By Patrick Polomsky
As I get older, I realize that life often becomes monotonous. We often have trends (e.g., wake-up, hit snooze, eat breakfast, rush to work, eat the same ole lunch, maybe go to the gym after work, prepare one of the three usual meals for dinner, watch some TV before bed, and then repeat). I don’t think there is anything wrong with having structure, in fact I often like when I have a set regiment to follow. It becomes easy to just do the same thing I did yesterday and with each passing day of these trends I notice my level of excitement about life decreases. We end up relying on these trends to get us through the week because it is easy—and it is natural for us to gravitate to the path of least resistance. However, an easy life is not the reason I feel we were put on this Earth. God didn’t put us here with a beating heart so that we could do the same thing day-after-day or live a life of trends.
He put us here to LIVE, challenge ourselves, try new things, and test our limits.
When I’m able to set goals and achieve them it’s such a huge accomplishment because I’m pushing boundaries beyond my normal comfort zone and growing as a person either physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. So often I meet up with friends or family that I haven’t seen in a while and the first question is always “Hey, so what’s new?” I’m disappointed by this question because so often my answer is simply “not much” or “the usual.” Having answered that question so many times with such a bleak response led me on a personal journey to answer the question “Why Change.” One of my hopes in life is to be able to get to a point where I come home from work every day and when I’m eating dinner with my wife and she asks “How was your day?” that I always have something new and exciting in response.
We should challenge ourselves to be able to respond with something exciting that happened to us, when asked “what’s new?”
Our response should be something that brought us out of our comfort zone or routine that is worth sharing. It can be something very minor like I tried a new place at lunch that I’ve never been to, or I went for a jog during my lunch hour, or even I took a different route home from work.
As I mentioned there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a routine, but there are so many opportunities in life to CHALLENGE ourselves and push ourselves to try new things.
Challenging ourselves is how we grow.
It opens up our minds and can change our perspective. We should have the attitude to try new things and if it doesn’t work the result is not that we failed or gave up. Every time I try something new or set a goal for myself, I grow…and when I try my hardest and don’t succeed, I learn just as much and develop the determination to do more next time.
The saying goes: “If it was easy, everyone would do it” which is why we gravitate to our normal daily routines. “
Why Change” you ask? To not take the easy path, to live life to the fullest, and to improve your relationship with God and those around you.
By challenging ourselves to “shake things up” and by striving to go beyond what we think possible we grow as individuals. So I challenge you to set an alarm on your phone. When it goes off, stop whatever it is you are doing. Take a step back and if you find yourself in your “daily routine.” DO SOMETHING NEW. Give it a try and I promise you will not be disappointed, as I know I have yet to be…
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