Imagine the following scenario.
It’s your typical Monday morning, you wake up at the same time you always do, roll out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, and get ready to go off to work.
You give your spouse a quick kiss goodbye, unlock your front door, and walk out into the fresh morning air.
Humming a few lines from Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble“, you unlock your car, plunk down into the driver’s seat, and turn the key, starting your engine.
After checking your mirrors and buckling your seatbelt, you pull out of your driveway and begin your daily commute while listening to the latest NPR rant about our current political climate.
Everything is business as usual…
Except that you spill your coffee all over your lap as you merge onto the interstate.
As the hot liquid boils the skin on your thigh, you instinctually look down at your lap and attempt to blot the coffee that is burning your skin.
When you look up, you realize that as you spilled your coffee, you accidentally jerked the steering wheel to the left and in less than a second your car is sent off the side of the road and directly into the large oak tree you always pass on your way to the office.
And just like that… Your life is over.
Now I want you to stop imaging this sobering chain of events and answer a very simple question.
If this scenario happened to you TOMORROW would you die fulfilled?
Would you feel like you had lived this life to the fullest and given it everything that you had?
Or would you die filled with regrets?
Most people reading this article probably fall into the second category.
To help you avoid these soul-crushing regrets, I have put together this simple article to provide you with insight and inspiration to help you live a more fulfilling life. m
It’s time to stop just existing, to stop going through the motions, to stop stumbling through life like a brain-dead zombie. It’s time to live a fulfilled and charged life dammit!
So without any further ado, here are five simple ways that you can start to live life to the fullest… Today.
1. Create Intention in Your Life and Find a Compelling Purpose
“It should not be enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.” ~Winston S. Churchill
One of the greatest regrets of the dying (as recorded in Bronnie Ware’s blog Inspiration and Chai) is that they allowed others to dictate their choices and actions instead of living the life that they wanted.
So often, I see men wandering aimlessly through life with no purpose, no intention, and no clarity about what they need to do to make this life count.
All the while, these same men forget that each second that passes brings them one second closer to their death.
It’s a morbid thought, but it’s true.
Life moves in one direction, forwards, and (unless Elon Musk saves humanity) all lives are ultimately moving towards the same end.
So stop pretending like you are going to live forever and stop wasting your time living for other people who have done so little for you.
Everyone is concerned with their own lives too much to worry about yours. Think about it. How much time do you spend thinking about other people’s lives? Right around zero.
So quit living a half-assed life dedicated to “Keeping up with the Joneses” and start living like this is the only shot you’ve got.
Live your life with a sense of urgency. Live your life so that every second is on purpose. Live your life so that every action you take is intentional and impactful and pushes you towards a life that feels meaningful and important.
“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all” ~Leo Rosten
Live your life to the fullest. Everything else is bullshit.
Make a conscious choice each and every day to something you’re afraid of. Do something that scares you.
Make a bold decision right now and go do it. Your dreams are on the other side of your fears and your life will improve by leaps and bounds if you follow the (admittedly politically incorrect) advice to “Man Up!”
No one ever wrote a song about how awesome it is to be a coward.
Be a superhero and kick some ass.
The life you’re saving is yours.
I have a simple challenge for you to help drive this point home.
Right now, I want you to whip out a pen and a piece of paper (don’t worry, I’ll wait) and write down five things you want to do but are too scared to start.
- Learn how to Salsa dance
- Start going back to the gym
- Approach that cute barista at your local coffee shop
- Travel outside of the country
- Reach out to that friend you haven’t talked to in ages.
Once you have your list, I want you to commit to doing each of these items over the next 30 days.
It’s your life dammit! Don’t you deserve one measly month to achieve the dreams you’ve always had but never taken action on?
Once you’re done, come back, check in, and then do another 30 days.
Get more done in the second month than you did in the first. This is where the rubber hits the road. If you write down your goals and work every day towards them you are now living a purposeful life.
You are living on the edge and waking up every day with the burning desire to crush the day.