First: Turn it OFF!
Social media is the biggest source of noise, and we as human-beings are prone to only flashing our hottest moments in life. You will never see someone post a screenshot of their inbox with 1,569 unread emails, a text from "that" family member, or a selfie of them binging rom-coms on Netflix. We only ever see albums of friends travelling the world, the newest house they just signed a lease on, or that new promotion they received at work. I hate to admit that I am guilty of it myself, and kudos to you if you aren't! The solution? Turn off all notifications from social media on your phone for a week and force your mind to crave human connection. Read a book instead of staring at the "bright screen of drama" just before falling asleep and waking up every day. I know.. This is extremely difficult to do in 2017, but it is also absolutely necessary for our mental health.
Second: Get Up and MOVE!
If you have ever met me in person or have read one of my articles, you have probably heard me mention the word "momentum." If you ever want to make a big change in life, you cannot sit still and expect the world to move underneath your feet. You must actually get up and find the "runners high" that every marathoner is addicted to, or the pump that every bodybuilder craves. Find your groove and MOVE. Once you begin a physical movement with your body, everything else begins to move around it in unison. If I ever want to make a big move in life mentally, I will sign up for a race because I know that I will be in constant movement during training. Decide to commit to something that sparks you to workout; whether that is getting in shape for a beach vacation in the spring or simple setting a goal to go from size a 41 to 39. Do whatever it takes to create momentum physically so that everything else around you can follow your trail.
The answer to escaping the "rat race" of life is never quite simple. These two methods will get you one step closer to making that mental jump to freedom. If you would like to learn more about becoming high on life, sign up for my "Weekly Motivational" or comment with a question below.
There is nothing more dangerous than avoiding your biggest fears in life. What if our fears weren't just insecurities and failures, but they were our biggest dreams and ambitions coming alive. Take a moment to ask yourself what would be your biggest dream and goal in life. What you do if you knew for a fact that you would not fail? Would you risk everything to chase it? If this dream of yours does not make you uncomfortable or break the barrier of what you are currently comfortable with, then you are not dreaming BIG ENOUGH! Dream big dreams - there is no point in aiming for 5th place, an average salary, or just a convenient relationship, because that is exactly what you will end up with in life.
I like to think of this concept as a game of darts: if you generally aim for the wall, you will hit the wall, and MIGHT hit the dartboard. If you focus all of your energy on to the center of the board and have a clear intention of succeeding, your odds of hitting a bulls-eye are much higher. There is a direct correlation to this and our dreams in life. Do you want to hit the wall and hope that one day you will hit a bulls-eye, or do you want to put all of your energy into succeeding and increasing your percentage of a bulls-eye RIGHT NOW ? You might not hit the target every single time, but a miss and failure can be a perfect opportunity to learn and improve your shot for next time.
You must stare your biggest fears in the face RIGHT NOW, because your dreams and values will not be the same 5 years from now; you might live the rest of your days hoping for success and moving on from dream-to-dream without ever hitting a single target. Look at what your biggest dream is 5 years from now, decide to stare it in the face TODAY, and throw the dart.