Is life moving fast enough for you? Or is it too fast? Not many of us say it’s just right.
Big leadership question is how to navigate between overwhelm and boredom. Are you so busy it is impossible to be bored? Are you on that proverbial treadmill of same old stuff day after day that you are not even aware you are really bored?
When the economy is contentious and everyone is concerned about just keeping jobs, the tendency is to become like a turtle and keep your head just enough out of your shell of protection to play it safe. No one wants to risk losing, so the familiar looks actually good, even though it is tiresome.
Yet, it is exactly at these points when sameness is upon us that it is within our grasp to make positive changes, before we unconsciously upset the apple cart. When we do not open to change it usually flies at us from all directions and we are truly out of control.
Best to make change happen in small increments within our control than have it hit us on the head all at once. Here is how it works: we can acknowledge our feelings and do something spontaneous, just one thing and a whole new perspective can begin.
It can be something super simple like take a different route to work. Sure, it may take a few minutes longer; so what. Being forced to stay awake while driving, rather than going on automatic may give you new ideas about, well, about work, about a creative project, about a relationship that has been haunting you.
Perhaps you can start to eat smarter. That may mean visiting a new restaurant for dinner and who knows what thoughts will come from being in a place that caters to a healthy palate. Or, you may decide to invest in a bike. I know one woman who was super bored, left work an hour early to purchase a bike and met the man who is now her bike riding companion and husband.
In Total Leadership Connections, our four session program we ask people to find that one thing to do differently and the stories are always fun fascinating. The theory is if you tell yourself your life is monotonous, yet you are too busy to change, you are in denial. The denier pattern is a deadly one and can keep you stuck for years, maybe a lifetime.
Once you learn to make a simple transition in one area of your life it will impact other aspects of your situation and soon you will have gained enough strength to make lasting and happy changes. So, go ahead, do some little thing, you never know who or what you will meet at the end of a new road!