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4 Ways to Get The Most Out of Life

Much of our lives are filled with work and to-do lists. We try to squeeze every last drop of time out of our day and yet, we never feel like it’s enough. I’ve lived that life and I’ve been exhausted by it. Something has to give and that something is the way we think about life. To get the most out of our lives we have to be intentional about our time and efforts. Stop running from one metaphorical fire to the next and start to take control of your life.

Focus On What You’re Doing Now

There are no inconsequential parts to life. Only parts we breathe life into and parts we do not. A friend once told me that the moments that are etched into our minds aren’t the big events or the major milestones. No, they’re the moments that we are the most present. This idea fascinated me, and when I started to reflect I found it to be true. Many of the big moments are the times when we’re caught up in now. But there are also times when nothing of significance was happening but I can remember those moments vividly. This is the effect that focusing on the present can have.

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” ― Bill Watterson

Many of our stressors and anxieties are rooted in withdrawing from the present and getting caught up in thoughts of the past or future. Projecting and reflecting can be helpful, but when we regularly default to past or future it means we aren’t taking full advantage of the opportunity we currently have. Concentrating fully on the now can feel like a chore, but it’s a greatly beneficial activity. Practicing being fully present becomes easier and anxious habits can fade over time. You can start to take control of your mind or just be more observant of your thoughts and whether it’s necessary to be moved by them.

Challenge Your Perspective

It’s much easier to be dogmatic about your views, but it’s narrow and binding. You can get caught in a trap of constantly fighting for a perspective that is holding you back. Take a different approach one of curiosity and intrigue, open your eyes to the new or new to your world. The more we explore the outside world and the varying perspectives the more our own world grows and evolves. If you’re reading this article you’re looking to grow, growth happens by pushing beyond your previous limitations.

“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new.” — Richard Branson

Make Small Improvements Your Goal

I’ve been notorious about wanting to make the big splash or huge gains, and the reality of the situation is there’s no such thing. Those who win most often are those who are consistent in their approach and focus on getting ever so slightly better. Over time these small improvements aggregate and can help you grow exponentially.

“Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens-and when it happens, it lasts.” — John Wooden

Becoming marginally better over time creates the big gains that are enduring. Take a look at your daily habits and it tells you everything about who you are and where you’re going. I keep a journal others may have a to-do list, either way reflecting on your accomplishments is important. Keeping track of what you’re doing day in and day out and looking at it from a micro to macro level can help you see whether you’re consistent in your approach and what that means in the big scheme of your goals.

Nurture Your Relationships

We all want to live out our dreams, but make sure you have people to share them with. Life can be spent chasing and albeit can be exciting, it can feel very fruitless if you don’t have people around you who’ve known you and the experiences that made you. There will be plenty of people who come and go in your life but take care of the few that stick around that you enjoy.

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” ― Jon Katz

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