The universe has repeatedly been throwing me pointers lately, around the theme of taking action.
If you’re in a dark place, no matter how low you feel, I would urge you to grit your teeth, accept the discomfort, and take a step in ANY direction out of the shadows in an effort to escape that dark place.
Whether that’s calling someone to tell them you’re struggling, whether it’s going for a run, whether it’s visiting a doctor to get medical advice, take that step.
It started with a quote from Mark Manson’s book “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck” which I posted to Instagram a couple weeks back:
“If you lack motivation to make an important change in your life, DO SOMETHING - anything, really - and then harness the reaction to that action as a way to begin motivating yourself.”
This reminded me of a well-known quote from the Bhagavad Gita:
“You have the right to work, but for the work's sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working.”
In its simplest form, this means - don't take action expecting a result; take action to take action, and surrender yourself to whatever results.
Again, the point is: take action; take a step out of the shadows.
And in a podcast I was listening to earlier this week, Navy Seal Mike Day was being interviewed by Ryan Munson on the Better Human Project when the following lines landed hard for me:
“Society wants a pill right now, the easy button and quite honestly if you don’t have personal responsibility or the will to try to fix your situation then you’re not in enough pain yet, cos that’s usually what makes people change.”
This echoed my own thoughts in an Instagram post 3 weeks ago.
Some folks reading this might respond with “I’m so low I can’t even get out of bed, let alone take a step.”
I’ve been there.
And I was so low that I knew I had to do something to get out of that place.
I did it, and I’m better now.
I would urge you to do the same.
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