“Live in the moment and enjoy the journey” is what they often say. Yet, there are still a lot of people who find this journey extremely burdensome, mundane, and dull. To sum it all in one word- boring.
If you are one of those people who don’t find life interesting and no longer feel excited about it, it’s about time you figured out what’s wrong with your life. Here are 13 reasons why you may be bored in life:
1You have no goals
Goals are what get you going. It you have no goals or if your goals are no longer challenging, then you need to refresh them. Give yourself worthwhile goals that will make you feel enthusiastic about achieving them. When your goals are aligned to your inner calling, you will feel excited and energized about them. You’ll be driven to pursue them.
2Your goals are too big for you
When your goals are too difficult or seem out of your reach, you find the task of pursuing them daunting. You begin to consider your goals boring and are put-off by them. It is therefore important to always set realistic goals for yourself. Lower your goals if you find them too intimidating. Begin with small daily goals and as you accomplish them, keep raising the bar higher for you. This will ensure that you never lose interest in them and keep going with enthusiasm.
3You are pursuing too many goals at a time
It doesn’t matter how driven you are. If your work overwhelms you, you’ll feel no joy. Your progress will be slow and the goals will feel like a burden. In order to maintain your interest and remain passionate, chase your goals one at a time and break down each goal into smaller easily achievable bits. It will take the pressure off and you will get more things done at a faster pace.
4You don’t have control over your life
Many people are so stuck up role-playing and getting on with their daily chores that they aren’t living their lives for themselves. Mechanically carrying out your duties and commitments without deriving any real pleasure from them is one of the biggest causes of boredom. When there is no sense of purpose, you cannot expect happiness and contentment to come your way.
5Not celebrating your successes
If your life is all about work, work and more work, you will find yourself becoming extremely dull. There is no point in accomplishing goals if you don’t celebrate them and remind yourself of what they mean to you.
Take the time to celebrate the milestones and pat yourself on the back for doing good work. This will boost your self-confidence, add to your self-esteem, and motivate you to take on more challenging goals.
6Not evolved and changed over time
Everyone grows and evolves over time. What seemed interesting to you once may not be so enjoyable and exciting as you grow.
You cannot keep doing the same old things and expect to enjoy them forever. Boredom does creep in. So, move away from the status quo and try something different. Pick up a new sport or hobby. Meet new people and make friends. Develop interest in new genres of reading, watch different TV channels, and listen to new music than you have been doing before.
7Doing the same old things and not being not creative enough
To break through boredom, allow yourself new experiences, move out, travel, and learn new things. Hone a skill that unleashes the creative side of you. Pick up a craft, hobby or activity that stimulates your imagination and helps you to create something new.
Creative people seldom get bored because their mind is always occupied with creating something novel and amazing.
8Not involved in adding value to others
Associate yourself with a social organization and devote sometime weekly doing things for others. When you stretch beyond yourself to help others and add value to their life, you will feel happy and experience a sense of gratification.
You are the person who knows yourself the best- your strengths and weaknesses, positives and negatives. However, if you keep reminding yourself of only your flaws and shortcomings or keep beating yourself up for the mistakes that you made, you are bound to feel low. Your self-esteem is sure to dip. You will then be unenthusiastic.
10Not living life in sync with your liking
Make a wish list. Note down the things that you have been yearning to do but were not able to do due to lack of time or will. Make it your goal to carry out the list and satisfy your deepest longings. Keep striking the things that you are able to accomplish. Keep adding new ones as they come to your mind.
11Fear of failure
No one likes to fail at anything. That is a natural human instinct. Yet, without trying and failing, there can be no success. If you keep yourself away from doing difficult things, you will be restricted to try things. Get over your fear of failure, step out of your comfort zone, and grab new opportunities that come your way.
12Not bonding with like-minded people
Interacting and hanging out with people who share your ideas, dreams, and interests not only refreshes you but infuses you with enthusiasm and new ideas, too.
13Working too hard
When your hands are full and you are overwhelmed by work and responsibilities, you find life rather dull.
If you have been working too hard, it is time to unwind. Get away from the routine work and people. Take a break or go on a holiday. It won’t just be a refreshing experience but it will also give you an insight into your life.
You’ve got only one life and you owe it to yourself to make it interesting and worthwhile.
So, get going.
Put yourself first. Get in the driver’s seat, get control over your life and set the wheel in motion. Figure out what it is that’s bringing boredom in your life. You have the ability to turn your life around and make it more fulfilling.
Find out the purpose of your life- what is it that you want to achieve and where you want to reach. Give yourself worthwhile goals and plan how to go about accomplishing them. Then, go all out to achieve them. Move out of your comfort zone, go the extra-mile, make things happen, and you will realize that fun and excitement in life are not far away in life.
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Author: Dr Roopleen
Motivational Counselor, Speaker, Eye Surgeon, Life enthusiast, Vegan, Positive thinker, Minimalist, author of ''Principles of Success made easy' and 'Words to Inspire The Winner In YOU.'