Life is precious and it’s short! How are you spending yours? Too often, we design our lives around work and forget that that’s not the important part. According to an article by Erick Jackson in Forbes Magazine in October 2012, people’s #1 regret at the end of their lives is “Working too much at the expense of family and friends.”
You probably already knew that, but are you working to avoid those regrets? Here are my recommendations for living a fulfilling life.
#1: Love More for a Fulfilling Life
Start by loving yourself unconditionally RIGHT NOW.
Don’t wait until you lose weight or get that next promotion. Love yourself for all your imperfections, because those are what make you human! Remember that you are a child of God and that he loves you unconditionally.
Spend quality time with family.
Family dinner is a tradition because it’s enormously beneficial; but I know even something as simple as eating dinner together can be difficult. Maybe work deadlines keep you at the office late. Perhaps your kids’ activities (gymnastics, hockey, or other worthwhile enterprises) make your evenings hectic. Try your best to set aside family time, whether nightly or weekly. I still go to my parents’ house for lunch every Sunday after church and I find that I really look forward to it.
Fill your life with quality friends.
Jim Rohn wrote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Genuine friends are one of life’s true joys, but such friendships must be nurtured and treasured. No amount of wealth, status, or power can make up for a life without any genuine friends.
#2: Know Your Life’s Purpose
“There are two great days in every person’s life. The day they were born, and the day they discover why.” – Alan W Goff
Think of your life purpose as your mission. You were created with infinite potential, but only a purpose will move you from where you are now to where your heart truly wants to be.
In my “Empowering the Leader Within” seminar, we do a mediation to help the students envision a life spent fulfilling their purpose with all of the rich rewards that follow. Immediately afterwards, I have them write a Vision Statement that reflects this ideal future and instruct them to read it twice a day: first thing in the morning upon waking and before they go to sleep.
#3: Prioritize Activities According to Your Purpose
You should spend most of your time on the absolutely critical activities that will help you fulfill your life’s purpose. I recommend using The ABCDE Method for Setting Priorities by Brian Tracy; it’s a simple and powerful technique for prioritizing your life.
First, make the mother of all to-do lists with HUNDREDS of actionable items.
Next, use the following key to label each item on that to-do list:
A: Absolutely Critical–must be done
B: Better Do It–but not critical
C: Can Do It–low priority
D: Delegate–assign to someone else for free or fee
E: Eliminate–not necessary at all
Organize your schedule accordingly, putting the A items before the B’s and C’s every day. When working on A-list items, be optimistic, focused on completion, and resilient to distractions.
#4: Stay Healthy
You are what you eat!
Great health starts with a good diet. Eat all-natural foods, lots of fresh vegetables, high quality lean protein, and healthy fats. Beware of sugar; excessive sugar can cause inflammation and insulin resistance, the culprits behind fatigue, hormone irregularity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Exercise consistently every week.
Even doing something simple (like a brisk walk) can have massive health benefits. I recommend 30-45 minutes of aerobic exercise five times weekly. Additionally, try yoga; it improves flexibility, increases strength and coordination, releases stress, and offers a sense of serenity.
Drink plenty of water.
Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight; that’s because every system in your body depends on water.
For optimal health, drink 8 – 10 glasses of water every day. You made need more depending on your activity levels and other liquids you drink (liquids like coffee, tea or pop will actually dehydrate you).
Get enough sleep!
An average adult needs between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep per night to feel rested and have the energy for a fulfilling life.
#5: Be Less Worried and More Grateful
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
We cannot control life events, but we can control our responses. Gratitude opens the door to more loving relationships and improves health, sleep, and self-esteem.
#6: Take Time to Smell the Roses
Don’t be so busy being busy that you can’t live in the present moment! It’s easy to get lost in worries for the future, regrets from the past, and judgements about those around us. Let all of that go and live in the NOW. All we ever have is THIS moment—you have to let it in!
A fulfilling life means never taking a moment for granted. Spend more time loving your friends, your family, and yourself. Prioritize your activities to reflect your life’s purpose. Live healthy, worry less, and soak in the sunshine, and you’ll find more sunshine than you ever have before.
Sheila Dancho is a certified Sanoviv Medical Institute Nutrition Advisor. She has over 20 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry and has helped thousands of people improve their lives. She’s also the Founder and President of Wealthy Network Marketing Women. To learn more about how she can help you to become Wealthy and Well, visit www.sheiladancho.com.