When was the last time you did something for the first time?
A commitment to this is not doing it all in one big bang over night, it is about small incremental actions that lead you in the direction you choose. It is not that you have to sprint there, walk slowly, enjoy the journey.
Our mind is constantly switched on, with our psychological processes continuously working away. There is a continuous and dialogue between our conscious to our subconscious. The balance between what is more at play is generally dependent on the challenge at hand. When you are younger, you are in a continual process of conscious development and subsequent growth. Everything is new and requires a certain level of attention to practice and master, for example walking, talking, reading and learning to drive. At the point of relative mastery, the information travels into the subconscious and with little thought or attention; the task takes care of itself. For the first 18 years of life, one goes through a process of continual intellectual and physical development, proactively creating personal growth through learning at school and forcing your conscious brain to pay attention. Once you are past this point of capability, the brain stops paying too much attention to it and rather than choosing what to select, it goes through a process of de-selection. It chooses what to ignore. We are not able to focus on everything so we selectively chose what requires our focus and attention and systematically ignore everything else. This is our subconscious taking care of us efficiently and putting us in “autopilot”. However, when you stop seeking new things, you stop living consciously and time begins to go pretty quickly. Start paying attention, challenge yourself slightly each day by doing something new. Identify your strengths and your passions and start creating opportunities to feel something different. Flex your emotional and psychological muscles, start using them and get a richer life. It is like turning the dial to brighten the colour in your present life, in your outlook on the future and your reflection on the past. I challenge you to make a commitment to do one new thing today. Maybe it could be something that you have thought about doing. Maybe its something big, maybe its something small. See how it makes you feel. Pick a skill that you have always wanted to do and do something today that begins that in motion. A commitment to this is not doing it all in one big bang over night, it is about small incremental actions that lead you in the direction you choose. It is not that you have to sprint there, walk slowly, enjoy the journey.