“Living your best life” may make you think of lounging on the beach. Or maybe you imagine yourself power-walking down a busy street in a hot pink suit. Likely, your dream life falls somewhere in between. Regardless of what your personal and financial goals are, these tips will help you start living your best life now.
What does it mean to live your best life?
Living your best life means living a life that makes you happy and one that allows you to be at your full potential. It means being intentional about the way you choose to live and living life on your own terms. It means levelling up to be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.
Getting there requires that you master both the internal and external factors that could prevent you from living your best life.
That being said, your best life is unique to you. You shape the reality of your life from the choices and ideas that come from your head and heart. That’s why these 9 hacks will help you navigate the journey to living your best life.
Picture yourself living your best life. Think about your surroundings, your location in the world, your house or office, and the people around you. Envision what you’re wearing, and what you’re doing throughout the day or week.
FIND YOUR PURPOSE
Humans thrive when they feel useful and like they’re part of something bigger than themselves. So ask yourself what lights you up. Equally as important, ruminate on the things (or people) you always dread. Incorporate more of the good and avoid as much of the bad.
AIM FOR GROWTH
Will Smith says, “Practice is controlled failure.” What are you willing to fail at in order to improve upon? It’s much easier and sometimes less painful to stay in our comfort zones. But when you don’t risk any growth, there’s rarely a reward.
Health is wealth, baby. Not only will you save thousands of dollars by avoiding medical bills, but your health is also the biggest contributor (or barrier) to accomplishing your goals.
We have a single life to live, so thoughtful, intentional action is a much better approach than letting life pass you by. Learn to become your own advocate for what you need and want.
FIGURE OUT YOUR FINANCES
No, money can’t buy happiness, but yes, money matters! You should aim to live below your means and earn as much as you need to live out all your dreams. This might mean taking care of yourself, providing for others, or even leaving a legacy of wealth for future generations.
Money can be such a sensitive, painful part of life, but it doesn’t have to be. If you feel confident about your earnings, spending, and investments, you’ll be free to live the life you want.
NURTURE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Be intentional with your surroundings and how they influence you. The people and objects around you can impact your mood and self-worth. Make sure they’re contributing to your happiness and energy, not detracting from it.
Changing your environment can also give you a boost. Get outside in nature to enjoy life’s simple pleasures as often as possible.
CONSIDER YOUR ROUTINE
Create a routine or break one, depending on how you’re doing. You might need some structure to stay committed to your goals. That’s where a shiny new routine can come in handy. Or you might need to cut loose to actually enjoy the life you’re building. That’s where breaking the mould can help. Regardless, small habits add up quickly, so stay intentional in your daily life.
Just like connecting to our internal purpose is important, building relationships with loved ones and a community is essential. If you want a family, be the best partner and mother you can be. Donate money or a special skill to the causes you believe in.
Volunteer time and attention to people and organizations that need you. While you shouldn’t serve others at the expense of your own well-being, giving back may actually lead you to your best life faster.
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