You all want to implement these habits because you want to shape your life in a certain way – you want certain results from these habits.
The challenge I’m proposing today is important because when we don’t see results we quickly lose our motivation and fall off the wagon of positive change.
What we need to understand is that a lack of results isn’t a bad thing as long as we can make use of it in a positive way.
As adults (gasp), we face dozens of questions everyday:
- What should I wear?
- What should I have for breakfast?
- What route should I take to work?
- What should I listen to on the way? (hint: try a podcast)
Most of these questions are pretty small and trivial. The answer you choose probably won’t have any lasting long-term impact on your life.
Too many of us believe in a magical being called ‘passion’. “If only I could find my passion”, we cry. “Finding my passion would make me happy”.
Well, passion is real, and very powerful. But almost everything people believe about finding it is wrong.
About 6 Months ago I started doing something that changed my life, and I have continued it to this day because of the amazing effect. Every day an alarm would ring on my cell phone at a random time during the day. As soon as this alarm would ring I would look down at my cell phone and see the following:
Try something different: stop thinking about the big picture, and start thinking in Polaroids.
What is thinking about the big picture?
The big picture is what we tell ourselves we must do in life: we must graduate from college with a stellar GPA, we must accept a job offer at a stable company with excellent benefits, we must also buy a new car, several years down the road we really must get a promotion, or exchange the car for a more expensive one to match the promotion, or move to a more upscale neighborhood, etc. A big picture is usually vague, abstract, full of grandiose ideas we want to share with others, and can often fill us with anxiety and overwhelm.