A life balance doesn’t rely solely on your healthy body and mind habits, but also on the spiritual realm… or what you heart is telling you to do or be. I believe achieving joy, happiness and fulfillment is as important as to get yourself a healthy body to enjoy your life, loved ones and sharing your small and biggest of successes. Now what can be done to get to that point? What can you do to get what you want in life the most?
I have written what I believe are the most relevant tips and some of the expert’s opinions about it for you:
1. Follow Your Heart
Yes, even that crunch or gut feeling you get from time to time can tip you of your true needs and interests, ever been in a work meeting, sweeping at the workshop or doing anything else and all of a sudden you start thinking of something you’d rather be doing? It doesn’t mean you should just stand up and storm out of your workplace and throw your career in the trash, but you could be aligning your priorities to make some space and time for what you truly love doing. Take a deep breath in solitude at home or your local park to give you mind more room to inspiration, deep silent inner thought will be the best of counselors.
2. Determine What you Want
Ok so you are inspired by the hunches and gut feelings from listening to your heart and now you’ve got an idea of what makes it beat passionately. You are opening yourself to your inner desires and yet, there are a couple of things I believe you can specifically do to give a body and a name to those ideas: Ask and answer yourself the big question: What is it that I want the most? Write what you’re picturing yourself doing or being by the time you have achieved it. Set a specific time goal, experts recommend to place 5 year-long terms. Write smaller chewable time-frame tasks to complete the bigger goal.
3. Keep Sight on The Bigger Picture
It is sometimes hard to remain focused on your personal goals when problems arise, bills show up and no instant or short-term rewards or gratification seem reachable or possible. However you must remind yourself of the bigger picture, that’s what your written list is for, leave it on easy reach or sight so you can read it again and remind you why you are making this extra effort. You can indulge yourself with some sort of reward in order to help you relief the stress, like a trip to your favorite resort, buy yourself your most liked coffee and dessert, or allow yourself a couple of days of rest from your daily tasks to regain focus and energy. Whatever works for you is alright as long as you keep pursuing your ultimate goal.
4. Keep your Head Clear
Similarly to the tips above, you can find inspiration and pursue a positive thinking state you’ll need for the completion of your daily endeavors. Remaining clear-headed is a must to get even the smaller tasks done, if you find yourself in negativism you won’t get it any easy to have a reason good enough to keep pushing further. Meditation and quiet alone time is highly recommended on your routine as much as a daily dose of positive affirmations, remember that you become your thoughts, positive or negative, so focus on the former, read this great article about positive affirmations.
5. Believe in Yourself
Because if you don’t no one will, even if your family or friends give you their unconditional support, you won’t get anywhere and worst yet, even discourage them of believing in and supporting you and your dreams. Positivism and negativism is contagious, you’ll get out what you put in as return. Mind that you are unique and have a lot to offer to your community and family that no one else could, whatever you do, find your purpose and exploit your unique strengths.
6. Take Action
There is no worse attempt than the one that is not made, and similarly, all of your determination, positivism and purposes won’t make you any good if you can’t start to act in alignment with them. You’ve set a goal, an action plan and a mindset to get things done, what is left for you is to go out and make it happen, every small step towards your goals is important. Every achievement will lift your spirit to keep working, even if there are some drawbacks or detours of your main plan you must keep going, adjust, change or correct your path where needed. You should know that no plan is perfect , if you’re thinking of no starting until you get a flawless plan, chances are you won’t start at all, successful people know they’ll have to make some changes along the way.
7. Never Give Up
It must be said, not enough planning, executing and re-routing of your course will give you any success if you at some point give up. Act by the saying “winners never quit and quitters never win”, things will most likely get tough… or boring, or exhausting or a limitless set of any other tangible or psychological obstacles that will be all yours to overcome. Show respect for what you love, for yourself, commit and work towards the end, never let the opinion of others erode your determination.
You should never underestimate the power of your own will and so you should also take full responsibility for the life you live now, the goals you achieve, the defeats you accept and of course the successes you get. Praise yourself and be grateful for every step reached along the way, open yourself for new experiences and embrace them, it is possible that greater achievements will come from places you wouldn’t suspect to be on the first place if you were closed to new experiences.
What have you done towards your success? Where have you given up?