One of the questions I like to ask people is this:
“What’s one thing you love to do, but you’re not doing it now?”
The answer ranges, from meditation, going to the beach, spending time with friends, going salsa dancing, and the list goes on.
Then, I follow up with this question:
“What’s the biggest reason you’re not doing it now?”
Almost always, the answer I hear is, “It’s because I’m so busy, and I don’t have time.”
Is time really the biggest barrier to you doing what you love to do?
I saw a quote on Facebook recently where someone posted, “If you have time for Facebook, you have time to meditate.”
I’ll bet that if you chronicled every moment of your day, you would have a real eye opener for how you really spend your time.
(I actually did this a couple months ago where I wrote down in a little journal how I spent each minute everyday, for a whole week, and I was quite surprised at how much time I looked at social media and my emails!)
So if time isn’t necessarily the main reason most people don’t engage in the activities they love, then what is?
Is it priorities? Discipline? Commitment?
You see, for most people, time isn’t your real barrier.
What stops you and many others from spending your time doing things you love is that you most likely found a comfortable place and way of life called “your comfort zone.”
Here's what staying in your comfort zone looks like:
“I’m so tired from work. I just need to chill out on the couch and watch Netflix.”
“I have to do my laundry, and other things around the house. Who has time for anything else?”
“It’s too much work to go out and do this. Maybe next month I’ll do something.”
I get it. There really is something to being a creature of comfort and not having to expend too much energy.
And making some space in your calendar means having to change up some things.
It takes effort and focus to embrace some new behaviors and ways of being.
Change isn’t always easy.
But guess what? Not changing your behaviors also has its costs.
Whether or not you realize it, staying in your comfort zone has a price.
What do you give up by staying in your comfort zone?
Are you letting dreams and goals slowly slip away?
Are you giving up the possibility of more joy, more vibrancy and more connection in your life?
One of the common sentiments that I hear from people when they seek my life coaching services is how they wish they would’ve made changes years ago.
Regret is a horrible feeling to carry around, especially when you feel like you’ve been letting life pass you by.
Please, don't take what I'm saying here as a reprimand or a lecture. I’m merely making a point.
You get to choose how you live your life.
You are the architect of your life choices.
And, if you know that doing things you love would help give you more meaning and fulfillment in your life, why not make the choice to do more of those things?
Imagine what your life could feel like if you felt more joyous, more flow, and more at ease.
That’s what is always available to you, if you so choose.
With that, here’s your coaching assignment for the week:
How would your life feel if you created your weeks to include more and more of the activities that you love and make you feel good?
How much of that good feeling would roll over into all areas of your life?
My vision is that you live more and more of your life with ease, flow and joy.
It doesn’t have to happen all at once. All it takes is a first step.
Can you take one step today?
Abundant Blessings and Namaste.
I'd love to hear your thoughts about today's article. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
And...if you didn’t see my announcement, I’ll be giving my World Premiere TED-Style Talk called “Living Life Unapologetically” this coming Wednesday June 19 @ 6pm in downtown Los Angeles. If you know of anyone who might be interested in attending, please feel free to share this link with them to find out more and to register: https://living-life-unapologetically.eventbrite.com
Joselito is a spiritual life coach helping people create a purposeful, spiritual path to career and financial freedom.
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