“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~Helen Keller
How long does it take to adjust to a new place? I don’t know, each time I’ve relocated it took me some time to adjust. This time, however, it seems to be taking a little longer; and being so far away from family and friends doesn’t help much. But hey, I’ve never once thought about giving up. Even though giving up isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s simply a sign that you no longer have the passion or drive for what you’re doing. Giving up is never an option for me because I never really lose that passion or drive for anything. I simply get bored and need a new adventure.
However, there’s much to be said about reevaluating yourself and your present situation. Sometimes this is all we need to stay in the game. I often tell people, I’m not an expert in everything, but I do have experience in a lot of things. So armed with knowledge and a little experience-here are five things that can be done to simplify your life and keep you in the game.
1) Decide your why! What you want AND what you don’t want
Knowing what you want and you’re halfway there because it is very easy to lose yourself and you won’t always consider what you don’t want your new life to include.
I’ve made a list of goals I wish to accomplish so most days I’m reviewing with my list -I know I want to enjoy life. I want a successful blog that will have people coming back for more, I want to travel more, and be self-employed. Those are some of my goals and that was one of my WHY for relocating. I don’t want to spend the rest of my days in procrastination, which is why I decided on my blog. It helps me to be more disciplined in my writing. I don’t want to be caught up in another 9-5 job without passion, and to have passion for anything, it has to be something you truly enjoy doing. Right?
2) Define just what it is you do want!
Making a list is great, however, you must be precise in your intentions. You can’t say things like “I want a change in scenery,” or “I want a better paying job, “ or “I want to live in another country”. Vague assertions about what you want will only focus vague energies on the process of actually attaining them. This brings me back to #1-I’m precise in what I want, and why I want them. This is where my focus remains.
3) Check your old habits on the cutting room floor!
” When deciding what to take and what not to take. Leave your old habits behind. A conscious decision has to be made about releasing your old habits. People often tell me I look different? I always ask different from what? I’m not the same person I was five years ago, a year ago, or even yesterday. Our life experiences change us, and during that change, we have to relinquish old habits. Any habits that distract from your NEW life should be left on the cutting room floor.
4) Realize the contrast between your new life and the old life!
How will YOU describe your new life? How will YOU be different in your new life? It’s not just about picturing yourself with all of the joys and trappings of the new life that you want to create, because that is just putting the same habits and lifestyle choices that you have now into a world that looks a bit different. If YOU aren’t different, then your new life will not be any different than your old life.
Some quick change I made in my own life is helping others, so I volunteer my time. I made changes to my eating habits by cutting out junk food, I’m also more active through walking, which gives me a greater appreciation for the world around me. The changes I made are suited to my lifestyle, just as the changes you make will be suited to your lifestyle.
5) Make a serious commitment to yourself
Life is meant to be enjoyed and – as a general rule – should not be taken too seriously. However, at the same time, if long-term success or happiness is the goal, then something more than just a token effort will probably need to be applied. Life is short, live it loud, and live it without reservations or regrets!
© Etta D. Richards
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