According to The Telegraph, more than 40% of people in the UK are unhappy with their lives, and 69% of them feel trapped in routine.
That leaves only 3 out of 10 people who are actually happy with their lives, so it’s safe to say that most of our lives suck.
It’s pretty clear our lives lack passion, excitement and worst of all, our purpose in life is unclear and unfulfilled.
Where are we going wrong, and what can we do about it? This article seeks to provide 3 secrets to improving life and getting your mojo back.
Secret 1: Be Still and Look Inside
Quiet your screaming mind, so that you can look inside and listen for the gentle nudge. The internal compass does not shout, it whispers.
What excites you? If you don’t yet know, start with what interests you.
Oftentimes, the things you desire are connected to your destiny, and many times, the most painful situations you’ve been through, are the ones that are also linked to your purpose, because your purpose in life often comes from the toughest situations.
Make a list of the things that either interest you or which you’re passionate about. Then it’s time to see which of those could be your purpose in life, and a good way to do this is to ask yourself which of your interests teaches, relieves, or helps someone else in some way? The ones that answer yes to this, could be The Answer to Your Purpose in Life…
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Secret 2: Disturb Your Routine
You stop living when life becomes one big, boring routine.
When routines start dominating our days, that is when we become zombie-like, going through the motions, not feeling just doing. Perhaps this is how childhood excitement wears off, and by the time we become adults, the excitement we used to feel for Christmas, birthdays and celebratory events, has long since departed.
Shake up your daily routine by taking a different route to work, eating a breakfast you don’t usually eat, bathing instead of showering – it doesn’t have to be huge changes, the very small ones work too. The point is to disturb your routine.
Secret 3: Commit to 5 Minutes
This little nugget of wisdom was swiped from Robert Spaldinger who calls it the “5 minute action formula”. Spaldinger suggests doing some kind of task, and scheduling a mere 5 minutes for it.
Why 5 minutes? Because when we’re in a slump, it can be hard to commit to something that takes time, but 5 minutes is totally doable by anyone.
Try researching something on the internet, playing with the dog, writing a story, drawing a picture. Do something new, and commit to doing it for only 5 minutes. Very often, once you push through your initial subconscious resistance, you begin to enjoy the task, and experience excitement and happiness.
Do this often, and it will help you to break out the rut.
When you think about it, the average life span of 90 years is not that long. In fact, chances are you’ve already lived one third of that, so you only have two thirds of life left. Make it count! For your sake.
Do something now to change things and start living again. With a little effort, you can rekindle your lost joy and excitement and start shaping your purpose in life.