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6 Signs You're Wasting Your Life But Can't Admit It

Life is a treasure, a gift that has limitless potential. The sheer magnitude of this simple, yet massive, concept isn't always taken advantage of.

Some people can't imagine how to carry the whole cake, so they settle for a slice, or worse nothing. You only get one ride in this vessel, and your ride isn't guaranteed any length of time.


Faced with these facts, many people create boundaries, limitations, basically excuses.One thing leads to nothing and before you know it tomorrow is today and you have wasted so much. Don't create regrets today, do what you can even if it isn't perfect.

A nurse revealed the most common regrets people had at the end of their lives, and the general theme to all of them is to keep trying, loving, exploring and being true to yourself. Below we've highlighted the surest ways to waste your life.

You Keep Yourself Overwhelmed

From clubbing, massive theater screens, surround sound, neighbors that live ten feet away to advertisements everywhere possible, modern society is defined by ever present stimulus. The constant noise drowns out our voice but also buries our fears and doubts. The new age version of a base line is the most mentally and spiritually numb state that people have lived.

While the bad is generally muted and we can't feel the effects of life's pains as clearly, we also trade our propensity for the joys and positivity. People either fear the lows so badly or even worse believe that they don't deserve the highs. The choice to simply exist and not life should never warrant hesitation.

You Waste Time Not Making Or Avoid Decisions

When faced with infinite choices, we get caught up in trying to make the 'perfect decision'. The choice that will make everything perfect and grant our every desire, scaring off any fear. We seem to forget that we are in control of our lives and have the right to change our minds or direction at any time, for any reason.

Indecision leads to stagnation. If you don't stay moving and pro-actively make moves you feel is right, life will do it for you. You will be in a constant state of reacting, trying to keep your head above water. This doesn't mean you have to move at breakneck-speeds all the time, but give your needs voice and honor your heart's desires.

You Surround Yourself With Pointless Distractions

More than half of the activities and products in this country are specifically aimed at killing time, to get through one more day. Distractions are a sneaky and absurdly prevalent vice. Looking at your phone for the time can turn into an hour of reading celebrity facts in the blink of an eye.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so our time is precious and needs to be valued and well partitioned. There is a difference between wasting time and taking a break. Waste less time, take more breaks, and most of all pay attention to what ever you are doing. Be present.

You Trade Self Discipline For Instant Gratification

Self discipline is the greatest gift you can create for yourself. Developing your will power, training your focus, developing awareness are just a few of the benefits of enforcing discipline on yourself. The only thing you truly control in life, is yourself. You can't truly force others to do something if they absolutely don't want to. You can't change the seasons or cheat death. You can control what you choose to do in life and the attitude you nurture.

The pleasures of instant gratification do not build character or help you achieve any productive goal. You may feel unfocused and direction-less, so you choose to waste time, waiting for your 'higher purpose' to reveal itself. Life never works like that, but if it did and your purpose was revealed, would you have the internal resources to complete it? You don't have to know where you're going but you will benefit from traveling anyway.

You Never Truly Acknowledge Your Fears

Fear is a powerful force that prevails in ignorance. You can't ignore a concern and expect it to go away. Ignoring your dread gives that formation the free reign to grow and maximize its effects on your life and psyche. People don't acknowledge fear for many different reasons. They are afraid of the extent of their terror, that they won't be able to conquer it. They may not want to dent their pride by admitting they could be afraid of anything.

Not confronting fear is like choosing to not accept the rising tide and being surprised when you can't breathe. Look beyond your ego, any of your formations only have the influence that it is given.

You Stay Continually Busy

There is a difference between staying busy and being productive. Most people stay busy, working harder instead of of smarter. Staying constantly occupied is like the sum of all the previous points. You internally keep yourself overwhelmed, engaging in tasks that truly only pass the time.

Not everything you do is your greatest task or among the most defining moments of your life. There are menial things we do that help sustain our quality of life. You know when you are not working on what you should. Stay mindful of what's on your list and try to keep it to the essential tasks.

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How To Be More Confident In Just 5 Minutes, Try It

We're Not Born With It

We weren't born confident. Confidence is a quality we need to cultivate by thinking outside of the box and refusing to live only to please others. Think back to when you were a child. You didn't need to be confident then, you simply cried when things didn't go your way. But, as you grew up, you start to notice the impact of how others see you and you become self-conscious. We're the ones that give power to others by letting what they think to dictate our confidence when really it's how we feel about ourselves that will radiate confidence.

That's why all it takes to be more confident is five minutes designed to rewire your thought pattern to bring the attention back where it belongs.

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Strike A Power Pose

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Guess what? No one is confident all the time. Not even those who have a full makeup and hair team every single day. The key is knowing how to switch confidence back on when it seems fleeting. You can actually trick your own brain.

Go into a room where you can be alone. It helps if there's a mirror. Then extend your arms up in a "V" shape. Stand as tall and as big as you possibly can. This is called the Victory stance and is a power pose. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart ad your chin up, and stand there in silence for two whole minutes. It might feel awkward for the first 30 seconds, but it'll fix your posture, bring a smile to your face and restore your confidence. Take that power out the door with you by keeping your head held high and your body standing straight.

Maintain Eye Contact

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Eye Contact is arguably the most powerful form of communication. When interacting with others, looking them in the eye makes them feel seen and acknowledges every word they say. When you keep your gaze fixated on them, after a while you genuinely stop noticing everything happening around them, and in a way you make them feel like the only person in the world.

You can do the same thing to yourself. Stand by a mirror and stare straight into your own and watch the world melt away. Remind yourself with the intention that at this moment all that matters is you. Everything else is on hold because to face it, you need to first check-in with yourself. You have all the power to make that happen because you love yourself, you have a purpose, and you matter. Remember who you are and ground yourself.

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Lose The "Ums"

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A confident person articulates and speaks with intention. Instead of blurting out whatever comes to mind, show assertiveness by taking a second to think before you speak. Not only will this help you lose the ums and uhs but it will make what you say seem more valuable. the same goes for awkward giggles at the end of a sentence.

Laughing when you're done is like saying that everything you just said was a joke and completely discredits you. You can practice this even as you think. Train your thought patterns so they flow.

Relive Your Most Glorious Moment

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This step is most beneficial at the moment right before you're about to be in the spotlight. Close your eyes. Think of the last time that you were proud of yourself in a situation. Remember how you felt, what you said, and why you did it.

Remember how successful you were and how capable you are of creating such success. Imagine all the details of that last moment of success and take the confidence it brings you into your next glorious moment.

Recreate Your Environment

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Do you know why some people who spend their days in offices aren't happy no matter how much money they make? It's because of their environment, constantly being in front of a screen and between four walls. Some research shows that taking even just two minutes to walk in greenery can completely change your mood. Remember that happiness is confidence so you want to be stimulating your brain and its perception of the world in every way that you can.

Whenever you're running low on confidence go and connect with nature, or experience a new place, or just change your environment to somewhere that makes you feel good and watch how it changes your mood. This then will reflect in how you present yourself to others.

Reframe Your Breath

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​When you're anxious and experiencing low self-esteem, your breathing physically changes. You start breathing heavily, and faster. The more shallow your breathing becomes, the worst you feel.

Instead, try breathing deeply with intention. Stand up and breathe in for five seconds, completely filling your diaphragm, and then breath out for another five seconds. As you take control of your breath, start visualizing a future where you are in control. Tell yourself "I breath in peace and I breath out anxiety" If you do this for a couple of minutes, you should feel relaxed and in control afterward.

Stop Chasing Someone Else's Ideal

If you're looking for a sign on whether you need a change then you're here for a reason. This is your sign.

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