I was at a retreat the year I became president of the Business Students Society at the University of Regina. It was in a remote campground/hotel in the mountains just passed Rocky Mountain house.
We all have a choice, in life, in everything we do. This post is about your choice of career path. You either have the boring, mundane, heat the same lunch up in the microwave for 30 years at the same job or you have a terrible 15 minutes.
Let me explain.
Boring jobs? You say “not me!” Right? Wrong. Do you love your job? Do you wake up twenty minutes early some mornings to try to get to your cubicle a bit early because you are so excited to work? No you don’t and you’re not alone, over 50% of our society hates their job, that means for eight hours every day over half the people you know are not happy. So why do they do it? Why do we settle?
Why is the societal norm to find something that is so mind numbingly boring that no one else will do the job so that the Government of Canada has to pay YOU a premium? Granted, it could be the jobs themselves that need and overhaul but I think there is more to it. Simply put, people don’t like awkward situations. They don’t like stepping out of their comfort zone. Boring is safe, safe is easy and easy just happens to be what the majority settles for.
So what’s alternative? Well it’s the super stressful 15. That’s all, just fifteen minutes a day. If you set aside fifteen minutes a day to do the worst possible thing on your list for that day I guarantee you will be more productive for the rest of your day and week for that matter. We being humans hate being out of our comfort zones but for the ballsy, the ones that want a bigger purpose in life, they have figured it out, they can step out more frequently than the rest of society.
Just think back to all the things you passed up because you were too scared, too shy, the bar was raised a little too high. A different decision at any of these points in life would have made for a much different outcome now wouldn’t it?
Well its not to late, take the leap into the terrible 15 minutes and start enjoying the rest of your day. The more you are out of your comfort zone the more you will learn, explore, realize different things about life and the beauty of it is every time you do it the easier it gets. As soon as you figure this out, the closer you will be to achieving those goals you set way back when you decided to take that job because you thought it would be easy. Refuse to accept easy from now on and do something that scares you.