Change it up

Jun 21, 2013 by

Change it up

So I’m learning Chinese….


This is a statement that I never thought I would say but here I am, repeating back “How are you?” (Ne hao ma) to my computer.


I won’t be talking about the “how” (although the method in which I am learning this impossible language is amazing) but the “why”


Three words: Changing it up


There is a saying that I love “if you always do the same things, you’ll always get the same results”


Ever been in a rut?  Ever feel like your life is going nowhere, that you haven’t met anyone new, that things are mundane?


Your inner self is practically begging you to CHANGE THINGS UP


So how do you do this?


The obvious: Try something new.  Everyone says to follow your passions and do what you love.  But what if you don’t know if love something? Many times the limitations we put on ourselves come from within.  And a lot of those limitations steam from ignorance.


I never knew I liked writing until I sat down and started my first story.

I hated to run up until the point that I ran my first marathon.


Generally, your intuition will be right.  I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like living in a tent for month on top of a mountain.


I’m inside the tent probably complaining

…and I was right.  But you never know until you try.


The not-so obvious: Set a goal.  It’s hard to “get going” if you’re not working toward anything. Have a clear objective and take your first step toward it.


It doesn’t need to be a tangible goal either.  Ask yourself: how do you want to feel in one year? How do I get there? And move from there.


Huh?: I recently read something that really stuck with me: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”


If you surround yourself with people that complain, promote negativity, have a “will-fail” attitude or limit themselves to small thinking, you’re more likely to do the same.


Search out people that inspire you.  Success is relative but passion is contagious.  Positivity is a drug.  And being around like-minded, goal-oriented people is the best motivator.


Remember; if life throws you circumstances that you don’t like…change it up. You will be surprised about what you will discover about the world and yourself.


Challenge: tomorrow pick the most off the wall goal you can think of.  Make it something that you’ve never done before.  Try it out three times (I believe in the power of three) and see if you like it.


Do you have any motivating stories about how you CHANGED IT UP and how it worked for you?

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  1. Sheila

    Karyn, this is a really good. Thank you for making me stop and think.
    You are awesome!

  2. Uncle Dave

    I guess I’m a prime example thats it’s never too late to “change it up”
    = )

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