Do What Excites You The Most To Get What You Want
If you're anything like me, you probably wake up each morning looking for ways to greet the day that can somehow involve going back to sleep.
But, I've recently found a better way to cope.
About 12 months ago, I started making decisions based on what excited me the most. I'm not talking, like, millennial, follow-your-bliss-and-eat-glitter-for-breakfast BS.
I'm saying, based on the choices available to me at the time, I started to make my decisions based on what felt more exciting to me, rather than what made the most sense.
I had just left my sad job as a part-time babysitter (in her late 20s) to somehow become a paid writer.
I was ready to do whatever it took to get what I wanted.
I had no plan, no experience, no education in journalism. I didn't even have a blog.
All I had to show for myself was 10 minutes of jokes I'd written as a standup comic and about a year of tweets for an online audience of maybe 40 people.
Humble beginnings, to say the least.
But, I was not going to be a 30-year-old babysitter. I couldn't stand the idea, and something had to change.
Drastic measures needed to be taken.
But when I started living this way, some weirdly synchronistic stuff started happening.
Every exciting decision I made led to increasingly exciting choices, like a tumbleweed just picking up cool shit in the previously empty desert that was my life.
One year later, and I'm working as a full-time writer in an office filled with cool people in the city I love the most, writing about what I know best: metaphysical nonsense.
It's like when you're falling in love, and suddenly every hot guy you wanted to bang starts hitting you up to hang out. I fell in love with what I was doing, and all of a sudden, life started blowing up my phone with "U up?" texts.
I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure this happens because you're emitting sexy excitement fumes out into the universe like a cat in heat. It just seems like pretty rock-solid scientific logic.
This may sound like a theory you'd hear from some jerk-off at a meditation retreat, but it's not.
This is actually just living your best life by looking at the choices you have, and choosing the one that's more fun.
It's a simple idea, and when it comes to advice, I trust the ideas that are simple.
So, starting today, look at what you have on your to-do list.
From the options available to you at this moment, what's the most exciting thing you could do right now?
If everything on your to-do list bores you, use your God-given imagination and make it more fun.
Listen to a podcast, bring your dog along or make a phone call. Multitask.
Do your work in a different setting, a different room, even.
When you're setting off to go somewhere, look at the options available to you.
You could drive, walk or ride your bike. You have a million roads you could take to get somewhere, so why would you take the same boring one?
And before you start arguing with this theory in your brain, coming up with a million little reasons why you simply can't do the exciting thing, just stop it.
You can. You're perfectly capable of knowing what excites you, and to say that you don't is a cop-out.
Excitement is its own propeller, and acting from your excitement will inform you about what you want most.
Like choosing to take the train to work and coincidentally meeting the love of your life (who may or may not divorce you and take all your money), it's the smallest decisions we make that lead us to the biggest ones.