What does it mean to live your best life?
Many of us have visions of a better tomorrow, perhaps these visions consist of a future where we will lose weight and get into shape, or quit smoking and drinking, or find a career that we actually love, make more money, read that book, write that book, master that musical instrument, and so forth, all while still finding the time to spend with our families, keep up with friends, and keep our house clean and organized. Whatever your vision may be, ask yourself: What are you waiting for?
Living your best life means living up to your potential. Living up to your potential means you actually do “the things you hope to do someday” NOW instead of putting them off for some magical time in the future. It also means that as soon as you are living up to your potential, you continue to set the bar even higher. Creating the life you want requires a commitment to personal growth. You must be willing to change, to grow, and to do what it takes to be the best person you can be.
Living your best life also means living a balanced life. Balance is a key part of healthy living. By managing our time and energy wisely, we make sure we nurture all aspects of ourselves, our bodies, our minds, and our spirit. I’ll discuss balance in more detail in future articles.
So what does it take to live your best life?
Being your 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. This method of developing inner strength is vital to staying committed to personal growth.
It takes courage to create the life you desire. As you explore and honor what you ultimately want for yourself, you’ll find that means breaking some old habits and making changes in your life. Those changes may include walking away from friendships and other relationships that no longer support your growth and your goals. You may encounter resistance from friends and family as they see you take your future into your own hands. Often times the people that don’t support you are the same ones that make no 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 you want even if others are judging your actions.
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 you build the life you desire. Appreciating life means respecting yourself and your body. Your body is your vehicle for this journey. Give it the fuel and maintenance that it needs, and it will perform at its best and take you everywhere you want to go.
Choosing actions that nurture self-respect also builds confidence, and confidence is vital to achieving your goals. By taking excellent care of yourself, you send a message that you are important and valuable. Building your sense of self-worth is inspiring and motivating.
Being the best you can be also takes some organization. Setting goals and living a balanced life is much easier when you 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. (See related article: How to Make Plans and Set Goals and Objectives)
Notice that most of the components necessary for building the life you want function together as a sort of self-mastery-positive-feedback-loop. Respecting your body and mind and taking good care of yourself leads to better health and more energy, which increases productivity and motivation, which in turn increases your sense of self-worth and confidence. Confidence is the foundation of strength and courage, which are necessary for ultimately achieving what you want in your life. By working on one aspect of what it takes to live your best life, the other parts will naturally follow.