The idea of living your best life has taken the world by storm. You’d be hard-pressed to navigate through your day without hearing a reference to “living your best life” in one way or another, whether in a song, tv show, movie, or just plain old everyday conversation. And let us not forget social media for which sharing your best life was made.
No matter what the concept looks like to you, whether it’s sipping margaritas while vacationing at an exclusive resort in the Caribbean, leaving your nine-to-five job to pursue your dreams of writing novels, holding the keys to a new forever dream home, practicing yoga daily, or helping out with a Habitat for Humanity project, the idea has become the bar for how we all should aim to live our lives. In the best way, of course.
In this blog post, you’ll find principles to implement that can guide you on your journey towards living your best life and unlocking happiness and fulfillment.
So how does one get from one’s current life status to living one’s best life? A great starting point is opening yourself to try new things. Welcome to the world outside of your comfort zone. It’s time to explore all the things you’ve always found interesting but have been too nervous to try.
Start a list. Maybe you’ve dreamed of skydiving, but fear has held you back, which, yikes, maybe listen to that fear. Just kidding! Put it on your list. Perhaps playing the guitar is something you’ve always wanted to do, but you don’t think you’ll be any good. Who cares! If it makes you happy, go for it! On the list it goes. Has learning a new language been at the top of your mind? List it.
Your list should know no bounds or limits. If you can dream it, you can do it. Or at least try.
Tip: Document your list of interests in your journal or daily planner and remember to review and add to it often.
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Set goals and take action
Once you’ve started your list of interests, it’s time for you to take action. It’s natural to be apprehensive, but if you don’t start somewhere, you never will.
Select what on your list you want to tackle in the current year. Next, set short and long-term goals to give you direction and keep you on track.
Perhaps you’ve always enjoyed watching ballroom dancing on tv. As a person embarking on living their best life now, set a goal to sign up for local ballroom dancing lessons this year.
If you’ve always wanted to visit Greece but don’t have the funds to do so this year, open a bank account specifically for your trip, and set a dollar amount for how much you will contribute to it each month. Each deposit will get you one step closer to your dream destination.
Tip: Be sure to have your list of goals in a place where you can see it often (i.e, your daily planner, or a vision board).
If you truly want to live your best life, you need to have a solid foundation. Keeping the trifecta of your physical, mental and emotional health at its best is crucial. Think of a three-legged stool. When all three legs are in good shape, the stool is comfortable and stable. When one of those legs comes loose, the stool wobbles. When another leg comes loose, things become fairly uncomfortable and a lot more effort is needed to stay upright. If one of those legs falls off, well, you get the idea.
Take time to recharge and keep your trifecta in shape and steady. Find some time everyday to do something that activates you physically, emotionally and mentally. Maybe that’s taking a walk with a friend, getting into your garden, hitting the pool to swim laps, spending time with your family or whatever other hobbies, exercise or relaxation techniques you enjoy. Engaging in self-care activities such as these promotes overall health, happiness and positivity.
The next time you’re feeling a little wobbly, take a moment to check-in with yourself and see what’s causing the shift. The more you do this, the easier it will be to regain your balance and put you back on track to living your best life.
Tip: Want more ideas for how you can prioritize your health and well-being? Read 2023 Self-Care Ideas.
You’ve heard the old adage “stop and smell the roses,” meaning take time to examine your surroundings and the beauty it holds. Thanks to the digital age and the technology it’s brought, there are more ways than ever to distract us from living in the moment.
You see it all the time. The family at the dinner table each on their phone rather than conversing and bonding with one another over a meal. Or friends walking together, heads down scrolling through Instagram instead of talking to each other. And how about multi-tasking at work while on a Zoom call? Our awareness of our surroundings has diminished at an alarming rate.
Living your best life means being fully present in your daily activities. Living in the moment has been proven to not only reduce your stress and anxiety but enhance your well-being and foster deeper connections with others. Ditch the multi-tasking. Try mono-tasking and see where it takes you.
Tip: When spending time with others, try putting your phone away or utilizing the “focus” feature to hold all notifications.
Practicing gratitude grounds us and helps eliminate the noise in life that can so easily send us spiraling in unneeded negative thoughts. Gratitude is the ultimate workout for our mental and emotional resilience. When we take the time to be grateful for what we have, we are building our positive mindset muscle that helps us navigate life more smoothly, build stronger relationships, and live our best lives.
Start your day by listing ten things you’re grateful for in your journal. It can be as simple as the sun shining outside of your window to the food on your table to bigger things like the clear scan you just had that proclaimed you cancer free. There is nothing too big or too small for gratitude.
Tip: For more ideas on how you can practice gratitude, read 9 Ways to Expand the Latitude of Your Gratitude.
Living your best life is not a destination, but a continuous journey. By embracing these principles, you’ll be well on your way to experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful existence. Remember, it’s never too late to start living your best life.
I’d love to hear how you’re designing your best life. What’s on your self discovery list?
Cheers to living our best life!
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