Life is what you make it
How to make the most of life
Life’s gratifying when it’s productive and meaningful, and you are able to make the most of it.
Each person has infinite potential, is capable of doing great things and accomplishing the impossible, but most don’t realize even half of what they can. Their journey begins with dreaming, wishing, yearning and pretty much ends there.
But you don’t have to be one of them because you’re capable of being much more. And it’s entirely up to you what you want to get out of your life.
To make your life fulfilling, here are four things you can do.
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1. Make positive changes
Many times, you’re unaware of the harm you’re doing to yourself. You carry on doing things the wrong way, continue to put up with toxic people who emotionally drain you, stick with bad habits that you know are wreaking havoc on your physical and mental health, and worry endlessly about what-if scenarios.
If you keep waiting for circumstances to change, someone to come and help you, or lady luck to shine on you, you’ll be waiting forever.
Nothing changes until you become proactive and consciously try to change what’s not working in your life.
To make a good life for yourself, you must let go of the negatives and make space for the positives. Begin by securing the control in your hands by taking complete ownership of what happens in your life.
Train yourself to say yes to things you want and refuse to accept what is irrelevant or won’t serve any purpose in your life.
Envision what you want to achieve and where you want to reach. Based on your dreams and aspirations, set realistic goals and start preparing yourself to embark on the journey of success.
Small steps towards the positive direction will add up over time and become big leaps that will turn your life around for the better.
2. Pay attention
Sleepwalking through your life and doing things mechanically won’t bring success your way.
It is the conscious and passionate pursuit of worthwhile things and meaningful goals that will enable you to push yourself to limits, bring out the best in you and help create the life of your dreams.
Live consciously and pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Each day, watch your actions closely and ensure you prioritize things that are critical in your life.
Your goals, aspirations, passions, and loved ones who mean the world to you, are the only things that matter and will make your life fulfilling.
Don’t let yourself get distracted, go off-track and waste your time on mindless comparisons, negative emotions, shiny objects, and people who don’t add value to your life.
Instead, pay attention to what can empower you to achieve your goals and help you succeed in life. Identify the skills you need to master and things you need to learn to excel in your area of expertise. Allow yourself to say yes to new experiences and possibilities.
Being mindful of where you are and where you aspire to be will help you make empowering decisions that can change the trajectory of your life and help you realize your dreams.
3. Process your life
A lot of things have happened to you in the past that you are not aware of. Examining your life closely and thinking things through with provide you a deep insight into your life.
The choices you made, the risks you took, the people you trusted, the chances you availed or let go, all these affected the course of your life and contributed in some way to making you what you are and where you are today.
If you want to get the most out of your life, you must take time, reflect and connect the dots.
Processing the happenings of your past will show you the big picture of how your life evolved, what worked and what didn’t, and who were the people instrumental in your success thus far.
Your past is not something that you should regret. It’s a treasure trove of learning and experience.
When you regularly reflect on your life and process the events, you’ll understand how you perceived things and how they turned out. You can apply that knowledge and wisdom to your present, make amends, and take measures to better your life.
4. Learn from your mistakes
No one’s perfect; each person, some time or the other, errs, stumbles, goofs up, and makes mistakes.
However, if you feel ashamed of your mistakes and try to hide them, you’ll be doomed to make the same mistakes again. So get over the fear of making mistakes because you can never altogether avoid them.
No matter how knowledgeable, experienced or wise you become, there will always be unfamiliar situations and challenging times when you’ll find yourself at the crossroads and have to take tough calls.
Things can go wrong anytime; there can be lapses and errors in judgment. The higher the stakes, the more you take risks, the more your chances of taking missteps and making mistakes.
Shifting your mindset from denying to accepting and embracing mistakes will help you learn valuable life lessons and allow you to plan better and avoid repeating the mistakes.
Mistakes are inevitable and you can’t eliminate them. But if you’re careful, you can minimize them. Also, when they do happen, instead of panicking, if you focus on figuring out what went wrong and where, you can make changes and prevent things from going south in future.
Therefore, reflecting on your mistakes, analyzing them, and putting the lessons into practice can enrich your life, enable you to become a better person, and help in your personal growth.
There may be many things that are out of your control, but there’s a lot you can do to make your life fulfilling.
Don’t throw away your chance of living your best life and create misery for yourself. Lao Tzu once said, “There is no greater curse than discontent.” There are ample opportunities for you to build yourself up, ugrow and create a worthwhile life.
Focus on what you want to achieve, get busy pursuing your goals, and unlock your full potential so that you can look back someday and be proud that you did your best and made the most of your life.
CONTRIBUTED BY Dr. Roopleen
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