Have you ever had one of those days, weeks, months, years, where you have felt like you are in a rut? You feel like you are just running the hamster wheel and you can’t seem to get off?
Our lives are a series of events. In many cases those events include the day to day routine. Get up, get dressed, get the kids to school, get to work, work, get home, make dinner, clean the house, go to bed, start over tomorrow. Does this sound familiar?
You may feel like it’s impossible to make a change. Maybe the change you want is to start a new career, or start a new workout routine. Maybe it’s that you would like to take a course or just eat a little better. Or maybe you want to make your relationships more passionate or reconnect with an old friend. But how the heck can do it? How the heck can it be possible fit more in to your already packed schedule?
Well that was me, and some days, it still is me.
We all get into a rut from time to time. It’s how we get out of it that makes the difference.
Want to know the secret that I learned back in my university days? It is so simple it will blow your mind. Ready for it?
DO ONE THING DIFFERENTLY That’s it! By just changing one thing in your daily rut of a routine, you can change a whole lot in your life.
Ok, you’re probably thinking it sounds SO simple that it couldn’t possibly work, right?
Let me use an example to show you how easy it is.
Mornings for me are hectic. My kids never want to cooperate and I always feel rushed, like I’m racing out the door just to get to where I need to be, and usually I end up forgetting something on my way out. Which makes the rest of my day suck!
So, I want to make a change in my mornings. I have a couple of options that I could change:
I could wake up 30 mins earlier, have more time to get ready and then not be as rush. Ok that’s an option.
Maybe I could choose my clothing and lay it out in the evening, that way I don’t have to spend time thinking about what I will wear in the morning.
Another option is that I could shower in the evening, that way I will have one less thing to do in the morning. Ok, this might work.
How about packing the car in the evening, so that when I am ready to leave in the morning, everything I need is ready to go. All I have to do is hop in and drive away. That sounds like a really great idea.
See, it doesn’t matter which one I choose, it is going to make my day better. By just doing one small thing different, I am able to get out of my house in the morning without stress and anxiety about the rest of my day. Pretty cool right!
Making this work still takes some discipline. You still have to DO the one thing that is different. And sometimes the simplicity of a task, is also it’s downfall. Because, as simple it is to DO that one thing differently, it is just as simple NOT to do it.
This goes for many things in life:
It is simple to drink more water. It is also simple to NOT drink more water.
It is simple to make a healthy choice when it comes to eating. It is also simple to get fast food
It is simple to wake up 30 mins earlier in the morning. It is also simple to hit the snooze button.
It is simple to be nice to people. It is also simple to forget to say please, thank you and your welcome.
You REALLY have to WANT to make change in order to make it HAPPEN.
The key to success of change is to start small. Choose just one thing that you would like to make a little bit better. Work on that one thing for a week or two until your routine has changed and become your new “normal”.
You can try to even do super tiny different things in your day, just to create a shift in the way you think about things or the way you see things.
Try taking a new route to work.
Try sitting in a different spot at your kitchen table.
Try stopping for 5 seconds in the middle of your day to take a deep breath and sigh.
Try sending a text message to your loved one that says “I love you” just because.
These little gestures can completely change your outlook! Which can have a huge impact on your productivity, your success, your happiest and your life as a whole.
Give it a try today.
DO ONE THING DIFFERENTLY. And be excited about all of the change you will welcome into your life.