What is a fulfilling life? Christopher Morley said, “There is only one true success. To be able to live your own life in your own way.” But what is true success?
Most people see people like Richard Branson and Elon Musk as super successful, but what if you’re not “most people”? What if a fulfilling life, to you, is participating in heart-warming activities that have the ability to touch your soul?
What is a Fulfilling Life Anyway?
Maybe you read the story about the man who spent his whole life planting trees. His actions created a huge new forest that stabilized the soil, attracted a whole new generation of wildlife, and helped address the climate change issue. Maybe you even thought, “WOW! That is awesome! I wish I had done that.”
Perhaps you read the story about the woman who sold everything she had to start a Dog Sanctuary. She used the money she made to take in the dogs that people had thrown out. She nursed them back to health, trained them, and found forever homes for them with loving families. Maybe you read that story and, as you cried, thought, “I wish that was me.”
What Do You Want?
While there’s nothing wrong with making money, the vast majority of people are not interested in climbing to the top of the corporate ladder. Most people aren’t really interested in becoming a multi-millionaire. For the majority of people, profit, power, and prestige just don’t interest them.
What really interests people is doing something they love. They want to do something that they can feel passionate about, something that makes them want to stay up late and get up early because they absolutely love what they do. They want to, as Steve Jobs once said, “Put a ding in the universe.”
Here’s the problem. Most people feel trapped in a job they don’t like, working way too hard for too little money. Maybe you feel this way too.
The Self Examined Life
If you’re like most people in the developed world, you feel you have too much month left over at the end of the money. You feel as if you’re on a hamster wheel that never ends.
You’re sick of this, and maybe it’s even making you sick. Even worse, you have no idea of how to get out of it. You feel trapped.
If this is you, know this. For things to change, YOU have to change.
But how can you do that?
If All the Forces in the Universe Were to Come Together for You, How Would You Live Your Life?
In Mindful Mastery, I ask the question, “If all the forces in the universe were to come together for you, how would you live your life?” In that book, you are asked to go through a process that helps you figure out what a fulfilling life would be – for YOU.
The book provides you with a process that can help you design the type of life you want to live. However, if you don’t have time to read the book right now, the following are seven things you can do to put you on the right path.
1. Design your ideal day.
If all the forces in the universe were to come together for you, what time would you get up? What would your ideal home look like? Where would you live? What would you do with your time? Who would you spend time with? How would it all make you feel? What would make a fulfilling life for you?
2. Decide to let go of things, circumstances, or people that make you feel bad.
Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. Instead of letting the small stuff get to you, decide to let it go, starting today.
You don’t have to let go of everything all at one time. Take it one step at a time. Be mindful of how people and things affect you and make a conscious effort to eliminate everything in your life that doesn’t fill you with joy or inspiration.
3. Think about starting a part-time home-based business.
Many successful businesses have been started in homes or garages. Think about something that would give you a sense of freedom, independence, and an income independent of your job. Even if it’s only a modest success, you can use it as a springboard toward your more fulfilling life.
4. Think about changing jobs.
If you are unhappy with your job, think about changing it for something that might move you a little closer to your ideal life. If you want to work for a certain cause, maybe, by leveraging the income from your home-based business, you could work at it part-time.
5. Decide to take action
Change can only come from making decisions and then taking action. You will never achieve anything by just thinking about it. Once you make a decision, take action. This is the only way to build a fulfilling life.
If your action doesn’t work out the way you preferred, that’s okay. Learn from it and move on. The more actions you take, the more you’ll believe that you CAN create a successful life.
6. Review Your Actions
In Mindful Mastery, I talk about the importance of keeping a journal. Every day, write out your plan for the day, what worked and what didn’t work (feedback) and what you’ve discovered. Look for commonalities. Think of this as a treasure map that you need in order to find your fulfilling life.
7. Hire a Coach
Everyone can use a guide. Find someone who has done something similar to what you’re trying to do to help you bring all your ideas into focus and into reality. It will not only be the smartest investment in yourself that you’ve ever made, but it will also be the most permanent and fulfilling.
You Can Live a fulfilling Life
“True success, true happiness lies in freedom and fulfilment.” – Dada Vaswani
Life is here for us to enjoy, not endure. Work on finding the answer to, “If all the forces in the universe were to come together for me, what would I do with my life?” This way, when you run into roadblocks, you’ll be able to find the energy to keep on keeping on. Just take it one-step at a time, one day at a time, and you too can create a fulfilling life.
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