It seems reasonable to assume that most people want to live happy, vibrant lives. Unfortunately, in spite of that desire, few people actually accomplish that.
Instead, they experience mundane lives with the occasional moment of true happiness. This is because we tend to fall into our daily routines, and simply live life going through the motions. Here is some good news. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are ten actions you can take to live life to the fullest.
1. Forgive And Reconnect or Forgive And Let go
It is virtually impossible to have a truly happy life while continually nursing grudges and holding onto resentments. It’s not an easy process, but it is well worth the effort to forgive the people who have harmed you.
In fact, doing so puts control over these situations back in your hands. Once you have forgiven, then you are free to decide whether or not you will work to heal your relationships or let them go entirely.
2. Take Action to Rid Yourself of Destructive Habits
Make a list of your bad habits. However, as you make your list, don’t limit yourself to physical things like drinking too much or not getting enough exercise. Include things that impact your emotional and spiritual well-being as well. Then, make a plan to cut each bad habit out, and replace it with something positive.
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3. Work on Your Relationships
Nothing else matters if you don’t have close and meaningful connections with people you love. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize how much work it takes to create and maintain truly close and emotionally healthy relationships. This means prioritizing spending time together, learning to listen, and committing to working through problems.
4. Create a Bucket List And Start Working on it Now
Even if you have never seen the movie, you probably know that a bucket list is a list of things that you want to do before you die. Well, here’s the thing. You are dying. You may have 70 years left. You may have less than a year. There’s no way of knowing. So, make your list and start working on it now.
5. Complain Less Fix More
The problem with complaining is that it just creates more negativity in the world. Make a decision that you won’t complain about things you can’t fix, and that you will focus on changing the things you can without complaint.
6. Find Success in The Little Things
Big moments and big experiences are wonderful, and you should try to have as many of them as possible. Just remember that there are always going to be smaller moments and smaller experiences that weave themselves into your daily life, and those are much more numerous and more important than any big ticket experience. So, take the time to gain knowledge and enlightenment from the little things in life as well as the big. Learning to find success in little things can be one of the biggest gifts you give yourself.
7. Create a Design For Your Ideal Life
You can’t live life to the fullest until you figure out what that means for you. Try dividing your life into categories such as family, travel, romance, career, spirituality, hobbies, friends, etc. Then, decide the priority of these things in your life. Once you have done that, make a list in each category of what you want to accomplish, what you want to change, and what you want to be rid of.
8. Learn For The Sake of Learning
The more curious you are about the world around you, and the more knowledge you seek, the more well-rounded you will be. This will lead to more interesting relationships and interesting experiences. So, read, travel, explore, ask questions, and pursue new information every chance you get.
9. Pick Experiences Over Things
When you purchase something, even an item that is very meaningful to you, you get an initial thrill. However, that thrill eventually subsides, and all you have is the material item. On the other hand, when you experience something, you get the initial thrill of the experience, and the ability to rekindle the emotions you felt through your memories.
10. Stop Procrastinating
If you want to live life to the fullest, start taking action now. Read, travel and educate yourself. Apply for that dream job, and schedule that vacation. Finish your degree. Do whatever it is that you need to do, but take action now. Otherwise you’ll just spend the rest of your life going through the motions.
You don’t need to be extremely rich, lucky, or well educated to live a life of fulfillment and meaning. You just have to decide what you want from life and make getting what you want a priority. Then ten steps listed above outline the things you need to do change your mindset and live the life you’ve always wanted.