“Most of us, I suppose, have had at one time or another the impulse to leave behind our daily routines and responsibilities and seek out, temporarily, a new life.” ~ Alice Steinbach, Author
For each of us, it’s highly likely that we can point to a year or time in our lives when we know this to be true – it’s more comfortable to be where we are, doing what we are, and with those that are right there with us. And yet it’s uncomfortable, too. There are those proverbial ‘greener pastures’ that a longer vision sees for us ‘on the other side of the fence.’
What to do? Hang on to what we know or jump to what we perceive to be the next best thing that could open up new opportunities, offer possibilities of less anxiety and overwhelm, or answer – finally – the question we often ask ourselves, “What should I do now?”
How many of us have sought out that be-all, end-all product, app, tool that would finally, once and for all, let us get our life or business on the right track. How many of us have looked for just the right mentor, coach or consultant to guide us to the approach or process that would offer the promise of enhanced self-care, increased productivity, greater revenue, etc.
Look, I can openly, honestly raise my hand and say that I have. I’ve spent quite a bit of time, energy and money on both personal and business development through the years. I did so with clear intent and, ultimately, mixed results. Some things I tried out were great, some not so. But they all have served to let me look inward to see what was right for me and where I want to be.
All of our time and effort to move from where we are to that next, desired level of happiness and success serves us well, in spite of the stress and whether the outcomes achieved are what we were looking for or not. And that’s why so many of us still strive to make changes.
Yet I pass along a word of caution. Don’t be too quick to step away from those routines that you have which do bring you comfort and create a space of certainty within which you can linger and give greater thought and form to what is right for you and where you want to be, doing what you want to do.
Discover a bit more about why it’s so important to honor these types of routines or habits in the video at the top of this page.