It’s easy to get stuck in a rut.
Sure, it’s pretty safe, which is why they happen.
In fact, the “rut” itself is a metaphor for the grooves that build up in a road where carts go over the same path over and over.
If you are a big civilization, these are very, very helpful.
If you tried to take your cart through a bunch of bushes every day, you wouldn’t get very far.
Societies in general are built on the idea of trade and exchange.
Everybody builds, makes or grows whatever they can, meet in a central place to trade.
Around these central areas cities grow.
And two and from these cities are roads, many of which are made solely by many people going back and forth over them again and again.
Building those “ruts” which make pulling your cart easy.
But it also keeps you from going other places.
Off the “beaten path.”
Now, just doing things differently for the sake of doings different is pretty silly.
But if you have an inkling that maybe there’s something BETTER out there, then you HAVE to try something different.
If life were exactly the same, every single day, it would be REALLY boring.
Imagine if you watched the very same episodes of the very same TV shows every day.
Which brings up another point.
Most of us “outsource” our “doing things differently.”
We go to the same job, come home to the same house, eat the same food. Talk about the same things. The only thing different (for a LOT of people) is what’s on TV that night.
Since TV entertainment is meant to dull your senses, it’s not the best brain food.
What IS the best brain food?
Actually DOING things differently.
Go to the same restaurant, but order something different.
Take a different route to work. Cook something completely different for dinner.
Take up a new hobby.
If you make a habit of actually DOING something different a few times a week, you’ll develop incredible flexibility of mind.
You’ll think more outside the box, look at things differently (and much more resourcefully) and feel a lot less “stuck” in many situations.
There are plenty of EASY exercises you can do on a daily basis, without ever leaving your house, that will get the same effect.
When you start to go exploring inside your brain, you’ll discover the VASTNESS that most people take for granted, and therefore NEVER use.
What about you?
Are you willing to put in a few minutes a day to MAXIMIZE your greatest gift?