(Originally posted September 15, 2014)
I rarely get bored, but it does happen. Recently, after watching the complete series of The Unit, then launching immediately into season one of Orange Is the New Black, and then reading three books in two weeks, I realized I might be using these things as distractions from the fact that my life had become pretty boring.
I’ve been living on a very tight budget because I’ve been paying down my debt with gazelle intensity (and if you get that reference, you follow the teachings of Dave Ramsey). I’m only a few months out from being totally debt-free and while waiting out these last few months, I’d become the stereotypical robotron American: Get up, go to work, come home, watch television, go to bed, get up, and do it all again tomorrow.
This was never the life I desired and yet it was the life I’d been choosing.
I’m overweight, but I’ve got five hours to watch shows every night that I’m obsessed with (when I could be moving my body)? I’m flat broke because I’m fighting my way out of the death grip of debt, yet I’ve got five hours every night to watch shows that I’m obsessed with (when I could be doing something to generate extra income)?
If you can relate to any of this, here’s a great tool you can use to shift your reality immediately:
Ask, “What could I change today that would add to my life and living right away?”
Sounds too simple, doesn’t it? Please don’t dismiss it because of its simplicity! Here’s what changed for me when I started asking this question:
I started walking my dogs for an hour every morning (good for me, good for the dogs, GREAT way to start every day).
Once walking the dogs every morning became normal (i.e., a habit), I started asking the question again. Then I saw an ad for Hip Hop Abs and thought, “Wow! That looks fun!” I started doing it 3 to 5 times per week in the evenings because it’s a blast and I realized how much my body desires movement after a long day of sitting in front of a computer at work.
As simple as it sounds, ask this question regularly (in your head, out loud, sing it in the shower…whatever works for you!) and then be on the lookout for answers.
How will you know your question has been answered?
Because when you think about that thing, you’ll experience a full-body YES!! You will have no doubt. The thought of it might put a smile on your face. Or you might find you want to pick up the phone and tell your best friend about it. Or your body might do an involuntary little dance. Believe me, you’ll know…