Routines are nice because they bring order, structure, and even comfort to our lives. They help us achieve our goals like exercise or mastery of a particular topic by providing the daily discipline to move ahead in these areas. Routines also come in the form of who we hang out with, the places we go, and what we do with our free time. Much like habits, routines occur without a lot of thought on our part. They happen almost automatically. That’s a good thing when our routines move us in a positive direction.
Have you ever considered though, that perhaps your routines are holding you back? Is there a goal you want to achieve that you just can’t get traction on? Maybe you’re considering a life change, but can’t see exactly how you’ll make it happen. Perhaps what is required is a change to one or more of your routines.
Several years ago I heard the comment that if you want to do something big or different with your life, your future is going to have to look completely different from your past. This is absolutely true. What we’ve done with our lives so far has brought us to where we are today. However, if we aspire to do something different with our lives, it will undoubtedly require changing our routines, either by adding new ones or removing old routines that no longer add the value required to move ahead.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we need to jettison all our current routines and start anew. Some routines are good and should be kept because they bring satisfaction and joy to our lives. However, in our pursuit to cause something to happen, we should evaluate those routines that no longer align with the direction we’ve charted and either adjust them so they can help take us where we want to go, or discontinue them.
What direction have you charted for your life? What goals and aspirations are you currently pursuing? Do you currently have any routines in your life that are a barrier, or make it difficult to move ahead with your goals? If so, seriously examine your current routines and determine how they can be altered to better serve you, whether you should stop doing them, or if there are new routines you need to employ.
Changing our routines may seem like a tough thing to do, but it is crucial if we desire different outcomes than we are currently experiencing. Be bold and spend some time this week honestly evaluating your current routines and any potential changes to them that may be required. The achievement of your goals and the life you desire depends on it.