Steps to living your life to the fullest (Part 2)

This week we continue sharing with you the steps to living your life to the fullest. In our last article, Steps to living your life to the fullest (Part 1), we shared 15 steps to living a full life. In case you missed on the previous article, we recommend you click the link to read the article; # 33 Steps to living your life to the fullest (Part1)

 

16. Plan for the future, but live in the present. 

Find a way to enjoy life as you work towards improved things for the future life. For instance getting A 25 year mortgage, retirement with full pension at 65, working hard for the bonus and putting off the big vacation until next year is important while planning; however, don’t sacrifice all of the present.

17. Live consciously. 

Do not put life on auto-pilot – live consciously. Always ask yourself – why am I doing this? If you wake up too many mornings in a row without a good answer, then it is time to make a change.

We all get into ruts and routines we use to get through the day, but we only have a limited number of days on this earth.

18. Overcome your fears. 

We all have things in our lives, whether it is our circumstances or personal flaws that are holding us back from doing things we truly want to do. You can either accept it, rationalize it away, or face your fears. Which one will you choose?

19. Improve your social skills. 

There is nothing wrong with being an introvert and enjoying time alone, but poor social skills hold you back when you need them. Improving your social skills will also help you in whatever line of work or business you choose. Some people are natural social butterflies. However, there is always room to improve

20. Do work you love. 

Life is too short to fear Sunday evenings. Not everyone will play football or rock band for a living, but that does not mean you cannot find something you love waking up in the morning for. Keep looking for it, and do not give up until you find it.

21. Follow your effort. 

One of Marc Cuban’s keys to success is to follow your effort, not your passion. If you do not have a passion for anything in particular, pick something and do it as best you can. Passion often comes from doing something well.

22. Prepare to win. 

Another of Marc Cuban’s keys to success is that everyone has the desire to win, but very few are willing to do the work to prepare to win. If you care about winning, do the work and not only work but also work to win.

23. You do not always have to win. 

On the other hand, life is not always about winning. No matter how strong you are, no matter how rich, no matter how beautiful, no matter how smart, no matter how talented, no matter how loveable, there will always be someone better than you are. In the end, we all end up in the same place – wherever that place may be.

24. Love your parents and cherish them.

If you have been lucky enough to have loving parents, it is easy to take them for granted because they have always been there for you. That will not always be the case. Love your parents and do not take them for granted. If they are still around, give them all the love you have.

25. Don’t confuse pleasure with happiness.

Pleasure is important to a happy life, but pleasure alone is not sufficient. Pleasure comes from the quick-fixes that give us joy – shopping, alcohol, sex, listening to great music, seeing great beauty. Happiness comes from self-actualization and meaning.

26. Smile. 

If you smile, you will be happier. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich they can get along without it and none so poor but are richer for its benefits. It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends.

27. Improve your posture 

Did you know that your posture and body language not only shapes how people see you, but it also shapes how you feel about yourself?  

28. Find the time for what you want to do. 

A lot of us constantly complain about not having enough time, or being too busy to do things we want to accomplish. What we need to realize is that we are the ones putting ourselves in those situations in the first place. If you feel trapped in a job, are you actively taking steps to extricate yourself from the situation? If you are, then you should not waste time complaining. If you are not, what are you complaining about?

29. Don’t chase money for the sake of money.

Having money is important in life, but only because it gives us the freedom to chase what we really want in life. You only get one life, and money is no good when you are 6 feet in the ground.

30. Overcome laziness. 

Do you have big goals and dreams? Do you stop short of taking steps to make changes because you would rather watch TV? Do you quit after a few tries? A little procrastination here and there is natural, but if you look back year after year and do not see any changes, you probably need to work on overcoming your laziness.