Slow The F*ck Down

Modern life is busy. Insanely busy.

However, much of the craziness is self-imposed. Or at we least passively allow it to continue.

You do have the power to reign it in you know…

Turn off the TV. Don’t check Facebook. Turn off email notifications. Check emails and texts every few hours instead of constantly. Delay responding to people. Cut back on the junk surfing. Quit reacting. 

Quit consuming for a one damn minute.

What’s that sound? It’s the sound of silence. Foreign isn’t it?

It’s even a little disconcerting.

Does the thought of being out of the loop make you nervous? Good. That means you’re addicted to the madness. And addicts aren’t in control of their lives, they just live for the next hit.

Don’t give outside forces the reigns then complain about how things turn out.

Step up to the plate and take back your life.

Beware the Comfort Zone

It’s easy to avoid taking risks and get lulled into a sense of comfort for long periods of time.

Avoid this.

The Comfort Zone Trap

Being risk averse and always trying to stay ‘comfortable’ is a prescription for boredom, depression and fragility. It ensures you’ll live in an ever-shrinking box.

This picture from Feel the Fear…And Do It Anyway sums up the concept beautifully.

comfort-zone

Give yourself gentle pushes

Start taking small risks and intentionally push against the boundaries of your comfort zone. Then do it again. And again. Eventually you’ll notice your comfort zone expand as habituation takes hold.

And then you’ll notice the quality of your life improve.

Later on you may actually become addicted to taking risks, which is a hell of a lot better way to live than cowering in a shrinking box.