Creating a rewarding life that is deeply satisfying is about more than money. Tony Robbins has said, “The saddest thing in the world is to see someone who finally attains the success they thought they wanted, only to feel empty and without meaning.” You want to wake up every day with a sense of excitement and power declaring, “I love my life!”
There are many different components to building a rewarding life and deeply satisfying life, but let’s start with a few basics. Try this checklist out for starters.
Keys to a Rewarding Life | The Starting Path to True Happiness
1. Pursue Health
— Mammoth Hunters (@MammothHunters1) August 7, 2017
Taking care of their body isn’t most people’s priority. Moreover, it has become more difficult to be in shape, what with the spread of temptations and slew of time-suckers. However, in order to have a long and rewarding life, you must take the necessary steps. Having enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising are just a few secrets to vitality.
Many men neglect the habits of fitness and good nutrition because they think they don’t have time or that it’s too hard. In other words, it’s too painful. “I need to work on my business first, then I’ll have time to get my body in shape,” they say. I’m reminded of the quote from the Dalai Lama, “Men neglect their health in the pursuit of wealth, only to later spend their wealth in hopes of restoring their health.”
Your health will be defined by pain; either the kind of positive tension and stress that makes it stronger, such as working out, or it will give you pain in time from neglect. Choose to do the hard thing now and enjoy the strength, power, and energy to bring every day to life instead of the path of medical quick fixes to compensate for bad health. Make it your goal to be on this earth with vibrant health for as long as possible so you can enjoy the meaningful life you’ve created.
2. Build Yourself Into a Success Machine
Men are here to produce and create. It’s in our DNA. It’s deeply embedded into our need for legacy; that we create something that matters. You may not do much of great significance when you are young, but you are building habits and character traits that will make YOU a huge success over time and that successful you will do great things.
Build on the momentum of small successes. Commit to excellence in everything that bears your name; great or small. Be relentless to complete your tasks with speed. And commit to daily personal growth to building the success machine in your that will serve you the rest of your life.
The notion of success will mean something different to everyone. To one person it means he fed a thousand homeless people; and to another that he took a company public. Those specifics are not as much about success as they are about setting and achieving goals. YOU are the success. How many times have you heard about the millionaire who lost everything only to come back and create even more wealth? Why? Because HE was the success, not the specific circumstance of his goals or achievements at any one season of life. Develop the character traits of excellence, hard work, personal growth and determination and then pick goals to focus those skills on.
3. Set Captivating Goals
— Lance Becvar (@Dadsonpowermode) January 15, 2017
When something captivates your imagination all of your senses come alive to make it happen. Do you remember how badly you wanted that first car, or the first sports car? You did whatever it took to make it happen and you did it!
But that process started with a vision that captivated your imagination. The way some people look at goal setting you’d think they were creating a budget and trying to stick to it. How inspiring does that sound? Where is the zest for life and the drive to go after something great?
Goal setting starts with a powerful and emotion-driven desire that captivates your imagination. Live a day in the world as if it’s already been accomplished and feel the joy and energy you get from it. Now, work backwards. What were all of the steps it took to get you from here to there? What did it cost you in terms of time, effort, new education, and resources? Plot that course and you’ll feel fully alive and excited to wake up and take one more step closer to making it a reality in your life.
That’s the power of goal setting. There is nothing significant in my life I have attained that did not start with a captivating goal – something I wanted badly. This even includes my Ukrainian wife, Anna. Find what drives you, those deep desires of your heart. You’ve probably never looked at goal setting this way before – but you’ll never do it any other way after. This is how to create a truly rewarding life.
4. Love Above All Else
Love has always been an inspiration for the world to change for the better. Art has been inspired by it. Men have given up everything to feel it with a woman. Napoleon was said to have been unstoppable when he knew that Josephine was waiting for his return from battle in his tent. This is not the stuff of teenagers, but of real men.
Have you ever felt that powerfully in love before? If you’ve tasted it, you want your life to be filled with it. It will inspire you to do greatly. It will cause you to rise up and man up for her. It fills every crevice of your being with a deep peace and joy that can not be filled any other way. Basically, love is the greatest feeling in the world. Build your life around love, and everything in life will love you back.
5. Seek Purposeful Relationships
Happy and positive feelings come from being in an optimistic and encouraging relationships. Take this as a reminder to cut out any toxic or harmful people from your life. Instead, surround yourself with people who feed you positive emotions.
I’m not just talking about the woman in your life. As men, we need to have healthy relationships with other men. We need our band of brothers; men who would have our back and share life’s journey with us.
These must be relationships we contribute to as well. You know that relationships are a two-way street. Do your part and ask yourself, “What can I contribute to these relationship?” Appreciate others just as you want them to appreciate you. Be selfless, always.
6. Evaluate Your Comfort Zone
There will always be an area in your life where you’re just too comfortable. The danger in this is settling for something that is just good instead of pursuing the best. Do this, and you’ll miss out on many opportunities and you’ll feel your energy begin to drift into laziness. It is very important to know the deep desires of your heart and to expect more from yourself than anyone else would. When you finally do exceed your own expectations, there is nothing more satisfying!
7. Live With Passion
Living a rewarding life is more than checking boxes on to-do lists. Everything we do is because of how we want to feel. We want to feel empowered. We want to feel love. We want to feel the thrill of victory. We want to feel the pride of excellence and accomplishment.
As much as we tend to avoid the topic of emotions as men, there are core emotions we feed on and bring us to life: drive, passion, competition, success, and feeling handsome. We wanting to bask in the glow of a warm day with a drink and bunch of good friends.
Once you realize this, then be determined to live with passion and energy toward as many aspects of life as we can. This is the stuff of life and it just feels amazing.
To get a more comprehensive look on this topic, check out the video below by Dream Connections:
William Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage; and all the men and women merely players.” Yes, we all have a part to play, but I end the comparison there because we are also the script writers of our play. We draft our own lines and how we will interact with the other players moving the story along from scene to scene.
Truly, life is yours to be scripted and played out to reveal your greatness. See how you are doing in these seven areas and begin today to write your story with intention. Become a success machine in a healthy body and enjoy a life filled with love and passion.
Do you live a rewarding life and seek the best of everything every day? Share in the comments below.