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Are You Living Your Life With Passion?

We all dream of living full, happy lives. In our minds, we see ourselves laughing through our days and feeling satisfied, free and fulfilled. How do I know this? Because whatever it is you may say you want - more money, more time, a better job or better health - the fact is that what lies underneath all of these desires are the same feelings we all want.

Once we acknowledge that it's fantastic feelings we're after, we can expand our means of receiving/creating them, and thus increase our chances of success. If it's time you took a good look at your own happiness quotient and gave it an overhaul, here's your next chance (there will always be more. Each moment is a new chance. Let's just say this is your next reminder, then). Make each moment count by actually putting into place the practices which will bring joy and rekindle the passion in your life. This has nothing to do with anyone else - it's all about YOU!

The following tips are designed to help you make the most of each day and ensure you are living your life to the fullest. They are not all positive and easy, but the results are: this is all about being effective. These few key areas are where you can put new practices into place and give yourself the gift of a happier, more satisfying life which is filled with passion and promise.

PRIORITIES: In these busy times, it is time to realize that we cannot do it all. We can create everything we want, but we each have only 24 hours in a day, and there will often be things that slip through the cracks.

Knowing this, we can acknowledge that the more we hone our focus and decide what our overall priorities are, the better we can live each day from that focus. We can accomplish more of the things that matter to us as individuals. This is not goal-setting. Goals arise from this work, and allow you to accomplish those things that you wish to. Inturn, you will live each day with a strong sense of purpose, aliveness and joy.

Invest the time to look at your life overall and decide what you want it to be about. A good way to think about this is to consider the end of your life. This may be difficult, but the charge it gives to your life NOW is well worth it. Ask yourself what you will regret most if you don't change it. What do you want said about you when you're gone? What kind of a legacy would you like to leave? What will you wish you had done?

GOALS: What do you want to accomplish? This list grows out of the introspection you undertook above, and the trick here is to make them YOURS. Not what your Mom wants, nor what your guidance counselor told you was right for you...but what YOU want.

Have you even thought about this lately? Many people have not thought about what they truly want in years. This is partially due to the vague notion that we carry around that says 'some day I'll have more time to figure it out and then I'll get what I want'. This is NOT how it works. SOME DAY IS NOW. Free yourself by realizing that today is all you have, and live it up! Dream with passion! PLAN to do things you love and which are fun for you. Only you can create those feelings of joy, satisfaction and fulfillment you seek.

Now you can tie your priorities and your goals together. The best two tips in this area I have heard in years are extremely simple, once you have an overarching plan:

1. Make a list every night of the five things you MUST accomplish tomorrow, and then DO THEM tomorrow, in the order of those you want to do least first.

2. Ask yourself each day: What can I do today that I'll be glad I did tomorrow? This one step is amazingly powerful, as you will see after a few days.

VISION: You may have heard that you must visualize what you want in order to get it. Did you know that in studies with Olympic-caliber athletes, tests have shown that they performed just as well after visualizing themselves going through the motions with precision, as when they actually practiced physically? Additionally, in brain and muscle tests, all the same neurons in the brain and muscle fibers in the body were activated during intense visualization as during the actual athletic endeavor.

Amazing? YES! Use this to your advantage in your own life. Practice and improve your ability to clearly and precisely picture yourself being in the situations you wish to create. There are some amazing guided meditations in the Wealth Beyond Reason program that I have found to be profoundly helpful with this process.

HEALTH: This has been addressed in many ways, from books to internet sites, and it bears repeating. My two best tips are:

1. Eat less, and more often. Studies have shown that those who eat less actually survive longer. Now that you are building this happy, passionate life, you'll want to prolong it as much as you can! Also, eating smaller amounts every three to four hours serves to boost your metabolism and burn more fat, helping you to be healthier and have more energy. Think of your metabolism like it's a fire...if you starve it or smother it, the results will be less to your liking. Consistently feed it small amounts and keep it on a low 'burn.'

2. The second tip is to get moving, and do it consistently. This one thing, if you are not already doing it, will make a huge difference for you. Go for walks, take up new sports - do whatever you have to do to stay active, and enjoy increased energy and stamina, with the added bonus of increased clarity in your thoughts.

ROLE MODELS: Get some new ones! Be on the lookout for people and situations that empower you, reminding you of the magnificence of the human spirit and bringing you a sense of possibility. This will lift you out of your narrow, everyday focus, and give you a broader perspective. One person who ispires me to a life of passion and a commitment to my own goals and accomplishments, for instance, is Anthony Robbins. His story is amazing, but more important to me is his attitude - his dedicated and passionate approach toward personal change and improvement.

There you have it...a few key ingredients to living a life with passion!

There are many more things you can do, of course, but it's important to put the fundamentals in place and really begin creating the energy, passion, happiness, and sense of purpose you seek.

Enjoy, and go create your dreams!
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2 comments:

Mary said...

Thank you for the wonderful post. I enjoyed the points that you made. What I'm getting is that everything within us in connected. When one aspect is out, all aspects are out of alignment. I'm working on healing old feelings that are blocking me from living a life with passion. I'm reading a wonderful book called I.M. Heart. The author is Sue McDaniel. It is helping me sort out and heal those feelings that are blocking any other work that I'm trying to complete. It comes from a heart place in the tools and strategies it offers. I hope you enjoy it as I have.

Thanks again for the post.

Mary :>)

HighLife said...

Hi, Mary;

Thanks so much for your kind comments, and for the book recommendation. I'll be sure and check it out, but more importantly, I'm so happy you've found something that makes you feel as if you are healing and moving towards a more passionate, fulfilling life.

And yes, you are so right - everything IS connected. Each aspect of our lives affects the other. We can use this in a positive way by knowing that when we begin to feel empowered, healed, excited and full of possibility in one area, it translates to all other areas. It's like osmosis. :)

Thanks for being here, Mary.

Shauna

 
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