Everyone wants to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life, to cultivate what is best within them, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
Get to Know Your Authentic Self
It’s a good idea to have a regular conversation with yourself. Take a time-out at regular intervals to reassess your life and your goals.
Life is ever changing and so are you, and this is why you need to have this regular check-in with yourself.
- Who are you trying to be? Many of us have other roles that we play, such as wife, mother, teacher, manager or perhaps grandmother, which include obligations, demands, and expectations placed upon us by ourselves, or those that depend on us. Sometimes we lose sight of our own needs in our efforts to please others.
- What makes you happy? What do you do for fun? What movies to you like? What books do you like to read? Are you able to define what makes you happy right at this moment? Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference in our immediate happiness. When we can appreciate the seemingly mundane moments in our everyday lives we have mastered a very valuable skill indeed. Live in the moment and don’t always wish you were somewhere else. According to Gretchen Rubin, author of the NY Times bestselling book, The Happiness Project small changes can have huge effects on our happiness levels.
- What do you value the most? Most of us are looking for greater meaning in life. What are you most passionate about? Is it your career, family, pet, a special talent? It’s important to appreciate what you have, and what you are grateful for. Research shows that people who cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood and physical well-being.
- What don’t you like? What would you change? Target what you would like to change, and take the steps towards fixing that. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with your personal satisfaction and pride. You can always move your career in a different direction. There is a ton of how-to blogs to learn from, so you can achieve success in any industry. Maybe your present job situation just needs a little tweaking. Discover what works for you, and structure your life towards that.
Limit Your Regrets–Set your goals
Don’t wait too long to do the things you want to. Don’t end up with too many regrets later in life. Set your compass towards attaining your short and long-term goals.
Learn to explore and then grow. Answer that knock on the door, and you may learn new things about yourself.
Still that Inner Voice
Don’t be so critical of yourself. Often we are our own worst critic. Accept who you are, recognize your qualities, both good and bad. Celebrate your strengths, and you are on your way to self-appreciation.
Get to really know yourself and love yourself, so that you can love others.
Living up to Expectations
Are you trying to live up to someone else’s expectations? Don’t be so concerned about what others think of you. It’s your life, your path to take, and your happiness. No one can take your place. Are you failing in some areas? What steps can you take to improve? Sometimes we work so hard to not disappoint others, at the expense of our own happiness.
Take Care of Yourself
When you sleep, your brain recharges, to ensure that you wake up alert, clear-headed and in a good mood. Don’t overload your body with sugar-laden, greasy or over-processed food with empty calories. Exercising for even 10 minutes a day will help keep you in a positive mood. It’s that simple.