Have you ever felt like you are living your life in autopilot mode? Like nothing, good or bad, really matters. You just feel kind of numb. This general lack of excitment and drive is a signal that you haven’t postivitely challenged yourself lately, you’re missing your little inner fire. Something got lost on the road, and it is okay, you can find it back.
REFLECT, REFLECT, REFLECT.
Now, before you start trying everything and nothing and printing out pinterest checklist and Marie Kondo-ing your apartment, you have to take a minute to reflect because when we get in this mode, we all tend to forget the good things we have done and focus on what we don’t have at the moment.
Take a moment to tune in with yourself. What gets YOU excited? What would you like to improve on or learn if you didn’t have to worry about limitations of any kind? What are your proudest accomplishments? What are you proud of in general?
YOU CAN WRITE THOSE DOWN, MEDITATE, GO FOR A WALK, JUST DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO TAKE THOSE PRECIOUS MINUTES AND SEE WHAT’S GOING ON.
CHANNEL THAT FEELING OF PRIDE.
Even if you cannot necessarily see it at the moment: you have accomplished stuff, big or small. It could have been simply changing that damn lightbulb that was flickering forever, to you changing job. It doesn’t matter what it is, this feeling of accomplishment is what makes us want to do more. It gets the ball rolling towards more.
SERIOUSLY, HIGH-FIVE YOURSELF, YOU ARE DOING JUST FINE.
REMOVE THE UNNECESSARY PRESSURE.
There is no race to the best person ever. Change takes time and nothing is set in stone. To make change stick, you need to be consistent to it becomes natural to you, and that is NOT easy. You may take longer or go faster than others to accomplish whatever your heart desires and that’s totally fine.
THE IDEA IS NOT TO GO THERE FAST, IT’S TO MAKE SURE IT STAYS ON THE LONG-RUN.
So if you feel anxious like you haven’t done what you wanted to, take a deep breath and remind yourself there is no deadline on a healthy mindset. Maybe you didn’t have every tool you needed to move forward at this time, but it doesn’t mean it’s not gonna change now.
GOAL SETTING IS SUPPOSED TO BE THRILLING, NOT STRESSFUL
If setting a specific goal for yourself stresses you out (and not the good kind of stress, we are talking about anxiety here), don’t set it. You’re not ready for it (yet), or you may not even want it. Make your steps reasonnable, you are not gonna because fluent in the language you have been wanting to learn in one day for example.
REMEMBER, WE ARE TRYING TO REBUILD THIS WARM SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS, THE TASK DO NOT NEED TO BE GIGANTIC TO GET IT.
FOLLOW YOUR OWN STANDARDS & WAVE GOODBYE TO PEOPLE’S EXPECTATIONS.
LET ME LET YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET: YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.
Read that again.
Now that this has sunk in a bit, you can start learning to let go of people’s expectations. Your family, friends, boss, you name it. You need to hear your inner voice to guide you properly and you can’t do so with the noise of others around. People love projecting their own insecurities on others when they are talking about something new. Don’t let it kill your groove here.