This stay at home order has been giving us plenty of time to just sit and think. With more time on our hands than ever before, many of us are thinking about where to go from here. I’m sure some of us have looked into taking up a hobby or started a project they never had time for in the past. This is all great because it means we are trying new things and taking life into our hands. Some people are changing their lives with the way they’ve reflected on themselves recently. Self-reflection is always a good thing from time to time. It helps us hit the reset button on what we prioritize in our lives. It can help put things in perspective and clear our minds to focus on what we truly want.
This quarantine is making many of us realize what we truly want in this life. How can we turn this time of self-reflection into action items? Once we realize we want to take our life in another direction, how can we come up with a plan to accomplish that goal?
There’s a really good quote that I have on my board, “To get something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” I don’t know where this quote came from, but this quote works on so many levels. For one, it gets straight to the point. If you want something, it requires action. A lot of us know that there is work required to fulfill our goals, but we don’t really understand how much dedication is required to really make a difference. The other part about this quote that works is that it tells us we have to try something new and get out of our comfort zones. A lot of times, we try and convince ourselves that we are on the right track because it’s comforting and we are familiar with it. In fact, that is the mindset we want to break. We want to break out of that mindset and instead do the uncomfortable thing. We want to do that thing that’s challenging and difficult and perhaps even scares us.
Now that we’ve had some time for self-reflection with this quarantine, look at what you truly want in life. Now ask yourself, “What does that person do?” For example, if you want to get fit, ask yourself what a fit person does. Well that’s an easy question. A fit person goes to the gym 3-5 days a week. A fit person pushes him or herself to go to the gym even when they don’t want to. A fit person also eats healthy foods so progress is maximized. Simple. I just outlined my game plan to accomplish my goal of getting fit. Now I know exactly what I need to do and what it takes. All that’s left is to execute on this. It’s really that simple, if you are not a fit person now and you want to be, then you have to do to something that you’ve never done before. This should be motivating you to make a change right now. If you want to start a business, then you probably have to do something that you’ve never done before. If you’re stuck watching hundreds of clips on entrepreneurship, that’s not being an entrepreneur. You have to change your priorities and do something that you’ve never done in order to get what you’ve never had. You have to look at what an entrepreneur does. Well, an entrepreneur doesn’t solely watch clips on YouTube on how to start a company. An entrepreneur comes up with action items and executes those items and consistently puts in the hours of work day after day.
You just figured out how to get everything you want out of your life. Ask yourself what you want to be, then become that person by doing the habits that person does. This most likely will require you to change your life in a way and do something that’s new to you. However, you can’t get what you’ve never had if you do the same things over and over. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new. You may just get what you’re looking for.