Well, life kind of sucks at the moment right? It wasn’t always like this. You can remember times where you thought life was awesome and you didn’t have enough time in the day to do everything you want.
Now it seems like the day just drags along, taking you with it. All you want to do is go home and do nothing. Work is a pain, going places is a pain, people are a pain. You recognize that this is a problem, but you aren’t quite sure how to fix it. Luckily for you, here’s a list of some simple things you can start doing right now to turn things around:
- It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you enjoy doing it and it doesn’t bother anyone else. If you like staying home and watching tv, then do that for a bit. If you like hiking, go to a new trail. The point of this is to get you engaged with living again. We all have a life, but we don’t always live it. When you’re just going through the motions that’s not living.
- Doing things you like forces you to think of other things you like. Go ahead and try something you’ve always thought about but were too scared to do. Activities involving others are worth looking into because people help keep you interested in your hobbies.
- You learn new things from everyone you encounter. Try people watching. Sometimes it’s refreshing to get a small glimpse into how someone else is living. It can give you perspective on your own life. Do the things you like as often as you can. They help keep you motivated to do the things that you would really rather not do.
Go do something you like.
- What’s the point of you working if you don’t know why? Sure we have the normal reasons. We need somewhere to live, food, pay bills, blah. But why are you really working? Do you have people to support? Is there something you want to buy? Why do you keep getting up and doing the same thing every day?
- Get down to your motivations. They are there no matter how deeply buried they are. This part can get a little tricky because most people stop at their surface answer. The first thing that pops in their mind is what they go with. Ask yourself at least 3 questions about your answer before you fully accept it. If your reason is because you want to buy something, why do you want that thing?
- Don’t worry about what society tells us our reasons for living should be. They are very personal and there is no right or wrong answer. Just your answer. Nobody else has to know your motives. Be honest with yourself. If you’re in it just for the money, that’s fine. Only you will know your true reasons and that’s all that matters.
Write down the reasons you are doing anything in the first place.
- Maybe you have been stagnant for a while. The easiest way out of that is to start setting new goals. Don’t keep working hard without direction. That’s like running up and down a basketball court and never shooting. You did a lot of work, but there wasn’t a point to it. What do you want out of your life? Is your current path going to get you there?
- Or you might be bored. Boredom comes when we have reached a place in our lives where it seems like we’ve done everything we could. Start thinking outside of the box. If you’ve gotten the good job, the nice car and house, and all of the other stereotypical measurements of success, do something different. Pick up harmonica playing or anything that seems remotely interesting to you.
- Then you might be overexerting yourself by doing too much. Unless your goal is to work yourself to death, take on a new challenge. Have you considered relaxing for a weekend? The work will always be there. What’s the last goal you set for your personal development? Are you taking good care of yourself? For you it might be time to set a goal of not working as much. Give it a go.
Make some new goals.
Get out of your head.
- This is the one most people struggle with when they feel uninspired by life. They get so caught up in how great things used to be that they don’t make things great in the present. The past is the past. Memories are great, but you can’t keep looking back or you’ll get depressed very quickly.
- We’ve all lost some people we love. We’ve all gone through some stuff that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. We’ve had awesome times and gone on fun adventures. But it’s over now. If you stay stuck in that time, of course you’ll be uninspired by life! What can you do right now to create more memories?
- What’s so great about what used to be that you can’t make something even better now? Remember, the past gets filtered through our nostalgic lens. It probably wasn’t as great as you think it was. But right now you have a chance to do something that you never thought you would do. You didn’t have that chance back then. Stay in the present and look towards the future and the amount of inspiration you’ll find will be overwhelming.
Don’t worry about how things used to be.
Are you inspired yet? If not, go do something. Listen to some else’s stories. Scream. Just do something! I was stuck in a rut for about 2 years before I figured out what I needed to focus on. It might take some time to find your inspiration again, but that’s just it. You have to find it. Odds are that it won’t come to you and start dancing around. Learn to be your own inspiration and you’ll never have a dull moment.