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6 Ways To Keep The Fire In You Burning

There will come a point in your life when you feel that everything seems pointless. If you reach this stage, you need to try to look at your life and start considering what things you need to do to keep the fire in you burning. No matter how old you are, it is important to live a life that is full and happy.

If you no longer have the fire in your burning, there is a big chance that you will easily give up when trials and obstacles come your way. In order to make sure that your motivation to live and love stays strong, here are some tips.

1. Assess Your Life

The first step that you need to do is to take a look at your life. More often than not, people who are bored and unhappy do not really know the things that are beautiful and precious in their lives. They fail to stop what they are doing and to find time in assessing their achievements and losses. Once you have already determined what makes you feel down and bored, you can start to do something about it.

2. Set Goals

Many people who experience tragic or life threatening situations can stay strong and motivated to live because they have the reasons to survive. A cousin of mine who was trapped in a well for three days had the strong will to survive because his family is depending on him and he wants to be alive when his 12-year old daughter graduates from college. In order for you to stay motivated, you better know what you want to get out of life. Set goals so that you have something to look forward to in the future. Even if you are eighty years old, you can still set goals for your life.

3. Be More Positive

One sure way that can bring your motivation down is by thinking negatively. If you keep on thinking of the things that you cannot do and are not capable of achieving, you will surely start wallowing in self doubt and self pity. I once read an article about a woman born without arms who does not only drive a car, but also flies airplanes. If she can surpass hurdles in her life, there is no reason why you can’t do the same.

4. Count Your Blessings

Envy is something that can really put anyone down. Once you are green with envy, you tend to lose focus on your own goals and forget about the good things that are happening in your life. Instead of looking at the other side of the fence and feeling bad, you should try looking inside your life and count your blessings. There is really nothing wrong in admiring other people and wanting to have a comfortable life for as long as these desires will keep you motivated in achieving your goals and will contribute in making you live a comfortable and happy life.

5. Find a Hobby

Doing the same things over and over again can really make people bored. One way of making your life exciting and happy is by finding a hobby and learning new things. What you can do is to try enrolling in classes, like dance or photography, which will help you get excited and motivated. As for me, in order to keep me sane in a monotonous office environment, I collect comic books and toys.

6. Don’t Be Afraid to Change

Lastly, do not be afraid to change. Simply trying a new route to the office or eating at a new restaurant can help perk up your otherwise boring life. Having a new haircut or trying a new hair color may seem trivial for men, but they sure can give you a new image and make you feel afresh.

Author’s Bio:

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  • http://improveminduniversity.blogspot.com The Dropout Kid

    We all must count our blessing. I heard Rapper Fabolous say something which caught my attention one time. He said ” Being broke is no broke, This is why i count my blessing as much as i count my money”.

    I think we can all learn from that. We all need to count our blessing and be happy in the moment, even if times are getting harder and harder, Because there is no life without suffer.

    What you must do is find meaning, into your suffering. A wise man one said ” The greatest tragedy in life. Is finding NO Meaning, into your suffering. Great post. PEACE!

    • http://www.77successtraits.com Mark Foo – 77 Success Traits

      I love that quote by Rapper Fabolous. Thank you for sharing it with us.

      Cheers~

      Mark

  • http://sidsavara.com Sid Savara

    Great post Mark

    I can’t imagine what it would be like to be trapped in a well for three days, and yet have such a strong will to pull through.

    I think assessing our lives is one of the hardest things for people to do – but also one of the most rewarding, and I agree – the first step to making a change is becoming aware of what needs to be changed!

    • http://www.77successtraits.com Mark Foo – 77 Success Traits

      Hey Sid,

      Yeah, everyone was truly amazed that he survived the ordeal. I can’t imagine what it would be like to go through something like that.

      Cheers~

      Mark

  • http://www.staceygrewal.com Stacey Grewal

    Gratitude and goal setting changed my life. Over three and a half years ago my husband declared bankruptcy. He was forced to shut down his business, while I was a stay at home mother of two, with no job prospects. We walked away from our home, our cars and almost lost our marriage over it. Needless to say I was beyond miserable. What changed everything for me was taking responsibilty for my life. Gratitude helped me do that! I became grateful for all the amazing gifts God gave me and continues to give me. Sure, I was thankful my health, the food on my plate and my two beautiful kids, but it was gratitude for my talents, my dreams and the millions of opportunities available to us in this world, that inspired me to take control of my future. I immediately stopped the blame game and began to take action; creating the life I wanted to live. I began by writing a writing a book about gratitude so that others could experience the same incredible life-altering shift that I had. And I am proud to announce that I am still a stay at home mother of two, my husband and I are more in love than we have ever been and I am now a published author. My book, titled – you guessed it – “Gratitude and Goals” will be available to purchase next week via my website (or 6-8 weeks on Amazon.com). Please come and visit me at: http://www.staceygrewal.com.

    • http://www.77successtraits.com Mark Foo – 77 Success Traits

      Hi Stacey,

      Congratulations for pulling through such a difficult period in your life. I have not been through such emotional or difficult time like you did, but gratitude and goal setting have helped me a great deal in life nevertheless.

      Cheers~

      Mark

  • http://www.beatschindler.com/blog Beat Schindler

    your post is an awesome recipe for people in search of more life in their life. based on personal experience, i’d put count your blessing on number one. just about every study on happiness attests to the life changing quality of gratefulness. accepting the is-ness of the world – versus the could’ve, should’ve, would’ve – is another powerful life enhancer, i believe.

    • http://www.77successtraits.com Mark Foo – 77 Success Traits

      Hi Beat,

      I’m still taking things for granted sometimes, but I’m learning to count my blessings more these days.

      Cheers~

      Mark

  • Lettemommy

    Good post! I have taken notes and will surely try and implemrnt these ideas into my life. Most would probaly so I am too young to have let the fire go out in my life but it seems to have and I need to light it again – for myself, my kids, and my husband!! Thank you for the great advice!

    • http://www.77successtraits.com Mark Foo – 77 Success Traits

      Hi Lettemommy,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you like the post and are taking notes. All the best!

      Cheers~

      Mark

  • http://enlightr.com Craig Thomas

    Nice post. Mostly straight forward but very helpful to quite a few people I imagine.

    • http://www.77successtraits.com Mark Foo – 77 Success Traits

      Thanks Graig!

      Cheers~

      Mark

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    Life is about seeking the truth and live by the truth, the natural course to happiness and success. There is simple and sure way to find out the fundamental truth of our lives. It is in the book: THE TRUTH OF UPS AND DOWNS, COSMIC INEQUALITY, authored by Lily Chung, a production of 24 years; hard work.
    If we don’t have the desirable cosmic energy to be happy and succeed as it often happens to the majority of people, we can take remedy of natural laws from I Ching (Success Naturally, the I Ching Way).

    The only and the best way to succeed is to find out God’s plan in us (defined by our cosmic energy). I have articles on subjects along the line. You are welcome to share.

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  • http://flawlessconfidence.com Martin K.

    Do something new, find a new hobby or simply meet with your friends and have fun. It’s important to learn to relax – it’s really easy to burn out if you focus only on your job or try to be productive 24/7.