On my own way to personal fulfillment, I’ve found ways that profoundly changed my life. Appreciation, authenticity, living in the moment and the search for my purpose in life.
Rule #1: Appreciate
I’ve found appreciation to give me more energy than I will ever need in life. When we’re truly grateful and start to embrace the adversity we may be facing then we have mastered life’s greatest challenge. Appreciation is not an easy skill to master. It evokes a feeling of deep and warm gratefulness. Gratefulness to be healthy. To be unique. To embrace and take life as it comes, and most importantly, to be alive.
“To live a life fulfilled reflects on the things you have with gratitude.” – Jaren Davis
Rule #2: Take off your mask
We’re raised in a society where we are brought up with the false illusion that showing vulnerability is considered a weakness. Yet it is our greatest measure of true courage. Letting go of our ego, embracing ourselves and openly talking about our weaknesses and deeply buried anxieties , we begin to attract what we really are. This is what it means to be authentic.
In a world, where kids and even adults are conditioned to compete in highly competitive environments has hardwired our brains for putting on so-called ‘protection mechanisms’. The greater majority of people are concerned with acting tough, for the purpose of not coming across as if they are not resilient enough, not confident enough or simply said… not good enough.
Begin to embrace yourself and welcome your weaknesses into your life and share them with those around, and you will begin to notice the world opening up to you more than you could have ever thought of.
The biggest challenge of life is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else.
Rule #3: Live in the moment
Living and focusing on the ‘now’ or moment is a remarkable skill to possess. Too many of us either dwell on the negatives their past has brought to them or overthink the idea of how their future is going to look like. It comes at the demand of needing a sense of certainty. Certainty to hit big milestones… or having uncertainty about if we’re ‘good enough.
Yet if we make an effort to focusing on what is important now and only focus on the things we have in front of our eyes, this will allow you to truly flourish. We not only begin to adjust our focus on what is important NOW but also forget about all other worries we have that might pop up in ten years time. Learn to live in the moment, and you will live a life that is brighter than you could ever imagine. 🙂
“The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God himself.” – Emmet Fox
Rule #4: Knowing your purpose
Every human has a purpose. Figuring out our purpose is life’s greatest challenges. I’ve come to the realization that asking myself one simple question that has profoundly changed my life and how I operate in it laid the path to finding my very own purpose. Why do you do the things you do? You see, whenever you start working on something that inspires you, you should always know the reason for why you’re doing it. Are you doing it because you feel like society needs it? Are you doing it because you feel like it gives you a sense of stability?
Here is my ‘why’ – I believe in a world where the greater majority of people live a life that fulfills them deep inside. I believe that everyone can and should do something where they feel like they are giving the world something of value, all for the purpose of inspiring those around me. In this respect, start with ‘why’. 🙂
Take-home message. Take a few minutes in the morning to appreciate the day ahead of you. This will help your emotions flourish instantly! Remember that life is a great journey and the best way to master it, is to be grateful, take off your mask, live in the moment and get yourself on a journey to find your very own purpose. You may have a lot of good friends, a partner who loves you, children… who knows. All those aspects contribute to our happiness, but keep in mind that your greatest gift in life is that you were born. 🙂
“The question of real, lasting world peace concerns human beings, so basic human feelings are also at its roots. Through inner peace, genuine world peace can be achieved. In this the importance of individual responsibility is quite clear; an atmosphere of peace must first be created within ourselves, then gradually expanded to include our families, our communities, and ultimately the whole planet.” – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th & current Dalai Lama