What does it mean to live my best life?
Many of us have visions of a better tomorrow. These visions consist of various futures, where we will exercise more, or find a career that we actually love, make more money, have more free time, and so forth . . .
Whatever my vision may be . . . what am I waiting for?
Living my best life means living up to my potential. Living up to my potential means I do “the things I hope to do someday” NOW instead of putting them off for some magical time in the future. It also means finding purpose and meaning in life.
(If you are reading this it is because you know you are capable of more. You have hopes and dreams and you are just about ready to create the life you want. Check out the Live My Best Life 30 Day Challenge to get a taste of what living the dream life feels like.)
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. 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?
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. This method of developing inner strength is vital to staying committed to personal growth.
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.
Living my best life begins with appreciating the fact that I am 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.
Choosing actions that nurture self-respect also builds confidence, and confidence is vital to achieving my goals.
Being the best I can be also takes some 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. (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 your best life, the other parts will naturally follow.