Living a Boring Life? 6 Steps To Live Differently.

 Bored -DarrenHerbold eBook

I REMEMBER THE DAY AS clear as if it was just a moment ago. I was sitting on the floor in a completely unfurnished room. The walls were gray and the paint was peeling, dry and cracked. Have you ever noticed that some rooms you walk into feel like all life and color have been sucked right out of them? This was that room. Bleak, uninspiring, muggy with no air circulation—there was nothing inspiring about this environment. Then it happened— a moment of epiphany. I decided I wanted to live the most boring, unfulfilled life possible. This room would facilitate that for my next fifty years. I didn’t think I would ever have to leave. I found the perfect place to create the most unfulfilling and boring life.

I’ve always wanted to live a boring life. Haven’t you?

Obviously, that story isn’t true. If it were, I’d ask you to put me out of my misery now. I’m not sure what your story is, but if you’re like most people, you have likely imagined a life full of adventure, excitement, making a difference, or something similarly spectacular. I know I have. I’m not sure what happened, but somewhere along the way, the life I was living began to feel like that small, dead, gray room. Not only was I not living the life I’d always wanted, but it felt like I was living a “boring” life.

I want my life to matter. I have never wanted to be average…at least, not the current perception of average. It’s why I chose to use the word “boring.” in this title.  Webster’s dictionary defines boredom as, “the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest” The Freedictionary. com defines it as, “Uninteresting and tiresome; dull.

Have you sometimes felt this way about life? Have you lacked interest in doing whatever it is that you do? Have you found yourself weary, not only at the pace of life, but also what you are accomplishing with your life? Are you restless? Weary? Thinking there must be more? Simply, has life somehow become dull?  Here’s the amazing thing. This applies to all of us. At one time or another, we all seem to get these thoughts. It doesn’t matter what you have. You may have everything or nothing. It doesn’t matter what degree you hold or what your last name is. You know the truth. You feel unfulfilled. You know you were created for more. We’re not talking about fame and fortune, though those may come. We are talking about something different. You know you were created to make a difference- a big difference.

Here’s the problem…over time, many of us have developed a perception issue. We begin to believe life is supposed to be this way: tiresome, uninteresting, restless, dull…boring. We begin to tell ourselves this is just the way of things. We condition ourselves to get used to it, to suck it up, and just live a boring life! All of us have two lives that we can choose to live: the life we are living or the life that is living within us. Which one are you living right now?

All of us have two lives that we can choose to live: the life we are living or the life that is living within us.

LET’S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT: Life isn’t boring. Your life might be boring, but life is NOT boring! Step #1 of my eBook “Go Live Your Life Already” is to start thinking differently. Our thought life is powerful. There are two key components to thinking differently.

  1. Stop looking at everyone else. Just stop. Right now. Stop wishing their life was your life. 
  2. Imagine a new story. Begin with the ending in mind. 

Application Step 1 – STOP LOOKING AT EVERYONE ELSE

This step is harder than it sounds, but it is fairly simple. You just need to stop comparing your life to everyone else’s. Easier said than done? Get an accountability partner, a friend, or a couple of friends that you can confide in and tell them to stop you every time you start talking and comparing yourself to someone else. Stop wanting someone else’s story and start living your own. Living your life will always be better than imitating someone else’s. ***Get help with this step…almost everyone can benefit from accountability***

Application Step 2 – IMAGINE A NEW STORY: DEFINING YOUR DRIVING PRIMARY PURPOSE

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”  —Albert Einstein 

One of the best ways to define your driving primary purpose is to begin with the end in mind. Here’s my question to you: what does the preview of your upcoming life look like? If it’s not what you want it to be, keep reading. Imagining a new story is by far the simplest step, but also the one most forgotten. This is important—you can’t read Step #2 until you’ve completed this step. You need to know your DPP (Driving Primary Purpose). Here’s what I want you to do:

  • Clear your mind and focus. You may need to close your eyes. (Once you read the instructions of course). 
  • Imagine your life as one big movie scene. Here’s the key question: What is the climactic scene in your movie? I’m talking about the ending of the movie that catches everyone’s breath, moves people to tears, or shouts for joy! What is happening at that moment, in that scene of your life? 
  • Write it down! For many people, that scene—that moment—is the Driving Primary Purpose, or the DPP, of their life. 

I’d love to hear what your driving purpose is for this season of your life. I’ll share mine in the next coupe of posts.

Read all of the 6 Steps of Achieving Your Dreams in my free eBook below. 

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