66 Days Without Social Media Challenge – Day 9

I’m not sure about you dear readers, but from time to time I have these moments where everything seems to come together and real plans start to shape.

After lots of reading, journalling, bouncing ideas off of people and then visualising how certain decisions could really impact my life, the actual decision making part of things comes fast and easy.

However, something that I also love about these moments is that it is at these specific points in time where anything and everything seems possible. These events give you a feeling of invincibility, possibility and excitement that whatever may come, you can take it and it will lead to more opportunities moving forward.

It is also at these moments that I personally feel most flexible… almost like making a specific decision on one thing actually opens up the possibility of that thing changing completely even though you’ve spent so much planning it.

It’s almost like the simple act of making one decision can get you unstuck, rejuvenated and ready to take on new challenges. Like it’s not actually the decision that’s the important thing… but the process of how you got to that decision. Isn’t that interesting?

 

66 Days Without Social Media Challenge โ€“ GOALS FOR DAY 9

  1. Finish Reading the 4-Hour Work Week
    • Why? Only two chapters to go until I reach the finish line – so exciting!
  2. Make a Pipedream Timeline
    • Why? I think if a dream is ever to become a reality one needs to put some rules around it. Sometimes decision making around dreams can be tough, but I think one of the things that can help you realise if a decision is actually what you want, is by creating a deadline for the decision and a timeline for implementation. This then creates a sense of urgency that really makes your fear ticker start playing up and it’s then you’ll start understanding your real feelings around the decisions, which may lead to the answer of what you should do with them. So I’ve decided that’s what I’m doing for my big dream decisions today.

 

66 Days Without Social Media Challenge โ€“ EXPERIENCES FROM DAY 9

Morning – I finished the 4 Hour Work Week this morning. Yippeee – I made it! I hit my goal! I go to update my goodreads.com account (I’ve started tracking all my ‘read’ and ‘want to read’ books there) and realise that that now means I’ve finished 8 (yes 8!) books in the last 5 months. That’s 1.6 books/month. Not bad considering I was pretty much at 0.16/month for almost 2 years before that…

 

Afternoon – I was watching “The Good Place” this afternoon when I had a moment of enlightenment. It was when Eleanor had a moment of realisation, noticing that she wasn’t actually in a good place and needed to take action, I had a thought bolt through my head which said “You – when you aren’t in a good place, you need to take action. Any action – an action that will direct you toward a good place!”. Of course that seems like a simple thought and nothing special and yet I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I’m in a bad place there is nothing more I want to do than curl up in bed, cry and try to forget about it all… the total opposite of action and definitely not the answer. Running away is never the answer.

 

Evening – My best friend Mac called me this evening and we had a bonding moment like no other. We’ve been friends for about 5 years and through many moves, ups and downs, but we’re still learning about each other and I have to say it’s moments like we had this evening, where we are really listening to each other and communicating openly about our thoughts and feelings, that bring us so much closer together. I love it!

 

66 Days Without Social Media Challenge โ€“ VERDICT FOR DAY 9

I feel like today was some kind of breakthrough day. I’ve had so many thoughts swimming around my head since the beginning of this challenge that I was starting to feel a little bad for simply thinking and reading most of the time instead of actually ‘doing’ something.

Yet previously whenever I went to make a decision I feel quite pressured about it because the decisions I’m working on (job and location related) aren’t the average ‘Hey which coffee flavour should I pick at Starbucks today?’ kind of questions, but rather the kind revolving around ‘If I actually do this – how is this going to help me and what’s the worst that could happen?’.

And yet I now also realise that by giving myself the time to actually ruminate about these questions, research the possibilities, and think of the different scenarios or options that I may have, I not only gave myself the opportunity to get comfortable with some potentially big changes in lifestyle/location/work, but also transformed the future as per my mind into a playground of possibilities instead of just focusing on potential avenues for doom (which is what minds can do when faced with scary choices and changes). That’s been a great motivator for sure.

It’s interesting observing this change in mindset consciously and experiencing all the subtle variations of thought over time at such a detailed level. Definitely not something I was expecting to experience during these few days, but a very interesting lesson in getting to know myself and how I function for sure. Self awareness – plus 1 point! Me likey ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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