Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

7 Ways You May Be Wasting Your Life


Are you comfortable in your own skin? Do you sometimes feel as though you don’t belong where you are?

I think many of us look at other people’s lives and compare ourselves to them. Comparison is the thief of happiness. Instead of comparing our life to others and wondering why we don’t have what they have, we should be showing gratitude for the things that we do have.

Sometimes people can get so mired in jealousy and envy, they bury their disappointment by self-medicating with food, alcohol, shopping, the internet, television, video games, gossip and more. Anything to take their minds off of their current situation.

Some people do whatever they can to escape from the reality of their life instead of visualizing the life they want, setting a goal and taking action steps to get them there. Because they are stuck in their current reality, they are plagued with feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, resentment, disappointment, sadness, despair, and more.

We need to stop avoiding our reality, figure out what it is that is wrong in our life, what we want in life and how to go about getting what we want, then take action. Otherwise, the days will pass and nothing will ever change.

7 ways you may be wasting your life:

1. Fear of Missing Out – Many people look at other people’s lives and feel that they are somehow missing out. They try and do everything they see other people enjoying and never stop to just breathe and enjoy the life they have. There are only 24 hours in a day. You cannot do everything. Enjoy the life you have been given and know that it is impossible for anyone to do everything.

2. Avoiding pain and defeat. – I hate to tell you this, but there is no success without pain and defeat. I have never met anyone who set a goal and then effortlessly coasted their way to it. You will have defeat. There will be pain. Decide now that you will not let your fear of pain and defeat stop you from reaching your goals.

3. Holding on to the past and a self-defeating story – Too many people are stuck in their past. They keep telling themselves they have never succeeded in the past so why try again. Let go of your past. Learn from those mistakes and push past them. Your future is a clean slate and it is your choice how you want it to look. Decide today what that future will look like. Write it down.

4. Trying to be someone else – No one can be you like you can! Don’t try to make yourself into someone else. It never works and just makes you feel inadequate. Have the courage to be the awesome person God intended you to be.

5. Holding on to the picture in your head of how life is supposed to be – Life is messy. It’s complicated and it rarely happens the way we picture it in our head. You know why? Because we have written ourselves a life script, but no one else got the same script. They’ve all written their own and are probably as frustrated as you are that no one is following the same script they are. Embrace the changes that occur and adjust your sails accordingly.

6. Berating yourself for not being perfect. – Except for Jesus, no one is perfect. Don’t beat yourself up for making mistakes. Just learn from them and move on.

7. Waiting – Do not sit around and wait for something to happen. Go out and make them happen. Do you want a better body? Don’t wait to start exercising until you lose weight. Start now! Want to start a business but are afraid you’ll make mistakes and screw up? Do it anyway! Producer Mark Burnett wrote a book which summed up his philosophy on life, “Jump In! Even if you don’t know how to swim!” Don’t wait to start living your life!

Stop wasting your life and vow today to start living it to the fullest. Live in the now. Be grateful and start taking action to live your most abundant life possible.

What action will you be taking today to start your journey to a more abundant life?

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