Today you woke up realizing that you are not where you want to be. What should you do when you realize you are stuck in life? How can you quickly get your life on track?

Chances are, you’ve been feeling really frustrated with life and wondering what steps you need to take to find your purpose and become successful. Here are the steps you should take when you are overwhelmed and need to get your life on track fast:

1. Tap Into the Fire

There is a passion in you that burns for something. You may not know what that something is yet, however there are many personal development tools and programs to help you discover it.

What is passion? Passion goes beyond the common definition we often hear in the media – being defined as “something you strongly like.” When you are passionate about something, you can have powerful emotions such as love, joy, hatred, or anger. Passion has to be deep enough to stir you into action, and passion will keep you going when your mind says to quit.

I often ask my life coaching clients the following list of questions to help them discover their true passion. Ask yourself these questions to start turning your life around:

• What are you willing to suffer for?
• What makes you cry?
• What makes you extremely happy?

Tapping into the fire is about getting to the root of who you are, what you are about, and how you want to live your life. You must make these choices if you want to be truly successful.

Additionally, you must identify your core values and begin to live by them. Any time you feel miserable about life it is because you are failing to live by one of your core values. Emotions are powerful tools when focused. Allow yourself to fully feel emotions and use them to make the changes you need to make to get your life on track. Change is hard, but emotions are the extra fuel in the tank that can push you into a better life quickly.

2. Define Your Mission Possible

Discovering your purpose is the next step to getting your life on track. Do you know why you’re on the planet? Think about the steps you would need to complete to go on a long distance trip. The first step would be deciding where you are going. In order to get somewhere, you first need to know where “somewhere” is.

Where you are going (purpose) affects everything about how you get there (goals). For example, if you live in the U.S. and you want to go to a major city such as New York, there are multiple ways to get there. Bus, train, car, or plane will all get you there. However, if you want to go to Australia – there is no train from the U.S. to Australia. Your only two options would be plane or boat.

The concept of “success” is often too vague for most people, so they stay stuck in life. This keeps them from creating a life plan or personal development plan. When you know where you are going, you can then find way to get there. The second step I always complete with life coaching clients is to always have them clearly define what success looks like for them. You must clearly define what success looks like for you.

You are reading because you need to get your life on track. But what does your life being on track look like? Define it, write it down, and you’ll be far ahead of most people. Only 10% of all people worldwide have a clear success target written down. Ask yourself these questions. If my life was on track:

• What would it look like?
• What would be different?
• How would I feel?
• How would I spend my time?

You can’t decide how to get somewhere in life until you know where you want to go. Define your mission and you will speed up the process of getting your life on track.

3. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

When you feel stuck in life, or just stuck in a rut, chances are you do not have clear focus. Lack of focus is where these feelings come from. All humans are wired to want to work towards something meaningful.

When you are not working towards anything meaningful and have no clear goals, you get off track. Instead of your life being a refreshing, pure, fast-moving river – it becomes a stinking, stagnant, cesspool.

Focus on a specific goal will create more breakthroughs in your life than you can imagine. The key is to not just have goals, but goals that are written down and in your face. This way you are reminded of your goals every day, and you can refer to them often.

Effective goals are S.M.A.R.T.

• S is for specific. Vagueness will you nowhere in life, so be more specific about what you actually want to get your life on track.
• M is for measurable. How can you tell whether or not you achieved your goal if don’t have a way to measure progress? Find a way to break down your goal into chunks to monitor your progress. There are million ways to do it, choose a way that motivates you.
• A is for attainable. You want your goals to be realistic, but challenging at the same time.
• R is for relevant. If your desire is to find a good career that creates financially stability, a goal of eating 5 more Oreo cookies a day will not help you achieve it. On the other hand, speaking to a career counselor or life coach would help. Make sure your goals make sense.
• T is for time-bound. You may not believe this, but you are actually psychologically hardwired for deadlines. According to Parkinson’s Law, a well-known success principle, "work expands to fill the time available for its completion." What this means is that to be successful in setting and achieving your life goals, you must add a date to everything. Give yourself tight deadlines. If not, you’ll have less motivation to move forward. Your goals will drag on forever and you’ll lose momentum.

In conclusion, tap into the fire, define your mission possible, and set new S.M.A.R.T. goals to get your life on track starting today. Write them down, and take massive action. If you do, you’ll quickly be on your way to getting your life on track.

Author's Bio: 

Jennifer Sarpong is a life coach, author, and creator of the EPIC Life Home Coaching program. She helps people quickly make progress, achieve their goals, and live extraordinary lives of purpose.

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