Does it sound strange to say that I needed some motivation in writing this post about a motivational book? It is true but it isn’t for the reason you might think. There is so much information and ideas covered in The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive that it is hard to scale it down to really tell you about it in depth. So instead, I’ll tell you about my very favorite suggestion included in this book by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brendon Burchard in hopes that it will help you as well!
In this inspirational guide, Burchard explains that people live one of three different types of life. Here they are in a nutshell:
The Caged Life where we let other dictate who we are and our life experience is restricted.
The Comfortable Life where we are in a rut and are asking ourselves is this what we really wanted.
The Charged Life where we enjoy our journey and seek to actualize our potential while inspiring others.
I’ll admit that I’m currently in the comfortable life stage. I have accomplished many of the things that I always wanted to do such as get a college degree, have a family, own a home and have a job I enjoy. But I do ask myself often if there are ways to grow as a person, a way to experience more and give more to others. I’ve often asked myself where do I go from here? If you are also asking these questions or are unfortunately stuck in a caged life (and I do hope that isn’t you) then The Charge might be just what you were looking for to break down those barriers and discover a different way to live your life.
One of my very favorite pieces of advice was found in the Drive for Control: the drive for something new. Are you like me and get stuck in your usual routines? Burchard challenges you to plan a getaway every 90 days by yourself or with your spouse. Yes, 90 days. It may seem like a lot but he reminds us that it is really only 4 times a year. He isn’t asking for a major vacation. In fact, it could be just a staycation in your home or a trip to a nearby town. It isn’t how far you actually go, just that you break away from routine to relax and rejuvenate.
For so long I’ve waited for trips to come at me. Family comes into town and suggests we stay at a water park. A local resort asks me to review their accommodations. We travel out of state to attend the wedding of a family member. A brand asks me to visit their headquarters.
Why do I require someone else to suggest that I travel? Why don’t I schedule this on my own? The truth is that I hate spending money on things like this when I have so many other wants such as a new kitchen. It is hard to use money on an experience versus something tangible. And yet, Bruchard reminds me that that is exactly what I need to do in order to stay charged. If I value it, I can make it happen.
It is kind of funny really. How often could we say that to ourselves? If we value it we will find the time? For my husband it is running. Despite having three kids at home, he’ll go out of his way to make it work into our schedule, evening running very early in the morning or very late at night. That is how I need to view adding new experiences into our lives.
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