There’s a song right now that feels like my anthem. I’m sure that in a couple weeks I’ll be onto a new one, but lately, Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons is absolutely my anthem.
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In episode 441 of the podcast I talked about my recent paradigm shift: I refuse to participate in problems. I’m exclusively interested in solutions.
I think that’s why I feel so connected to Whatever It Takes right now.
It’s so easy to get frustrated or overwhelmed by what seems wrong, broken or simply not what you want it to be.
“Whatever it takes” is a simple mantra and redirect that helps me get to the solution.
For me, it doesn’t mean that I’m hardcore or a badass. I’m really not interested in being either of those things.
I just don’t want to be crippled or slowed by problems & daily irritations.
One of my favorite parts of the song is in the chorus when it says:
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the chains in my life. The things that feel like burdens or places where I feel stuck or like I don’t yet have what I want.
I’ve been starting my days by asking the question:
What can I do to break the chains of…
And I fill in the blank with what feels like it’s burdening me.
What can I do today to break the chains of overwhelm?
What can I do today to break the chains of loneliness?
What can I do today to break the chains of sugar cravings?
What can I do today to break the chains of a routine that doesn’t fulfill me?
It feels amazing to break the chains.
Yesterday I signed up for an aerial yoga class.
This week I’m completing Transcendental Meditation instruction.
I’ve started cooking at least one meal every day.
I’ve cleaned out my car.
I’ve reached out to build new friendships.
When I start noticing frustration, unhappiness and overwhelm creep in, I remind myself:
Whatever it takes.
Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Break the chains.
What will it take for you to break the chains of habit or unhappiness today?
Get it done.
Whatever it takes.
I’ll leave you with my absolute favorite part of the song:
Don’t wanna be the parenthetical, hypothetical
Working onto something that I’m proud of, out of the box
An epoxy to the world and the vision we’ve lost
I’m an apostrophe
I’m just a symbol to remind you that there’s more to see
I’m just a product of the system, a catastrophe
And yet a masterpiece, and yet I’m half-diseased
And when I am deceased
At least I go down to the grave and die happily
Leave the body of my soul to be a part of me
I do what it takes