Sometimes living life can feel like a constant fight, like swimming against the current. What’s worse is that life feels this way, especially when you make the right decisions. The good news is living life swimming against current often ends in a fulfilling life filled with success and triumph. This is analogous to the path leading to heaven, which is narrow and bumpy.
On the other hand, the path to hell is wide and narrow, just as easy as swimming with the current. If you are swimming with the current, you are probably swept up by any new societal trends that are harmful to you and the people around you. Not only that, you will most likely never achieve true success with this approach to life. This article will teach you a few ways to live a fulfilling life against the current.
Address Your Dissatisfaction
It is hard to jump out of bed in the morning feeling optimistic if you are dissatisfied. The first step to a happy life is to pinpoint the problem; identify the part of your life that dissatisfies you the most. Once you have figured out what frustrates you the most, think of a plan to resolve the problem. To make a good action plan, you have to know what you want. Knowing what you want will allow you to make smart goals.
Once you have made a comprehensive action plan, you need to find a way of keeping track of your progress. Your progress needs to be measurable. You can track your progress by keeping a meticulous step-by-step guide on a whiteboard or paper. You can then check off each step as you go.
Build Good Habits
Good habits are not easy to start and maintain, especially in a culture that preaches self-indulgence at every opportunity. The best way to build good habits is to challenge yourself to be a better person every day.
The best way to implement new habits is to replace old habits with good ones. It would help if you also looked for ways to keep yourself motivated. Finding your ‘why’ is the best way to keep up good habits. A good example is learning to cook so you can make a meal for your family or cleaning to provide a clean environment for the people you love. Remember to hold yourself accountable for your actions.
Living Out Your Values
Your values are what are most important to you. They should not detriment anyone else and should add value to your life. A good example is the value of honesty or kindness. Once you have figured out your values, you should find work promoting those values.
Take Good Care Of Your Health.
Without your health, living life against the current would be nearly impossible. You can’t pursue your goals and dreams with failing health. Making healthy choices every day can be a challenge because unhealthy choices are cheap and easy to make. But that is not how we do it; it means, constantly making the right choice regardless of how tough it is.
Set boundaries in the workplace
Stop waiting until your company allows you to leave the house on time for dinner. Instead, realize that your job is to discover what it is and achieve it. Behave as if you had a train schedule and leave at the same time every day. Make sure that in case of emergency you will always be late, but you will leave at a certain time on a normal day. You’ll be amazed at how quickly people adapt – and respect your schedule.
Stop expecting you to see a certain way in your life
You can illustrate the ideal work-life balance with a specific structure, such as going to the gym before work, working a certain number of hours in the office and focusing on your relationship after work. But different parts of your life cannot and will not fit into the perfect pattern. When you acknowledge this, you will be able to stop fighting for imperfect ways where the various elements of a fulfilled life inevitably come together.
Build your community
Whether it’s your church or synagogue, your book club, or your neighborhood, think about what your community looks like and take some time to strengthen it. Don’t wait for the crisis to realize you don’t have to.
Take at least one night out each week
The car needs such gas, you need to refuel your own tank. No one can run barefoot. Make sure you plan a date with friends at least one night each week. When we leave the home environment, it excites us. You won’t see the same effect if you dine next to a pile of bills at the kitchen counter or if your movie is interrupted by a crying child.
Create goals for each part of your life and create new ones when you achieve those goals. If your goal is to go to bed until 23:00 and sleep more. You can support it every evening by choosing your previous dinner reservation. If your goal is to start working on your business idea over the weekend, identifying it will help you figure out how to incorporate it into your plan. When you know where you are going, you can make decisions faster and easier. Ask yourself, “Is it in line with my goals?” The right choice should be clear.
Look for opportunities to learn more
Never let your skills get stuck at work or at play. Pressure at work? Seek help moving to a new part of the business or helping a new section. Do you feel that we have emotionally “run out of gas”? Learn something new together. Tired of routine in the gym? Try a new exercise. Learning strengthens your mind and your body.