Change Your Life and Create a Personal Revolution
Do you want to change your life but struggle to make it happen? There's a reason it's so difficult, and the recent unrest in the
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Your body was designed for one thing, and, contrary to popular self-help gurus, it's not success or riches. You were designed to ... survive. In 2011, "designed to survive" can sound awfully anticlimactic and underwhelming (and probably wouldn't sell too many self-help books), but it has served us well over the millennia. Homeostasis is our body's attempt to maintain equilibrium. Because of homeostasis, you have the incredible ability to survive even in the harshest conditions -- extreme temperatures, diets, oppressors, etc., but because it takes very little effort to survive in the 21st century, you're left feeling conflicted. You want something better, but years and even decades can lapse with little progress or action.
So how can you create a personal revolution that will radically transform your life?
1. Stop looking up, and start looking down.
If you're lucky, you'll hit a breaking point when things get so bad that you can't stand the status quo any longer. It might be the decision that no relationship is better than a bad relationship, or the notion that starting your own business is less scary than continuing to work for a critical boss. Hitting bottom can trigger a momentous ascent.
2. Live in the gap.
If you wait for the bottom, it may never come. To create the emotion needed to drive action, focus on the one area of your life that you try to avoid. The one that you know desperately needs to change, but that you pretend doesn't bother you. As painful as it may be, face the reality of the situation and focus on the gap -- the space between where you are and where you really want to be. Feel the pain, frustration and anger. Live in the gap; it will drive you to the bottom, which is where you need to be so you can push off and move up.
3. Go for big change.
What do all revolutions and uprisings have in common? They demand large-scale change. Small change doesn't motivate. So when it comes to your personal revolution, make sure the prize at the end is worth getting off the couch for.
4. Find a friend.
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