Its so simple.
Too often, we set boundaries on ourselves whether it comes to personal growth, professional growth, or even just overall development of our character and identity.
Its safe. Theres less room for error. Others won’t doubt us. We won’t face criticism.
Theres a saying – “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” (Tony Robbins).
Where am I going with this?
Try being a different character today. Even for 20 minutes, just to see how it feels.
Heres an experiment: Take a walk around the grocery store, mall, library, block, office building or wherever is local to you that you know you’ll walk by a variety of people. Make a few laps. But each time you make a lap, try walking differently and changing your body language.
How would someone with supreme confidence walk? Tall chest, shoulders back, casual pace. Not too fast, not too slow. Make eye contact and hold it. Resist the urge to break away. Smile.
What about someone with very low confidence (this may even be your regular walk)? Slouched shoulders, hands in your pockets, eyes on the ground.
Trying to attract the opposite sex? Strut your stuff. Move your hips a bit. Obviously don’t overdo it, but just enough that the opposite (or same) sex can appreciate the way you move.
See how others react to you. The air about you will be different. Do they notice you? Are they intrigued? Does anyone approach you? You’ll be surprised by what reactions you’ll entice from others by doing this simple activity. Play, experiment, put on different masks for different situations.
|Don’t walk this way.|
Think of your favorite actor, or someone who exudes a quality that you want to have. Notice and appreciate the subtle intricacies of their mannerisms. Try them on–they’re yours and they’re free!
Let this carry over to other activities. What would so and so do in this situation? Consider other beliefs and try those out. The more we can understand and appreciate other points of view or belief systems (even though we don’t always have to agree with them), the more resourceful we can be.
Take some time to daydream about things you’d like to change or the person you’d like to become. How would they act? What do they think?
Start with a walk. You won’t fail. No one knows what they’re doing in this life. Its all one big experiment. Time to play.
Its so simple.