Have you felt on top of the world at one moment and then in a few weeks, you felt the slumps of life? You felt lazy and did not want to do anything. I’m not here to tell you that there is a magic pill that will get you to be productive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Part of being human, with all our complexities is that we are constantly changing. Everything we feel and everything that we experience makes us who we are. The way to deal with the highs and lows is to go through it with an open mind and to learn from it.
There are times when I am at home and I don’t feel like washing the dishes, cooking food or cutting the grass in the backyard. I am aware of that and I take note that I am not doing what I need to do. Days pass and I see the results of my action. Dirty laundry piles up, there’s less room in the sink to wash your hands and spikey weeds grow in the lawn. There are things you have to do and you do them. Part of this realization can come from constant reminders from yourself, your peers giving you advice, a life event graduating from college or even a tragedy like a death of a family member.
When life hits, it will hit you hard and the way we deal with situations makes us who we are. We are then left with the choice to continue our path of laziness and procrastination or have a sense of urgency and take action.
It’s all up to you!
Risk frees you from the complacency, forces you to grow and puts situations into perspective.
Live life by getting out of your comfort zone. A comfort zone keeps us safe and desensitized from hardship. Our brain does everything in its power to keep us alive. It keeps us from taking risks, but can impede personal growth.
Win Hof redefined the definition of human being. Hof defies all odds with the way he is able to push his body to do extreme feats. Take a look at a few of them.
Hof climbed Mt. Everest with nothing but shorts and shoes.
Hof was immersed in ice for 1 hour, 52 minutes and 42 seconds.
Hof reached the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in his shorts within two days.
The wonderful thing is that his actions are replicable which means that he is not simply a freak of nature. Did he stay in his comfort zone? Did he listen to his mind telling him that he’ll die? He developed a technique to survive extreme temperatures and passed the scrutiny of science.
In the same way, think about taking the risk that you’ve always wanted. Then, develop yourself and take action. Remember to be smart. Know the consequences of your actions. Large risks come with it the responsibility of owning up to the results. When it comes to something like taking up dance, becoming a full time singer, professionally playing soccer, all have inherent risks. People may ridicule or make fun of you for doing it. They may say it is not practical, but life is not practical. In a world of madness, sometimes you just have to push yourself and do it.
Take the risk! Do what your passionate about!