“Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. Maybe for a day or two. Or as weeks bleed into months and nothing much happens.
You just trudge along. You go through the motions, life is on autopilot.
It feels OK. But at the same time you have a small voice whispering at the back of your mind.
It says “It’s time to make a change”. Or “When will I start to truly live my life?”.
In this article you’ll find 30 suggestions and reminders that can help you to stop going through the motions. To disconnect the autopilot and to come alive again.
In both bigger and smaller ways.
I hope you’ll find something here that truly resonates with you.
1. Appreciate what you have.
When you are stuck in autopilot then it is very easy to forget to be grateful for what you actually have. The basic fundamentals that so many people lack, the people who like or even love you and the amazing wonders of the world.
2. Find the optimism.
Become more aware of the negative thoughts you have and don’t let them drag you down.
Instead, find one thing that is positive or helpful in the long run in the situation you are in. Then build on that.
The more you do it, the more this kind of thinking will become a habit and soon your mind will start reacting in a more positive and constructively imaginative way no matter what situation you find yourself in.
3. Have a day of smiling.
Instead of just going along in your usual way take a day off from that. And smile towards everyone you meet. The lady in the checkout line at the supermarket, your co-workers and the people closest to you.
How does that affect how you feel about yourself and your life? And how does it change your interactions and day?
4. Eat something else.
If you usually have the beef for lunch then go for the fish. Or the vegetarian dish. Or try something you have never eaten before.
5. Listen to something else.
One of the simplest ways to burst of out the same old rut is to find something new to listen to. Like with the food, take one or more steps outside of your comfort zone.
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