8 easy steps to be stuck in life and feel awful about yourself

Stuck in life

Are you sick of living a life that makes you feel happy and fulfilled? Can you really not stand another morning where you wake up feeling good about yourself? Or do you wish you could just stop accomplishing your goals? No problem!

Imagine a life where you never have to be proud of yourself, feel confident, or satisfied again. Where all your good intentions and dreams fall by the wayside and you can finally wipe that happy smile off your face. Don’t think it’s possible? Think again!

If you want to be thoroughly unhappy and feel like your life is going nowhere, just follow the easy steps below. This program is guaranteed to make you feel awful about yourself in no time. And for those who are already accomplished in the art of misery, this can also be a refresher course so you can dig yourself deeper into the hole.

1. Always try to be perfect

Never ever allow yourself to make mistakes. If you do, make sure you condemn and punish yourself. You deserve it. Under no circumstances are you to see mistakes as a natural part of life or attempt to learn from them. By all means view them as indelible character flaws.

2. Blame everyone and everything around you

If your life is not going the way you want, see yourself as a victim of circumstance. Your genes, society, your parents, fate, bad luck – there are plenty of entities and factors outside of yourself which you can blame for every misfortune. Disregard proof that says otherwise. Do not, I repeat, do not take responsibility for your choices, your actions and where you are in life. Pity yourself for the lot you have drawn and complain loudly and often.

3. Constantly compare yourself to others

Always use other people as a yardstick for what you do in life and never compare yourself favorably. Especially when you have some small success to celebrate, make sure to find someone who did better. Use the accomplishments of famous people and whoever you consider most successful as a lens to look at your life. Your own past performance should never be a basis for comparison.

4. Depend on other people to make you happy

You need the approval of others like a vampire needs blood! Definitely make its pursuit your single goal in life. Pleasing people is what you are here for. Act hurt and let your self-esteem go out the window when their praise fails to meet your expectations. Remember, you aren’t worth anything if you aren’t liked by everyone so don’t even try to develop any sense of self-worth solely based on yourself and your own accomplishments.

5. Accept the standards of others

Take the norms by which others look at life at face value and never question them. This is especially true for advertisement and beauty magazines, but also for the people around you. Pay particular attention to the advice of those who have been stuck themselves for years. They are professionals. Listen to them! For the love of god do not set your own standards by which you measure yourself.

6. Practice resistance

Acceptance of what is and dealing with reality is for losers. Make “should” and “shouldn’t” the centerpieces of your vocabulary, “no” your standard answer. Be rigid in your view of what is wrong and what is right. It is vital to be inflexible in your opinions, life is clearly best seen in black and white. Disregard new information and refuse to change or learn. Keep doing what you have been doing for years. Your old opinions have always worked for you, there is no need to update them.

7. Attempt to do everything at once

No to-do list can ever be too long. Priorities are for pussies. Remember that you have unlimited energy and that burn out is a myth made up by weak people. Under no circumstances are you to single task. Aggressively go for impossible-to-achieve short-term goals. Small and sustainable changes are boring, and that’s not you. Long-term planning should never be part of your repertoire.

8. Run from fears and problems

Avoidance of anything that poses a challenge is key. If something makes you feel uncomfortable, you should clearly leave it alone. Treat symptoms, not the root of the problem. Deal only with things that have absolutely no potential to improve your overall situation. Confrontation is dangerous. If you solved your problems, you would have nothing to complain about and then what will you contribute to any conversation?

Following these easy steps should be more than enough to keep you miserable and prevent your life from moving forward. Now you can ruin any day quickly and efficiently and ensure you never move an inch to better any situation. Please refrain from doing exactly the opposite of the above-mentioned or you run the danger of introducing positive steps into your life.

What other ways are there to keep yourself stuck? What should everyone avoid in order to not improve their situation? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Bildquelle: Victor Cristian Mitroi

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4 Comments

  1. 19 / Mar / 2014
    Ceren Mart

    Great post. It is interesting to read these from this perspective.

    • 19 / Mar / 2014

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it. It was also a lot of fun to write. Hope it is helpful.

      Cheers!

  2. 18 / Mar / 2014

    Das beste Buch dazu ist Paul Watzlawicks Klassiker “Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein”. Wer es dann nicht kann, hat ein Lernschwäche – und chronischen Humormangel.

    • 18 / Mar / 2014

      Erwischt. Die Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein war tatsächlich eine Inspiration für diesen Artikel.

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