How To Make the Most Out of Your Short Life

What's holding you back from going after your calling? What's keeping you from your purpose? Fear? People? Money?

We must remember that we only get to live this life one time. This is reason enough to throw off the fear, and go all in on our dreams.

But it can be difficult to remember this. During the hard seasons of life, we can get so caught up in the here and now, we feel the pressure of life and work and busyness and relationships, and we can’t see the forest for the trees on many days.

We need a perspective shift. A re-focusing on the things that really matter. An internal reset, lest we forget the truth: that we only get one shot at this life. Let’s make the most of it.

Here are 3 things you can do to make the most of your life

1. Keep the end in mind

Write your own eulogy. Imagine what your funeral will be like. How many people will be there? Who will be there? What will people have said about your life? What do you want them to say about your legacy?

What do you want them to say at your funeral?

These questions can change the trajectory of your life in a powerful way. Now is the time to start working on becoming that person today. You are never, ever too young to think about your legacy. This is your chance to make your mark on this world; don’t miss it.

2. Be present in each moment

Easier said than done, right? It’s easy to get caught up in thinking about the future, or our responsibilities, or problems. And often this leads to worry and anxiety. But if we can train our minds to be in the present moment, we can take in more of life, and not let it pass us by. 

One way to take back the present is to make more space to think. To set aside specific blocks of time where we plan to do nothing but think. This seems totally counterproductive, because isn't that a complete waste of time? We could be doing something productive during that time, right?

We must let go of our addiction to busy.

But, as hard as it is to let go of that old mindset where we always have to be doing something, or otherwise being addicted to busy, we must let it go. Because when we make time to purposely think and process, and give our minds that freedom and space, we free ourselves up to be more present in other moments. Because we have already processed the emotions, problems, and situations in our head, we have a mental buffer to let go of those things and be fully aware in each moment - something that money can't buy.

3. Stay focused on the things that matter (and most things don't)

I look around and see a culture infatuated with more, and a world obsessed with things and material objects. I see the majority of people chasing after happiness - or at least, the popular idea of happiness - but never being satisfied.

But what if the thing we are all searching for is right in front of us? What if that thing is family? What if it looks like someone to come home to each night? What if the thing isn't more money, more cars, more fame, but the people in our lives right now?

Find out what you believe in that matters.

So let us do spend more time on those things that matter, rather than chasing the emptiness of what the world tells us we need. Because most things in life don't matter are worthless in comparison to the few things that do matter. Find out what you believe in that matters.

Let’s say the hard things and always speak the truth. I love you’s and sorry’s are not heard enough. Let’s have the maturity, grace, and courage to have each other’s back, through the good and the bad. This is love. This is what life is all about.

Practical Next Steps

Write down three things you want people to say about your life and legacy at your funeral. Share with a friend. Go big on this, don't cheat yourself! This is your chance to go big and make a massive impact on the world, don't cheat us of your potential!

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