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Living Your Best Life

Life offers it’s challenges even to the best of us. And, while pain is inevitable, we all have the choice in whether to suffer or not. Suffering can entail stagnancy, codependency, and longing for something that may seem quite out of reach. What feelings arise when we aren’t living our lives to the fullest of to its true potential? We may feel unfulfilled, disappointed, discouraged, unworthy, frustrated, burnt out, etc. Needless to say, our emotions are malleable when subject to change. But, of course, it is our responsibility to create the life we want to live. And the great news is, by following these simple tips, living your best life is a possibility.

So, if you’re ready to start learning some simple, yet effective tips to start living your life to the fullest, then let’s dive in:

Best Tips for Living Your Best Life

Best Tips for Living Your Best Life

1. Live for Yourself

In a world of endless opinions and diverse perspectives, we often find ourselves taking on a variety of outlooks on how to live life. This shows up in every aspect of our life whether it be our careers, romantic partners, beliefs, or anything else. How much of your life is contingent on the views and information coming from others? Receiving advice isn’t a bad thing. However, when people try to impose their beliefs onto us, this can cause quite adverse effects.

For example, a person may want to put college on hold to pursue their passion. However, their parents may want them to take the conventional route. In trying to appease their parents, this individual decides to go to college. Moreover, they suffer the entire time because it isn’t what they truly want. In trying to please other people, we often find it at our expense. To live our best life, we must live for ourselves. We must make decisions that resonate with our values and personal beliefs. Living for yourself also includes not comparing yourself to others. Never compare your salary, body, house, family, car, etc. with someone else’s. Everyone’s journey is different and we could never know how happy someone really is by looking at them externally.

One could even unplug from technology if they have such a tendency to compare. According to the Child Mind Institute, young adult and teenage users who spend the most time on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook were shown to have substantially higher rate (from 13-66%) of reported depression than those who spent the least time.

2. Act More, Obsess Less

Living our best lives will also demand that we act more and obsess over things less. Sometimes, we tend to think micromanaging every little aspect of our lives is going to get us better results. However, this isn’t true. There is a common misunderstanding when it comes to multitasking. According to Very Well Mind, researchers have suggested that multitasking can actually decrease productivity by as much as 40%. See, while it may seem like we are doing several things simultaneously, we are actually just alternating with the undivided attention we give to each thing.

This can actually cause confusion and increase the likelihood of making mistakes, misreading, and misinterpreting. Thus, we then have to go back, redo assignments, and correct our mistakes. It is best to focus on one thing at a time. But, you shouldn’t stay in the planning stage too long. Instead of experiencing the infamous analysis paralysis, trust yourself enough to execute a plan of action. This will help you to see the best results while using your time efficiently.

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3. Celebrate Small Victories

Celebrate Small Victories

Don’t wait forever to give yourself the credit you deserve. We don’t have to wait for a huge accomplishment in order to celebrate our successes. Success can appear in you making small strides. For example, if you’ve finished your work assignments earlier than usual, get yourself a little treat. You can opt for a delicious candy bar or whatever reward you think is appropriate.

These little gestures impress upon us how proud we are of ourselves. And, for someone who doesn’t hear such statements often, this gesture offers a symbolic message that you are deserving of the praise no matter how small the victory may seem. Such rewarding helps us to stay motivated and focused on achieving our goals.

4. Fall In Love With Yourself

Falling in love with ourselves is one of the best ways to approach living our best lives. Self-love is not only a belief but the actions we take in our life. When we love ourselves, we set healthy boundaries with others, prioritize ourselves, heal our wounds, and fortify our minds. We become emotionally independent instead of emotionally codependent. This brings feelings of inner peace knowing that we are fully content with who we are and everything we have.

Some self-love or self-care activities include reading a book, meditating, volunteering, having a spa day, pursuing a passion, or anything that makes us feel inspired.

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5. Remove Codependency

As previously stated, emotional independence is very important when it comes to living your best life. It’s nice to know that we have other people we can rely on when needed. However, when we depend on others for certain things, this can put us in an odd position. The person(s) helping us may have their own motives and ideals that contradict ours. You never want to lower your standards or abandon your integrity.

So, it’s great to focus on establishing our emotional, mental, and financial independence. This may seem scary as it is new terrain for some. But, coming out of your comfort zone will expose you to a world of freedom.

6. Imagine Less, Visualize More

How often do you spend imagining the life you want to live? The thing with imagination is that it usually stays in our mind. Visualization differs from imagining in that visualization is knowing that what you desire is already yours oppose to fantasizing about having it. Visualization brings our desires closer to us because we inherit the feelings and perspectives of having said desires. Think of something you really want. It could be a new home, new car, or an entirely different lifestyle. Let’s say you want a new car.

To visualize, you want to imagine what the seats in the new car feel like. Is it leather interior? What color? Really use all of your senses to immerse yourself in this experience. Do you smell that new car smell? Doing such exercises will help you to better control your thoughts and emotions, using them to create the reality you truly desire.

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7. Implement a Life of Mindfulness

Life can become overwhelming for us if we are too busy reminiscing over the past or anticipating the future. The past is gone and the future is not here yet. All we really have is the present moment, the now. Life becomes so much greater and fulfilling when we learn to live in the moment instead of obsessing over the past or event to come. Life is quite unpredictable.

Many of us remember stressing over a test or exam only for it to be postponed for whatever reason. Do not punish yourself with the thoughts of what could possibly happen when nothing is for certain. Instead, expect the best of a situation and stay prepared.

Mindfulness is a practice and lifestyle that allows you to be more present by objectively observing your experiences. In doing mindfulness meditation, we can all learn to not internalize certain thoughts and emotions. According to NCBI, stats on people practicing mindfulness mindfulness reveal that 35% of people who meditate to reduce stress.

8. Tame the Inner Critic

Many of us hear that annoying little voice inside of our head telling us about our faults. This isn’t the conscience but the inner critic. It’s true in many cases that we are our own worst critics. We tend to be extra hard on ourselves in the event of making a mistake or not doing as good as we thought we could.

Tame the inner critic by practicing a little self-compassion. Remember, we aren’t perfect. Instead of employing negative self-talk, try to speak constructively to yourself. You’ll find this approach allows you to correct yourself without hitting on your self-esteem and self-image.

Related: How to Crush Self-Doubt

9. Inherit a Spirit of Giving Back

Live Your Best Life By Giving Back

In addition to silencing the inner critic, you can inherit a spirit of humanitarianism. Yes, you can live your best life by helping others to live their best life. Sometimes, we’re so focused on just surviving that we don’t allow ourselves to truly live.

Helping others who are less fortunate than us helps us to take our minds on our daily stresses. When we see that we’ve made a difference in someone else’s life, we also experience a greater sense of purpose, meaning, value, and an increase in our self-esteem.

10. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

S.M.A.R.T. goals are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-based. It’s excellent to have goals, but having goals isn’t enough when it comes to living a successful, productive, and happy life. Our goals become more tangible when they are S.M.A.R.T. Make sure your goals aren’t too vague so you have clear direction.

Also, it is critical that our goals can be attained with the resources we have. Asking questions like…”Is this goal realistic given the time frame given to complete it?”, or “Is my schedule aligned with my goals?”, etc.. These are all valuable questions we should ask ourselves whenever setting goals to increase the likelihood that we meet these goals successfully.

Related: Write Down Your Goals

Bonus Tip: Choose to Live With Passion

There is something to be said about being intentional with your life. Which is why we highly recommend choosing to live your life with passion. For most people, living your best life means living everyday like it were you last. It means embracing joy in the small things, and finding ways to appreciate the miracle of our very existence.

Without out a doubt, the people who succeed at living their best life choose to make it a life life fully, not half-lived and bereft of passion.

So, choose to live with passion today, and you’ll be well on your way to living your best life.

Final Thoughts on Living Your Best Life

Your life belongs to you and no one else. And living your best life is a choice that only you can make.

The great news is, by following these transformative tips, you can improve the quality of your life significantly. And in so doing, you can begin living your best life today.

Till next time,


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The Strive Team is made up of everyday people and experts from all sorts of different callings and professions, each contributing their best advice and unique insights to help you navigate the challenges of achievement, and support you as you strive to live your best life.