What comes up for you when you hear the word “Routine”?
Maybe it makes you feel constricted and locked into a monotonous pattern.
Or maybe it’s like putting on a comfy sweater that wraps you in comfort and familiarity.
For me, I thrive in the land of routine and when that gets displaced, I’m out of sorts, and my performance starts to slip.
I was recently away from home, and while it was wonderful to be away … when I returned my first inclination was to “get back into my routine.”
Have you felt that way too?
There’s a level of safety in your routine. You feel protected, confident and relaxed knowing that all will be well because your routine has your back.
So why is it that when you’re away from the familiar, there’s a pull to abandon your routine?
While I was away, I found I allowed my routine to slip away.
I abandoned my morning walk, my cup of hot water and lemon, my meditation practice, and my favourite podcast.
While I had every opportunity to do all these things, why did they slip away?
I realized at that moment that my routine was connected to my outer world …
… and I allowed it to slip because my surroundings had changed.
You may also experience this perhaps when you’re on vacation, with the change of seasons or during holidays.
When your routine is dependent on your outer world instead of your inner world, that’s when they become compromised.
Who do you know who continues to go for their daily run, or stretches every morning, or takes time to read the news … no matter what is going on around them?
If you connect your routine to your vision, purpose, values and beliefs … that’s when they become anchored, protected and indestructible.
So I ask you …