Living a fulfilling life can be a difficult task. Everyone has a different idea of what a fulfilling life consists of. For me, the ‘rules’ are simple. I like simplification.
When understanding how to live a fulfilling life, I ask myself, “What is the easiest method that I can implement to benefit others and myself?”
I’ve discovered many ‘rules’ to living a fulfilling life. They are broken down into four major categories – Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual – and they can be easily implemented with minimal effort.
Each of these four are major pillars (struts) holding up the building (your body and mind). Strong building blocks create an unshakeable fortress.
The physical pillar solely consists of your physical body. People attend school full-time to understand how the body works and how to achieve optimal health.
But as important as school may be, the information is very simple. Being healthy is a simple idea. You don’t need to school to understand how to be healthy.
The common sense approach tells us to treat our bodies with respect.
The process is simple – eat properly, sleep effectively, and move regularly.
Eating a diet of sugar and salt damages our fortress. Eat plenty of greens and drink ample water. Your body needs these things to function optimally.
People claim they can function on 5 hours of sleep, but minimal sleep eventually sneaks up on your body. Your days fly by, as you gloss over them in a sleepy haze. Your fortress needs at least 8 hours to function properly.
People that complain they have low energy or are generally unmotivated usually have desk jobs. A little daily exercise each day alleviates both those problems. You don’t need the gym to be active. Play some sports or go for a walk around your neighbourhood. Your body is not meant to be sedentary for long stretches of time.
When you disrespect your body, sometimes you will feel the effects immediately, like feeling lethargic after too much sugar. Sometimes the effects creep up on you, like progressively getting agitated because of little sleep.
Regardless of the outcome, your body tells you when it needs something. When something is lacking, it fights for it. Sometimes we have to let our bodies win, and eat better, sleep efficiently, and move frequently.
The mental pillar solely consists of your brain function. Everything you consume – knowledge, information, and news – affects our mental capabilities.
This pillar can also be simplified quite easily. Each day aim to learn something new or build on an existing skill/hobby.
As part of this pillar, I aim to read every single day. Even a few pages makes a difference in the way I feel.
“Poor people have big TVs. Rich people have big libraries.” – Jim Rohn.
What if you don’t like reading? Watch YouTube videos or listen to podcasts and audiobooks. One of my favourite YouTube channels is CrashCourse. The creators provide an overview using cute graphics from a variety of interesting topics.
Lastly, make it a goal to consume less news each day. The news rarely reports anything positive or uplifting. You don’t need the added negativity in your life.
I was going to move to the ‘emotional’ pillar next, but this article is already too long. Instead, I’ll cover the last two pillars next week.
While waiting, aim to improve each of these pillars – physical and mental – by 1% before next week. 1% is doable, right?
Just for this week, eat one extra vegetable per day, sleep an extra 15 minutes, and go for a short walk around your neighbourhood.
Just for this week, learn something that you’ve always wanted to learn, or read a book, listen to an audiobook on your commute, or simply just avoid the news.
These minor improvements compile and eventually you’ve improved significantly over the course of a few weeks.
Be sure to check back next week for the rest of this article.
When every aspect of our lives is clearly defined and progressing, life is easier. When living a fulfilling life, the unintended side effects are happiness and abundance.
Until next time, my beautiful readers,
Be bold, be free, and love on.