Sometimes life throws you a curve ball or you fall into a bit of a slump. It happens. We’re human and it’s nothing to get down on yourself for. The “BUT” here is when and how you move out of a slump and continue to motivate yourself. I call chilling in the comfort of the slump “coasting”. It’s where there’s nothing catastrophic in your life but there’s also nothing exciting, nothing pushing and challenging you to be a better YOU. I would personally consider this even scarier than having something catastrophic happen (because at least then you’re growing).
For me, life is is about learning how to never coast (relax, yes, coast, no): how to constantly keep yourself on your toes, how to continue learning, and how to never let excitement leave your life. A mundane life, for me, feels like the end of an adventure – an idle body going through the same motions day, after day, after day. For me, that’s not a way to live your life.
Whether it’s a small change or a massive one, I think we should always seek out adventure and experiences. Creativity and aspects of intellect, I believe, are sparked by new experiences (not routine). This look was totally inspired by my philosophy to never coast. It’s about having fun, letting loose, being bold, and constantly moving.
Here are couple tips I personally use to never coast and keep myself motivated, creative, and adaptive:
- Research Areas Of Your Interest: you’ll find things that excite you and hopefully inspire you to do something different/new in the realm of your interests
- Use Pinterest: I find such cool and interesting things to try on Pinterest. No matter what your passion, I feel like there’s something for everyone on Pinterest (and it’s super fun to PIN, not to mention a great way to organize your thoughts – I’m addicted)
- Don’t Do It Alone: sometimes it’s scary trying something new on your own, find a partner, friend, or even befriend an acquaintance to join in on the excitement
- Keep a List: this is obvious and is basically on every motivational list, I know, but it works. Keeping a list reminds you that there are things you want to do and will pull you out of your routine rut when you fall in.
- Stop Doing Things That Bore You: life’s short and I believe that if you hate it and you can change it, do it. People get lazy and even when they want something they don’t reach out and get it. #JustDoIt (Good one, Nike)
- Find/Make Excitement In The Mundane: you can’t always love every hour of every day of your job (if you’re lucky, you love most of it, but a lot of people do it purely for the money #tragedy), but you can create changes and excitement in your job. Whether it’s a small change like getting coffee after lunch or developing a new project. Your changes might even lead to ambition and success!
- Travel Often: I have a couple friends who hate traveling. I don’t understand it but I respect their decision. Deep down, I wonder whether it’s because they’re stuck in the rut of coasting. Seeing the world opens your eyes, reminds you to have perspective, and inspires a fresh breath.