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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

13 Signs You’re Wasting Life But You Can’t Admit It

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13 Signs You’re Wasting Life But You Can’t Admit It

When you were a kid, did you want to grow up to be an astronaut, a singer or an engineer? If so, how’s that working out for you? Hopefully, it’s going great and you are living the life of your dreams. But for the rest of you who are not, here are 13 signs that you might be wasting your life… but you don’t want to admit it:

1. You spend too much time doing things you shouldn’t be doing.

Video games. Reality TV. Surfing the ‘net. Stuffing your face with too much food. Drinking too much. And the list goes on. Take a serious look at your life. Where are you spending the majority of your time? And does it serve you well? Is it leading to a better life? Is it laying the foundation for a bright future? If not, then you need to reevaluate your routine activities and make changes.

2. You find yourself complaining a lot.

I know people who are constantly overwhelmed with life, and they never cease to tell me. Are you one of those people? Do you complain about your job, your boss, your salary, your neighbors or your spouse? If you do, then you are doing nothing but exuding negative energy. Negativity doesn’t change things. It keeps you stuck. So change your thoughts and talk about what you appreciate about your life, not what you don’t like.

3. You don’t feed your mind.

If you’re not continually growing and learning as a person, then you are stagnant – just like a still pond that doesn’t move and grows green gunk on it. That’s what your mind does if you don’t keep it active and learn new things. Positive challenges in your life will expand your mind, not send it backwards.

4. You have a lot of negative self-talk.

Self-talk can make or break your life. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t… either way, you’re right.” If you tell yourself that you’re not smart enough to get that promotion or start a business, then you’re right. If you tell yourself you’re too exhausted to put effort into changing your life, then you’re right. Whatever you tell yourself becomes your reality. So closely monitor what you say to yourself, because you will find that your life matches your thoughts.

5. You feel uninspired.

Do you have a passion for anything? I know a lot of people who think they don’t have a passion. But that’s never the case. There has to be something that you enjoy doing. So you need to rediscover what excites you, and then do more of it.

6. You don’t plan for your future.

While it’s always great to live in the “now” and “be in the moment,” sometimes you need to look ahead to see where you want to go. If you don’t have a goal or a plan, then you are like a boat that is wandering aimlessly in the ocean hoping to end up somewhere good. But you can’t do that. You have to make a step-by-step guide to get where you want to go. Just like a GPS gets you to a destination, you need your own inner GPS to guide you.

7. You spend too much time with people who don’t contribute to your growth.

It’s easy to get stuck hanging out with people who are not making you feel like a better person. But if you keep doing that, then you will stay stagnant or get pulled down with them. I like to call them “Energy Vampires.” They suck the life out of you and give you nothing positive in return. Instead, go find growth-oriented people to be around.

8. You’re addicted to your phone.

Sure, cell phones are super cool gadgets that can leave us entranced when we use them. While that’s fun, think about all the time you are wasting with your phone. Even worse, think about all the relationships that might be affected. Maybe you’re texting or searching the internet while you’re having dinner with your spouse or kids. If you are, you’re missing out on meaningful time you can spend with your loved ones – or time you could devote to making a plan for your future.

9. You spend money on things that don’t matter.

There is a difference between a “need” and a “want.” I’m sure we all learned that in kindergarten. However, in today’s society, we have blurred the lines quite a bit (see #8… the cell phone). In fact, I know people who can’t pay their mortgage, but still have the fanciest gadgets on the planet. If you stop to think about it, there is very little that we actually need. Food, water, shelter and love are some of those things. All the rest are just bonuses. So look at what you’re spending your money on and see if you can make adjustments. Maybe you can use the money you save to invest in your future.

10. You don’t get enough sleep.

I’m not a medical doctor, but I have read enough books to know how vitally important sleep is. I could write 20 pages on it. But I obviously don’t have enough room in this short article. Sleep is crucial for good health. If you’re too busy to get enough sleep or if you simply have a bad habit of staying up until the wee hours of the morning, you should re-evaluate your habits.

11. You’re not taking care of your body.

Not only is sleep essential to your health, so is food and exercise. I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. But eating a balanced, healthy diet and moving your body around truly does have more positive effects other than weight loss. It affects your mental attitude and overall well-being. So take a look at your diet and level of activity. You might find that making a few small changes will greatly improve your life.

12. You don’t leave your comfort zone.

I know how easy it is to live in a comfort zone. In fact, when I go to a familiar restaurant, I always order the same thing. Not because I’m afraid to try something new, but because I like the food I normally order. But that’s not the kind of comfort zone I’m talking about. I’m talking about taking a risk that will improve your life. And keep in mind, there is a difference between a “risk” and a “calculated risk.” Any risk has the possibility to be deadly, but a calculated risk is one in which you’ve weighed all options and thus come up with a good, sensible plan of action.

13. You’re living a life you don’t like.

The way I measure success is by someone’s level of happiness. Are you happy? If not, then you should change something! Even a feeling of contentment or satisfaction doesn’t tell you that you’re living life to the fullest. Life should be exciting! So if you’re not enjoying life, take a look at some of the changes you can make to get you to a better place.

If any of these 13 points sounded like you, don’t despair. You can make changes. But the first change you need to make is getting rid of the idea that you can’t do it. Many times, your biggest obstacle is your own thought process. So start there. Change your thinking – then change your life!

Source: Life Hack via Higher Perspective

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  1. I'm spending too much time on doing things I shouldn't be doing…like reading this drivel.

  2. To your eyes I may be wasting my life, but that is your opinion. Sure, I do many things I shouldn't be doing, and I frequently spend time doing unproductive things, but that's how I choose to live My life! Maybe drinking, staying up until ridiculous hours, eating badly at times, and doing things that are genuinely bad for my body will come back to haunt me, but that'll be a lesson learned, and thus I'll grow as a person. Those are the things that make me a human being. I don't want to live a life where every aspect is already planned out for me, this isn't a sit-com. My life is ever-changing, I have no idea what's going to happen tomorrow, other than having to work, and that is how I want live. Each day is exciting. and full of surprises, some good and some bad, but but both are a new experiences and new lessons, and they all play a role in defining who I am. No time is really wasted if I'm enjoying myself, and no life is worthless or unfulfilled if it's full of genuinely nice,supportive people, even if they're right there with me wasting time.

    You concluded your article by telling the readers to change the way they think, and then to change their lives, but if they read your article, and makes changes accordingly, are they even their own person? Or are they for all intensive purposes a clone of you, or at least who you want them to be? No mind is the same, and nobody has the same goals or dreams in life, so let them mold their own lives, let them succeed and fail, and let them experience every day as it is. The little things like random interactions, jokes I'll never remember, and nights that I've blurred away are what define me, certainly not how much money I make, how healthy my meals are, or how well I simply "blend in" to the materialistic world we've grown to tolerate. That is not what humans being were put on earth to do, because we weren't put here to do anything in particular, we just have to live.

    1. We weren't born with a to-do list, we were brought into this world as pure as we'll ever be, a clean slate. It's now up to us to fill a mental page with all the memories we've created, all the laughs we've shared, and everything we've done, both good and bad. The only thing that's asked of us as human beings, is that right before we take our final breath, we're able to reminisce upon our lives at our own unique "have done list", so that we can die complete. That's mankind's real purpose.

    2. Hi. You were rambling through the comments, but I just want to emphasize one thing. Are you happy? Are you living a life you like? Because if you aren't, then you're not successful, you aren't on the right track, and you need to change something in your life. Period. That's the most basic thing this article stated (#13). Because everything you've just said is allowed if you're happy when you done it. For example, if all you do is just sleep all day, and you feel your life is content and complete and happy like that, without all the guilty pressure, then it maybe your success way. But if when you done it, you feel guilty because you feel your life can be more than just this but for some twisted philosophical reason you choose not to do that, and you still feel guilty after that, then, no, all your philosophical reasons has no meaning. You still have something you need to change in your life. Or are you saying now that you're "happy" living a life you don't happy with? This article is calling all people to do some introspection on themselves. The writer is not forcing his to do list on you. The writer is trying to make you realize that you have to DO your own unique to do list, not just realizing that it's there. That's what the writer said about living a life you like. Because if you don't do your own to do list, you WON'T living a life you like. The writer isn't trying to make you a different person. The writer is trying to make you a BETTER you. Still you, but better. Is a richer red not a red? Is a dark blue not a blue? If you want to really be able to reminisce upon your life at your final breath without shame, to think that you have finished your unique "to done list", then you will listen to this article.

  3. A life lived in happiness is a life not wasted. There's no such thing as "can't" or "have to," merely our choices and their subsequent consequences.

    I've come to admit that I, personally, have no productive passions in terms of financial stability. Sure, some people can get paid to play video games, travel the world, hike or climb, but how often does that happen and is it always mutually exclusive to something you enjoy? Not necessarily.

    While a lot of valid points are put forth here, the entirety of it is not nearly this black and white. We are part of a great symbiosis and our success is only measured by our own thoughts and designs. Be happy.


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