Every day you go to work at the same job, every night you come home and have the same arguments with the kids or spouse, every night the same dinners, every month the same bills to pay.
It can get so bad you may even find yourself questioning it all. Like why the heck am I here? What is the point in living? This really can’t be all there is. Going through every day like a robot watching days, weeks, even months fly by dong the same exact things all the time. Nothing new…nothing to get excited about.
Maybe it wouldn’t even be so bad if it wasn’t for the frustration that you feel deep down that there really is something else that you should be doing, but you just have no idea what it is.
That is where this exercise comes in. Today is the day to do something different.
It doesn’t have to be drastic, it can be the smallest thing. But that smallest thing can be the catalyst to so much more. Imagine that something is jammed in a tight space. Only by rocking it back and forth gently with little moves is it going to loosen enough for you to get it free.
It works the same way for you. Sometimes you can be so “stuck” in your current circumstances that the only way you will be able to free yourself is with some gentle rocking to loosen things up.
You see, even though it may seem as if things never change in your life, in truth everything around you is changing constantly. Energy is always moving and changing. But if it feels that nothing is ever changing for you personally, it is for a very simple reason. Day after day you keep making the same decisions.
There it is. See? Very simple.
Have different thoughts…make different decisions… have a different life.
But where do I begin you may ask? Start with the small. Take out a piece of paper and write down your daily routine. Everything from the time you wake up until you go to bed at night.
Wake up 5:30am.
Take a shower.
Have a cup of coffee
On the bus or train by 7:00am
Check emails at office
Eat at “this restaurant” for lunch
When you are finished, look down your list and decide to do just one single thing differently today than you normally do. Just one little thing.
For instance, Instead of having your coffee at home why don’t you decide to have it at the local Starbucks near work and people watch for 15 minutes this morning.
Instead of your usual mode of transportation take an alternate mode and see different things than you normally do. Instead of the normal place you eat lunch tell your boss you need at extra ten minutes today to run an errand and walk 3 blocks further to a new restaurant you’ve never tried before.
If you are a homemaker, look up a different recipe to cook for dinner. Go shopping at a different store than usual for the ingredients. Decide to have a picnic in the backyard instead of eating at the dinner table (your family might think you are crazy, but if you have little ones, they will love it!)
The point is to gently shake things up a bit. Remind yourself of the myriad of possibilities that really exist for you on this awesome planet. Doing even a little something different gives you a whole new perspective. It makes you wonder “Wow! What else is out there? What else can I experience? What else might be fun to try? And as you try this “new” thing be proud of yourself. Feel good that you are taking this new step, however small. Truly appreciate the new experience and look at every detail and impression that you get from it.
You need to remember that your feeling stuck is only an illusion. It is simply because you keep making the same decisions today that you made yesterday that makes it feel as if nothing is changing.
So today…do something different. Make a different decision. Have a different thought.
But be warned…it can be very addicting! Before you know it you might have a whole new and exciting life.