Sometimes we have a tendency of falling into a routine that we cruise through. When this happens, we usually get slapped in the face with boredom and lack of ambition. Such could happen when we become stenciled into a routine or template lifestyle. “Same thing, different day” and “Can it be Friday yet?”, or worse, “Can it by Happy Hour yet?”, are frequent brain farts that come to mind.
WHY? Why go relax on cruise control towards mediocrity?
There are two simple steps to fix this, and hopefully, allow you to appreciate and seize every moment of life given to you.
Enjoy Every Minute
Wake up each day believing that you will enjoy every minute of the day. Yes even those minutes you spend brushing your teeth, stuck in traffic, waiting in line, or those awkward elevator rides with strangers. Or the minutes your grooving to your favorite song, the first bite of the perfect lunch, watching your team comeback in the 4th quarter, or even those awkward elevator rides with the cute girl/guy.
Use the hard times you’re experiencing now as fuel for motivation and drive. Think about it. Perhaps the strongest and even best memories you have are when you failed big time, hit the lowest of the lows with friends, or when you overcame an adversity. Those stories are always the best to tell and hear. Look at comedy movies; most of them deal with some type of adversity or failure (The Hangover comes to mind). So relish every minute of the day, great or horrible. I guarantee you will reflect back years from now, smile, and laugh it off.
Seize Every Day
Steve Jobs discussed this in his infamous Stanford commencement speech. He would look into the mirror every day and ask himself a question. “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”. If he answered no too many days in a row, then he would know he had to change something in his life. Jobs then continues to say;
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important thing I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life, because almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
Realizing that every day is gift will motivate you to use it wisely, invest it, rather than taking it for granted and wasting it on the unlimited distractions available today. Invest each and every day on activities that will assist you to achieve your goals, living your purpose, and just kicking ass in life.
Remind yourself every single morning you wake up. Every time you reach for that snooze button, or every time you want to procrastinate or push a task aside for “tomorrow”. Everything is a state of mind, an attitude, a reality that you can create for yourself. You can decide each morning you wake up whether today is going to be an awesome or shitty day; its really up to you and the attitude you choose to wake up with. Why not be known as that guy, or that girl, that always wakes up on the right side of the bed, every morning.
Don’t let the minutes and days pile up on you. Never adopt the “Same thing, different day” mentality. Enjoy every minute and seize every day instead.