6 Warning Signs That you Might Be Creating a Life You’ll Eventually Need to Escape
This is going to be a bit of a wake-up call for some of you and it may hit a nerve. Last week I explored the idea that you might be addicted to the life that you’re trying to escape. As I thought about that more and more I realized you might be doing something far worse. You might actually be in the process of creating a life that you’ll eventually need to escape at some point and find yourself in a prison that you actually created.
6 WARNING SIGNS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF
- You live for the weekends: If you live for the weekends, you should consider the following. You are living for 2 out of 7 days a week. So that means you live for 2/7 of your life. I don’t know about you but that sounds kind of insane to me. Wouldn’t you rather look forward to everyday because you have some sort of passion that lights your eyes up. Give some serious thought to how you can figure out a way to look forward to every single day. It could be something as simple as having dinner with a few close friends in the middle of the week. Whatever you do, stop living for the weekend.
- You hate Mondays: If you constantly find yourself with a “ a case of the mondays”, it’s quite similar to living for the weekends. But think about the amount of meaning you’ve given to one day a week, and think about how it impacts your state of mind, behaviors, etc, etc. All this simply because it’s Monday?
- You’re a Paycheck Player: I was a paycheck player for a large part of my life and I wasn’t very good at any job I had during that time. I made a short time sacrifice for a long term and gain and some of the most remarkable things in my life have started to happen. If the only reason you do your job is because it gives you a paycheck, then I’d start giving some serious consideration to an exit plan since it’s something that will happen eventually anyways. All you’re really doing is delaying the inevitable. Look closely at the signs of career success or failure.
- You spend all year looking forward to 2 weeks of vacation: This again comes back to the fact that only a fraction of your life is something you look forward to. I’m all for having a sense of excitement about the places you’ll travel. But when more time is spent living in the future and not in the moment, it’s easy to see why there are so many unhappy people in the world.
- You live based on other people’s expectations: Family, society, and people around you always have expectations about how you should live your life. Yet, this is ridiculous because they are not the ones that are going to live with the consequences of your actions. But if you are constantly trying to live up the expectations of people around you, then it’s likely you’ll eventually resent all of them when you find yourself trapped in a life you’re trying to escape from. In the short term it might cause some conflict for you to go against the grain, but in the long run when you are happy and fulfilled your relationships with other people will be significantly better because of this.
- You are always thinking about what’s next: If you spend your days thinking about your next promotion, your next pay raise, your next vacation, your next purchase or anything else that comes next you are working really hard towards creating a life that you’ll need to escape. When you spend all your time thinking about what’s next, then your forgetting about the magic of living in the moment and focusing on what you can do today.
Are you working towards a life that you’ll eventually need to escape? If so, how do you intend to stop?
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