Making Your Growth a Priority
Sometimes I feel “stuck” when I am having a hard time finding inspiration, creativity, motivation etc. It’s easy to stay in that place because getting yourself out of it can seem really difficult. When I am in those places, the last thing I want to hear is “listen to a positive podcast, or audiobook, or speaker that inspires you. That will make you feel better”. I actually roll my eyes when I am in that place and somebody says that to me. That is because I am stubborn, and don’t like to be told what to do, especially when the solution seems so simple. But in reality, when I quit being stubborn (with the eye rolls) and realize they’re just trying to help, I see that those are the things that actually DO work to get out of the funk. Filling my mind with positivity and growth content DAILY either 1. keeps me in a positive space with positive momentum, or 2. If I have gotten off track for whatever reason and find myself in the rut, it will help pull me out of it and move me upward and forward in the right direction.
As some of you may know, I am obsessed with Jay Shetty. He has brought so much clarity, positivity, growth, purpose and value to my life. When I am feeling “off” I know that I can listen to him speak and his insight and perspective will bring me back to my center.
One thing he talked about recently on his podcast “On Purpose” was “gap time”.
It’s easy for us to convince ourselves that we don’t have the time to listen to podcasts or listen to audiobooks. We are too busy. Life is too chaotic. We don’t have enough time. I used to tell myself that all the time until I realized that we make time for the things that are important to us. If staying in a positive space mentally is important to you, you will make time in your day to focus on it. I like the idea of “gap time” because to me, it just makes sense. “Gap time” is the time where you are doing things practically on autopilot. Running on the treadmill, getting ready in the morning, driving to work, taking a shower, folding laundry etc. These are the times that you are performing an activity that is repetitive, that you do every day and doesn’t take much brain power or thought. During these times, we have a choice. I used to choose to listen to music, or watch a show on Netflix. I realize that music can be very uplifting, inspiring and positive, so I believe that sometimes it serves it’s purpose in this sense. At the same time, we could be using this “gap time” to listen to an educational audio book or podcast. Something that is bringing direct value to our day and encouraging growth and expanding your mind in a positive way.
Staying one step in front whatever issue you are facing is key. Take a look at your day-to-day and your life as a whole. Pin-point and write down the things that may be holding you back, the things that are bringing you down, the things that are hindering your progress and then ATTACK. Stay in the space of positivity and LOVE. Make time for the things that make you feel good. Be purposeful with the time that you are given and how you want to use it.
Life is all about figuring it out. We can figure out anything.
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