Status Quo, as most can guess, is the situation when nothing changes and we carry on doing activities that we have been doing for long time, or what we are expected to do. One may wonder why we need to break this status quo at all in the first place. Well, we don’t need to until of course we have a nagging feeling that we are doing something else and we wish to do something completely different. We could still continue to do what we are doing as it is quite convenient, safe and trouble-free to remain in a state of ‘autopilot’, however, that would not be living life to its optimum and that would also debar us from the frequent complaints that most of us indulge into, such as ‘If it had not been for my circumstances/family/kids…I would have done great things in life’. Such comments in fact might suggest that all those people who have been able to leave a mark in this world were the most blessed souls with no trying conditions, no family, and no kids; as if they were the chosen ones by god who did not need to worry about anything and just cultivate their special talents and easily become special. We all know that such a belief is far from reality as each one of us has our share of odds to face. Here are a few views on seeing beyond the status quo in our lives:
* If we are just doing what others expect us do, we are clearly trying to ‘fit-in’. If we enjoy this state, there should not be any room for regrets. Complaints only indicate our failure or inability to steer life successfully. In case, we don’t really care or enjoy being a part of a group, we owe it to ourselves to go ahead and try things we always aimed for. If we succeed, we will ‘fit-in’ without hassle since there’s immense flexibility among people to make space for people who do well. However, if we do not succeed, we would at least be more practical and realistic about our potential and stop feeling sorry for ourselves about the supposed triumphs we could have achieved. Not only on personal level, this approach is equally relevant in professional field where we might offer different products and services than others and also persuade our customers to break their status quo by trying new things. This way we will not remain ‘conformers’ but become ‘creators’.
* If we feel constricted due to delimiting factors in our lives, we could begin changing things by at least making a beginning. A start can be made changing our set routines in such a way that we have more time in our hands to try newer things. It may involve foregoing our favorite program on TV or chatting with friends or cutting down on our daily nap or devising ways to finish off our work sooner and using that time in doing something different and constructive. This process is like a warm-up exercise which makes us more prepared to take bigger chances. More often than not, we will find ourselves more and more geared up to reach where we want to.
* Most of us remain confined in routines fearing failure and subsequent embarrassment from the society; however, if we continue to lead a life without trying new things, our life in itself may become a failure and it might be too late to help things then.