How to Get More Out Of Life
Happy new year! After the year we have just had, many of us are looking to put it well behind us and set about making 2021 a far better one. I have written often on the topic of getting more out of life and it seems more pertinent than ever right now…
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
In order to get something you’ve never had, you most likely have to do something you’ve never done.
You may need to push limits and boundaries. Whether it is personal or professional, the more it scares you or make you nervous, the more likely it is that you’ll need to push yourself to do it. If life doesn’t scare you from time to time then you may not reach where you want to go.
Life isn’t meant to be spent in the comfort zone. Life is meant to be chasing dreams and living it to the fullest. This has been tough in recent times. New year presents us with an opportunity to start working on making the most out of life.
The greatest adventure begins at the end of your comfort zone so just go for it. Here are a couple of articles specifically on that topic if you wish to read more:
– Important Reasons to Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone.
One day, you’ll look back and think, “I’m so proud of myself and what I’ve done.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.” – Mark Twain
So the question is what is it like to be someone who lives life to the fullest? How can we start approaching life that way?
Learn to take risks:
“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather
According to a number of sources (dictionary definitions and relevant Wikis), risk is the potential of losing something of value, weighed against the potential to gain something of value. Taking risks means that you weigh the opportunities you are getting and make a case out of it. Whether to go for a less risky-less rewarding task or take a bigger step. Be bold and take steps to live life to the fullest.
What do you want from life? Is it travelling, social service, writing, cooking or something else? Just note that down on a piece of paper. Doing only one single thing your entire life which you may not even like can be a painful existence for some.
“Every day, it’s important to ask and answer these questions: “What’s good in my life?” and “What needs to be done?” – Nathaniel Branden
Moreover, cultivate the habit of reading. This is to help you grow as a person from the inside out and help you improve every facet of your life. Any area you want to improve and grow in can be improved through reading.
Make your own plan and stick to it:
Though there will likely be uncertainty about what follows, remember not everyone can be lucky in life. Therefore, plan your life so that you do not need to rely on luck; plan with practicality about how you want to attain your dreams. Learn to make a systematic plan, as and when you attain things along the way at different levels, building a bigger picture becomes a lot easier.
“Quit hanging on to the handrails . . . Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it every day.” – Melody Beattie
Keep reminding yourself what you want to achieve, do it persistently; there are few things stronger than an undying spirit. So do your best to keep on sticking to your plan. You just need to be persistent and your will power will develop. Do ensure you check in with the plan and if it is not working, then tweak it accordingly of course.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Joe Lewis
Be very mindful about your present moment. Try to give your 100% on the thing or moment you are experiencing right now and make the most of it. This is your life itself. There aren’t any specific rules that defines quality of life but how you feel each moment when you are alive. If you are completely happy with yourself each moment and every day and if you also believe you are improving and learning more at the end of the day. You are making the most of your life.
Find joy in small things:
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Breault
When you are able to appreciate the small things, you can achieve greater levels of happiness and satisfaction. It is never too difficult to be thankful for a little smile, small gift, or minor compliment. Being grateful instils positive thoughts and you can have an entirely different perspective of your life only if you learn to count your blessings, notice minute joys, and acknowledge everything that you have.
Develop the right mindset:
“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” – Les Brown
Learn to develop the right mindset, you can be happy now, without changing anything else. You don’t need to wait until you’ve changed everything and made your life perfect before you’re happy. Do not waste your time and energy complaining or criticising others. It will lead to unwanted stress that affects your health, allow others to live their life, leave them alone. Don’t try to please everyone. Instead of criticising people, ask yourself, what is good about this person?
Research into health psychology consistently demonstrates that people with strong social connections tend to be much healthier and live longer than those who are more isolated. Having an empathic nature, and to act upon, allows you to cultivate better relationships with people around you, and in the process enjoy life a bit more. Since it is a selfless act, it also has the power to transform your life as well as the life of other people around you. This simple act can change the way you think and behave, and will encourage you to step outside of your own thoughts and feelings to be able to have a larger perspective on life.
“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” – Pope Paul VI
Go ahead and let this year be the one you lived life to the fullest.
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