Further exploring my wheel of life, I was watching a Tony Robbins video on youtube this morning, which was really enlightening. It was called “Feeling Lost? How to Find Yourself Again”.
It explored the idea that whenever you are unhappy/hurt/suffering/depressed with any area of your life it’s because the circumstances around you are not in alignment with your internal blueprint of how you imagine life “should” be.
It then said that when that happens you essentially have three (actually two) options.
Blame something/someone else/yourself (Not healthy nor recommended)
Option 2: Take action to make a change to bring circumstances closer in alignment with your blueprint
Option 3: Change your blueprint
I really liked this concept.
One of my fundamental principles is “If you don’t like it – change it”, so it really aligns with that. However, the idea of an internal blueprint that already exists inside me was new and that’s what really got me interested.
This possibly means that to change a habit (and be happy about it) it needs to fit into your blueprint somehow and so with that I decided to spend my day with the following two goals.
66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – GOALS FOR DAY 4
- Read 3 Chapters of the 4-Hour Work Week
- Why? I didn’t manage to complete this goal yesterday, but I really want reading to fit into my life and blueprint. It’s something I enjoyed immensely growing up and it’s helped spark my creativity on more than one occasion, so I figured let’s keep this goal up until it gets completed (making a change to fit closer to the ‘desired’ blueprint!
- Cook a Healthy Meal
- Why? I am notoriously bad with my diet. I generally exercise regularly, swimming up to four times a week, but when it comes to healthy eating I’m terrible. Granted this may be due to never being forced to eat my fruit/vegetables as a child (I willingly ate my first salad at 21!), but the fact is I have no idea of how to cook or prepare them…at all. So when you give me a cupboard full of them (as my well intending friends did earlier this week), I stare at them thinking – “Oh shoot. Now what??”. So armed with two peppers, onions and tomatoes, I’m going to see what can be done with those… fingers crossed >_<;
66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – EXPERIENCES FROM DAY 4
Morning – I was disappointed this morning, because a friend of mine who had asked to visit did not come. At first I told myself that was fine, but I finally admitted later that it really wasn’t. That person had broken one of my fundamental principles: If you say you’re going to do something – do it. Should I say something? Should I let it slide? I’m sure the person had their reasons as they’ve always been there for me in the past – Made me think blueprint, blueprint. blueprint…hmmm to take action or change the blueprint?
Afternoon – I spent the afternoon reading the 4-hour Work Week and I have to say it’s a very compelling read. I almost couldn’t put the book down and I had ideas shooting through my mind the whole time I was reading. The concepts in the book aren’t really radical, but I could totally see how they could be perceived that way in the everyday workplace. Definitely makes you rethink how you are doing things though, that’s for sure. I even started thinking of ways to re-structure my blog… another project!
Evening – My dad called me this evening and I was super happy about it. We talked a little about me being on sick leave and then things turned to the future and thoughts I’ve had around shaking up my life somewhat in the not too distant future. To give you a taste of what I’m talking about, I’ve been contemplating a move to Spain for the last 6 months or so, but I’ve been questioning the best way of managing that move (i.e. via my company or striking out in a new direction). Exciting thoughts and so many options… dad also seemed eager to join the ride, so let’s see where all these thoughts end up!
66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – VERDICT FOR DAY 4
I actually slept almost 8.5hrs last night, which is pretty much the longest time I have slept in one stretch in the last 6+ months or so. I have been praying for this moment and it’s finally here. It seems like such a small thing, but since sleep has always been one of my greatest pleasures and priorities (as it gives me the energy to do all the other exciting things I like to do in my life!), I’ve really been missing it.
I really do think removing myself from people, social media and noise in general has really helped with that and the fact my mind is starting to generate more and more ideas on a daily basis of things that could be and possibilities for the future can only be seen as a positive thing.
I even caught myself contemplated staying away from social media even longer than the 66 days, which I found surprising. I’m still a little wary of whether I may experience some kind of withdrawal moving forward though, especially once re-entering work and starting to travel again. Let’s see.
Posts in this Series
- 66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – Day 6
- 66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – Day 7
- 66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – Day 8
- 66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – Day 9
- 66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – Day 10
- 66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – Day 11