I can’t tell you how inspired I am by the responses to my post “19 Days to a shallower you” part one. I could hardly wait to publish part two so you will have a complete guide to exploring your inauthentic self.
There could be a tendency to develop some fear at this stage, but remember: it takes 21 days to change a habit and you are only working on your shallowness for 19 days. This insulates you from permanent change, but you will definitely find yourself enjoying life more while paddling around in the shallow end of the pool with careless abandon.
Day 9 – Shift from an ‘I can’ attitude to an ‘I can’t’ attitude. When you know you can’t do something acceptance of the status quo is like a waft of fresh ozone.
Day 10 – Eat junk food. Healthy eating is on everyone’s mind and when you adopt the ‘I can’t’ attitude from Day 9, you might as well allow yourself to eat chips, chocolate and cheesecake. Enjoy the emotional roller coaster that ensues.
Day 11 – Think about the mistakes you made yesterday. This will go a long way toward giving you gratitude that today is a clean whiteboard. Or is it? Looks like someone used permanent markers. Google “how to remove permanent markers from a whiteboard.”
Day 12 – Take time this evening to evaluate your day. Don’t be surprised if this leads you to the liquor cabinet.
Day 13 – Surround yourself with negative thinkers. This will illuminate how fortunate you are that nothing much impacts your shallow spirit.
Day 14 – Procrastinate. Write down all the things you ‘should’ be doing and have a ceremonial burning of the list. Preferably you set this on fire while sitting around your backyard fire pit smoking a Nat Sherman cigar.
Day 15 – Abandon any kind of plan for the day. Life is full of surprises. If you don’t plan your day, you can be open to the spontaneity of pursuing shiny objects. This will divert you from any activity that reeks of productivity.
Day 16 – Compile a list of excuses. You never know when you will need an excuse for something and if you have a fresh list written out, you can always be ready. You will amaze people with your excuse-making agility. You might even be able to turn it into a profitable online class or e-book for those who are ‘excuse-challenged.’
Day 17 – Spend more time on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. By spending more time on social media sites you can avoid exercise, home tasks, and relationship building. So many benefits while you keep up to date on cute cat photos/videos, and popular posts that are not even one millionth as funny as your hilarious posts which are totally ignored. It can also help you progress with the work you did on Day 13, 14, 15, and is a killer excuse you can add to the list you compiled on Day 16.
Day 18 – Embrace small changes. Commit to making small changes, e.g. peel a banana from the bottom (it really is easier) or replace the toilet paper so that the leading end rolls down from the back instead of over the top (this is a very difficult adjustment). Focusing on these small changes can occupy so much of your energy that any big changes you need to make will completely leave your conscious awareness.
Day 19 – Offer unsolicited advice. Give everyone you know the benefit or your extensive experience and knowledge, whether they want it or not. This not only enriches their lives, but also clears your social calendar giving you more time to focus on you.
There you have it. Nineteen invaluable days to a shallower you and a hollow life.
How are you doing following these strategies? I am anxious to hear about your success stories.