Living your ideal life requires more investment than simply writing a few bullet points in a journal or on a manifestation board…
It requires actively reviewing and reflecting on all parts of your life.
And as anyone who’s ever tried knows self-reflection isn’t easy.
It is the most universally exalted path to internal self-awareness — it encourages personal growth and helps to enrich your life.
Sometimes you need to look inward and ask uncomfortable questions to determine if your life is on the right trajectory.
It’s the only way to understand your feelings and learn important things about yourself, such as….
….Do I even believe the things I say I do? What makes me happy? What have I done in the past that I want to stop or start doing in the future? And are my actions aligned with my values?
Reflection helps to build upon the successful moments and break free from the self-doubt that holds you back from embracing your true potential and living a fulfilled life.
As we move into a new year…
Here are four actions that can put you on the path to living the life you want.
Notice What Went Well In 2017
….and what didn’t.
It’s no secret that as we age time moves at an unprecedented speed. This makes it too easy to let the wins slip by unnoticed — you’re onto the next thing before you can even recount the success you experienced just last week!
But remembering the positive things that happened is beneficial to your well-being. It reminds you that you’re capable of handling challenges and it can help you to see more possibilities for the future.
Taking the time now to look back on the past year is a way to take note of what went well and what didn’t.
During this phase of self-reflection, write things down in a journal so you can visually relive the past 12 months…
Remember…no win is too small….write them all down!
Pay particular attention to how you spent your time…
Did you engage in activities that moved you towards living the life you want, or that moved you farther away from it?
Can you recall feeling joy?
While it’s important to acknowledge the negative, don’t dwell on it.
Rather, use it as a constructive way to note what you don’t want in your life — because knowing what you don’t want is as useful as knowing what you do want.
Taking the time to meditate on the past year will help you to set intentions for the coming year.
The past is the past, but it’s an effective teacher for the future.
Set Actionable Goals + Define Your Highest Endeavors
Setting actionable goals is an important process for achieving success.
But, before setting a goal, it’s important to understand what that goal represents and how your current behavior will affect the potential outcome of it.
For example, if you aim to have a closer relationship with your kids, but you consistently work long hours, you will most likely be too tired to spend time with them. And the long hours at work will keep you away from important events in their lives.
“In life, people have many goals (e.g. exercise more, be a better spouse, save more money). However, goals often go unrealized because people lack self-awareness…Thus, to improve our chances of reaching our goals, we must remain aware of our current behavior.”
Setting and achieving goals takes real commitment, sacrifice, and often, overcoming big challenges.
But having a clear vision for your life not only enables you to set and achieve goals, it advocates the pursuit of your highest endeavors.
When you are empowered by the why, it’s easier to stick to your goals.
And when your values and vision are clear, it’s easier to determine your actions.
Much like goals a high endeavor is any undertaking worthy of your energy, love and devotion.
It is essential to take stock of your values regularly, and then do whatever you can to align your life with them. Living in harmony with those values creates the fertile environment for happiness and peace of mind…
Some people call this living authentically.
Because when your values and actions are all aligned, you can purposefully set and pursue your goals, realize your highest endeavors and live a fully engaged life.
Engage In Great Companionship
Humans are inherently designed to live in close relationship with each other.
That’s just the way it is.
We need contact with other humans to live long, happy lives — and this is notably more important as we age.
The interactions you have with other people affects the way you feel about yourself and life in general.
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