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Feeling stuck is one of the worst feelings we can get.
It’s usually like a dark void that sucks you in and leaves you drained, unsatisfied.
It’s overwhelming and at times it leaves you paralyzed because nothing excites you anymore and you just don’t feel like doing absolutely anything.
At the same time, it makes you want to change your life for good.
It makes you crave a change so radical people who know you no longer recognize you.
But most of the time we have no idea where to start.
I remember feeling like that for months at a time.
It was a feeling I couldn’t shake off no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that what I was doing was exactly what I wanted to do.
So, yep, I’ve been there too.
I dare to say we all have, at some point.
Thankfully, today I can confidently say I’m on the right path.
It wasn’t easy to come here. I stumbled a lot, but today I want to show you how you can perform a life makeover to revamp your mindset, your ideas, and your lifestyle.
In this post, I’ll describe this life makeover challenge step by step.
If you follow through, at the end of it you’ll have a new mindset, new approach, new goals.
Your dream life will become clearer to you and you’ll be on your way to develop new skills! 🙂
I promise you’ll feel energized and ready to tackle any task.
What is a life makeover
According to most dictionaries, a makeover is a change (usually radical) of someone’s physical appearance.
However, this is not the definition of makeover I’m using here.
In this post, I’m talking about changing your life and changing yourself from the inside out.
This means changing your:
- goals and systems, and
Sure, if you want to add a new hairstyle to the mix, you do you!
Just make sure you do it from a place of self-love: do it because you want to treat yourself and do something nice for yourself.
Not because you hate yourself and you need a change.
Changing your hair won’t change your life; changing your mindset and your habits will.Changing your hair won't change your life; changing your mindset and your habits will. Click To Tweet
Which is why you need a life makeover plan like… right now.
Who is the life makeover challenge for
This challenge is for you if you:
- feel stuck, unmotivated, lazy;
- know you’d like to be doing something different than what you do now, but you have no idea what that is;
- sometimes feel the urge to move to a different city, change your hair, change the way you dress, but deep down you know that’s not what you really need;
- know there’s got to be more to life than what you’re experiencing right now.
On the other hand, this challenge is not for people who:
- are clinically depressed (if you are, please stay safe and seek professional help!),
- think this process is magic and they won’t have to make extra efforts to make this work,
- feel stuck and unmotivated but are not really willing to do what it takes to overcome it.
Life makeover challenge
1. Journal for 15 min straight, for 7 days
The majority of our discomfort and unhappiness comes from a lack of self-awareness.
This I-want-to-do-something-but-I-don’t-know-what feeling I described above is rooted in our inability to know who we really are.
Journaling is an excellent exercise to increase your self-awareness, and get to know you and your desires better.
Through journaling, you can learn more about yourself, your motives, your fears.
And, as I said in other posts (I can’t stop talking about journaling), the great thing is you don’t have to spend months journaling daily to see results.
In just a week you’ll start noticing how it’s changing you for the better.
Of course, the longer you practice it, the more benefits you get from it.
But journaling for 15 min straight for 7-10 days can give you profound insights about you and your life, which is exactly what we want for this life makeover challenge
In case you’re not familiar with journaling, this is what you need to do:
How to practice journaling
Journaling is basically a written record of your feelings, ideas, and thoughts.
You can keep that record in physical or digital form by writing for a set amount of time everything that comes to your mind.
In my humble opinion, it’s better to write by hand. I’ve just had better results that way.
But you can choose whichever option you prefer.
There are countless journaling exercises out there but, to start, you can practice “stream of consciousness“, which basically consists of writing anything and everything that comes to your mind.
It doesn’t matter if the things you’re writing don’t make sense at the beginning.
Little by little you’ll start identifying thought patterns, questions you ask yourself often and your daily struggles, basically.
Increase your self-awareness and your ability to recognize exactly what you’re feeling and why and you’ll set yourself up for success in no time.
More posts you’ll love:
- Journaling For Beginners: A Guide + 16 Pro Tips To Make The Most Out Of It
- Benefits of journaling: 13 reasons why you need to start journaling right now
- 25 solid steps to find what you really love to do
2. Evaluate your current life
This is one of the scariest and hardest parts of the process.
But it’s oh, so necessary.
However, the outcomes of this part of the exercise are generally soothing.
Because you’re feeling unsatisfied day after day you may probably think you hate your whole life.
But that’s just a mind trap!
Feeling stuck in life doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like anything about it. But this feeling can be so strong at times it can actually permeate every area of your life.
By evaluating your life as it is now, you’ll be able to identify exactly what you don’t like about it and which areas you’d like to rescue.
In order to evaluate your whole life, follow these steps:
a. Divide your whole life into categories (money, family, work, hobby, love, friendships, home, etc.);
b. Take a piece of paper and create a column for each area;
c. Give each one of them some thought and reflect on how much you like it, how much you hate it, how bad you’d like it to be better or how grateful you are for it to be the way it currently is;
d. Rate each area from 1-10 and ask yourself why you gave each category the rating you’re giving it;
e. Ask yourself what you’d like to change/improve on the areas with a low rating.
If you’d like to know more about how you can assess your current life, go read:
3. Identify your bad habits
Once you’ve completed your life audit, it’s time to take responsibility for how things have turned out.
This is not about blaming yourself forever. And I’m sure many people find it scary, but if you think about it, it’s actually liberating:
When you take responsibility for how your life is and for how you’ve responded to circumstances, you realize you’re the master of your own faith.
And there’s no greater feeling than that.
Now, you probably have some bad habits (we all do) that have slowly turned your life into a life you don’t enjoy.
Which are the tiny, little actions you perform day after day or week after week that have taken you to the place where you’re now?
Maybe you’ve spent too much time watching Netflix in the last few years, which has left you with little to no time to read good books and learn new things.
Or maybe you’ve surrounded yourself by toxic people who love to criticize others and gossip about their lives, which leaves no room for true and nurturing friendships.
Some bad habits are worst than others; some affect your physical and mental health while others may have tiny consequences only if you keep doing them for years.
Whatever the case with your habits may be, list them.
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- 75 bad habits that are screwing your life up
- How to read more books: 18 honest tips to boost your reading
- How to easily turn your phone into a fantastic productivity tool
4. Make a list of good habits you want to get into
It’s time to replace those bad habits with new ones.
Instead of doing those harmful things you listed on the previous steps, what would you like to do?
Go over that list of bad habits and write right next to it the new and healthy habits you want to get into.
Maybe instead of watching so much TV on weekdays you should enroll in an online course or read for an hour straight.
Or maybe you can replace social-media time (a.k.a. mindlessly scrolling through Instagram) with educational YouTube videos about an interesting topic you’d like to know more about.
5. Declutter a room in your home
Clutter causes stress and your home should be your happy place. Not a source of endless anxiety.
Pick a room in your house and schedule a declutter session for it.
You don’t have to pick the most cluttered room. I know those can be intimidating!
Just start small.
If there’s seriously too much clutter, you can start by decluttering a closet, a drawer, etc. And work from there.
But whatever you do, finish that decluttering session.
I promise you’ll feel tired but so satisfied after you finish.
Another nice trick to reduce anxiety caused by clutter is to clean and organize your desk every night or right before you start working. It’ll change your life, I swear.
More posts you’ll love:
- 16 easy & smart ways to improve your daily life massively
- 19 self-care ideas to dramatically improve your mental and physical health
- 100 powerful lessons to help you improve your life + FREE printable list
6. Browse online courses and save the ones you’d love to attend or enroll in one
This one’s a must to set the tone for the new direction in your life.
Either for exploring new career options or new hobbies that excite you, online courses are the perfect solution.
They’re generally self-paced, which means you can watch classes whenever you prefer. You can watch them from the comfort of your home and the best of all is that there are courses out there for every topic you can think of.
Plus, there are many very affordable options to get started.
If you have no idea where to start, I highly recommend you browse Udemy’s huge catalog of online courses.
They’re divided into many categories and I’m sure there’s at least one course for everybody there.
So go ahead and give yourself some time to browse all courses and mark as favorite whatever catches your eye.
Then go to your list of favorites and pick the one you’re starting soon.
7. Make a list of books you want to read
Then make a list of at least 5 books you’d like to read this year.
For the sake of this life makeover challenge, you’ll probably want to pick self-help or educational books in areas of your life you’d like to improve.
For example, if you struggle to set and get into new habits, you should read The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy.
Or if you’re a chronic people-pleaser, then add Not Nice, by Aziz Gazipura.
If you need inspiration, you can also select autobiographies by people you admire or people who have accomplished great things in life.
These are great books I can’t stop talking about, just in case you need more ideas:
8. Buy one of those books and read 10 pages
That list isn’t going to just lay there.
You need to actually start reading those books you said you were going to read.
To start, pick one of those books on your list, buy it and read 10 pages.
That’s it. 10 pages on day #1 of this sub-challenge: the reading challenge.
And then keep reading 10 or more pages each day.
Reading non-fiction like self-help books, for example, can really broaden your horizons and give you valuable ideas to implement.
In my opinion, it’s a sort of life hack:
By learning about what others learned before you, you’ll reduce the time it’ll take you to learn those lessons on your own.By learning about what others learned before you, you'll reduce the time it'll take you to learn those lessons on your own. Click To Tweet
So, take advantage of what others can teach you to improve your life!
9. Design your dream life
There’s something (or many things) you don’t like about your life.
Great. I get it.
But what are you going to do about them now?
You’ve already analyzed what you like and what you don’t like and you’ve gathered different ideas of things you can do to make your life better.
Now what you need is a plan to implement your new habits and towards your greatest goals.
For that, I’ve got you covered!
Here’s how to plan your dream life to go from zero to hero is just about a month:
10. Take action
Plans look nice and pretty and they can make you feel brand new.
But they’re literally useless if you don’t take action.
I know it’s a no brainer but sometimes we need to be told this: if you don’t change what you don’t like about your life, NOBODY is going to do it for you.If you don't change what you don't like about your life, NOBODY is going to do it for you. Click To Tweet
Set up a system that can help you work on your new habits and towards your biggest goals little by little.
Or get an accountability partner who can help you keep track of your progress.
Another great way to keep yourself accountable is a technique I already mentioned: journaling.
By keeping a record of how you feel and what you’re doing to change your life, you’ll be able to realize that the power to change is in your hands and your hands only.
So… let’s get started and take this life makeover challenge!