Ever wonder what you need to know and do to live your best, most amazing life?
Some people make it look so easy. They’re happy most of the time, have interesting jobs that they love, plenty of money to do what they want and freedom for fun on a regular basis. If something “bad” happens they seem to recover quickly and get back on track fast.
So what do you do if you’re not one of those people? Wonder no more. There are very specific things you can do right now to get your life on track and keep it there long term. None of these things are new, but using them together packs a powerful get-your-life-on-track-and-keep-it-there punch.
To live your best and most amazing life, day in and day out, takes focus, commitment and action. It also takes information. After all, you can’t be expected to drive a car without first learning how to drive. So how can you live your best, most amazing life if you haven’t learned how to yet?
The good news is you can learn. Below are five steps you can take to get your life on track sooner, rather than later. Do these five things and your life will begin to feel better and more purposeful and you’ll be on your way to creating a life you love. Next week I’ll introduce Part 2 of this checklist.
1. Create SPACE in your life.
It’s hard to create a life you love if you’re burdened with too much stuff; emotional and physical clutter.
Work at clearing the clutter in your life. Deal with your emotional issues and get rid of all the extra stuff you have in storage, closets everywhere!
By doing so you’ll free up energy that you can then use to go after your dream.
2. Become incredibly GRATEFUL.
What you focus on expands. If you’re using most of your time focusing on things you don’t like, guess what? You’ll see more of (and attract more of) things you don’t like!
Implement a gratitude practice. Every day find at least five things you can be grateful for. Soon enough you’ll shift your attention to your blessings in life, rather than what you perceive is missing from your life.
3. Take 100% responsibility
Nothing will really happen for the better until you’re willing to take 100% responsibility for your life and all you create in it.
Stop the blame game. No more pointing fingers. You are responsible for your life. No ONE, or no THING will ever make you happier or more successful than you can make yourself.
4. Focus on your FEELINGS
Most of us spend so much of our time “doing” that we get lost in the “doing” and forget that a rich life experience has much more to do with how we “feel” about our life, then it does with what we “do” with our life.
How do you want to feel about your life? Answer that question and then find the things you can do that will generate the feelings you desire.
5. Create a VISION for your life
Once you know how you want to feel about your life, create a vision for your life.
What will you BE, DO and HAVE in your life?
6. Get to Know Your Brilliance Self Better.
You have a unique set of talents, passions and values. Get to know them up close and personal!
Creating your best life includes leveraging the best of WHO YOU ARE.
When you can infuse the work you do with your innate, natural specialties the happier you will be. Work won’t feel like work. Life will be easier.
7. Set Goals. Take Action.
What do you want? You’ll only get it if you set a goal to get it and then take the necessary action.
Your goals can be lofty or down to earth. Consider setting your goals a bit outside your comfort zone. Doing so will inspire you to take action and allow you to grow.
If only we could create our best life from our arm chair, but life doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to take action to make your dream come true.
8. Surround Yourself with Good People.
This is such an important point I considered making it #1 on this list!
You are a reflection of the five people you hang around most. Eye-opening, isn’t it?
Surround yourself with people that care about you, support you and want to see you succeed. Surround yourself with people that lift you up, rather than bring you down.
9. Know Your Triggers.
What easily derails your best efforts? When you’re stressed-out do you spend more money than you should or eat more than you should? If so, find a way to handle your stress so that when “life happens” you won’t take 1, 2 or 3 steps back by falling into old habits.
Become aware of what triggers you and sets you back. Awareness is power.
10. Have FUN!
Enjoy your life. Let your hair down. Laugh. You get the idea!
Take frequent breaks to balance out your focus and hard work. Allow yourself to have fun. The highest achievers have learned that frequent breaks/vacations actually help them perform better. Give yourself a break and see how much more you can get done by donig so.
Copyright (c) 2007 Cari Vollmer