I’d like to share with you a personal story that led to me wearing my shoes around the house.
This pandemic has hit our world pretty hard, but even more destructive is the pain it has inflected upon some of us in the financial and employment area. I am no different. I was let go from my job a couple weeks back.
With the freeing up in time and the addition of the importance of social isolation, I locked my doors, stocked up my toilet paper (still got 3 rolls left), and began the process of surviving.
Survival mode isn’t the best place to stay if you want to have steady growth. I told myself little lies here and there that prevented my positive habits from maintaining and started to water the negative traits that come out to play in the worst of times: procrastination, lying in bed for hours, going to bed at 5AM, and playing hours upon hour of Skyrim.
Now, before I we go down the route that video games are evil, I want to stop you there. The beautiful side of all of this within my story is the fact that I was still happy. I still woke up happy. Yes please to slaying dragons and sitting in my comfy cozies on my couch.
It’s like my friend Rachelle said:
“Things don’t have to be perfect to still be happy.”– Rachelle Henry, @therachellehenry
My apartment started to get a bit messier and as it got messier, my enthusiasm for taking action in the day also started to get, well, messier. I stopped going on my morning walks, and that was when I realized that I needed to switch some things up.
Yes, I was happy, but the actions I was taking today wouldn’t lead to anything great in my future. I realized that I still wanted to improve my life, regardless of what’s going on in the world as well as what’s going on in my own life.
Right now is the best time to build real relationships with people, and that also includes building a real relationship with yourself.
The next day, I woke up, and I started going for a walk the first thing in the morning, leaving my phone behind so I could hear my own thoughts as well as experience the world around me. (Of course, all from a distance of 6 feet.)
I felt alive, reborn, and ready to conquer the day. So many projects and things I wanted to do came to mind. They were rushing around in my head, dancing eagerly to be sent out into the world. I was excited!
I couldn’t help myself, and I hurried home to work on all the things that I had been putting off over the last few days. I felt purpose and drive. I felt ready to get shit done. And, when I got home, I got into a deep state of flow.
Five hours later, I got to a stopping point. I needed to make food, my stomach was growling at me like a hangry beast.
It was right then, when I went down to untie my shoes, that I realized what had made all the difference.
I was wearing my workout shoes.
Maybe wearing my shoes switched my mental game. Maybe leaving my shoes on changed the way I wanted to show up for my day.
I wanted to test this theory, so, the next day after my walk I did the whole day in my socks again.
Yup, you guessed it, 12 hours straight of Skyrim with intermissions of YouTube.
Then, the day after that, I went for a walk and kept my shoes on when I got home.
Boom! 12 hours of straight grinding and making things that would improve my life in the future.
I had found a new trick to keep active during times of doubt and uncertainty.
Now it’s your turn. Give the shoe trick a shot!
Maybe this will work for you.
Just because times are hard and we don’t know what is going to happen over the next few months, doesn’t mean we have to be a slave to our lesser self. We can choose to show up with action and purpose into this world regardless of the circumstances.
Not only does this make your life better, but it give permission to those around you to shine brighter too. Make no mistake, over the next coming years we will need leaders and strong people to clean up this whole mess. Now is the time to rise up and show the world that you care.
Now is the time to give everything you got and not hold back because, well, because the world needs you.
Much love, keep wearing your shoes,
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