Human beings are the only beings on this planet who can feel bored. Feeling bored gives us an incredible advantage over the rest of the creatures in the animal kingdom.
Have you ever seen a bored mule? A bored buffalo? A bored gorilla? Be thankful they don’t get bored, or they’d be challenging us in the innovative world of business. It is boredom that got us out of the cave and into skyscrapers. It is boredom that got us off the back of mules and into horseless carriages (automobiles); thank you Henry Ford for being bored. It is boredom that has you with your own personal home computer; thank you Bill Gates for being bored.
Boredom is meant to be an inspirationally dissatisfying feeling; it is telling us that our lives could be better. Boredom can be great motivation to get us up off our duffs and make changes in our lives. Do you use it that way?
Thomas Edison was bored – look at all the inventions that he came up with! Martin Luther king Jr. was bored – look what he decided to do with his life! Grandma Moses was bored in her nineties – look at the artwork she produced at that age!
Whenever you are feeling bored (perhaps it’s in business, perhaps in your home life, perhaps in your social life), consider it inspirational dissatisfaction; it’s an opportunity to cause transformation in some domain of your life!
When I’m feeling bored, I stop and say, “I am bored, and so some changes are needed in my life – that’s great!” I don’t think of being bored as a bad sign – it’s a good sign. We are incredibly creative beings, and boredom is signaling us to remember that.
When you are feeling bored, consider the inspirationally dissatisfying feeling a gift from your creative essence. It wants to get going! Don’t allow yourself to sleepwalk through life. You are a supreme being with superlatively creative skills – use them! Come out of those limiting patterns of living; no longer declare yourself a part of the living dead – COME ALIVE!
What do you want to do with your life? Your business? Your dreams to travel the world? Do it. Don’t hesitate. Take risks. Don’t procrastinate. You only have one hundred short years to live on this planet – what are you waiting for?
If you feel bored with yourself it is because you have allowed 95% of yourself to lie dormant inside of you. You have not been respectful of your unlimited potential. Of all of your promises to yourself, the most important one is the one that you made to yourself when you were born – “I am going to use all of myself in this lifetime.” In order to succeed at life, in business, with your dreams – keep your word to yourself, use all of yourself up.
“We first make our habits and then our habits make us” – John Dryden. Make it a habit to consider your boredom to be inspirational dissatisfaction, and then let that habit make you into the incredibly creative being that you are meant to be.
What do you think? When have you been bored (inspirationally dissatisfied) with in your life? When have you done something about it? Please share.
Illustrations by nick