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6 Simple Steps to Wake Up Your Life

Our hectic schedules have a numbing effect on our lives. We wander around from one obligation to the next with barely a moment to pause and consider where we are headed. Whenever I feel like I’m sleepwalking through life, I know it’s time to step back and get a wake up call.

As I wrote this, my mind shifted to thoughts of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never been a big fan of setting resolutions at the start of a new year. It’s too easy to set yourself up for failure. I prefer to evaluate and make changes whenever the inspiration strikes.

So today, I want to ask you if your life needs a wake up call. Are you happy where you are in life? Are you the person you want to be? Are you living a life free of excess? Are you doing the things you always dreamed you would do? If not, I want to let you know that it’s alright. It’s easy to get sidetracked. Don’t stop now! Now is your chance to quit sleepwalking and wake up to life.

6 Simple Steps to Wake Up Your Life:

1. Hibernate

The first step is taking some quiet time for yourself. So much of our life is overlooked or ignored simply because we don’t have the mental space to address it. Little breaks for times of reflection can make a huge difference.

2. Salivate

Taste the awesomeness of life. If you don’t wake up every morning with anticipation for what’s in store for your day, then make a change to add flavor back into your life. Dream about what makes you the most excited about life and use that to fuel your passions.

3. Investigate

Don’t just sit around and wonder about all you could do and be in this life. Start exploring your options, research what resources you already have and discover what you need to do to achieve your goals. Nothing tastes as bitter as regret.

4. Evaluate

Consider carefully how you spend your time because it is your most precious resource. Evaluate your relationships, your aspirations, and your happiness. Determine if the choices you are making are having a positive effect or if you should be doing something different.

5. Eliminate

Compare your current pursuits with your personal goals to determine what should stay and what should be eliminated. If something in your life doesn’t fit within your goals, consider removing the distraction.

6. Appreciate

Be thankful for what you have and remember to appreciate those around you. Reach out to those you love and go after your dreams. Enjoy each step of the journey and don’t take anything for granted.


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Article originally published on 12/09/2010

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  1. Hello and happy Thursday Faith!

    I wanted to drop you a line to say I really like the way you so eloquently described the steps to appreciate life more! Salivate- awesomely original!

    I get sort of bored reading redundant hyperbole like zombies and walking dead.

    Really good post!


    • Faith Janes says

      Happy Thursday to you too, Eric! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your comment. I always enjoy your feedback.

      I don’t think anyone want to miss out on their life, but it’s so easy to do exactly that if we don’t wake up and pay attention. I don’t think that’s cause to fuss at people for doing that though. Sadly, many folks don’t even realize there’s an alternative. And if there’s nothing in your life worth salivating for, it’s no wonder people just go through the motions of life.

  2. Very good points. I love the beginning of a fresh, new year to reevaluate and set new goals. For me, any time of year is always a risk at failing – they key is to keep things simple and just keep moving forward. The goal is progression, not perfection. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks so much for this!

  3. Dear minimalist mum,

    I just threw away every single thing unused and it just feel so GREAT! Everytime I’m down town and feel like I wanna buy something, I’m asking right away: DO I REALLY, BUT REALLY need that thing? 90% the answer is NO, NO, NO! Put it right back!
    Not a big fan of setting resolutions at the start of a new year either, but one of the things I want to change is to get ride of bad habitude time consuming ๐Ÿ™

    Thanks for your kind posts!

    • Faith Janes says

      Good for you, Crisa! It’s really empowering to get rid of stuff. It makes me more keenly aware of my future purchases. It also kind of bugs me that I wasted money buying those needless things, which makes me pickier about new purchases. Thanks for your comment.

  4. So well put. Love reading your blog.

  5. I am so glad you have step six in this list. You don’t truly have something if you haven’t taken the time to realize what it does for your life. I think that if everyone appreciated the things they do have a little more we would be part of a happier world.


  6. This is exactly the point I am at Faith! I need to make some major changes in my life, and I am somewhat dragging my feet, but I am also chomping at the bit! I just need to make my plan and then work it!
    Great outline for doing so!

  7. I looove this one Faith! Salivate! You made me laugh with that and then you made me want to hop off the computer and go experience the world outside my door! I think I’ll do that right now. Signing off for the day and I’m off to salivate at the world around me.

    Happy holidays,

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