How do you feel about your life today? Are you living every day in exuberance? Do you love what you’re doing? Are you excited every single moment? Are you looking forward to what’s coming up next? Are you living your best life?
If your answer to any of the above is a no, maybe or not sure, that means you’re not living your life to the fullest. This really shouldn’t be the case, because your life experience is up to you to create. This is a list of 101 timeless principles I use to live my best life, and I hope they’ll help you to do so too. As you live in alignment with them, you’ll find yourself becoming more conscious, more alive, and more importantly, experiencing life on a whole new level.
Here are Ways to Live Your Life to the Fullest:
1. Be True To Who You Are
Stop trying to please other people or be someone else. It’s better to be an original version of yourself than an exact duplicate of someone else.
2. Quit Complaining
Don’t be like the howling dog, always howling and never doing anything. Stop complaining about your problems and work on them instead.
3. Rather Than Think “What if”, Think “Next time”
Don’t think about things you can’t change (namely what has happened and thoughts of other people) or unhappy things because these are disempowering. Instead, focus on the things you can act upon. That’s the most constructive thing you can do in any situation.
4. Create Your Own Opportunities
You can wait for opportunities to drop in life. Or, you can go out there and create your own opportunities. The latter is definite and much more empowering.
5. Be Committed to Your Growth
In the Map of Consciousness, there are 17 levels of consciousness – from Shame to Enlightenment. The higher level of consciousness you are in the richer your life experience. Achieving higher consciousness comes from your commitment to growth.
6. Know Your Inner Self
This means knowing who you are and what you represent. Be clear of your personal identity.
7. Set Your Life Commandments
Define your personal commandments to live your best life. What adages and principles do you want to follow in your life?
8. Design Your Ideal Life
What is your ideal life? Design it. First, assess your life at the moment via the life wheel. Then, ask yourself what it takes to live a 10/10 life (in all 10 areas – career, health, love, social, etc…). What is the life that will make you the best person you can ever be? Set your BHAGs – big, hairy, and audacious goals! There are no limits in life – only those you set for yourself!
9. Stop Putting Life on Hold
Are you putting any parts of your life on hold? What is one area of your life you have been putting off/avoiding/denying? Uncover it and start working on it.
10. Create Your Life Handbook
Your life handbook is your life-long personal manual to live your best life – from your mission statement, your values, your long-term goals, short-term goals, personal strengths, blind spots to address, plans, among others. Create your book first then build on it from there.
11. Don’t Do Things For The Sake of Doing Them
Always evaluate what you’re doing and only do it if there is a meaning behind them. Don’t be afraid to quit the things that don’t serve your path.
12. Do The Things You Love
Because life is too precious to spend it doing anything else. If you don’t enjoy something, then don’t do it. Spend your time and energy on things that bring you fulfillment and happiness.
13. Discover Your Passion in Life
What sets you on fire? Go out there (and explore inward) to know what you love to do.
14. Learn From Criticism
Be open to criticism but don’t be affected by it. Criticism is meant to help you be a better person. Learn from it.
15. Be Positive
Is the glass half empty or half full? How about neither? It’s actually all full – the bottom half is water, the top half is air. It’s all a matter of perception. Take on empowering perceptions, not those that bind you. If you can see the positive sides of everything, you’ll be able to live a much richer life than others. Purge unnecessary negativity from your life.
16. Don’t Badmouth Other People
If there’s anything you don’t like about someone, say it to him/her in the face – otherwise, don’t say it at all. It’s not nice to do that.
17. Be a Compassionate Person
Show compassion and kindness to everyone around you.
18. Let Go of Relationships That Do Not Serve You
That means negative people, dishonest people, people who don’t respect you, people who are overly critical, and relationships that prevent you from growing.
19. Spend More Time With People Who Enable You
Hang out with people with who you are compatible, like-minded people, people who are positive, successful, strong achievers, and positive for your growth. You are after all the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
20. Help People When They Least Expect it, Without Reason
You don’t need any reason to help others. Do it because you want to. Share the love with everyone.
21. Be Your Advisor (From The Future)
Imagine you’re the future you, 5 years later. How would you advise yourself? Write it down. Now, apply them.
22. Write a Letter to Your Future Self
Actually, write 3 letters – for yourself in 1, 3 and 5 years. The longer the letters, the better. Envision what you’ll be like in the future. Make each letter a minimum of 2 pages long. Now, seal them and put them in a safe place. Set it in your calendar so you’ll know to open them when it’s time. This will inspire you to work your hardest and achieve your maximum results in the time period.
23. Try New Things
What’s something you’d normally not do? Get out of your comfort zone try something different. It can be something simple like taking a new bus route, trying a new food item, picking up a new hobby, or something bigger like studying a different field, picking a new skill, traveling to a country you’ll never visit, etc. You set your own limits.
24. Give More Value Than You Receive
There is so much unspeakable joy that comes from giving. And when you keep giving, you’ll find that you actually receive a lot more in return, in spades.
25. Relish in The Little Moments
Snuggling under warm covers on a rainy day. Ice cream on a hot day. A kiss with your loved one. Being with your best friend. A walk by the park. The breeze on your face. Quiet, alone time. Watching the sun rise/set. Soak in all these little moments of life. They are what make up your life.
26. Laugh More
Are you reading this with a straight face? Smile and have fun.