A little girl, no more than five years old, slowly stepped
onto a merry-go-round at her local fair held each June. It
was easy to see that she wasn't quite sure about the ride,
but with her mother at her side she decided to give it a
It didn't take long for her to realize that she did not
enjoy the ride. Not only did it scare her, but it also kept
her from the other games she wanted to play. She would get
more and more upset each time they passed by the isles of
games and toys.
Needless to say, she wanted off the ride. The operator was
quick to notice the situation and tried to stop the ride,
but the controls weren't working properly; the ride had to
finish its cycle.
Around and around they went, stuck in a loop that kept them
from where they wanted to go. The little girl sobbed in her
mother's arms until it came to a slow stop. The cycle was
over and off they went to bigger and better things.
What does this girl's experience have to do with
In essence, millions of people from all walks of life and
every country in the world are trapped on a never-ending
merry-go-round. Unable to stop the ride, or perhaps even
unaware that they are on the ride at all, the motivation to
change and improve life can't be found.
Chances are extremely high that you are also trapped on the
merry-go-round - and you may not even know it.
Real Life Routines
Samantha Henderson first became trapped a year after she
graduated from college. She had so many hopes and dreams
about her future, an endless list of goals that she was
going to achieve. Samantha was ready to take the world by
storm, but her dreams were cut short.
It started slowly at first, barely noticeable. She got into
a groove so to speak. Sam found a small apartment and a
full-time job - it wasn't her dream job to any degree, but
it paid the bills. More importantly, it was only temporary.
The temporary job soon became a permanent position.
After that 'temporary' job she got into another routine.
Sam would watch television for a few hours, eat a late
dinner, and go to bed. This was also a 'short-term' thing.
It would all change as soon as she took care of a few
The short-term routine soon became a long-term pattern.
In each and every area of her life, the temporary fixes
became permanent fixtures. The hopes she once had for an
exciting, fulfilling life were replaced with the routine of
daily life: get up, go to work, come home, repeat.
Just as the merry-go-round kept the little girl from the
things she wanted, Samantha's personal pattern did just the
same. Around and around she went, unable to break free and
go after the things that truly mattered.
I know what you're probably thinking; it's what everyone
'That's not going to happen to me. I'm different. I just
have to take care of some things first. I'll do the things
I've always wanted to do eventually.'
Routine is not only dangerous and prevalent, it's also
amazingly powerful; the best of intentions are oftentimes
not good enough to break free of its grip.
Routine is like a snowstorm. It starts off harmless enough,
but in no time at all you have a blanket of white bringing
the city to a standstill. Each day you let routine run the
show is another obstacle standing between you and the
things you want in life.
You have to put a stop to the negative or damaging routines
in your life that eat away at your time, energy, and life.
I know of many people who have let routine run their entire
life, and I'm sure you know a few as well.
You may think you are different, but if you don't do
something about routine now, it may end up running the
remainder of your days.
Making a conscious choice to stop running on autopilot is
the first step, but many more need to be taken in order to
discover what you want and achieve it. To help you on your
way, we have compiled over one-thousand ideas, quick tips,
and techniques to help you get and stay motivated to change
your life each and every day.
Take control of your life - don't let routine do it for
you. All of the high hopes and small improvements you think
about are possible, but you have to make them happen. Let
today be the day you put an end to routine and a beginning
Jason Michael Gracia
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