Are You Living A Lukewarm Life or Your Best Life?
In the age of social media hashtags, photos of alluring vacations, business promotions, and pics of smiling faces, I feel now more than ever an intense pressure to “Live My Best Life.” Anyone who truly knows me knows that I am a very reflective person who thinks a lot. I spend 80-90% of my life trying to figure out the next right move so much so that I don’t actually make the next right move or I have to think things through in such detail before I actually make a decision to take action. (Please tell me I am not alone.) You may have heard of the term “analysis paralysis” which means you can think about something so much that you don’t actually do anything related to what you are thinking about. Analysis paralysis prevents you from doing something differently to achieve a better result.
Last weekend I went to Barnes and Nobles to check out a few new books. My intention was to buy one book that would help me in my professional development, one targeting financial development, and of course, some book that would tell me how I can be healthy and get the body that I want by the summer of 2019. This trip to B&N was inspired by my intention to “gather my whole life” or in layman’s terms a desire to focus on my mindset and/or knowledge gaps regarding my career development, finances, and health.
Writing the hashtag “living my best life” is a growing trend these days; however, when I talk to my close friends and reflect on my own life, I am learning that many of us are underwhelmed by our current situations. Not because life is bad, but because many of us are living under our potential or because we are not living life on our own terms. Living life on your own terms doesn’t mean doing whatever the hell you want, although that would be nice. I define living life on my own terms as living a life that is congruent with my authentic self or living my truth. When I am living my truth, I am expressing my authentic power. Gary Zukav, author of Seat of the Soul states that we experience authentic empowerment when we “align our thoughts, emotions, and actions with the highest parts of ourselves” and when your “personality comes to fully serve the energy of its soul.” This means not choosing money over mission. I truly believe that if money is attached to a job or career that is not aligned with your purpose it is going to be extremely hard to live your best life because you will be miserable. We have all worked with someone who hates what they do and they weren’t fooling anyone because it showed up in everything they said or did. I am learning to choose mission over money. This is easier said than done. The truth is many of us are consciously striving to get paid to do what we love. The question then becomes, what is your purpose?” No seriously, I am asking you what is your purpose? Have you thought about that? Are you thinking about it now? What are you doing about it? You deserve to do what you love.
We experience authentic empowerment when we “align our thoughts, emotions, and actions with the highest parts of ourselves” and when your “personality comes to fully serve the energy of its soul.”
Are you really living your best life or are you living a Lukewarm life?
A colleague of mine recommended a book to me called You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. Based on the conversation we were having, I felt that my Spirit was leading me to check out what it had to offer and I thought to myself, “what could it hurt?” While reading I could relate to the author’s feelings of going through the motions of living a lukewarm life “with the occasional flare-ups of awesomeness here and there.” While I have so many things to be grateful for, I know that I have so much to offer the world in terms of my gifts and talents and so do you. Are you sharing your talents with others? If so, when do you feel like you are doing what you love? How can you create more opportunities to do what you love? If not, what needs to change for you to live a life that you love? Living your best life is creating moments for you to live a life that is authentic to who you are and only you can define that.
What do you consider to be your best life?
I once heard that the first step to getting what you want is deciding what you want. If you already know what you want, then you are on track to living your best life. If you don’t know, how can you create space in your life to get still and listen to your intuition, the Spirit, your inner voice, or whatever you call it? The goal is to get clear on what you consider to be your best life without the influence of outside forces. For those of you who are currently living your truth, pay attention to how you are evolving. What feels like the next right move?
What is holding you back?
I tend to believe that what we are seeking in life is seeking us. This means that when we put my mental effort and physical energy into pursing something we are creating the opportunity for what we want to manifest in our lives. Make a decision. Do it! What is holding you back?
It’s time to truly Live Your BEST Life!
“What you seek is seeking you.” -Rumi
Something to consider:
What do you have to BE, DO, and Have to live the life of your dreams?
BEing: the traits do you get to embody to get what you want (i.e. loving, giving, intentional, hardworking, consistent, etc.)
DO: the actions that you get to take to get where you want to be
HAVE: the tangible result of being and doing or what you want to manifest or produce in your life
If you journal, answer the question: Who am I? Without judgement write down I am….. And then rattle off a list of all the things you are. Do not over think it. Just let it flow.
Or ask yourself:
What is my purpose?