Are you living your life your own way?

What does it mean to you to live your life in your own way, and are you, right now?

Give it some thought because the first answer may not always be the best one. Most of us have heard or read the Maya Angelou quote,”I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I like to think about achievement in the same way. All too often we chase after fleeting goals because they have some easily measured societal, professional, academic, or monetary value; prestige, a job title, a degree, or that first million. Nothing at all wrong with any of that as long as those goals are in service of something else–something much greater–that reflects and supports the way in which you want to live your life.

Does that sound soft and fuzzy? It’s not. In fact, I’d suggest that the greatest success–perhaps the only success–is precisely that; living life on your own terms, expressing integrity for your values, and feeling fulfilled in having built a life that is authentic.

But many people seem to forget that they do have a choice in how they want to live their life. But many people resign themselves to living a life that they don’t want to live and spend the rest of their days complaining about their situation and all their money problems.

Start to eliminate the things that you hate to do or the people you don’t want to be around. Get rid of the habits and people that are keeping you from living your greatest life. Sacrifices must be made in the pursuit of a greater life, self-denial for the greater good, for humanity, for a life of service is essential, so it seems.

Distance yourself from the mediocre activities that resign you to an average life and engage daily in those activities that elevate you and your life on a trajectory to massive success.

Success is inevitable to those who take daily action on the right tasks. It is inevitable, success will be yours, as Jim Rohn said: “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced everyday.”

Small daily wins lead to stunning results, a year from now, five years from now, and ten years from now. Where will you be in the future? Who will you be? What will you be doing? Have you thought about this? This is your life so you should make a plan of how you want to spend it, if you don’t, then no one else will for you.

Believe in yourself, and know with deep conviction within yourself that you are far more capable than you know, with action in the direction of your dreams and by tackling your fears, the real warrior unravels from within, but if you choose to cower away and be timid in life and do not take any action then you will live a life of mediocrity, what a shame it is, that many CHOOSE to stay trapped in a life that they hate rather than build the life of their dreams.

In short, it is your choice. And it takes determination and belief. But if you don’t believe in yourself then who else would?

Check out my related post: How to train your willpower muscle?

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  1. I love your article as I found myself in it. It made me think. It caused an action on my side as I feel I gotta respond.

    It’s all about self-expression and attempt to look for our meaning in life. Thank you! ||Sent with a smile. Yours, Sovely

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  2. I think this assertion is debatable, ab.

    Clearly for some people, mediocrity or worse is not a matter of choice. It’s inconceivable that a dirt poor person In their right mind would vote for a super rich politician advocating policies that are obviously contrary to the interests of the poor – like universal health care or quality free education. Is socialism that terrifying ?

    So it’s not a leap of the imagination to suggest that smoking tobacco and taking other drugs of addiction are choices that do not propel a person towards some sunlit higher plain – they are the choices of the terminally stupid.

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