Welcome to the road to your best life. On this path, it’s OK to want. It’s natural to dream and wish. We are powerful creators, and learning to harness that power is part of creating a life worth living.
Many of us have visions of a better tomorrow, a future where we will exercise more, or find a career that we actually love, make more money, have more free time, and so forth. If you are reading this it is because you want more, and you suspect you are capable of more. You have hopes and dreams and you are ready to create the life you want.
Pursuing our dreams also means finding purpose and meaning in life.
And it’s not always clear what that is. If life feels like a grind, that is an indication that something is missing. The haunting feeling of wanting more is trying to tell us something important.
Part of the journey is to uncover what really interests us and makes us feel alive. Self inquiry is a one of several powerful methods for discovering what we really want in our lives. And it’s not for the faint of heart. Discovering what we want in life also means facing what we don’t want, and that process can be turbulent. But learning to live with authenticity leads to rewards that often surpass our expectations. Even simple every day life can feel amazing when we are living with purpose.
What does it mean to live my best life? It means to live up to my potential. Living up to my potential means doing “the things I hope to do someday” now instead of putting them off for some magical time in the future. Life is temporary, and I don’t want to wait to feel fulfilled.
Living my dream life also means that as soon as I am living up to my potential, I continue to set the bar even higher. It’s not a one time quick fix. It is a commitment to myself and what really matters to me. Authentic living means I am always asking myself what is working and what is not, and acting accordingly.
Creating the life I want requires a commitment to personal growth. I must be willing to change, to grow, and to do what it takes to live my best life.
Living my best life also means living a balanced life. Balance is a key part of healthy living. By managing time and energy wisely, I nurture all aspects of myself, my body, my mind, and my spirit.
So what does it take to live my best life?
Strength: Being my best self often means doing things that are difficult and challenging.
It is much easier to sit on a couch than to run a marathon. Breaking bad habits and creating good habits takes discipline and strength of character. We can build strength of character by challenging ourselves and doing things that other people might consider difficult. We can then use that strength to make more positive changes in our lives.
Doing things that are challenging but ultimately rewarding eventually becomes a habit! After years of taking the road less traveled and pushing my boundaries, I feel stronger and more grounded than I ever have in life. I’m not easily rattled by small everyday hassles, other people’s moods, or even my own emotions. The effect is subtle yet profound.
Courage: It takes courage to create the life I desire.
As I explore and honor what I ultimately want for myself, I find that means breaking some old habits and making life changes. Those changes may include walking away from friendships and other relationships that no longer support my growth and my goals.
Friends and family may resist some of these changes. Often times the people that don’t support me are the same ones that make little effort in their own lives, so they would prefer that others remain stuck along with them. It takes courage and strength of character to not care what people think, and to create the life I want even if others are judging my actions. I’ve done some bold things over the last few years to create a life that feels amazing. Read my story here.
Self Respect: Living your best life begins with appreciating the fact that you are alive.
Realizing that life is a gift and every single day is a blessing is the foundation on which I build the life I desire. Appreciating life means respecting myself and my body.
My body is my vehicle for this journey. When I give it the fuel and maintenance that it needs, it will perform at its best and take me everywhere I want to go. Making the right food and lifestyle choices and creating healthy habits is part of living my dream life. I want to have lots of energy every day to enjoy life and achieve my goals. Check out these healthy recipes and smoothie ideas.
Choosing actions that nurture self-respect also builds confidence, and confidence is vital to achieving my goals.
Organization: Being the best I can be also requires organization.
Setting goals and living a balanced life is much easier when I take the time to plan things out and write them down. From daily to-do lists to 5-year plans, getting organized has a magical impact on our ability to achieve our goals.
Written words are powerful. The word “spelling” is not just about correct letters, the roots of the word also mean “enchantment” and “lead to” . . . casting our desires into the written word helps shape our future. (See related article: How to Make Plans and Set Goals and Objectives)
The cycle of self mastery
Most of the components necessary for building the life I want function together as a sort of self-mastery-positive-feedback-loop. Respecting my body and mind and taking good care of myself leads to better health and more energy, which increases productivity and motivation, which in turn increases my sense of self-worth and confidence. Confidence is the foundation of strength and courage, which are necessary for ultimately achieving what I want in my life. By working on one aspect of what it takes to live my best life, the other parts will naturally follow.
I write this blog because I believe everyone has the power to make positive changes in their life. The first step is just thinking about it, which you’ve already done if you’ve read this far! Check out the Live My Best Life 30 Day Challenge to start living your best life.
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