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5 ways to live a mediocre, stagnant life – (Hint: Do the opposite)

Step out of your comfort zone and avoid a mediocre existence with these 5 life-changing tips. From challenging yourself to surrounding yourself with positivity, start your journey to a successful life.
5 ways to live a mediocre, stagnant life – (Hint: Do the opposite)
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A life worth living?

Pssh… For the birds.

Do these five steps and you’ll redefine mediocrity:

    1. Be complacent
    2. Don’t set any goals
    3. Don’t take any risks
    4. Don’t try anything new
    5. Surround yourself with negativity

1. Be complacent

Complacency is the enemy of growth and success.

So it’s the perfect companion for a mediocre, stagnant life.

By accepting whatever comes your way (even if it’s less than you deserve), you’ll never have to challenge yourself or push yourself to be better.

Here’s how complacency manifests itself in your daily life:

    • Mediocre salary
    • Same daily routine (living the same day, every day)
    • Stagnant relationship
    • Lack of career advancement
    • No personal growth or learning

While everything and everyone is changing around you, don’t feel the need to keep up or even get ahead. You’re perfect just the way you are. Forever and always. 🤗

Never worry about having to reach your full potential. Just be content with where and who you are.

2. Don’t set any goals

Goals are just a means to disappoint yourself when you inevitably fail to achieve them.

Why strive for anything when you’re perfectly content with where you are in life? Just float aimlessly through each day and let the world pass you by.

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”


Aiming too high and trying to achieve something of significance will just lead to disappointment in yourself. It’s best not to try.

3. Don’t take any risks

The idea of stepping out of your comfort zone is TERRIFYING.

You don’t need to risk anything to live a fulfilling life. Especially if you can find happiness within yourself.

Stay safe and secure in your little bubble. Never push the boundaries because that’s how people get hurt by their feelings, fail to achieve their goals, or worse – waste money. 🫣

Stick to what’s safe and familiar, and don’t push yourself too hard. Make sure you catch and binge every Netflix show you can find tho!

4. Don’t try anything new

Don’t rock the boat when you’re perfectly content with your mundane existence.

Stick to the same routine day in and day out. Challenging yourself to learn, grow and make progress in life is sooo hustle culture. 💁‍♀️

You’ll …

    • Miss out on new experiences
    • Close the doors to new opportunities
    • Never meet the people who could change your life (for the worse, duh!)


5. Surround yourself with negativity

Make friends who will encourage and motivate you. Or surround yourself with naysayers who will bring you down and reinforce your lack of ambition?

I’m picking the latter.

These are the people who will tell you …

    • Your dreams are unrealistic
    • You’re not good enough for success
    • You should just settle for what you have

They’ll discourage you from taking risks and pursuing your goals.

But don’t stop at just negative and unsupportive people. Find people who are downright toxic. Yes! (I’m starting to feel like Phil Swift.)

Bring drama and chaos into your life. Toxic people will drain your energy and suck the motivation right out of you – leaving you feeling empty and unfulfilled.

The perfect anchors to prevent you from reaching your potential.

Or if you want to progress in your life, succeed (however you define it), and leave a legacy, just do the opposite of these 5 tips:

    1. Be humble
    2. Set relevant & motivating goals
    3. Take calculated risks
    4. Experiment & try new things
    5. Surround yourself with positive people & environments

That’s what I’ve done. And it’s been the difference between living a content life and a truly fulfilling, purposeful life.

Anything you’d add to the list?