– I feel like all of us at some point in our life
have gotten into a bit of a rut,
a period of our life where motivation is hard to come by.
We’re not feeling as energetic and motivated
as we usually are about life in general.
And the goals that we’ve set for ourselves
either have faded away from the forefront of our mind
or we’ve been so discouraged by them
that they seem completely unattainable.
I think periods like this in our life
are pretty much unavoidable.
I don’t think it’s possible to feel 100% energetic
and enthusiastic about life all the time.
You’re always gonna come down
from whatever high energy state that you’ve been in.
It’s just a fact of human life.
But I feel like a lot of people
are prone to staying in these lows longer than is necessary,
and a lot of people find it really hard
to climb out of these lower periods.
And I feel like I definitely fall into this category.
If I’m not careful,
it’s really easy for me to slip into reclusiveness.
I’ll just do my own thing on my computer
and days and weeks and months will pass by
and I will slowly become less and less inspired about life.
And you might totally relate to this.
Maybe it’s really difficult for you to muster up the energy
to get out of these pseudo depressive, low periods of life.
Maybe you’re in one of those periods of life right now
and you’re not sure how to get out of it
and you want to get out of it.
I mean, I feel like pretty much everybody who feels bad
wants to not feel bad anymore.
And I think the natural thing that a lot of people do
when they feel like crap is they tend to wait around
for some kind of aha moment,
some sort of quote or something that really just shifts our perspective
and launches us out of our depression
and into a life that we’ve always dreamed of.
But even though this is sort of the most common way
of dealing with these lows,
I feel like it’s also the most inefficient way
of dealing with it by far.
And I would even go so far as saying
that it’s the biggest mistake that people make
when trying to improve themselves
or try to get out of a bad situation and into a new one.
And it all stems from this idea
that if we want to change our behavior and change our life
then we must first change our thoughts.
And while I think that’s true to an extent,
I also think it’s super inefficient to do that.
How often do you come across a really, really good idea
that changes your mindset
and launches you into a new way of living.
Those types of nuggets of wisdom are extremely rare.
You might only get a handful of those
in your entire lifetime.
Like seriously, ask yourself the last time you read a quote
on Instagram that launched you out of depression,
or launch you…
that completely changed the way you run your business,
or made you go after the girl, or…you know,
I feel like after a certain amount of time
you read so many quotes,
or you read so many self-improvement books,
or you watch so many self-improvement videos like this one,
and it all just becomes the same bleh,
it doesn’t really matter.
Words are just words, they can only do so much.
That being said though, I read a quote the other day, that really…
尽管如此 前几天我读到一条格言 它真的……
that changed my perspective.
And now you can disregard everything I said at the first part of this video.
But this quote was interesting
because it’s kind of an anti-quote quote.
The quote said,
“We don’t think ourselves into new ways of living,
we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”
And that’s a quote by Richard Rohr.
And I don’t know anything about Richard Rohr.
I did a quick Google search of him
and I think he’s some Christian writer of sorts.
I think this quote really spoke to me
because it’s different than most quotes.
This quote reminded me of the fact
that every time that my life has changed radically,
it’s always because I’ve forced myself
to live a different way first.
And by living that way, I changed the way I thought.
The action proceeds the thoughts.
A really good example of this
is when I was going absolutely stir crazy a couple months ago.
I just wasn’t getting outside very often
even though I was totally allowed to.
I was just used to being in front of my computer all the time.
Days and weeks were going by like this
where I was just literally addicted to the Internet
that I pretty much snapped.
I just said to myself,
“I need to go jump in a lake or something.”
So that’s what I did.
I grabbed a towel.
I drove to my nearest body of water and I jumped in a lake.
And even though it was the beginning of April
and the water was freezing cold,
just that jolt of doing something I hadn’t done before,
breaking out of the pattern, doing something different,
打破常规 尝试新事物 使我大受震撼
I was suddenly more optimistic
and full of energy and vitality.
Maybe it’s just the effect of the cold water
and that created some kind of endorphin rush
or something like that.
But the important takeaway is that
by doing something that I hadn’t done before,
I started thinking things I hadn’t thought before.
And I can’t drill this point home hard enough,
stop waiting around for some quotes or some video.
Ironically, this might be the video
that springs you into action,
so I don’t know how that works out philosophically.
Maybe this whole video is bullshit.
But either way, action is a far more reliable source
of inspiration than inspiration itself.
We don’t think ourselves into new ways of living,
we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.
So I was watching “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray the other day,
and that might seem kind of random.
It’s a great movie,
you should check it out if you haven’t seen it already.
But I’m about to spoil the whole thing.
So if you haven’t watched that movie,
watch that movie and don’t watch this part.
“Groundhog Day” is the perfect example of this whole concept
that I’ve been talking about in this video.
Since the only people watching this part of the video right now
have already seen “Groundhog Day”,
then you’ll know that “Groundhog Day”
is about a guy who’s trapped
living the same day over and over and over again.
And no matter what, he can’t stop living the same day.
He tries to kill himself three times or even more than that
because he’s going crazy.
He keeps on living the same day in the same place.
No matter what he does, he can’t escape this same day.
But the guy’s a jerk.
The guy is super-selfish, he’s pessimistic,
he’s a glass-half-empty kind of guy.
He only lives for himself
and he’s bitter and resentful towards everyone around him.
He thinks people who are happy and enjoying life
and are full of love and excitement
are ignorant and stupid and naive.
是无知 愚蠢 幼稚的
And on the surface,
this movie might seem like it’s just a sci-fi movie.
It’s about a guy who can’t escape the same day.
But if you look below the surface,
“Groundhog Day” is a metaphor for
the monotony and dread that he invited
into his own life through his pessimistic way of thinking.
And he was only able to escape “Groundhog Day”
by stepping outside of himself,
by living differently and by helping others.
His world opened up and so did his heart.
His whole outlook on life changed
because he started living differently.
And it was only then
that he was able to escape “Groundhog Day”.
So if you feel like you’re stuck in “Groundhog Day”,
start living differently,
you don’t need some sort of emotional epiphany
to start changing things up,
start doing things that you’re not used to doing.
And by living differently,
you’ll start to think differently.
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所以确保你点击链接 学点新事物 探索创造力
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Have an excellent rest of your week.
– I feel like all of us at some point in our life