Living a full
and balanced life starts with knowing what a full and balanced life
means to you. Each day, we are bombarded with images from the
media that tell us who to be, what to do and how to act. We
are saturated with "shoulds," past experiences, family
edicts and endlessly disempowering messages.
So the first
step in claiming a complete life is to embrace the distinction that
Oprah makes quite succinctly, ďDonít worry about living
THE best life, just live YOUR best life.Ē
Here are some
suggestions I give my clients to help them begin the journey toward
living their best life.
1. Start a
One of the best ways I know to quiet the mind and access your
deeper thoughts is to write. Let yourself write in an
uncensored way. Let your thoughts flow without concern for
grammar or impressing a reader. Be curious about what your
inner self wants to tell you.
series of provocative questions to help start the journey:
What will my
life feel/be like when Iím living fully and in balance?
Hereís where you imagine in detail the life you want. Let
yourself dream about how youíll feel. Will you feel
peaceful? Energized? Both? Will you be fulfilling
a dream or simply living fully in each moment? Paint a picture for
important to me? Begin to make a list of your values. Your
values are your personal inventory of what you consider most
important. We all have values, but unless you take the time to
clarify them for yourself, you can inadvertently be living someone
elseís values. Your values inform the choices you make.
2. Get to know
Walk, meditate, exercise, or take yourself on a date. Getting
to know yourself and what you like is an important piece of the
puzzle. What movie would YOU chose? Is nature most
enlivening or would you prefer a cultural romp in the city? Do
something youíve always wanted to try. Take a risk. To
live a complete life you have to be in touch with what makes you
3. Find support.
It can be difficult to explore or make life changes without the
benefit of a support system. Often, when people start to grow,
others around them - friends and relatives - may feel
threatened. They may not want you to ďrock the boat.Ē Seek
out at least one person you feel safe sharing your desires
with. This will help you to stay motivated and provide some
Inspiration without action is like being dressed up and having
nowhere to go. Take some baby steps. Ask yourself:
"whatís one thing I can do this week to feel great about my
life?" Then do it.
What does a
complete and balanced life mean to you? Iíd love to hear
your thoughts and what you discover. Itís truly
possible. You can love your life and watch the seeds turn to
blossoms and the blossoms turn to fruit.
Itís YOUR life.
. . live it completely!
Iris is a certified Life Coach, writer and teacher that loves her
individuals, and self-employed professionals, who
want to thrive
in their business while crafting a life that's in absolute alignment
highest ideals, deepest values and gracefully masters the
modern living. For a solution focused complimentary session
website at http://www.pathofpurpose.com