How often do you find yourself meandering through your day without much thought or concern for what you’re doing? Maybe more frequently than you would care to admit. Don’t worry—it happens to all of us. But this detachment from the liveliness around you will quell opportunities to learn, grow, and develop healthier relationships. Moreover, when you’re not actively participating in your own life, you cannot become the optimal version of yourself. You are essentially existing, not living.
This is a BAD thing.
What can you do to prevent this autopilot mode from occurring? Well, you have to make a conscious effort to stay connected throughout your entire day. And here are a few recommendations to engender action on your part.
1) Pay attention – This might sound obvious, but you would be surprised just how many people are not observant of their surroundings. Look at that cardinal perched on a nearby fence; admire the color—red, orange, yellow, green—of tree leaves in your neighborhood; or people watch at your local Starbucks.
2) Interact – Mark Twain might have been a misanthrope, but you can be more gregarious. Take every occasion to engage with the people around you. This includes family, friends, coworkers, and strangers. (Note: Use common sense when attempting to interact with individuals you’re not acquainted with.)
3) Change your routine – Want to avoid a run-of-the-mill lifestyle? Then monotony is your enemy; therefore, make regular adjustments to your routine. Have fun with this one and be creative. So you might take a different route to work, fix eclectic meals, participate in unusual activities, etc.
4) Develop a sense of humor – If you’re like most people, your days are replete with mundane activities and unappreciative people. Trust me—I get it. Nevertheless, you don’t have to take things so seriously. Look for humorous situations around you. Or better yet, learn to laugh at yourself for those little foibles.
Now . . . go out there and actively participate in your life because you have no more excuses.