Want to change your life?
Adopt the “aim for the bushes” mindset.
It means aim for the bushes, jump and figure the rest out later. It means doing something a bit reckless for once. It means doing something without thinking it through. It means doing something impulsive.
It means just doing - no weighing the pros and cons, no checklists, no business plan or 5 year vision board.
You just do it and take it from there. Just do it and figure out what’s next along the way. Aim for the bushes.
In life it really is your responsibility to be happy. You can’t sit around hoping for something to change. You can’t hope that someone else makes you happy or that luck will come and make you fulfilled all of a sudden.
YOU have to do something… and more specifically you have to do something NEW.
This is contrary to how we tend to operate.
We do the same thing over and over and over again. We date the same kind of people over and over again. We do the same routine over and over and over again. We do the same workout over and over again. We have the same conversations, go to the same places, eat the same things over and over again.
And nothing changes because we’ve convinced ourselves that we really need to think through something new before we go for it it.
The key to change is doing something new. In my life I’ve proven that positive change comes from not thinking and instead just doing - sometimes recklessly, sometimes spontaneously, sometimes randomly… but just doing.
Do without knowing what’s next.
- You don’t have to weigh the pros and cons.
- You don’t have to be sure of what step 2 is going to be.
- You don’t have to know exactly what you’re gonna say or do.
- You just do.
You just do because you know that if you want to change… you need to shake things up. You need to get a bit crazy! You need to shake the cobwebs loose. Aim for the bushes mean you just freakin’ do something new!
If you’re unhappy, do something about it. If you’re unfulfilled, do something about it. If you're anxious, do something about it. If you’re self conscious, do something about it.
It could be literally anything new. New new new.
- It could mean going for a run when you never do that.
- It could mean calling a friend who you never call.
- It could mean signing up for a class you’ve never done.
- It could mean starting that blog randomly, that podcast, etc.
- It could mean taking a day off work just because.
Something. Anything. Without talking it through, without a 5 year plan and without a checklist.
Just aim for the bushes.
Mix it up. Do something new. Just jump and see where you land. I’m so bought into this idea because almost every single time I’ve jumped and aimed for the bushes, I’ve landed somewhere that has taught me something new.
THAT is the real value.
You might not win when you jump but I’m confident you’ll find something valuable in the experience of just doing something new. I’m quite confident that more good than bad will come from it.
As long as you’re safe, healthy and respecting yourself and others… it’s always a win.
You’ll always get new perspective from doing new.
That’s perspective you simply don’t get from doing the same thing over and over again or talking yourself out of doing something new.
If you want to be happier, it’s as simple as changing what you’re doing. Life is not that complicated. Instead of overthinking what you’re doing, overthinking all your decisions, mapping out 5 year plans… just do something different. Today.
Take a step in a new direction and see what happens.
Aim for the bushes and see what happens.
Even if you end up in the bushes and it’s not what you thought, you’re in a different position than you were in before and you have perspective you didn’t have before.
That’s a win! Sometimes all it takes in life to be happier and more fulfilled is getting out of where you were, breaking free of the routine you’ve been stuck in and owning that new perspective.
So, know this:
- You are never too old to do something new.
- You are never too young to do something big or bold.
- You are always worthy of asking for something you never thought you could have.
- You are always free to meet new people, leave old ones behind, zig when they zag or zig when you used to always zag.
Aim for the bushes, my friend. Let’s go.