“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, & responsibility to give something back by becoming more” ~ Unknown.
“Live your life as a traveler — even if just metaphorically. Get out of your comfort zone. Reach out. Be bold. Be curious. Don’t be afraid.” ~ Rick Steves
“Life’s not about living happy ever after, it’s about living.” ~ Unknown.
“Go in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” ~ Thoreau
“This is your life, do what you love, and do it often.” ~ Anonymous
I begin with a question today, how many of us want to simplify our lives? I recently read a blog post by Ryan Sonnenburg with advice on how to simplify your life…it was a great list and it made me think. We are all so busy, with jobs, school, children, spouses, elderly parents, pets, friends….How do you keep life simple? Here are my top 13:
LET IT GO
TELL THE TRUTH
LIVE WITH LESS
APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
LEAVE WORK AT WORK
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
DON’T LOOK BACK
NO IS AN OPTION
Life lessons from me to you. Life is short, and my philosophy is to be happy and live life to the fullest. Can you have it all? Yes, emphatically YES. At the end of the day, do you need to have it all to be happy? What I’ve learned….you don’t need to have it all (wealth, privilege, luxury cars, luxury homes, big bank accounts, VP title, spouse, 2.3 kids or the white picket fence) to be happy or to have an extraordinary life. Life is what we make it. Simplify your life.
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~ Tony Robbins.
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~ Viola Davis, actress.
Today, I realized that Memorial Day is over, summer has officially begun, and we’re almost six months into 2012 already. So, it’s time for me to write again. Time is passing quickly, and I have started a new journey. The journey towards an extraordinary life. My life has always been full, but never extraordinary. I started to ask the question why? Why should I settle for an ordinary life? From here, I will begin with the question, are you living an extraordinary life? What exactly does that mean? More importantly, how do you get to extraordinary?
An extraordinary life is different for everyone. For some, it may be material. Owning your own business. Making a million dollars or more. Having that dream home. Owning luxury vehicles. For some, it may be less tangible. Growing a garden. Having a successful marriage. Raising amazing and productive children. Securing your dream job. Traveling the world. Ultimately, an extraordinary life is life on your terms. It starts with finding your passion and purpose in life, what you truly want, and what YOU were made for. It means never settling for less than what you can be in life. When you are living an extraordinary life, you will find a greater sense of meaning, not only in what you do, but who you are. So you would ask, how do I get to an extraordinary life? According to peak performance coach Tony Robbins, you need two things: the science of achievement (the ability to take anything you envision and make it real) and the art of fulfillment (this allows you to enjoy every moment).
For me personally, at this moment an extraordinary life means being connected with my Creator, giving 110% effort at everything I do, going the extra mile, sharing, creating, traveling and giving in ways that are meaningful to me and to those I care about. Contributing and giving completely and generously. Embracing love fully – love of myself, the love for God, love for life, and love for others. Lastly, gratitude and appreciation for everything that life has to offer. That definition of extraordinary will likely change as my life changes, as the seasons change.
An extraordinary life cannot happen without achievement and fulfillment. Achievement requires you to have a much higher standard. Demand more from yourself. You must want to be excellent. When your standard is excellence, you get all the rewards and all the impact that come with it. Fulfillment is much more than just feeling good. The only way to be fulfilled is to constantly grow and contribute in a meaningful way to other people and to the world. And, in order to grow, you have to be willing to let go. Growing means letting go of your fears, who you are, setting standards, and challenging yourself to do more and be more. We are all here to support and grow and contribute to one another. An extraordinary life happens when we make sure we maximize our capabilities and gifts as human beings. Living an extraordinary life simply means living on your own terms, at the best and highest level.
In closing, I encourage you to live with a mindset of abundance. Understand that wealth is much more than what’s in our wallets. How we feel is more important than what we have. Living an extraordinary life is a journey, not a destination. It starts with YOU. Never settle. Live life on your terms – doing what you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want. I welcome your feedback.
Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one.”
~ Anthony Robbins