Stop, Drop, and Live!

We live in a society where we’re continually inundated with an abundance of information and choice; an overwhelming amount of options that can consume our lives.
I’ll be walking down a street completely focused on using my smartphone to check news, texts, tweets, and to locate the restaurant I’m headed to. When I finally take a moment to look up and see where I am, I realize I’ve missed the restaurant entirely. It’s easy to get caught up in multi-tasking, and lose ourselves alternative possibilities – it happens in the fitness world all the time.

At Blitz Conditioning, it’s not uncommon for people to rave about the latest diet, the recent workout, and their new DVD exercise sets they learned about. They’re all excited about their discoveries, but they’re unsure where to start or what to use first. Everyone wants to be ‘in-the-know’ and everyone enjoys having an option – but it doesn’t always make things easy. Even after someone makes a choice, they continue to compare it to the other possibilities, which encourages feelings of dissatisfaction.

Over time, I’ve noticed a trend in people feeling unsatisfied on a daily basis, as the opportunities with more awareness to options increases. To fix the issue and prevent that feeling of unhappiness, I suggest 3 key strategies:

Stop.
Practice a continual and objective self assessment, by asking yourself:

1. How do I feel about my current mental, physical, spiritual, and social self?

2. What barriers are preventing me from the quality of life I want?

3. Do I display a proactive attitude, or do I allow external influences to affect my mental/emotional well-being?

4. Am I making decisions without a vision or goal?

5. Am I overwhelming myself with by overdosing on new information?

Drop:
Identify the issues, then drop them.

1. Practice absorbing key facts and important subjects, but avoid learning every little detail. Become an information grazer – find what interests you, and what you can use in relation to your life goals.

2. Learn to prioritize and identify what it is important. Put your best into everything you do, but if you realize something is not worth while, let go.

3. Practice saying “NO”. Analyze every option and ask yourself if it will positively enhance your life, your goals, and/or your vision. If it won’t, save your sanity and your time by refusing it.

4. Avoid opportunities through gizmos, gadgets, and technology; choose things that allow you to interact with people face to face, and on more personal levels.

5. Drop distractions that take away from the ‘experience’ of life. Nothing in life needs to be over-sized, over the top, or over exaggerated to be enjoyed.

Live:

Learn to love yourself, and the life you are living. Keep your goals and work towards them, but most importantly – live in the moment. Our society is obsessed with filling our schedules, our minds, and our entire lives with unimportant things. If we filter out those things, spend time de-cluttering the amounts of ‘stuff’ – we can live, for real; we can appreciate the things that really matter. With a clear mind and a conscious awareness of priority, our goals become clearer, and excess stress decreases.

Try to STOP, DROP, and LIVE for the next week and see what happens! Drop me a line, and let me know how its works for you!

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About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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