As I sit here on the beach under the hot sun and the cool breeze, the madness has slowed down at least for the moment. So it’s easy to wax poetic about the meaning of life.
While I’m not sure he’s unlocked the secret to happiness, Seth Godin is onto something when he says the following: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
For the record, I love vacations and I don’t intend to give them up. But Seth touches upon something more fundamental: the quality and enjoyment of our day-to-day life experience.
Living a life you don’t need to escape from sounds wonderful. But is it realistic? The optimist in me says yes; the pessimist in me says I’ve had one too many mojitos (which taste delicious, by the way).
One thing is for sure: it won’t happen on accident.
First, determine what makes you feel like you’re on vacation. Then aim to create that environment for yourself on a daily basis.
For example, here are five habits to move you in the right direction:
- Spend time with people you’re proud to introduce to family and friends.
- Explore ideas that make your mind hungry to learn more.
- Eliminate distractions that cloud and distort what you care about.
- Accept challenges that make your heart race and palms sweat.
- Break your daily routine to awaken your senses.
Next, focus on what you need to stop doing. Identify what makes you feel like escaping to a tropical island. Then remove yourself from these circumstances. You’ll probably find the opposite of the suggestions above will be on your list.
For example, rearrange the furniture in your office to literally change your perspective. Or if you’ve been waiting for somebody to ask you out on a date, surprise yourself by asking them out first.
Send me an update on your progress. Your heart may pump a little harder. Your eyes may see the same terrain in news ways. And you’ll be on your way to creating a life that requires no escape.
Question - What will you do today to feel like you’re on vacation?
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