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Calm in the Chaos

Grow Where You Are Planted


I often feel that I need to make big changes when I'm not particularly happy with things. It can be great to change things drastically -- move across the country or start a new job in a new industry. But sometimes that kind of change is not in the cards for us. Instead we can grow where we are planted. Here's how.

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

by Jamie Spannhake

July 16, 2019


Calm in the Chaos

Grow Where You Are Planted


I often feel that I need to make big changes when I'm not particularly happy with things. It can be great to change things drastically -- move across the country or start a new job in a new industry. But sometimes that kind of change is not in the cards for us. Instead we can grow where we are planted. Here's how.

by Jamie Spannhake

July 16, 2019


Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

I often feel that I need to make big changes when I'm not particularly happy with things. It can be great to change things drastically -- move across the country or start a new job in a new industry. But sometimes that kind of change is not in the cards for us. Sometimes, we need to stay put for various reasons: family, job, or finances. And this can be frustrating and disappointing if you are feeling "stuck" and want a change.

Recently, I was listening to a podcast and the interviewee said something that really resonated with me: "Grow where you are planted." I think that's the solution. You can make things very different and better without moving on from where you are. Here's how:

1. Change your daily routine. Wake up at a different time. Usually go to bed at 11 pm? Try going to bed at 10 and waking up an hour earlier so that your bedtime and morning routines are both different. Do things in a different order. Always shower when you wake up and go to the gym at lunch? Mix it up and work out in the morning before your shower and go for a walk at lunch. Try alternating tasks with other family members. You do the dishes and your partner mows the lawn? Switch for a month. 

2. Look closely at your surroundings. There are often lots of interesting things to do, places to go, and people to meet that we overlook. Wishing you could travel to the far reaches of the world? Try spending time in a local community very different from your neighborhood -- try the foods, listen to the music, have fun. Feeling bored with the "same old same old"? Sign up for a class or activity you've never tried before.

3. Lean in to your job. Consider all the responsibilities of your job and focus on the parts you like. Create a plan to enable you to do more of those tasks and perhaps improve them even more. Double-down on your efforts and grow your career right where you are.

Even if where you are planted is not ideal, you can still grow there.

*If you are interested in the Vertical Forest in the photo, read more about it here.

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