Updated: May 28, 2020
What does it mean to live my best life? It means to live up to my potential. Living up to our potential means doing “the things I hope to do someday” now instead of putting them off for some magical time in the future. Life is temporary, and we don’t want to wait to feel fulfilled.
“Forever is composed of nows.”
Here are 5 tips to live your best life NOW:
1. Set Intentions
One of the keys to success is being intentional about what you do. In general, when you set intentions, you are more likely to act with purpose and drive. Goal-setting and intention-setting are nearly the same concept. Setting an intention, or multiple intentions, on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis, will help you to feel like you are living your life with purpose and will help you measure your success.
When setting intentions, you decide what kind of emotions—what kind of positive feelings—you seek. By you intending to do something or become something, you are that much closer to living the life that we desire.
Going hand-in-hand with intention-setting, visualization is a beneficial practice to living your dream life. Once you have a clear vision of what intentions or goals you want to achieve, it is important to take action. Taking action can seem scary and intimidating, or even impossible. Visualization is almost like a test-run of your dream life. It helps to further establish what you want and allow you to settle into a positive mindset.
It may seem overrated, especially on the days when it seems too difficult to sit still, but meditation can be an amazing practice for mental health and clarity. Meditation is a commonly used practice to take breaks from the hustle and bustle of life to get back in tune with your inner self.
If you are new to meditation, start slowly and ease yourself into the practice. Find a comfortable and quiet place where you are able to relax fully. If you don’t have time to start an hour-long meditation, begin with just 10 minutes. Listen to your body. Remember, meditation takes practice just like everything else so start slowly with a goal in mind.
You might not have access to a listening ear when you need to vent. A great alternative to a vent-session with a good friend is taking time to write down your thoughts in a journal. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, putting a brain dump to paper can help ease symptoms of depression and manage stress and anxiety. Not only does it give you an opportunity to release cooped-up feelings, but it also gives you the opportunity to organize your thoughts. In the chaos of life, it is easy to overthink or feel anxious. Journaling can help you cope with life in a productive manner.
5. Educate Yourself
If you’re reading this article, you’re already on the right track. When it comes to reading and learning, you may not take the time to do enough. But when you feel intellectually stimulated, you are more likely to feel good and productive in other areas of your life. So start reading the newspaper every morning, or pick up a few books to keep on your night stand instead of scrolling through social media before bed. Find a topic that interests you and foster that passion by reading up on it. Not only will this stimulate your mind, but it may inspire you to take action toward something you love.
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