Are you living your best life? These practical tips will help readers reach their goals, live their best lives, and become the best version of themselves.
What Stops You From Living Your Best Life?
Do you want to live your best life? Before starting on a journey towards living your best life, you must ask yourself why you aren’t living your best life already. Why haven’t you started living your best life before?
The answer to this question is the things holding you back from fulfilling your true potential. These might be ignorance, trauma, your mindset, dysfunctional cycles, or many other reasons.
The only way to truly start living your best life and becoming a better person is to work and resolve the issues holding you back.
Some of these issues can be dealt with by introspection, reading a self-help book, or talking to some friends. Others you need to deal with in conjunction with a professional who can help you on your healing journey. Do that work so that you can start living your best life.
What Does It Mean to “Live Your Best Life”?
Living your best life is living a life that allows you to fulfill your true potential. Living your best life means being the best version of yourself.
Be the Best Version of Yourself
Being the best version of yourself means being the best you can be with the tools and circumstances you have. No two people are the same. No two people have the same strengths and weaknesses, and no two people will show up with the same best version of themselves. So, each person has to find themselves and figure out how to show the best version of themselves to the world. This means accepting that you cannot be the best version of someone else. Only you can be the best version of yourself, and you cannot copy or aspire to be someone else.
Start the journey of living your best life by acknowledging and respecting yourself. Who are you? What are you? Start observing and accepting who you are at the core of yourself. What do you really feel? What is your reaction to life? What do you want? We often hide from the world, but to better yourself, you need to recognize who you really are inside. Don’t judge yourself or critique yourself. Just observe, acknowledge, and respect who you are as a person at this moment in time.
Identify Your Good and Bad Habits
Habits are the actions we do again and again. Our habits are what we do when we are not thinking or analyzing. Our habits are when our body takes over our brain. Identify what your good and bad habits are. Which habits are a positive force in your life? Which habits are a negative force in your life? Which would you like to keep, and which would you like to discard?
Decide Where You Want To Go
Every journey starts with a decision. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? First, you have to decide where you want to go. Be intentional about your journey and where you want to end up. Are you starting the process of becoming a better person? How do you want to do that? Do you want to start doing something, or do you want to stop doing something?
Most people find that writing these thoughts down or compiling a list is the best way to map this journey. Give yourself time and space to make these decisions. Don’t forget that any journey takes time, and the journey to living your best life is no different. Don’t rush it.
Don’t be afraid of detours or re-calculations, but decide where you want to go and ensure all your paths lead to the correct destination.
Visualize Living Your Best Life
We begin as we mean to end. Where does this journey end for you? How does it feel to reach your destination? Visualization is a powerful tool. Visualize yourself at the end goal. How does that feel? What does it feel like? Keep this visualization in your “pocket” when times get tough. Use this visualization to drive you toward your goal, even when you get distracted.
16 Ways To Live Your Best Life
Spend Time in Nature
Understanding oneself is the key to living your best life. One of the best ways to do this is to remove all the distractions of our lives: phones, work, and even books and allow your body to reacquaint itself with you. The best place to do this is in nature. Not only is nature a calming force, but being with nature (without any distractions) is a great way to really be in touch with your inner self.
Move Your Body
Our minds are very powerful tools. In fact, we often allow our brains to overcome and trap us in cycles of bad thoughts, anxiety, and depression. It’s time to become one with your body again and remind ourselves how strong and intuitive our bodies are.
Move your body- let your body speak to you through movement. When our bodies are engaged and our mind gets a rest, we can become even more in touch with ourselves.
Commit to Your Good Relationships
Human beings crave connection. We are social creatures who do best through meaningful interactions with others. We need intimacy in various levels and forms, and we do best when we have different types of good connections. So, commit to creating relationships with the people you love.
Make time for your family and your friends. Be friendly to neighbors and acquaintances. Expand your circle meaningfully and embrace the people who show up for you in your life.
Look After Your Body
Your body is the biggest part of you. Looking after your body is an integral part of living your best life. Listen to your body and give it what it needs. Take time to maintain your body and give it the care it needs.
Prioritize Your Physical and Mental Health
Similarly, prioritizing your physical and mental health is crucial to living your best life. Your health comes first, and you must make sure that your health is a priority to yourself and those around you. Eat properly, get enough sleep, exercise, and seek medical attention when necessary. All of these are just some of the ways to prioritize your physical and mental health.
Give to Others
Giving to others is integral to living your best life and being a better person. Being selfish is not the way to go. Give as much as you can give when you give to others in a healthy, positive way; then, you will truly be getting as much as you are giving. If you struggle with this, start by picking one nice thing to do for someone else without receiving anything in return.
Spend Time With Your Thoughts
Your thoughts are the base of all that you are. So give your thoughts some time by listening and respecting what you think and feel. Journaling is an effective tool to help you spend time with your thoughts. Doing so will help you ensure you are on your way to living your dream life.
Find a Mentor
You can only be you. However, you can learn from others even if you are not trying to copy them. Surround yourself with people you admire and who are living their best lives. Learn what you can from them and emulate their positive qualities. Take their best qualities and put your own unique spin on it. Then, when you can, become that mentor for someone else who is trying to live their best life.
Appreciate the Simple Things
We live in very prosperous times. We have untold riches literally at our fingertips. It is easy to get accustomed to the ease and luxury our modern life affords us. Make it a point and a habit to appreciate the simple things in your life. Notice what you have. Appreciate what you have.
Mindfulness is a powerful thing. Mindfulness is being present in the moment and not being overreactive or overwhelmed by the moment. Mindfulness takes practice and will not be something you can accomplish overnight. Try practicing mindfulness for small moments every day. Once you get started, you will see how much of a better life you lead when you are present.
Live in the Present
While we are practicing mindfulness, we need to live in the present. While we can be excited and plan for the future, the present is what needs our most attention. If you are constantly waiting for the things that will happen, remind yourself to appreciate the moment you live in. Try to overcome what happened in the past and only let it define your present if you wish it to.
Our lives are our responsibility. Taking responsibility for your own life is an important part of your journey towards being a better person and living your best life. Take responsibility for the things in your control and your reactions to those that are not in control. Don’t let others take that responsibility and control away from you.
Become Part of the World
You are but a small part of the vast world. We must recognize our place in the world and how all humans are interconnected. Step outside the bubble of your life and help and connect to other humans. Travel the world and see humans all over. Learn about the world and the people in it.
Fall in Love With Your Self
You are the only you. Fall in love with yourself even before you are the best version of yourself. Be loving of yourself, flaws and all. Take the time to know yourself and embrace who you are and who you know you can become.
Exercise Your Brain
Your brain is a muscle that needs exercise. So give your brain daily exercise by doing activities that stretch your brain. It can be as simple as a daily crossword, reading a book, or engaging in a good debate. Let your brain expand.
Live Your Best Life: The Journey
Check-in With Yourself
AS you live your best life, you have to check in with yourself and make sure that you are on the road that you want to be on. Remember the visualizations and intentions that you started with? Are you on track to reach your goals? Have your goals changed as you continued on this journey towards your best life? Are you happy with who you are becoming? Checking in with yourself is an important part of this long life journey.
Be Prepared To Change the Plan
Plans change. Yous started this journey towards living your best life with a plan, a goal, and a vision of how the journey would play out. However, life changes, things happen, and YOU change. Be prepared to change your plan and readjust your journey as necessary. There is nothing wrong with amending your plan or tweaking your destination. Be ready because the plan will have to change at some point. Sticking to a plan that won’t work is not the best way to live your best life.
Manage Your Inner Critic
Everyone is a critic, and you are your biggest critic. With every journey of self-discovery and every effort to change ourselves to become better people and be the best versions of ourselves, there will be setbacks and failures. We are not perfect, and we will fail. Sometimes we will fail badly and terribly.
As long as you are moving forward and doing your best, that is all that matters. Take your inner critic and remind it to be kind and forgiving. Be more compassionate to yourself than to anyone else. Every journey has stops and pitfalls- be your forgiving grace.
Living Your Best Life
The journey towards living your best life is long, with many steps, twists, and turns. If you want to live your life and become the best version of yourself, then hopefully, these practical tips will help you live the life you want and deserve.