Steps to Take to Make Your Life More Meaningful and Fulfilling
Human beings have a special place in the universe because they were designed for accomplishment and endowed with seeds of greatness. This means we have an opportunity to achieve greatness and we are engineered for success.
To prove that this is true, every single person has a unique set of gifts which give them the opportunity and the power to accomplish great things. However, to do this, you have to learn how to use the gifts you have as you channel them in the right direction.
Even though it may sound controversial, many people ask why they are not achieving greatness and living meaningful lives even though they were designed to do so. The answer to this is pretty much simple because everybody wants to be great and fulfilled, but a few are willing to put in the work to make it happen.
Desire is the Beginning of a Meaningful Life
Psychologists and counselors have stressed over and over again that to change from mediocrity to outstanding success, you have to start with desire. This means desire is the catalyst which lifts you from a life of average ability to a winning and more fulfilling life.
It is important to note that being a winner is different from possessing the potential to win. Everyone has a potential to some extent, but what you do with this powerful resource is all up to you. Hard work, effort, and perseverance are just some of the sacrifices you have to put in to rise into a champion.
Desire is created through vision. When something happens in your life that changes your perspective into the future, it can create a burning desire that propels you to greatness.
Don’t be Afraid to Start
It is said that a journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step. The secret to success and fulfillment is to begin. The good thing is you don’t have to be great to get started, but for you to be great you have to start.
Many people have certain drives, ambitions, and hopes in life and desire to make a difference. There are several facets of life from family, physical, mental, financial, spiritual, personal, and career that you have to master and excel in for you to experience total satisfaction.
The best place to start is to lay the foundation for a life of meaning and fulfillment. Begin by evaluating qualities such as honesty, character, faith, integrity, and love. These are the inner attributes that can point you towards or away from your ultimate goal. For any start to be meaningful, it has to begin here.
Have a Clear Mind of What You Want
After laying a foundation, you have to be precise about what you want out of life. Clarity enhances your desire and points you in the right direction. According to one of the great men and business philosopher, Jim Rohn, the direction of the wind doesn’t really matter, but what is important is how you set the sails.
Clarity requires that you have a clear plan complete with goals that you want to achieve. Goals will make you accountable and it is for this reason that people avoid setting them. The best place to start setting goals is by looking at the wheel of life. This wheel has several spokes pointing to each area of your life and can act as a pictorial representation of the areas to focus on.
The following is a summary breakdown of the spokes and what they entail.
- Regular checkup
- Weight control
- Stress control
- Regular fitness program
- Endurance and strength
- Inner peace
- Spouse relationship
- Belief in God
- Sense of purpose
- Giving and helping others
- Formal education
- Creative imagination
- Good role model
- Build self-esteem of others
- Family relationships
- Handling disagreements
- Love and respect
When you look at these aspects of your life and score yourself, you can have an idea of where you stand.
When goal setting, identify the goal, look at the benefits of achieving it, look at the obstacles that you need to overcome, enlist the knowledge and skills required, identify people that you can consult and work with, and develop a plan of action.
Fuel Action through Value and Purpose
It is not enough to understand yourself and what you do. You have to go beyond and ask yourself why you do what you do. This brings you to the value of your actions and the purpose driving your intentions.
When you understand value, you can get motivated even in situations that would ordinarily bring your morale down.
When you plan to win, part of the process is to develop sufficient fuel to drive you through your day-to-day actions. Any sloppiness in planning almost automatically results in reduced outcomes. It is only by sustaining your efforts that you can turn your dreams into reality.
For you to understand the value and purpose of your actions and life, you need to pursue the why questions aligned with your vision. When you state your vision in clear terms, everything else will line up to help you achieve your goals.
Take a Risk
The unwillingness to risk anything is probably one of the main reasons why people fail to attain their potential. Losing is painful and no one wants to get hurt, therefore, there is a lot of congestion at safe harbors.
Maintaining your status quo seems plausible, but it never takes you anywhere. The truth is, you were born to win and the moment you start facing your fears is when your life will begin shaping up.
Taking risks doesn’t mean persisting on things that failed in the past, but rather relooking at them and coming up with a new strategy to tackling them.
The ultimate power in living a meaningful life is your knowledge base. Living a fulfilled life requires a lot of personal motivation part of which comes from the knowledge you have. As you continuously develop your knowledge, you become wiser and the decisions you make will have a huge impact.