What does living a life that matters mean to you?
Our daily routines seem to make the weeks and months go by in a blur of activity.
One practice I began a few years ago is to reflect on the previous month’s activity and journal about the highlights of the month.
Sadly, many months seem to be the same routine day in and day out.
How do we break into our daily routine with actions that allow us to live a life that matters?
Before I share some ideas of living a life that matters, please understand that to live a life that matters requires you to become intentional. Like any habit, it will take time to change your daily routine with some of these ideas.
What is important to you?
What’s important to me may not necessarily be important to you.
What brings you joy?
What gives you peace?
What makes you feel satisfied?
These are just a few reflective questions to ask yourself as you develop a life that matters.
Let’s begin and find out how you can begin to live a life that matters. You may want to pull out your journal as you begin this discovery journey.
Check out my Today I Feel Journal
What Matters the Most to You?
Take a deep dive into your life and discover what really matters to you. Here’s a list to get you started. Add more as you begin to reflect on your life.
- A healthy body and mind
- Family and friends
- Money in the bank
- The drive to constantly learn new things
- A place to call home
- Realistic goals and a purpose in life
Living a life that matters focuses on your inner self. Material possessions are not your ultimate goal in life. You’re after joy, contentment, enrichment.
Listen to your inner voice.
Are you a people pleaser? Do you find yourself in situations where you feel obligated to be there, but wish you had declined?
Are you living a life of more dislikes than likes?
Learn to listen to your inner voice and follow what you enjoy and love. Begin a routine of self-love, learn to say “No” to requests that do not fulfill you.
When you do, you’ll begin to live in peace with yourself, you’ll be happier and content.
Let go of the past.
Are you walking around with too many regrets or worrying about tomorrow?
Living a life that matters is living a life focused on the moment you’re in right now.
Quick! What does the sky look like today?
If you’re like most, you haven’t taken the time to look up and notice. From birds chirping to children giggling, you may be missing what is happening around you now because you’re focused on yesterday or tomorrow.
Learn to connect to your “now” moment. Learn to smile, see the sights, hear the sounds, smell the freshness of the day. That’s what living a life that matters includes, connecting.
Earl Nightingale says it best,
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life…Think how really precious the time is you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
Use your journal to write about what you noticed today that made you smile and connect with others.
What do you do for fun?
Many opt out of fun because they feel like it is a waste of time. Nonsense.
How can you be creative, loving, and joyful if you never take time for fun?
Enjoying yourself is what gives you experiences in life that help you draw meaning from your everyday routine.
Do you want a healthier you? Then go have some fun.
Watch funny movies or shows that make you laugh. Find hobbies that give your creative side an outlet. Play sports, go hiking, walk in the park. The opportunities for fun are endless. Try something new this year and have some fun living a life that matters.
Sign up for my Laughter and Play Challenge.
Develop Healthy Habits
From the time you get up in the morning until you close your eyes at night, your day is filled with habits. Some good, some not so good, some may be really bad for you.
Make two columns in your journal and label one “Good” and the other “Bad”, then list your habits of today.
When you begin to see which habits benefit you versus those that are not working for you, you can begin to replace the bad with better healthier habits.
Take your time when replacing habits. I recommend focusing on one replacement at a time. Look at habits that affect your physical well-being, emotional well-being, mental well-being, and spiritual well-being. Choose from one of these areas to work on one habit this month or this quarter. Take the next twelve weeks to totally replace a bad habit with a good habit.
To get you started, check out my complimentary wellness challenges here.
Living a life that matters is a lifelong journey. The benefit of beginning now is the change you’ll see in yourself over the next months and years. What a life to live when you are content, joyful, and are living your life to the fullest.
Not sure how to get started, then contact me for a complimentary session to get you living a life that matters.