

What would I normally do in this situation? And then do something entirely different.