Life can get a stagnant so try one of these life experiments this week:
- Attempt to begin a conversation with a stranger
- Take only cold showers for a week
- Sit in a public place and stare straight ahead for ten minutes
- Make a rule that you’ll reach for your gym clothes as soon as the alarm goes off (no snooze button!)
- Go to work a different way or by a different form of transportation
- Completely rearrange the furniture in your living room or bedroom
- Vary a workout routine by choosing exercises based on dice rolls
- Join a free foreign language meetup (visit meetup.com and search for your choice of language)
- Offer a room of your house for rent on Airbnb.com
- Offer your couch to a traveler on couchsurfing.com
- In a recurring meeting, deliberately choose a different seat
- If you’re usually active in meetings, determine to speak less. If you’re usually silent, speak up!
- Post “Anything I can help you with?” on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you gather with friends online. Respond to as many answers as you can.
- Laugh out loud in public at something that isn’t funny. See what happens.
- Bring dog treats to the park and give them to strangers (primarily the ones who have dogs)
- Stop carrying an umbrella when it rains. You might get wet, but chances are you won’t melt
A life quest ends up being bigger than a simple project because its something specific to work on over time—an endeavor that is fun, challenging, and meaningful.
Here are the characteristics you should use to identify your quest:
- A clear goal that can be defined
- A way to measure progress
- A sense of calling or mission
- Sacrifice… or at least effort
When you find something you believe in, you should put everything you’ve got into it, which means you may face some rejection along the way.
Embrace rejection. When doing something new, not everyone will accept it and that's okay! You need to become comfortable with failure (easier said then done) and keep pushing forward.
Give Rejection Therapy a try. The goal of the game is to ask for something and have the request denied, stretching your comfort zone. If you ask for something and get it, that’s a bonus—but the day’s round of Rejection Therapy isn’t over, because you ultimately have to be rejected prior to moving on to the next day. Consider doing your rejection therapy on camera just to hold yourself more accountable.
Everyone has a calling. Many people see the promised land but then search for reasons to stay away. There is a large category of people that have lives that are relatively satisfying, but waiting beyond their comfort zones is something better. Whether it’s writing, crafting, or saving the world, submitting to a purpose greater than yourself can prove fulfilling as long as you choose to follow Your Passion
Embracing a calling is about being the best at something, or doing something that you feel no one else can do, this isn’t a competitive thing where you have to beat someone else, but you should be the best according to your own standard.
Thanks for listening!
Are you discontent?
Here are some questions to ask yourself to find out if you’re discontent.
- Have you dreamed of escaping to a new life?
- Have you thought of changing the world?
- Have you said to yourself: “There must be more to life than this?”
- Have you felt that strange sense of alienation?
- Have you felt frustration that’s hard to pin down?
When discontent sets in, it’s time to make some changes. Listen in to learn more!
There’s an Adventure Waiting for You, Too. Most people pursuing a quest are ordinary people, in the sense that they don’t have special powers or abilities. The people pursuing or accomplishing big quests are successful not because of innate talent, but because of their choices and dedication. Listen in to hear more.