Sometimes my mind wonders… It strays off on various subjects that I then try and breakdown into simple concepts or principles. I tend to gravitate towards simplicity in life. I feel simplicity has a way of making things better.
Today my tangent was on what are the basics of a “good life”? I came up with 3 areas that I think a “good life” could be boiled down to.
I feel a life without happiness is obviously not a good life. It’s self-explanatory. But if we dig a little deeper, what would be involved in finding happiness? Once again, for the sake of simplicity, I boiled it down to 3 things:
We must be centered in gratitude. Without acknowledging appreciation, we forget our blessings and become wrapped up in negativity, hate, and frustration. Purpose in life provides us with fulfillment and achievement. Without purpose we have no goals, no self-improvement, no drive. We become sedentary and our lives stall. Of course, those we spend time with have a huge impact on our wellbeing. If you surround yourself with negative individuals who complain, criticize, and condemn then these emotions and actions will run rampant on your mindset.
When we dive into Health, what are the key aspects? Once again, I’m eyeing 3 items:
When any one of these items are struggling our health is at risk. We’ve each heard, and are aware, of the potential downfall when we don’t exercise, eat poorly, and miss out on sleep. We’ve each struggled with at least one of these, if not all of them, and know from personal experience how much better we feel when we consistently exercise, when we eat well, and when we get the sleep our body needs to thrive.
And finally, money comes into play. Money enables freedom. Money can buy comfort, fun, and security. A good life doesn’t require massive amounts of money, but I don’t think any of us would disapprove of more money in our pockets. The 3 simple ways to ensure you have enough money for a good life are:
By living within your means, you avoid crippling debt. When you have debt, you are imprisoned. Whether it be a bank, individual, or another entity, you owe them. You are not free when you have debt. When you adopt the mentality to always be saving, you’re never caught in an emergency you can’t handle. If you establish an emergency fund you are prepared for unemployment, an unexpected repair, or a medical emergency. If you are adept at saving you can quickly get out of debt, build up enough money to purchase a new car, or have money to indulge for a vacation. Finally, the earlier you invest the wealthier you become. Compounding is a powerful tool that becomes more and more advantageous every year you utilize it. Invest early, often, and don’t touch it until you must.
If you can find happiness, remain in good health, and control your finances you can enjoy life to the fullest.
Our bodies are magnificent machines. They operate at an unbelievable level when we are rested, fueled, and treated properly. When our sleep, exercise routines, and nutrition are all aligned we are mentally and physically capable of so much.
Our bodies were created to adapt to any stimulus in order to become stronger and more resilient. Low level or infrequent stress does the organism well. Without some sort of stress our bodies begin to decline and deteriorate. When you stop moving and learning you physically and mentally weaken.
We are meant to move. We are designed to learn. We are designed operate in an efficient cycle of stimulate and adapt. When there is no stimulation we can not adapt to become better. At best you can only hope to maintain; even maintenance depends on some level of stimulation however. At worse you become a shadow of your former self.
Keep your body and mind primed by always testing yourself. Be driven to improve mentally and physically, even if it’s only the tiniest degree, on a daily basis. Never stop learning. Never stop moving.
Let your mind and body thrive the way it was meant too.
You've got one shot at this life. The story only goes so far. Are you sitting around wasting pages? Are you spinning your wheels letting your novel go nowhere, or are you creating chapter after chapter of impact and adventure? Are you growing, developing, and creating a life that makes you proud?
Remember, it's never too late to change. Every masterpiece has been edited and rewritten numerous times before the finished product. Time is limited, but there's no better time to change then right now.
Set your sights high. Visualize, write down your goals, and do one thing everyday to bring you closer to achieving your dreams.
Patience with a sense of urgency is a powerful trait. Develop this by keeping a long term view, remembering the reason behind all that you do, and consistently doing the right thing. Know there is no such thing as an overnight success, but every day requires taking a step forward. This is how you reach your pinnacle. This is how you narrate your story. Continuous action one day at a time.
How often do you kick yourself for not listening to your gut? You have instincts and intuition for a reason. We know ourselves the best. In retrospect, I bet you're right more often then wrong when following a hunch that came from within. That sixth sense you have that rises up during tough decisions is the inclination you need to make the right decision. That impulse you feel is your subconscious driving you towards success and survival. Open your eyes, trust your gut, and take the path your mind, body, and heart steers you towards.
How do you become better at following your instincts? It starts with trust, confidence, and a belief in one's self. If you doubt your abilities, talents, and potential then you will certainly fall victim to your reluctance and skepticism. This results in failure. The cycle repeats itself over and over until you can break it. Lay your foot down, stand tall, and be proud of who you are. Step out of your comfort zone, know you are capable of all things, and strive for the greatness that rests within you.
Awaken the giant and master the arena of life.
We are Amber and Jordan Kirbey. We are excited to share our experiences and ideas with you!