Lesson of the story is…

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Sometimes, when taking advice, we don’t take things one step at a time. Instead we jump right in head first and then find ourselves in a different kind of trouble. Taking something from one extreme to the next is not an improvement. Change is best done at a steady pace. Remember: you didn’t become who you are in one day, so you shouldn’t try to become someone new in one day either. And no, the solution is not to sit on your couch for life ha ha.

 

Side note: This comic is always on point.

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14 Signs That You Need to Get Moving

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Sometimes we are so good at doing nothing, that we don’t even know when we are doing it. It’s not until the day ends, or sometimes even later, that we realize we basically didn’t get anything  accomplish. Oh sure we were super busy doing stuff, but then why does it feel like time some how got wasted?

This is part of the reason I keep a Me Year journal. Every night before I go to bed a reflect on all the things I did that day and only then do I truly assess just how much or little I’ve actually done. So based off of my own faults and things culled from others, here are some ways to know that you probably need a kick in the rear to get back on track.

1. You spend too much time on social media

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Oh social media with your endless scrolling pages of topics and click bate headlines. Why must you be so enticing that we become mindless drones and sucked into a Rip Van Winkle esque blackhole. Who knew there were so many videos of puppy laughter? If a click away will I miss something? How does one hack at life?

Run it’s a trap! How much time are you spending on social media? How much time really? And in that same instance how often do you check your email? You might be spending more time than you realize.

2. You stare off into space

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This is exactly what this sounds like. You basically stare off into nothing while life continues on until something captures your attention back. It’s a real good time waister.

3. That project you started was about as complete as it was two years ago

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Go ahead, make a list of all the things you’ve started and never bothered to finish or things you keep saying you are going to get to. Are there a lot?

4. You’ve been at that “temporary” job for four years now.

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So I’m not going to lie and say that I am not guilty of this because I totally am. In my defense (which by the way is not a valid defense at all) I have skipped around jobs and been promoted at my current one. But the point of something being temporary is that it will eventually change otherwise it is as good as permanent until you change it.

5. When people ask you questions about your life you make up answers to make you sound better.

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I just…hahaha. If you have ever caught yourself playing off a really old accomplishment as something recent or making excuses for your current life then this is you.

6. Life has become a series of habits.

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You get up, you go to work, you go home, you go to bed. Then you do it all over again, and again, and again. You’re life has become a stalemate and so predictable that family and friends some how always know what you are doing and when. Yikes.

7. You have the same resolutions on your list EVERY year.

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Oh looks like I didn’t complete all these things on my list yet again, I guess I’ll just cross out the top and put the new year on it… done.

8. You’ve become overly content

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You used to want to do and be all these things and go to all these places but somehow you don’t feel that way anymore. You’ve laid down in a field of poppies and forgotten you were even there.

9. Someone says to you “You haven’t changed a bit”.

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And the moment that someone says that and you realize, it’s true.

10. You have no idea where the time has gone yet you’ve completed nothing.

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What do you mean it’s 10pm. It was only 6pm like two minutes ago!

11. You daydream all the time.

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In the car, in front of the tv, in the shower, there is no limit. Here’s the question what you are you daydreaming about? And do those dreams mean something?

12. You’d rather sleep

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Oh man I really should finish ____ but I think I’m going to sleep instead.

13. Too busy doing the little things.

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Sometimes we become really busy with the little things in life. Sometimes the big things are just so overwhelming that we use the little things as an excuse to not do the big things. “Look how busy I am I can’t possibly get that big thing done.” What we fail to realize is that big things are actually many little things just wrapped up in a ball. If we break them down then the big thing won’t seem so big anymore. 

14. You’ve become a big green jealousy monster.

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This one is a huge indicator. There as has been studies done about Facebook and other social media outlets and how they affect people’s moods. They found that more and more people are jealous at what they see other people doing. They see other people having a good time and they wonder why their life isn’t like that, not knowing that what they see is only half of the story.

If you find yourself being constantly jealous at what others have and are doing then you need to reassess your life and figure out what it is about your life that is so unsatisfactory and change it.

So hopefully these tips will help you realise if and when you need to kick into gear but know that even with these tips you will never change what you tolerate. You have to want to change and to want to get better. You don’t have to start big. Start with something small and continue to add on and before you know it things will have changed.

Good Intentions

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Ever go to bed the night before thinking of all the things you’re going to get done tomorrow and how productive you will be and then when tomorrow gets here you suddenly don’t have the stamina you though you would and your productivity is left wanting? This is like my everyday off. All I want to do is sleep, read, watch tv, or bike. None of which includes writing, selling my scripts, or building my website.

See that comic up top? That is like my everyday when it comes to writing. Sometimes I think that maybe if I were to change my surrounding environment that would help but I’ve worked from home, the library, coffee shops, restaurants, and the like. I think maybe I should cut myself off from social media and the internet completely but distractions come in other forms like cleaning my bathroom, or suddenly needing to clear that pile of papers on my desk, or discovering I am out of milk and therefore having to go to the store.

Good intentions are great but they are just that, intentions. Unless there is a purpose or actions behind them they are meaningless. I need to get back on track so that my intentions become actions and that I don’t just wish I will be productive tomorrow but know that I had been productive today.

Things are Going to Change

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Ever have that feeling where you can tell something big is on the horizon, that things are about to change. It’s that feeling you get right when you graduate from college or when you accomplish something big. Or in my case when you’ve been pushing towards something for so long but suddenly something rises up within you and you just know that things are going to change.

You don’t know what is going to happen or how or when you just know something is going to happen and when it does it’s going to be big.

Do you know why that change is coming? It’s because day in and day out you have push, strived, willed, and wanted it to come. Success is built one step at a time and a big step is coming. I can feel it everyday.

So get ready because change is coming.

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Change in Restlessness

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Restlessness, it’s that feeling you get when your daily routine starts to eat at you and become bored and can’t seem to sit still or perform your usual tasks. It starts with something little a feeling you can’t push down but then it begins to build and build until you can’t take it anymore and have to do something drastic just to make the feeling stop.

That’s when people suddenly get a new wardrobe, a new hair cut, quit a job, or take on a new crazy hobby. We all deal with this in some way. It is our sudden need for change, for something outside of your usual ordinary. It is a mental signal that our life has somehow become stagnant and we need a release or we will scream from this feeling of insanity.

It’s weird how these feelings happen. Sometimes it’s because a big change is coming and we need to release the tension of the anticipation of that event. And sometimes it’s because no change is coming and hasn’t come for quite some time and you feel so still that it’s as if you aren’t even moving.

Towards the end of last year I felt this. Things were too stagnant I couldn’t take how mundane my day in and day out had become. I was continuing to build up this tension with no form of release and to top it off I was working constantly and seriously worn out. So what did I do? I cut and colored my hair and booked a flight to Florida for eight days. Did this solve it? Not really.

I had made a change but the restlessness continues to eat at me. My change wasn’t drastic enough.

As Entrepreneurs and Creatives we constantly seek change in our pursuit of success and creative output. When we allow our lives to become stagnant and with out growth or change we start to lose it. Sometimes slowly, sometimes really fast. And we don’t always notice it.

But what I have learned from every time this has happened is that something big is on the horizon. Something fantastic. Something I have been craving for, striving for in all this time. And every time it blows me away.

So if you have this feeling of restlessness, of tension, and anticipation of something you can’t see then take heart. Something big is coming and it’s going to be amazing.

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net