Can you turn your mundane into magic?
You lead a busy and full life. Job, family, friends, hobbies and all that other stuff in between. Sometimes it can feel like you are operating on autopilot and that every day is some version of the day before that.
Hopefully your life is one that you have created intentionally, one where you feel in alignment with your purpose or at least one where you feel as though some aspects are working in the way you want them to. If not, download my action plan here to get on track.
That word ‘mundane’ used to trigger me. My internal narrative is that my life is special, unique, and different from those around me. While I believe some aspects of that to be true, I am also a regular human being just like everybody else. What I have learned to realize is that there is something beautiful about the mundane. We have routines so that we can know what to expect, can reserve our brain power and can seek comfort in the things that regularly occur in our lives.
So instead of thinking that you need to give your whole life an overhaul in order to switch things up, can you find the magic in the things that you are already doing?
Magic > Mundane
Pay someone who you are regularly in contact with a compliment. This could be to a coworker, a spouse, or a stranger you pass everyday.
Notice the changes in nature on your commute to work. Maybe the snow has melted a little bit (or accumulated), maybe the tree is a little greener or the flowers a little bit more vibrant. This is a reminder that everything around you is constantly changing and so are you.
Take a different seat at the table.
Ever notice how every time you go to the boardroom for a meeting you sit in the same chair? Or every time you set up your mat for yoga class, you set it up in the same spot? Try a different seat, you may notice something that you have never seen before.
Drop the absolutes.
Notice where in your life you say ‘never’ or ‘always’.
‘I never put my name in the ring for a promotion’.
‘I always sit in the back row for the presentations.’
See if you can detach yourself from being on either end of the spectrum and find balance somewhere in the middle. Experiment with it and see how it feels.
By making subtle shifts in your daily routine you are creating new neural pathways in your brain. With new neural pathways comes a new level of awareness and growth that will allow you to think more creatively, improve your problem solving abilities and lead more compassionately.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.