It’s very easy to go through life doing things you’ve always done. When such practices serve you, they are considered empowering rituals. However, when they don’t, you may find that you have begun to operate your life or work from the mode of the “status quo.” It’s when you find that that is becoming the case for you, it can be rather refreshing to do something that challenges your notions of what is possible for your life or in your work.
Earlier this week, I decided to break my usual modus operandi by doing something I would never have even believed was an option for me this time last year. For the first time in my life, I celebrated Christmas in two countries Nigeria and Ghana. Here’s how it worked out: I arrived early morning in Nigeria, the nation of my birth, to spend time with my aunt, uncle and a few friends before hopping on Arik Air to depart for Accra, Ghana where I would spend the next two weeks visiting a dear friend who was home from Harvard for the holidays.
I share this journey with you to express a major life lesson: that no matter what we believe is possible for our lives, we can always break our usual mold. We can always choose to operate differently.
As you begin to close out 2012 and prepare to ring in 2013. Ask yourself:
What mold am I ready to break free from? In what ways can I do something unexpected and begin the process of living my life differently?
You will find that as you break your habitual patterns, you will begin to give yourself permission to do things you’ve never done before. You might even find that deep inside you is a passionately brave person who absolutely enjoys breaking the rules!
Wishing you the best that life has to offer! Before the year is through, go break one rule that no longer serves you.