Whether it’s your job, relationship or something else, life is starting to feel a bit too predictable. Everywhere you turn you are seeing more and more people clicking their heels together as they run off to their next big adventure, while you sit back and make excuses about why that can’t be you.
I’m here to tell you it can and below are seven sure-fire ways to put the spark back into your ho-hum life starting now.
1. Live a little (or a lot) right now.
As we grow older it’s only natural to get a bit comfortable with where we are in life, but with that often comes a sense that we have to be responsible now so we can live a little later. Life is happening right now and while it might be smart to have a nest egg for the future, that doesn’t mean you can’t live a little (or a lot) right now. Stop making excuses about why you can’t go on that big trip, volunteer in another country, or do that seemingly crazy thing you’ve always wanted to try. Life is a journey to be enjoyed, embraced, and explored and what good is it to wait to do all of those amazing things if you are too old to enjoy it? Don’t wait, do it now.
2. Stop settling for less than you deserve.
One of the reasons most people get stuck in a rut is because they are simply settling for what they have now, even if they desire more. If you aren’t in a job you love or your relationship isn’t serving you, it’s time for a change. Set your sights higher and know that you not only deserve more, but you are capable of bringing your desires to fruition. Be willing to stand by your convictions and trust that what you want is possible the moment you stop settling for what feels most realistic and logical. When in doubt, shoot for the stars.
3. Be willing to shake things up a bit.
If life is feeling a bit ho-hum it’s likely because you have been too afraid to step outside your comfort zone a bit. Learn a new language, try new foods, and challenge yourself to get out and meet new people. Sure it can feel uncomfortable at first, but the more you are willing to try new things, the more you will feel that spark of life again.
4. Don’t forget to dream again.
As time goes on our dreams tend to fall by the wayside and take a backseat to reality. The truth is, your dreams can become your reality as soon as you give them some quality time and attention. So if you could be, have, or do anything in the world, what would it be? What are some things that have been playing the back of your mind as ‘too good to be true’ or ‘not realistic’? Tap into your imagination and see what amazing dreams you come up with and then take steps to make them your reality.
5. Release & let go of the things that no longer serve you.
If you are feeling like life is a bit stagnant lately it’s also likely true that you haven’t let go of people, places, or things that no longer fit into your ideal life. Extra stuff (whether physical or emotional) does nothing but weigh you down and make it hard for new energy and experiences to flow. What old stuff are you hanging onto out of habit? When you are willing to release the old stuff, you make room for more vibrant energy and experiences to come your way.
6. Be willing to take risks.
Nothing in life is guaranteed and yet so many of us worry about taking risks because we fear the worst possible outcome. Whether you are risking your time, energy, or money, sometimes being willing to take risks is just what you need to shake things up a bit in your life. Whether you want to make a move across the world or self-publish a book that you aren’t sure will sell, taking the risk is often the first step to success.
7. Tap into your inner child again and just have fun!
I can’t say this enough. Life isn’t meant to be this ho-hum, boring period of time that we simply have to endure. It’s meant to be a journey of enlightening and exciting experiences. We don’t know how long we have this amazing gift and if you aren’t making time everyday to do something that puts a smile on your face, it’s time for that to change. Tap into your inner child and do some of the things you loved before you were conditioned to be responsible. Whether you run, play, laugh or sing, make sure you are having fun every single day.
Let’s keep the conversation going. What is something you would add to the list that keeps your life vibrant and exciting? I’d love to know!
Lamisha Serf-Walls is a life coach for women who are ready to live an amazing life on their own terms, but feel held-back and frustrated in how to make that happen. Her mission is to create a community of empowered, free flowing, lovers of life who live a life of freedom with ease and inspire others to do the same.