We've heard it all before, "carpe diem" or "Seize the day". Who actually lives by this philosophy though? People who have succeeded and continue to do so that's who. One of the reasons why it sounds so cheesy is due to the increasing lack of action and accountability to actually live for something and not merely exist. Here's some everyday realistic examples of how you can live with a little more freedom.
used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future.
Pay Attention To What You're Paying Attention To
Sounds like an insanely simple statement. We gotta catch ourselves because we often overlook the obvious. But there's more to it, whenever you pay "attention" to anything it's necessary that you don't come up short.
Example: Once the wife and I argued the first 5 minutes into an hour and a half route to a waterpark. The way I look at it, we had two options:
- Spend the trip dwelling on justifying a misunderstanding
- Move past this lesson and embrace the ability to enjoy some quality family time
Your time and attention is one of the most valuable commodities you possess you don't wanna waste it on obstacles that provide little to no value.
Don't handicap yourself by staying stuck on the bs.
Say Goodbye To Your Comfort Zone
As mentioned before we were on our way to a water park, once we arrived at the lazy river it was time to get in, but as you may know that first initial step is a motherfucker. Not knowing how cold the water was I stepped in knee deep, it sent a shock through my nervous system, telling my brain to resist and "ease" my body into the cold river.
I pushed passed my comfort zone and literally submerged myself in it from head to toe. It sucked initially but a few seconds later my body adapted to the temperature. Which brings me to my point.
Don't fear challenges, embrace them because behind every challenge is a progressive opportunity to succeed.
Resonation Equals Retention
Whether you're at a meeting or in a classroom, when someone speaks what's one of the first things you're likely to do? Are you quick to jot things down? If so, you omit the ability of any natural connection to the speaker and their words. Instead, be brave and actually listen. You're more likely to remember the things that stand out and resonate to you.
We all have that one friend or family member who MUST take pictures of EVERYTHING. Maybe you're that person. Nothing annoys me more than someone telling me I can't eat my food until they take a picture of it.
So many of us get lost in the attempt to capture current moments that we ironically miss the BIG picture and lack the use of all the 5 senses. There's no app required to live life.
Why create something you can't connect to?