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Leave the Stagnant Life Behind By Consciously Creating Each New Day

Updated on July 24, 2017
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My greatest passion is empowering others to improve their quality of life and achieve their goals by choosing healthy thoughts and habits.

Nobody Likes to Be Stuck in a Rut

Have you ever had that feeling that your life has become kind of stagnant? Do you ever have those periods of time where you just feel blah and don't feel particularly motivated to do anything? Maybe you just plain don't know what it is you're supposed to do next.

Most people feel this way from time to time, and from my experience it seems like this usually happens after accomplishing a big goal or experiencing a major transition in life.

It could be that you just graduated from high school or college and feel great about your accomplishment, but you aren't sure what to do next.

Maybe you're an empty nester who feels a little bit lost without having kids at home to take care of.

Maybe you finally retired from the job that's been wearing you down so much, but you aren't sure how to fill up all of that extra time that you now have.

Maybe you're a school teacher, and you finally have the summer off, but aren't sure what to do with it.

There are all kinds of situations that can lead to this feeling of being stagnant or stuck in a rut, but the most important thing about all of this is that there is a way to climb out of that rut and fill your life with passion and purpose

Live Life on Purpose

The first step to living a life filled with passion and purpose is to literally live life on purpose. Don't just leave things up to chance and let life happen to you.

You have been blessed with an amazing gift of agency that allows you to choose the things you do each day. Exercise your agency as much as possible in order to create the life that you really want to have.

If you aren't sure what kind of life you want to have, take some time out from whatever you're doing and figure out what you really want out of life.

Dream big! Think of what your perfect life would be like! Think of what the perfect day would be like! Think about how you want to feel, and then figure out what types of activities make you feel that way.

I recommend writing your ideas down if that's something that you are comfortable with. Somehow it seems like when you write things down they begin to become more real to you rather than just being abstract ideas.

You have been blessed with an amazing gift of agency that allows you to choose the things you do each day. Exercise your agency as much as possible in order to create the life that you really want to have.

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Create Each Day By Setting Goals Each Night

Once you know what kind of life you want to live, it's important to have a way to hold yourself accountable so that you can achieve this lifestyle. It's easy to let laziness take over even when we have dreams that we want to accomplish.

The best way that I have figured out to create a perfect day is to write down some goals before I go to bed.

I try to be really thoughtful and even prayerful about what purpose I want the next day in my life to serve. Then I write down a few things I would have to do in order to make my day serve that purpose.

Maybe I want to do a secret good deed for someone or just do something to cheer someone up. Maybe I want to weed my garden or organize my dresser. Maybe I want to take some time to sing or play the piano.

Your goals are going to be completely unique to you and the type of life that you want to create.


I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don't set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.

— M. Russell Ballard

Review Your Goals In the Morning

It is important to take a few minutes in the morning to review and evaluate your goals. This will help you to keep your goals fresh in your mind as you go throughout your day, and it gives you an opportunity to change a goal if for some reason you feel like it isn't a priority anymore.

For example, sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling inspired to do something that is not on my list of goals, so I might add it to my list.

If accomplishing my new goal is going to make it impossible to accomplish one of the goals I set the night before, I have to figure out which goal is the most important to do today.

Remember that you have the power to create the day that you want to create, so feel free to edit your goals at will, but make sure that whatever goals you choose to follow through with are bringing you closer to the quality of life that you want to have.

Also, don't be too afraid of not finishing all of your goals. Sometimes I make a list of goals that ends up being too much for one day, but most of the time when this happens, I discover that I was still able to accomplish a lot more than I would have if I hadn't started out the day with all of that ambition and a destination in mind.

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Celebrate Your Accomplishments Before You Go to Bed

Before you create your goals for tomorrow, make sure to celebrate what you accomplished today. You are going to see major progress in your life as you establish a routine of consciously creating each day, and you deserve to celebrate your achievements.

Some people like to check off each goal that they accomplished. Others like to write down how they feel about what they were able to do. Find a way of acknowledging your achievements that works for you.

The main goal is for you to take the time to recognize that you are progressing and creating the type of life that you want to have.

If there are goals that you aren't able to accomplish, don't beat yourself up about it. Remember that tomorrow is a new day, and that you always have time to try again. Empower yourself knowing that you can and will do better tomorrow.

Before you create your goals for tomorrow, make sure to celebrate what you accomplished today. You are going to see major progress in your life as you establish a routine of consciously creating each day, and you deserve to celebrate your achievements.

What About People Who Hate To Do Lists?

I have to admit that I used to hate to do lists. I am a girl who loves her freedom, and somehow I felt like it was extremely limiting to have a list of things written down that I had to accomplish. It was like having a paper that bossed me around all day.

My hatred of to do lists melted away when I changed my perspective a little bit.

Once I came up with some solid long-term goals that I felt passionate about, my list became more meaningful.

Instead of having a to do list full of chores, I ended up having a list of stepping stones that I could be excited about accomplishing.

Even when there are chores like vacuuming or doing laundry on my list, I can feel excited about doing these jobs, because I know that I am working towards the goal of creating a home with minimal clutter where I can experience a greater measure of peace.

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      SAQIB 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      well written hub

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      Michael Higgins 2 years ago from Michigan

      Great suggestions, Becca Linn! Thanks for sharing this. Voted up!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Becca, A very interesting hub. I was like that for a while, but now I find that I have to take care of my 7 year old granddaughter most days and boy did I forget what that was like. lol I'm 66 now and I raised my girls a long time ago. I also like to make lists of everything I want to do or else I would forget most of them. Thanks for taking the time to write this hub. I voted up and interesting.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rebecca Young 2 years ago from Renton, WA

      Amen!!!

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      eternisemoi 2 years ago

      I'm also one of the free spirit types, but I've come to terms with the fact that goal setting and planning are important for achieving what you want. I wouldn't want to die knowing I didn't do everything I could have.

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      Rebecca Young 2 years ago from Renton, WA

      Thanks! I'm glad you found my hub useful.

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      Karine Gordineer 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great suggestions for having a more productive day and life!