How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

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Andrew Wallas has spent his career transforming businesses and the people who run them by focusing on 2 core principles: self-sabotage and the power of intention. We sat down with Andrew, the CEO and founder of The School of Business Alchemy to discuss steps we can take to reach our personal and professional success, accomplish our dreams, and bring an end to negative patterns of behavior.

ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOUR SUCCESS?

Think about how many times you’ve told yourself, “I’m never doing that again” only to find yourself repeating that same action—knowing full well it’s a bad decision. Unless people are willing to take a closer look at their lives, actions, reactions, and interactions with others, they will never break the negative habits that keep them in a cycle of killing their own dreams.

Andrew estimates that most people who have dreams and aspirations are actually responsible for their own failure to attain them.

So how do we break that cycle?

Andrew says that the very first step in countering self-sabotaging behavior is to be aware of its existence in the first place. We need to look at how we’re unconsciously, or consciously, undermining what we want.

And not always, but often we need to understand where that undermining or sabotage is coming from. And normally, it’s coming from a place where we had a little dream, and we were heartbroken. Whether it’s about a relationship, or maybe it’s we had a dream of getting grades in school that we didn’t attain.

Without putting in the work to mend the heart after our disappointments in life, we are destined to be stuck in place, unable to move forward for the fear of getting hurt again.

TRANSFORMING OUR LIVES FOR THE BETTER

Now that Andrew has made us think about how much “baggage” we’re all carrying around, how do we begin to improve? It starts with a willingness to transform, and takes a personal commitment to achieve wellness and stability. One of the first ways to do that is to accept change, and not be afraid of it. Again going back to our pitfalls and harmful behavioral patterns, Andrew warns there is a misconception about change. In so many instances, people think “change” means getting rid of something. It does not.

The fear of change can bring on stress and anxiety. The energy we spend trying to avoid or destroy our fears, only wears us out, and actually makes the fear stronger.

Just like in nature, you can’t get rid of anything, you can only transform it into something else. “If you have water, you can turn it to ice, you can boil it and it goes into steam—but nothing is gone, you just can’t see it anymore. So you don’t transform anything by getting rid of something.”

Instead, learn to coexist with your fears. The power returns to you when you face it and even embrace it.

DISCOVERING OUR PURPOSE

Most of us have pondered, “What is my purpose in life?” Andrew believes there is a strong connection between knowing your purpose and living a happier, more fulfilled life.

So how do we discover our purpose and get on track to a more contented life? According to Andrew, the first thing that we’ll need is something so many of us don’t exercise . patience.

Acknowledging our lack of patience is essential to our ability to embrace change and discover our purpose. But we shouldn’t expect it to happen overnight. As Andrew explains, “There’s that famous prayer “Lord give me patience, now.” You know to really discover our purpose, we need to be willing to spend a little bit of time, a little bit of reflection and say “okay, today is Monday . I don’t have to discover my purpose by Wednesday, or by Friday, or even by next Monday. Starting with the willingness to create a little bit of space around it is the first thing.”

So if we want to discover our purpose, we need to create some space and some reflection time where we can sit with ourselves. And we can reflect on different aspects of our lives—including listening within.

“We have to learn to really listen within, as that’s the best signal. It’s a better teacher than any coach, any therapist, any teacher to really learn to listen to our innate impulses. Because that’s where our dreams are. And that’s where our purpose is.”

Listen to the bonus episode to learn how to make an inner shift with actionable steps to get started, and how to leverage intention to reach your goals.

How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

A life of regret is no life at all. Sure, we all have regrets for things we’ve done, mistakes made and opportunities lost. But if we make a conscious decision every day to minimize those regrets, we will lead a happier more fulfilling life. And hopefully those around us will as well.

These sixteen ways to live a happier more fulfilling life come from my past and present experiences from getting it right, as well as getting it wrong. They are delivered in no particular order.

Prioritize your time wisely.

As we all know, life moves at the speed of light. Time is our most precious asset. Wake up each day with a plan to accomplish something meaningful. Something you will feel good about when you turn out the light that night.

Build relationships over possessions.

You won’t be taking your possessions with you nor are they a meaningful source of lasting happiness. The relationships you build and the lives you impact will be your legacy.

Take what you can from life, but always give back.

There is nothing wrong with investing in yourself and your future. For pursuing success in all areas of your life. But one of the best ways to seek happiness is through service to others. Remember that giving time is more valuable than giving money.

Be accountable for your words and actions.

Accountability is the path to true accomplishment. Personal accountability is infectious and others in your life will follow suit. Always consider the consequences of your words and actions. Not doing so can be a fast track to regret.

Be disciplined in your personal and professional life.

Being accountable requires discipline. Discipline is the only way to discover your best personal self: the cross section between purpose, talent and effort. Discipline leads to accomplishing goals and avoiding bad decisions.

Expunge hate from your heart.

Life is too short. This too requires discipline. Hate will consume you, exhaust you and distract from the positive aspects of your life. Put your ego aside and replace it with humility.

Forgive yourself and others quickly.

We all make mistakes, hurt those we love and meander off the path of righteousness at times. The faster we forgive ourselves and others the more time and energy we have for love.

Put your family first.

Your family relies on you to be strong, to lead, mentor and provide for them. Making time for work and hobbies is important, but every now and then we need to remember that making more money or the extra round of golf can wait.

Find purpose in your life’s work.

Without purpose it’s hard to truly be passionate. And without passion it’s impossible to inspire and lead others. Living a purpose-driven life is the foundation of fulfillment and happiness. Find your purpose and pursue it relentlessly.

Chase your dreams and never quit.

As a former Navy SEAL, the never-quit attitude is ingrained in me forever. Just make sure you are pursuing the right “dreams” that will add value to your life and others. Dreams that are aligned with your purpose.

Pursue passions bigger than yourself.

If we don’t break outside our comfort zones and find pursuits that leave a positive impact on the world, we live a very small life.

Don’t hold on too tight.

I often find this very hard to do, but sometimes we just have to let go and have a little faith. There are things simply out of our control and we can drive ourselves crazy trying to contain them.

Lead by example on and off the battlefield.

We all have the opportunity to lead in our lives. At home, work, in our communities. But leadership requires consistency of character. Actions speak louder than words.

Protect those who can’t protect themselves.

This doesn’t mean we all have to grab a weapon and head down range. It can come in the form of a simple gesture. Don’t stand on the sidelines with your smart phone. Do something.

Strive to improve a little bit every day.

If we can attempt to improve ourselves even 1% each day, at the end of a year we will be 37x better than when we started. Improvement requires regular learning, feedback and reflection. But don’t forget to take action as well.

Leave no regrets on the battlefield of life.

As Tecumseh said in his poem “Death Song”:

“When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear death, so that they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

Take a few minutes each day to reflect on how to practice these tips and see what happens!

Last Updated: October 23, 2020 References

This article was co-authored by Sydney Axelrod. Sydney Axelrod is a certified life coach and the owner of Sydney Axelrod LLC, a life coaching business focused on professional and personal development. Through one-on-one coaching, digital courses, and group workshops, Sydney works with clients to discover their purpose, navigate life transitions, and set and accomplish goals. Sydney has over 1,000 hours of relevant coaching certifications and holds a BBA in Marketing and Finance from Emory University.

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Living a life of purpose can motivate you to get up in the morning and put your full energy into your day. Having purpose in your life can help you feel as though your routines and habits are meaningful and important to you, and to those around you. Heather Malin defines purpose as “a future-oriented goal that is personally meaningful and aimed at contributing to something larger than the self.” [1] X Expert Source

Michael Stern
Life Coach Expert Interview. 1 July 2020. You can live a life of purpose by following your passions, setting goals, giving back to others and by living a more balanced life, where you appreciate what you have and savor every moment of your day.

How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

Sydney Axelrod
Certified Life Coach Expert Interview. 30 June 2020.

  • For example, you may be passionate about providing for your family, being an architect, and owning a home of your own. Or you may be passionate about finding a romantic partner, about travelling to Asia, and about learning how to draw.
  • Think about what sparks joy for you, and what you would spend your time doing if you had no other responsibilities. [3] X Expert Source

Michael Stern
Life Coach Expert Interview. 1 July 2020.

  • After you have identified your passions, speak them out loud every day to remind yourself.
  • How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

    Sydney Axelrod
    Certified Life Coach Expert Interview. 30 June 2020.

    • You could have a major realization that you are actually passionate about a different career or job. Perhaps you realize you are actually passionate about community service and decide to focus your career on serving your community. Living by this passion may be more fulfilling for you, even if you do not make as much money if you were doing something else.

    How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

    Sydney Axelrod
    Certified Life Coach Expert Interview. 30 June 2020.

    • For example, you may write down immediate goals like “learn how to bake a pie from scratch” or “watch more documentaries on politics this year.” You may also write down long-term goals like “take an online course on economics” or “improve my GPA this year and apply for college.”
    • Make sure that you are identifying realistic goals. You can also have short-term and long-term goals. Make sure your short-term goals are clearly connected to the bigger picture of what you ultimately want in life and who you want to become. [6] X Expert Source

    Michael Stern
    Life Coach Expert Interview. 1 July 2020.

  • Create a list of goals and work to achieve them one by one. Use rewards to motivate yourself to achieve these goals, such as a meal out or a night out with a friend if you achieve certain goals.
  • Use daily affirmations and reminders that you are working towards goals that are important to you. Tell yourself affirmations every morning like, “I will achieve my goals” or “I will get what I want” out loud or write them down in your journal.
  • How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

    How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

    Some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life. Purpose.

    In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, their soul may be searching for something more.

    Here are a few scenarios that describe this emptiness:

    Lonely at the top. I was obsessed with making it to the top. When I arrived, however, I learned that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I now realize that my continual pursuit of advancement seriously compromised my ability to spend quality time with my family and build meaningful relationships with friends.

    Enough is never enough. One of the ways I kept score in life was to compare my toys to my neighbors’ toys. It felt good for a while, but each “high” just didn’t last. I now know better. I realized that if I’m not careful, the game of life can become an obsession — there will always be people with more and less than I have.

    Sold my soul. I would have given anything to be a success. I lied, cheated, and sold my soul to the devil. I understand now that although I’ve obtained fame and fortune, people don’t like or respect me. Knowing what I’ve done, I find it hard to live with myself, and others seem to agree.

    All work and no play. I was always the first person in the office and the last one to leave. While my business life has been a roaring success, my personal life has been a disaster. I realize there’s got to be more to life. Balance matters, and I must be the one to make it happen.

    Pleased everyone except myself. I never made a move without first seeking the approval of my friends and family. They’re happy, but I’m miserable. I now appreciate that my opinion matters too, and counting on others to make up my mind for me is just a cop-out. After all, it’s my life and I own it.

    Lived in the future rather than the present. I spent much of my life thinking about what I was going to do tomorrow. Now that I’m older, I’ve come face-to-face with the reality that my days won’t go on forever; I wish I had learned to savor every special moment as it happened.

    If any of these scenarios sound familiar to you, it may be time for a course correction.

    Living Life with a Purpose

    Although everyone is different, there are common threads that bind a life with purpose.

    Live by your beliefs and values. People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their decisions, shape their day-to-day actions, and determine their short- and long-term priorities. They place significant value on being a person of high integrity and in earning the trust and respect of others. The result is that they live with a clear conscience and spend more time listening to their inner voice than being influenced by others.

    Set priorities. People who live a life of purpose identify those activities that matter most to them and spend the majority of their time and effort in those areas. Otherwise, it’s too easy to drift away in the currents of life. As Annie Dillard once said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

    Follow your passion. People who live a life of purpose wake up each morning eager to face the new day. They pursue their dreams with fervor, put their heart into everything they do, and feel that they’re personally making a difference. As James Dean once said, “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

    Achieve balance. People who live a life of purpose put their heart into their career and in building relationships with friends and family. They also reserve adequate time to satisfy their personal needs. Achieving balance means living up to one’s potential in all facets of life.

    Feel content. People who live a life of purpose have an inner peace. They’re satisfied with what they have and who they are. To them, the grass is greener on their own side of the fence. As the saying goes, “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.”

    Make a difference. People who live a life of purpose make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life. They do things for others without expectation of personal gain, serve as exemplary role models, and gain as much satisfaction witnessing the success of others as witnessing their own. As the old proverb says, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

    Live in the moment. People who live a life of purpose cherish every moment and seek to live life without regret. They take joy in the experiences that life gives and don’t worry about keeping score. Dr. Seuss may have said it best, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

    Start Living Today

    The purpose of life is a perpetual question that has intrigued mankind since the beginning of human existence. Without purpose, it’s easy to wander aimlessly through life instead of following your North Star. Without purpose, it’s easy to squander your time instead of waking each morning with an unquenchable thirst to attain your mission. Without purpose, it’s easy to achieve remarkable success and still feel that life is passing you by.

    Success in life begins with purpose. When you achieve clarity, you’ll gain a new perspective on your life. When you find your purpose, you’ll feel good about who you are, what you stand for, and where you’re heading. When you discover your purpose, an inner peace will replace the need to seek approval from others. And friends and family will begin to sense a new you: someone who is happy, motivated and self-assured — a person with a mission. People will say that there’s something really special about you. And, they’ll be right! As Robert Byrne once said, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” It isn’t too late to start.

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    ​Living purposefully is one of the most effortless but enjoyable experiences which you can enjoy in life. When you are living purposefully life just flows. Like flowing water, you effortlessly adapt to any obstacle which is placed in your path. You carve out your own path for life as you pass peacefully through. There are times when things can become turbulent and you can fall off purpose but with a small amount of conscious effort, you can usually guide yourself back until you are living purposefully once again. It may take a little time and effort to find your purpose but once you do so, and you choose to live your purpose, the benefits are beyond measure.

    ​Live With Purpose Checklist

    I have created a FREE Checklist to help you determine whether you are living with purpose, or not.

    16 Signs that you are living purposefully

    ​The following tips will enable you to identify whether you are living purposefully or not.

    1. You build supportive relationships

    How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

    Traditionally, we build friendships based on proximity. Social psychology shows us that we tend to have a greater fondness for those whom we spend more time with. We often build these friendships at a young age but as we change and our lives change, these relationships fail to change with us. As a result, we can end up spending a great deal of time with people who no longer support our growth as human beings.

    When you are living purposefully, you understand the need to evaluate relationships to ensure that they are mutually supportive. It is not just about what others can do for you, it is also important that you be able to help others. The objective is not to kick old friends out of your life (unless it is absolutely necessary); the objective is to organise your priorities.

    Relationships have a double spiral effect. The right people will lift you up and help you to achieve your goals and objectives. However, if you surround yourself with the wrong people, they will pull you down and hold you back from achieving what you want to achieve.

    ​Key Point

    ​Surrounding yourself with the right people, those who will support you, is a giant step towards fulfilling your purpose and achieving your goals.

    How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

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    How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

    Andrew Wallas has spent his career transforming businesses and the people who run them by focusing on 2 core principles: self-sabotage and the power of intention. We sat down with Andrew, the CEO and founder of The School of Business Alchemy to discuss steps we can take to reach our personal and professional success, accomplish our dreams, and bring an end to negative patterns of behavior.

    ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOUR SUCCESS?

    Think about how many times you’ve told yourself, “I’m never doing that again” only to find yourself repeating that same action—knowing full well it’s a bad decision. Unless people are willing to take a closer look at their lives, actions, reactions, and interactions with others, they will never break the negative habits that keep them in a cycle of killing their own dreams.

    Andrew estimates that most people who have dreams and aspirations are actually responsible for their own failure to attain them.

    So how do we break that cycle?

    Andrew says that the very first step in countering self-sabotaging behavior is to be aware of its existence in the first place. We need to look at how we’re unconsciously, or consciously, undermining what we want.

    And not always, but often we need to understand where that undermining or sabotage is coming from. And normally, it’s coming from a place where we had a little dream, and we were heartbroken. Whether it’s about a relationship, or maybe it’s we had a dream of getting grades in school that we didn’t attain.

    Without putting in the work to mend the heart after our disappointments in life, we are destined to be stuck in place, unable to move forward for the fear of getting hurt again.

    TRANSFORMING OUR LIVES FOR THE BETTER

    Now that Andrew has made us think about how much “baggage” we’re all carrying around, how do we begin to improve? It starts with a willingness to transform, and takes a personal commitment to achieve wellness and stability. One of the first ways to do that is to accept change, and not be afraid of it. Again going back to our pitfalls and harmful behavioral patterns, Andrew warns there is a misconception about change. In so many instances, people think “change” means getting rid of something. It does not.

    The fear of change can bring on stress and anxiety. The energy we spend trying to avoid or destroy our fears, only wears us out, and actually makes the fear stronger.

    Just like in nature, you can’t get rid of anything, you can only transform it into something else. “If you have water, you can turn it to ice, you can boil it and it goes into steam—but nothing is gone, you just can’t see it anymore. So you don’t transform anything by getting rid of something.”

    Instead, learn to coexist with your fears. The power returns to you when you face it and even embrace it.

    DISCOVERING OUR PURPOSE

    Most of us have pondered, “What is my purpose in life?” Andrew believes there is a strong connection between knowing your purpose and living a happier, more fulfilled life.

    So how do we discover our purpose and get on track to a more contented life? According to Andrew, the first thing that we’ll need is something so many of us don’t exercise . patience.

    Acknowledging our lack of patience is essential to our ability to embrace change and discover our purpose. But we shouldn’t expect it to happen overnight. As Andrew explains, “There’s that famous prayer “Lord give me patience, now.” You know to really discover our purpose, we need to be willing to spend a little bit of time, a little bit of reflection and say “okay, today is Monday . I don’t have to discover my purpose by Wednesday, or by Friday, or even by next Monday. Starting with the willingness to create a little bit of space around it is the first thing.”

    So if we want to discover our purpose, we need to create some space and some reflection time where we can sit with ourselves. And we can reflect on different aspects of our lives—including listening within.

    “We have to learn to really listen within, as that’s the best signal. It’s a better teacher than any coach, any therapist, any teacher to really learn to listen to our innate impulses. Because that’s where our dreams are. And that’s where our purpose is.”

    Listen to the bonus episode to learn how to make an inner shift with actionable steps to get started, and how to leverage intention to reach your goals.

    How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

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    How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life How to find the purpose of life and start living a fulfilling life

    Andrew Wallas has spent his career transforming businesses and the people who run them by focusing on 2 core principles: self-sabotage and the power of intention. We sat down with Andrew, the CEO and founder of The School of Business Alchemy to discuss steps we can take to reach our personal and professional success, accomplish our dreams, and bring an end to negative patterns of behavior.

    ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOUR SUCCESS?

    Think about how many times you’ve told yourself, “I’m never doing that again” only to find yourself repeating that same action—knowing full well it’s a bad decision. Unless people are willing to take a closer look at their lives, actions, reactions, and interactions with others, they will never break the negative habits that keep them in a cycle of killing their own dreams.

    Andrew estimates that most people who have dreams and aspirations are actually responsible for their own failure to attain them.

    So how do we break that cycle?

    Andrew says that the very first step in countering self-sabotaging behavior is to be aware of its existence in the first place. We need to look at how we’re unconsciously, or consciously, undermining what we want.

    And not always, but often we need to understand where that undermining or sabotage is coming from. And normally, it’s coming from a place where we had a little dream, and we were heartbroken. Whether it’s about a relationship, or maybe it’s we had a dream of getting grades in school that we didn’t attain.

    Without putting in the work to mend the heart after our disappointments in life, we are destined to be stuck in place, unable to move forward for the fear of getting hurt again.

    TRANSFORMING OUR LIVES FOR THE BETTER

    Now that Andrew has made us think about how much “baggage” we’re all carrying around, how do we begin to improve? It starts with a willingness to transform, and takes a personal commitment to achieve wellness and stability. One of the first ways to do that is to accept change, and not be afraid of it. Again going back to our pitfalls and harmful behavioral patterns, Andrew warns there is a misconception about change. In so many instances, people think “change” means getting rid of something. It does not.

    The fear of change can bring on stress and anxiety. The energy we spend trying to avoid or destroy our fears, only wears us out, and actually makes the fear stronger.

    Just like in nature, you can’t get rid of anything, you can only transform it into something else. “If you have water, you can turn it to ice, you can boil it and it goes into steam—but nothing is gone, you just can’t see it anymore. So you don’t transform anything by getting rid of something.”

    Instead, learn to coexist with your fears. The power returns to you when you face it and even embrace it.

    DISCOVERING OUR PURPOSE

    Most of us have pondered, “What is my purpose in life?” Andrew believes there is a strong connection between knowing your purpose and living a happier, more fulfilled life.

    So how do we discover our purpose and get on track to a more contented life? According to Andrew, the first thing that we’ll need is something so many of us don’t exercise . patience.

    Acknowledging our lack of patience is essential to our ability to embrace change and discover our purpose. But we shouldn’t expect it to happen overnight. As Andrew explains, “There’s that famous prayer “Lord give me patience, now.” You know to really discover our purpose, we need to be willing to spend a little bit of time, a little bit of reflection and say “okay, today is Monday . I don’t have to discover my purpose by Wednesday, or by Friday, or even by next Monday. Starting with the willingness to create a little bit of space around it is the first thing.”

    So if we want to discover our purpose, we need to create some space and some reflection time where we can sit with ourselves. And we can reflect on different aspects of our lives—including listening within.

    “We have to learn to really listen within, as that’s the best signal. It’s a better teacher than any coach, any therapist, any teacher to really learn to listen to our innate impulses. Because that’s where our dreams are. And that’s where our purpose is.”

    Listen to the bonus episode to learn how to make an inner shift with actionable steps to get started, and how to leverage intention to reach your goals.

    “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

    Aristotle said this more than 2,000 years ago. And it still holds true today. What is the true purpose of life, if not to live a happy life until we die?

    Happiness is one of the most sought-after goals in life, yet for many it seems to be elusive. It’s easy to delude ourselves into thinking, “When I just have that nice house and new car, then I can be happy.” But in reality, happiness is available to all of us, right now. A big house or a new car won’t actually make you happier; it’s the simple joys in life that bring true happiness. Read on to learn 15 simple ways that you can start living a happier life today.

    1. Do What You Love
    If your passion is playing soccer, writing poems, or teaching children how to swim, make time to do it. You’ll find that when you’re doing what you love, you’re filled with joy. How much better does that sound than forcing yourself do something you don’t like?

    2. Help Others
    Sometimes after we’ve achieved our own personal goals, we still feel empty inside because we haven’t made a meaningful contribution to someone else’s life. When we volunteer or help others, it feels good to just be of service to someone else. The impact we make feels fulfilling and is a big potential source for our own happiness.

    3. Be Thankful
    When you think of all the things that you have to be grateful for, you realize how blessed you already are. Without even realizing it, we take our basic necessities for granted — a roof over your head and plenty of food to eat. By appreciating the things that you already have, you’ll begin to feel happier in your life.

    4. Share With Others
    When we share our thoughts, our time, and our abilities with others we feel better for it. A life lived without sharing can become lonely. When you share with others, they’ll feel great towards you and help you to feel more joy in your own life.

    5. Smile More
    Practice smiling more and see how it affects you internally, as well as those around you. You can always afford to give a smile. Smiling can make you happier — even if you have to force it, you’ll still feel better.

    6. Exercise
    When was the last time you went to the gym or worked out? Exercise reduces stress and releases endorphins, also known as a “runner’s high.” Playing sports is a fun way to exercise as well, whether it’s kicking around a soccer ball or shooting hoops.

    7. Seek Out a Life Coach
    A life coach will help you to evaluate your life and why you’re not feeling happy in it. Maybe you’re holding limiting beliefs or you have an emotional block without realizing it. By speaking to a life coach, you can uncover why you’re actually unhappy and what you can do to feel better.

    8. Find Ways to Manage Stress
    Don’t let stress rob you of your birthright to be happy. You deserve to be happy, and it wouldn’t be right to let stress get in the way. Practices such as meditation can help you to manage stress better and feel great.

    9. Eat Healthy
    It’s much more challenging to feel truly happy when you’re sick. But when you eat right, you feel better both physically and mentally. And you’ll avoid that guilty feeling that you just pigged out on junk food.

    10. Spend Time With Your Loved Ones
    There’s no replacement for spending quality time with your loved ones. We’re social beings, even if you’re an introvert or a loner. People love spending time with their friends and family for good conversation, bonding, and some laughs. Life’s too short to live it completely alone.

    11. Dump Negative Thinking
    You already know that negative thinking will bring you down. So how do you stop it? Become more aware of it and try replacing your negative thoughts with some positive ones. Spend less time with negative people and more time with positive people.

    12. Give More Gifts
    You don’t have to give expensive gifts; sometimes a poem, a quick note, or a thoughtful email will brighten someone else’s day, and yours. Share what you can give to all the wonderful people in your life.

    13. Forgive and Forget
    Holding a grudge will harm you more than the person you’re holding it against. Ask yourself, “What would it take for me to let go of the past?” and notice how you feel when you let go of your anger for a few seconds. Focus instead on a bright future and you’ll feel better for it.

    14. Take a Walk in Nature
    Spending time out in nature can be very refreshing and renewing, especially when you’re living in an artificial, manmade world. Taking a walk in your local woods or park and getting some fresh air can allow you to appreciate the beauty of the natural world.

    15. Be Yourself
    As Steve Jobs said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Accept who you are, just be yourself, and you’ll feel a world of difference.

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    Step One: Discover your soul and its path.

    Align your personality with your soul. Until that happens, you won’t be able to give the gifts you were meant to. Remind yourself daily of the following:

    • You are a soul first and a personality second.
    • You are worthy. You are not on this Earth by accident. You have a reason to be here. There’s a difference between accepting that in your mind and accepting in your heart.
    • It’s not an “it” that you’re looking for—it’s your life that you’re living.
    • You are here to create an authentically empowered life. There is no guarantee you will do it. It’s up to you.

    Be aware of what you’re feeling, because your feelings are the force field of your soul. Use the following techniques to embrace your feelings:

    • Experience everything you are feeling, even when it’s anger, sadness or jealousy. Underneath anger, for example, if you stay with it long enough you will find pain. If you feel it, you can deal with it!
    • Let the feelings go, but use your will consciously. When you feel depressed, jealous, sad or angry, understand that these are the things that you must heal in order to go where your wholeness is calling you to go.

    Allow yourself to consider this possibility: There is no tragedy in life, and there are no victims. In this consideration lies your own empowerment.

    How can there not be tragedies?
    In many ways, your enemies can teach you much more than your friends. You can’t have control over what happens to you in this moment, but you do have control over your response to it, and over the context in which you put it. In the case of rape, there are many people who will go through traumas and see themselves as victims. And others who will find compassion and understand that anyone who is doing violence is hurting very much.

    1. Harmony. The perception of power as external that separates nations is the same that exists between individuals. The love, clarity and compassion that emerges within the person that aligns themselves with the soul is the same that will bring harmony to other people’s lives.

    2. Cooperation. We are together because we want to be together, not because we have to be. Realizing together, co-creations emerge.

    3. Sharing. Share what is important to you—not possessions. Give yourself.

    4. Reverence for Life. Reverence is a level of protection and honor about the process of life so that while a person is maturing toward the journey and through the journey of authentic empowerment, he or she harms nothing.