I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. ~ Diane Ackerman
A life without fear and regrets begins today. No matter where you live or what you do for a living, the quality of your life is up to you. We often think that when we have more money, fame, or success we’ll spend more quality time with our families, get out of debt, or take better care of ourselves.
Life doesn’t work that way.
Don’t wait until the New Year to make a change. The time to begin is now!
If you have an addiction, get help.
If you need to let go of a toxic relationship, end it.
If you need to forgive someone, do it.
If you need to save money, simplify.
Make the most of your life today. Tomorrow never comes.
21 tips to live add more meaning to your life:
Gracefully begin your day. Go within. Decide to be a loving person. Use prayer, silence, meditation or yoga. Connect with God, Buddha, or whatever is right for you. Keep your heart open. Renew your spirit and strength.
Give more than you take. Anticipate someone’s needs and meet them. Go the extra mile. Make others feel important. Share your knowledge. Do something for someone who can’t pay you back. Look for the good in others.
Self-reveal. Give others a peek into your inner world. Disclose your thoughts, experiences, feelings, and dreams. You have the power to light up a life or brighten a room with your presence.
Genuine self-knowledge. Ask close family members and friends how they perceive you, “Am I honest, kind, and loving?” Your only response is to say, “Thank you for sharing.” Be bold and listen to the truth. Accept your weaknesses and shortcomings. Celebrate your strengths and successes. Have the confidence to be who you are.
Thrive on simplicity. Get rid of clutter. Stop recreational spending. Eat mindfully. Ride your bike and walk more. Begin a good habit. Eliminate the need to complicate your life and then complain how busy you are.
Spend time with people who matter.
The people you associate with have great influence on your life. Spend time with those who encourage you, lift you up and enrich your life. Do the same for them. Relationships need face-to-face and flesh-to-flesh time. Make time for it.
Discover new people, places & ideas. Expand your comfort zone. Don’t hold back. Be open to new ways of doing things. Visit new cities and countries. Introduce yourself to new people. Make your life interesting, adventurous and meaningful.
Be your own loving caregiver. Practice feeling affection and appreciation for yourself. Allow yourself to feel pleasure. You are worthy because you exist. Rejecting and neglecting yourself are painful.
Absolute "No" List. Say no to judgment, gossip, complaining, competition, criticism, jealousy, procrastination, and greed.
Absolute "Yes" List. Say yes to truth-telling, promise-keeping, living fearlessly, kindness, compassion, gratitude, and the willingness to serve. Live on life’s edge. Say yes to love.
Rise above the ordinary. Express your uniqueness. Turn off the media. Schedule digital breaks. Let go of distractions. Go in the opposite direction of the crowd. Don’t settle for a life of quiet desperation.
Take delight in life. Learn to savor. Take life one sip at a time. Refuse to gulp. I take delight in my family, friends, good food, a variety of music, children, the elderly, blue skies and sunshine. Fall in love with life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got.
Believe the best is yet to come. Bet on the positive. Think good thoughts, make good choices, and take action that makes you feel good. Write that book, make that phone call or call that date. Choose to create and amazing and adventurous future for yourself, one wonderful day at a time.
Appreciate nature. Swim in the ocean. Plant a garden. Climb a mountain. Ride in a dune buggy. Walk barefoot in the grass. Watch the sunrise and sunset. Any thing you do outside is energizing and refreshing. Being in nature creates calm.
Let go of urgency and striving. Learn to relax and go with the flow. When you live in the pain of the past or the fear of the future, you feel anxious and stressed. Shift your energy by changing your thoughts. Recognize the fear based stories you tell yourself and drop them.
Create a health care plan. Don’t wait for the government to fix things. Eat healthy and exercise. If you’re having a tough time, hire a counselor or a coach. You are responsible for your health and wellness.
Say, “I love you,” often. Express your affection and appreciation to friends and family. What matters is connection. Connect as often as possible. Every human being wants the same three things; to love, to be loved, and to know they matter.
Dare. Face your fears. Name your fears in your journal. Next to each fear, write down the worst case scenario if the fear came true. Question how each fear is holding you back. Take an action step within the next 24 hours toward a personal goal.
Handle setbacks with ease. Life can be difficult; it's what makes us interesting, human and capable. When life is crazy, take it easy. Look for a lesson in each experience, learn from it, and move forward.
Appreciation and Gratitude lead to prosperity. Don’t count sheep, count your blessings. It’s impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time. It’s impossible to be grateful and fearful at the same time.
Follow your dreams. You are capable of way more than you can imagine. Create a plan and take action. Learn to prioritize and focus. Focus on how much you love what you’re doing, instead of how much you can accomplish and gain.
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Gregory Berg, of Radio Enso, interviewed me and you can Tune in at 6pm PST/9pm Eastern or pull up the archive anytime later. We had to tape this chat last night and it was a lively and inspiring conversation on habits, goals, fears, dealing with the tragic events of the past week, and my own life and journey!