You know it’s not often I get bored, in fact I don’t think that word exists in my vocabulary! .. but one thing I did experience today was my vitality and energy stores fill up. I rode my time trial bike along the Great Ocean Road for around three or so hours. I’d not been down that way since late February, and although I absolutely love to exercise and train in Melbourne I felt in my bones that I had to experience ‘something different’, inspire some really cool creativity by going down that way. And I did. The ride also inspired me to write this blog – Three ways to eliminate boredom in life.
One – Try something different
“Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day” – Roger Von Oech
It’s been said that the scenery never changes at the back of the pack. Ah those words are so true. Breaking your routine by stepping outside of your comfort zone, taking a different route to work or school, changing your scenery does wonders for eliminating boredom. I know for me, way back in 2002, I’d experienced a period of ‘perceived boredom’ so I did what I had to do – step outside of my comfort zone by skydiving high above the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, that one act of eliminating perceived boredom also doubled by eliminating my fear of heights.
Two – Intention
“Our intention creates our reality.” – Wayne Dyer
Setting your intention for the day is a really cool way to evaporate boredom in your day and life. Your intention is your purpose, and your aim. It is a plan to achieve whatever it is you intend for what you want. Your intention is your direction which determines your destination. Without it, you may wander and waver, and surround yourself with perceived boredom.
Set your intention at the beginning of the day. Get clear on what it is you want. Write out your intention each morning and take action on your intention. I’ve used the following intentions many times with incredible results:
- “It is my intention to feel good.”
- “It is my intention to focus my energy on serving others.’
- “My intention is to experience breakthrough training sessions today.’
You can write your own:
- “I intend to ____________.” Fill in the blank
- “It is my intention to _______________.”
Three – Create
“The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” – Dan Stevens
This one is real simple. Get creative. That’s it. Really. Setting your intention to create something new is incredibly powerful. Pull it out of your mind. What do you love to do? Is it music? Business? Food? Art? Blogging? Coaching? Writing? Posting? Tweeting? Dancing? Photography? Creating products? Hairdressing? Building? Exercising? Teaching? Whatever it is for you. You know what moves you.
I know for me, every time I hold my Gibson SG guitar in my arms I allow that creative force to flow through me creating incredible music. That absolutely eliminates any and all boredom. What is it that works for you?
Three questions to ask yourself are:
- “Where am I creative?’
- “Where is my originality?”
- “What can I do right now?”
Should you like assistance with eliminating boredom, self doubt and procrastination in your life, then please drop me an email for one on one performance coaching consultations. I absolutely love doing this stuff.
Until next time, may you spread your incredible sunshine across our awesome and extraordinarily phenomenal planet, bye for now.