Have you ever felt as if the gears in your life are slowing down, grinding, or perhaps even coming to a halt altogether? I know I have. After years of sweat and toil as an attorney in the ultra-competitive world, living on endless amounts of coffee, and moving in a hazed blur from one deadline to another, I not only found myself frazzled, but also questioning, “Is this all there is?”
Suddenly my career no longer seemed meaningful or appealing to me. I had lost not only my passion for it, but also my zeal for life in general. I felt as if I was stuck in a rut and wondered what I could do to get out of it.
At this time in my life I often pondered the following question – “How can I grease the wheels of life so that I move forward in a fun and effortless way?”
As with the perfect order of the Universe that states, ‘when the student is ready, the teacher shall appear’, I received my answer – from an advert on the side of a bus which read: Stuck in a rut? Learn something new!
Not the answer I was expecting in terms of greasing the wheels of life, however I took that sage wisdom to heart and immediately put it to work in my own life, and you know what? Things began to turn around for me in as little as three weeks, and it can do the same for you as well.
Learning to grease the wheels of life means that you commit yourself to be a life long learner. The bottom line is that continued growth and self-improvement creates opportunities and numerous advantages for success, abundance, and prosperity. In short, continued growth and improvement will grease the wheels of life by supercharging your self-esteem, self-image, and self-confidence. Ultimately, continued growth and improvement can also increase your capacity to earn a higher income as well.
Would you like to grease the wheels of your life for a smoother, more efficient, and more enjoyable outcome in those areas most important to you?
Here are a four simple ways to get you started:
1. Create a yearly learning plan. As with any fine piece of machinery, you can’t fuel, clean, and lubricate it once and expect it to run smoothly for the duration of its intended use. The same concept applies when greasing the wheels of life. You must plan for periodic maintenance in order for all of the part of the whole to run smoothly. In the vehicle of life this means scheduling periodic maintenance in the form of learning.
“A learning plan is important,” said motivational great Jim Rohn, “because if you don’t design your own life plan, chances are that you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they will have planned for you? Not much.”
To create a learning plan it is important that you balance it with all areas of your life and not just those areas that appeal to you most. Make sure you include the following areas in you plan a minimum of twice a year – relationships, health, spirituality, family, career, financial, and fun. In my own experience, many times when I am scheduling my periodic learning schedule, I find that two or more of these areas are covered together in a seminar or workshop I attend, or in a book I read.
2. Read. Read books, magazines, trade journals, and blogs that you are interested in. There are millions of print and electronic resources available in any subject you desire. For free print resources visit your local public library.
Also for some great pointers on good reading materials, ask your friends or colleagues for some tips on books or blogs that they have either read or are currently reading that they find not only informative, but also enjoyable and inspiring.
3. Listen. Like books, there are audio resources available on any subject imaginable. I find audio media particularly appealing not only because of its diversity, but also because of its convenience.
I love to listen to audio cd’s, mp3’s, and audio courses in my car during my daily commute, and on my iPod as I walk or workout at the gym.
I am also a podcast junkie. There are numerous podcast stations available – and the great thing is that you can download the episodes to mp3 for free!
4. Learn in person. Attend classes, workshops, seminars, teleseminars, and even attend classes online. If you want to get a jump start on greasing the wheels of your life in order to quickly get yourself out of your personal rut, I highly recommend personally attending a class or seminar.
Here’s why. When you attend an event humming with people you find yourself not only drinking in the positive energy in the room, but also be re-inspired and recharged with genuine excitement about the subject you have come to learn. This positive energy then translates into your thoughts and attitudes, and then ultimately into your daily actions.
When you take the time to grease the wheels of life you will find yourself full of excitement, passion, and enthusiasm for every area of your life, which means that you can say good bye to that “stuck” feeling in your life forever. Plan, read, listen, and learn! Cheers to you and your life of constant and continuous growth.
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