Do something as if you were someone else

“How would John do this?”

We all get so caught up in our ways of thinking and doing, it’s interesting to act as if you were someone else. 

You eat breakfast not as yourself, but as your friend Karen and you know she goes to this smoothie place so you have your breakfast there instead of your usual routine. 

You workout not as yourself, but as your friend Chris and you know he does Brazilian jiu-jitsu so you do that for a month instead of your usual routine. 

You spend a chunk of your free time not as yourself, but as your mom does and you know she paints a lot so you do that for a bit instead of your usual routine. 

And here’s where it gets even more interesting! When you take the approach not just in your behavior, but in your thinking!

You view relationships not as yourself, but as your sister Christie and you know she thinks with all the turmoil they might cause they’re still one of life’s greatest treasures and so you try out her way of thinking for a little while instead of your own. 

You view travel not as yourself, but as Ryan Holiday does and you know he thinks it should be something normal that you incorporate in often while still doing your work so it isn’t something far-off, rarely-used thing and so you try out his way of thinking for a little while instead of your own. (Link to Ryan travel tips.)

This has been one of the most fundamental shifts in my entire life, the ability to view my life from someone else’s perspective literally gives me the power to leave my own being. 

Scary at first, thrilling in the end. 



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