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ARE YOU STUCK IN SLUMBER?

By Baskaran Sekaran

I have a tale for you today. Not a tale of conspiracy, merriment, or woe; but a tale of slumber. A common symptom of depression is feeling fatigued or tired all the time. Most people who are depressed do not experience anything worth remembering during their time of disconnect. As I pondered this scenario I started to think about the uninspired. There was a movie called OFFICE SPACE a while back and it chronicled a man who worked at a 9-5 job he hated, people with this condition are referred to as the uninspired. During the movie he was suddenly inspired and his life became very exciting. Fictional and over the top was the movie but the message was 100% true. The fact is… a lot of us are slumbering.

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Washington Irving’s short story: Rip Van Winkle illustrates how one can fall asleep for your entire adult life and awaken well into your elderly years to realize the world has changed and you can barely recognize yourself. Irving wrote his story in the early 1800’s. The movie Office Space was made in the 90’s. That tells me that this phenomena isn’t based on technology or your job per se; it is a human, or at least a Western civilization, characteristic.

How can we recognize that we are slumbering? I would start with asking myself 3 questions.

1. Am I happy? This is the most obvious but the HARDEST to answer honestly. We spend lifetimes, waste entire eras convincing ourselves that we are happy. If you can muster up the courage to answer this question and the answer is “no” then you have to figure out why? You see, a person may be content in life but not happy.

2. Do I LOVE my job? We spend 40 hours a week at our jobs (Average). That is a lot of time to spend doing something you hate. It isn’t hard to understand why we overeat, or get depressed as a nation when

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3. Do I feel inspired? This is another one that takes courage to answer. Anything that requires us to reflect inward is challenging. As I write this post I feel a fire inside of me that you can only relate to if you have been inspired. I want all of you to experience this feeling daily.

Now we have our questions answered. What do we do?

1. I am not trying to tell you all to up and redirect your entire life in order to be happy. In fact, it may a very slight change that makes the biggest difference. When I first got into the fitness industry I did not have the fire I have now. I liked my job and I was good but I coasted through life. When I found TFW I was challenged. I felt like Martin issued a direct challenge to me to figure out what I wanted to accomplish in life. I could have just slid in obscurity and continued to slumber but I told the truth and it fired me up! Maybe you don’t hate your job, maybe you do but being honest with yourself about your life is the first step to figuring it out.

2. Answer the scratch, as we say at TFW. Now that you have the knowledge about why you are unhappy or why you aren’t happy at work you have to do something about it. I want you think back to yesterday in detail. What did you do? What experiences did you have? Now… imagine you could time travel back to yesterday morning. What would you do differently? If you would change anything then do it! Live every day that way. Knowledge minus action gets you NOTHING. You may know you are unhappy but if you don’t act to change it then you will always be unhappy.

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3. Keep pushing forward. People who get excited about obstacles always find more obstacles because they are always trying to improve. People who are slumbering are scared of obstacles and will always struggle to overcome just the one. If you find yourself coasting through life never getting better then set some new goals and get moving!

Ella Fitzgerald said: “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” I want to leave you guys with this… don’t live life to get through it. Live life to get from it. Always strive to get better and you will always be filled with inspiration.