There are two phrases you should never use if you’re going to live an impossible life.
I’ve started a mini-moratorium on using these words in my personal vocabulary and I hope you will do the same.
This might be the saddest statement I’ve ever said (or heard). “Bored”
Feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity.
You should never feel “bored.” If you’re “bored” all that means is there’s space to push your limits a bit more and tell a better story.
People become “bored” when their actions don’t seem to make sense or they don’t have a cohesive explanation for the things they’re doing in their life.
Don’t be one of them.
Bored people tend to lose themselves in artificial stories like video games, reality tv, movies, playing pointless games. Those things aren’t bad on their own, but when the ancillary stories in your life take away from you building your own story, it’s a problem.
I started this blog because I realized that I wanted to live a life worth writing about. Living in my parents basement and failing to get a job at Starbucks was not cutting it.
We live in a 7 billion person, 193 level video game in stunning HD with countless adventures, challenges and quests to go on where you get a stunning amount of control over your character. If you’re bored, you need to find a new adventure, quest or challenge to go on and push yourself to live a better story.
For more on living remarkably in this “game” check out the following links.
If you have a problem with this, you should hire someone to slap you in the face.
Every time you say, “I can’t…”
See how long it takes for you to start trying stuff in order to avoid the slap.
How much different would things turn out for you if instead of every time you’re about to say “I can’t”, you said “I can’t…yet” instead?
Most people forget that they can still learn things after 22 years old. Guess what – it might be harder, but you can.
When we’re young, we’re pretty good at struggling through things like learning how to walk, read and not poop our pants without giving up immediately.
Somewhere around 18–22 or so (right about the time we finish schooling), we expect that we’re just supposed to be good at everything from here on out.
Instead of expecting to fail a few times as part of the learning process, we give up the first time we’re not perfect at something.
If you’re having issues with the whole process of learning something new, try these guidelines:
- You’re not allowed to say “you can’t” until you’ve tried.
- Back yourself up.
- Work on it.
- Get a team of friends or coaches to back you up.
- Keep going.
Most people don’t quit – they just give up too soon.
If you’re bored – you have a world of 193 countries, 7 continents, over 7 billion people and every adventure you could imagine waiting for you.
If you think you can’t, you need to shut up and give it a try. Don’t disqualify yourself from something before you even give yourself a chance to try it.
I’m eliminating those two phrases from my vocabulary. I hope you do too.
photo credit: martins.nunomiguel