The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves. – Socrates
We are all creatures of habit. It allows us to function effectively without expending lots of energy. We can go through large portions of our day on autopilot. This frees up our mind to focus on more complex tasks.
The downside of having the ability to do things on autopilot is that it can also keep us doing things that actually hurt us. It can keep us in a romantic relationship that is comfortable, but not going anywhere. It can prevent us from losing weight or even put us on the road to continuous, gradual weight gain. In other words, doing things on autopilot can put us into a rut.
What are some ruts that you might find yourself in?
- A romantic relationship that is not going anywhere.
- Chemical dependence.
- Waking up late.
- Sleeping too much or too little.
- Spending too much time playing games or other time-killing activities.
Once you are in a rut, it is easy to continue in the rut, but it takes an enormous amount of energy to get out of the rut. There are some people who waste their entire lives in a rut. They never achieve escape velocity.
And there is more bad news. If you are not constantly vigilant, it is easy to fall back into the same old habits.
So how do you get out of a rut? Here are some things that have helped me break out of ruts in the past. [Read more…] about Getting Out Of A Rut