Stop Training to Survive
When an acquaintance asks the question “how are you?” what is your true response? Not the shallow “fine” or “well” but the stirring from the depths of your soul which truly wants to give an honest answer. For many, a common response is “I’m surviving” or “I’m keeping my head above water.” Unfortunately this is a very legitimate reply from many people in today’s world.
You are bombarded, on a daily basis, with a tremendous amount of information, ideas, and thoughts. Far too many to ever process. Some of these ideas could be useful to your daily life, or help in your overall time management. The problem is you do not have the time to even see if they could be helpful.
The problem is you have simply been trained to survive life. The way of living has changed exponentially in the last few decades. And while you have a tremendous ability to adapt, you have never stopped to take the time to live with intention. The end result is you have been unintentionally trained to survive life and not thrive.
The becomes more evident by seeing how many shiny objects we chase, but our stress, anxiety, and depression are all on the rise. We struggle keeping up with everything currently on our plate, let alone all the new offerings placed before us.
The following are some ways you have been trained to survive instead of thriving in this life and suggestion to move to a Thrival Life.
1) Too Much Information to Survive
With all the information we are constantly bombarded with on a daily basis you have simply learned to go with the flow. Sure there are moments when you pull your head out of the sand and stand up for something. But even then that moment gets buried in a myriad of other activities. With so much information rapidly moving your way, you have learned and been trained to simply let it pass.
In order to thrive you need to take control of the information coming into your life. Ensure what you are ingesting has purpose, meaning, and adds to the overall value of your life. Stop letting other entities decide on what you should know or learn and take a stand for what you want to know.
2) Live In Distractions
The constant onslaught of information always translates to living a life of distraction. Surveys show we are more distracted right now than any other time in history. We have allowed all of this thinking, technology, and processes into our lives without ever discovering where they fit and how to best use them. While many of these items are useful, without intention they simply become a distraction. Usually distracting us from the more meaningful dream filling work we could be doing.
Take an inventory of your week. Discover how you are spending your time. Are you spending a tremendous amount of time on your phone, social media, Netflix, or surfing the internet? Then ask yourself why you are spending time in those places? What are other life giving, dream fulfilling activities could you accomplish in their place?
3) No Plan
One of the greatest reasons you will only survive life is you never created a plan. Without a plan you will simply go wherever the wind will take you. Which can be exhilarating at times, but is not a good long term solution. A plan allows you to not get distracted and focus on what is important in your life. It gives you the ability to control the flow of information and how you will analyze and disseminate it into your life.
If you don’t have a plan for your life then go to Thrival Journal and download your free Thrival Life Journal. Or you can use John Lee Dumas’ Freedom Journal. Either way find a plan which works for you and use it everyday to create the adventure you want to life.
4) Unrecognizable Side-Effects
You have a tremendous amount of events and activities which are causing stress and anxiety in your life without you even knowing. When you take the news, pressures of society, social media, traffic, finances, family, activities, and on and on it goes. It is no wonder you feel this overarching anxiety in your life but don’t know why. The less you recognize these problems and address them then the more they impact your life.
You need to press pause for a moment in your life. Take a step back and begin to recognize all the areas of your life which are causing you stress, anxiety, or pressure. Then take action. Some of these you can do away with all together, others you may be able to modify slightly or change your attitude about. There will be some you have no control over and you will have to discover creative ways to address them. But the more you can call these stressor out for what they are the more control you are putting back into your own life.
5) Chasing Shiny Objects
We also have an issue of chasing all the shiny objects which float around us. The latest technology, the newest app, the finest clothing, or trend. While there may not be anything intrinsically wrong with these, when we are always jumping on the latest bandwagon it can become a huge distraction and weight upon our lives. There is a delicate balance we must walk because some of these shiny objects could be very useful in our lives, but if we chase them all then they will never be beneficial in our lives.
This again is where a plan can become very useful. A plan, focus, and vision for your life allows you to seek out these trends with purpose. Instead of wasting valuable time and money you know where you want to go and what the best avenues are to get you there. This allows you to seek out these trends with intention and purpose.
The bottom line is you were not put on this earth to simply survive. You were made to thrive. But until you add some intention in your life you will only be living a life of surviving.
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