The idea of living a fulfilled life seems out of reach for many people today. You have to work to pay the bills and put food on the table. You have to take care of your children and make sure their needs are met. If you can work a little harder to afford some luxuries for your family, then you are blessed. In the end, you spend more time working for the necessities of life than you spend enjoying the best parts of life.
If you guessed that the best parts of life are those luxuries that not everyone can afford, you are in the same position as millions of other people today. While it may seem like anything extremely enjoyable and fulfilling is out of your reach because you aren’t lucky, rich or both, it is time to rethink your definition of a fulfilled life.
Fulfillment is achieved when you feel your life is complete and your dreams are either realized or on the verge of being realized. You don’t need money to achieve this definition of fulfillment, though for most people, working toward personal fulfillment often leads to an increase in financial wealth. It may also lead to an increase in other forms of wealth, such as free time to spend with your loved ones or freedom to travel the world.
If you are wondering what it takes to actually achieve this type of life fulfillment, there are three things that you can do right now to point your life in that direction:
1. Do for yourself rather than for others.
Do you go to work for a controlling boss who dictates everything from when you use the bathroom to whether you can take a day off when you are sick? Do you then return home to clean the house, make dinner and run errands because your family’s survival depends on you? If so, you are living your life for the benefit of others.
What if you brainstormed ways to start working for yourself? What if you delegated more household chores to your children or hired a local teenager to do some of the chores for you? What could you do with that free time? Now you are thinking about ways to live for yourself without letting your loved ones down.
2. Set your priorities and live accordingly.
How many times have you been told to say no once in awhile? That is difficult to do when you don’t have clear-cut priorities guiding your life. Right now is the time to decide what is most important to you and focus on enhancing those things in your life. Think about feelings you want to enjoy on a daily basis, such as stability or prosperity. You can then find little ways to make yourself feel prosperous, stable or any other prioritized feeling on a daily basis.
3. Think of yourself as a student of life, and grasp for knowledge daily.
Dean Graziosi is well known for writing books about real estate and entrepreneurship. He also has a popular book on the market all about living a life of fulfillment. This is a good place to start if you want to fill up on knowledge that moves you toward a future full of accomplishment and achieved dreams.
You can also gain knowledge by learning from the mistakes of others around you and simply paying attention to your surrounding environment. If you plug into the details of your life, you will gain knowledge that is missed by many. That knowledge can lead to greater fulfillment.