I am glad about this guest post by Ryan Biddulph. He is writing about a mode many people are into and it is often not a conscious choice. Read below what he writes about the survival mode.
Do You Feel Like a Survival Mode Zombie?
I felt like I was overwhelmed by zombies during a recent commute from NYC to New Jersey.
I took an afternoon bus from the Port Authority to Jersey.
Prime commuting time.
Meaning most folks on the bus were the commuting crowd.
No words were said. Sullen faces. Rushing to make the bus on time. Then sleeping for a few minutes before disembarking at their stop.
Nobody seemed happy.
Because virtually all folks on the bus were in Survival Mode.
What Is Survival Mode?
I see Survival Mode as doing what you don’t want to do in order to put food on your table and a roof over your head.
You are literally devoting your life to cover the survival necessities: food and shelter.
Kelli and I spent 6 weeks in Survival Mode when we lived in the remote Costa Rican jungle.
We needed to do so.
The nearest human being lived 3 hours away.
We would harvest our food from the jungle throughout the week. On Fridays, we hiked 3 hours into town to buy provisions for the following week.
If we did not harvest food or hike 3 hours into town to buy some carbs for weeks at a time we would starve to death.
I performed rudimentary maintenance on our hut, fixing leaks and ensuring that the hose carrying our jungle water source was functioning properly. Again, for survival purposes. If the water was not clean or flowing we would either get terribly sick or likely die from dehydration.
Why were the folks on this bus living in Survival Mode, amid countless opportunities for growth, fun, and fulfillment? Why were they spending their entire lives, likely for years, doing what they do not want to do just to put food on the table and a roof over their heads?
When I chose to be a professional blogger I left a chunk of my Survival Mode programming behind, but this felt horrifying. I felt terrified to leave behind what I thought to be a steady paycheck. I felt scared to move into the unknown, where the paycheck put food on my table and a roof over my head.
Then I realized that *I* put food on my table and a roof over my head, by helping folks. By rendering useful service.
Paychecks can’t do anything. Nor can jobs. Because paychecks and jobs are inanimate objects or inanimate concepts.
If you feel like a Survival Mode Zombie, start doing what you want to do, not what you need to do or have to do or don’t want to do. At least a few times daily, for starters.
List your passions. What do you have fun doing? Build a list. Brainstorm how you could create a business rendering useful service through your passion.
Think of how you can find a job that you feel passionate about. What job would you work even if you didn’t receive a paycheck? What job would you genuinely want to work?
By dwelling on these ideas, the wheels begin to turn, slowly beginning the process of moving you out of Survival Mode so you can live life by design.
Go from zombie to living life with zest.
Decide right now to leave Survival Mode behind for good so you can live the life of your dreams.
About the Author:
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.
Thank you, Ryan, for this inspiring and thought provoking post. May it help many people to be aware that they can leave the survival mode. May it motivate to take a leap of faith and as you said:”Go from zombie to living life with zest”
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