It’s easy to let your economic situation, health, career, or even the current political environment get in the way of living to the fullest extent possible.
Many of us don’t even know how that would look or feel. Do you?
What is a Fully-Lived Life?
You may not think you know what living fully means to you and struggle to describe or imagine it, you’ve probably just forgotten…or stopped imagining it.
A fully-lived life has nothing to do with existing or even surviving. It has everything to do with achieving your potential, fulfilling your purpose, enjoying every day, approaching every aspect of life with enthusiasm, joy, and confidence, loving openly and honestly, making a difference, and pursuing your passions.
Think about it… What would that be like? Can you visualize it?
The Cost of Not Living Fully
And you probably have no idea what not living fully costs you.
The choice to not live fully could cost you love, friendship, a fulfilling career, a romantic relationship, joy, peace, self-confidence, self-worth, and even financial security. These things are more costly than a Rolls Royce, a mansion on the beach, or a trip around the world.
Even if you owned those things, you’d never enjoy them unless you knew how to live fully. In fact, you might not even purchase them unless you were living in a different manner.
What Stops You From Living Your Life Fully?
Knowing the cost, why wouldn’t you do everything in your power to live life to the fullest extent? There are lots of reasons…
The things that stop you from living what I call a fully-lived life include fear, depression, lack, low self-esteem, laziness, and complacency. And you don’t need to be in crisis, like a divorce or bankruptcy, to shut down and move into survival mode and stop living…really living.
It’s imperative that you find a way to live fully despite the circumstances of your life. After all, you’ve only got a limited time on this earth and in this lifetime. You want to make the most of it, right?
Two Tips for Living More Fully Every Day
The following two tips will move you a bit closer to a fully lived life.
Living Fully Tip #1: Take action towards your goals and dreams. Realize that you have been allowing the way you feel and the beliefs you have about yourself and your current situation or life to stop you from doing the things that constitute a fully lived life. Commit to moving past these perceptions and taking at least one action step towards a thing, behavior, experience, or goal that you want to have in your life this coming year. Do something to incorporate that into your life. Action always gets your blood pumping and makes you feel less apathetic and victimized. It gives you a sense of power over your life. Take control! Do what you can to move forward with your life.
Living Fully Tip #2: Do something you’ve always wanted to do. This can be something as small as learning to knit or as large as going on a trip to Australia or Hawaii. Find something within your current financial means that feels exciting and fun and that you have been putting off or not finding time to do. Simply do it. Knock it off your bucket list. There’s no time like the present. And you never know what the future will bring, so you better do what you want now. Doing so will surely make you feel more alive.
If you’d like more information on how to live fully…more and more each month, check out the Living Fully Challenge.
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