When it comes to figuring out what you want to do with the time you have on Earth, knowing what the important things are in life is the place to start. All too often, people get caught up in their lives without any sense of direction that leaves them wanting for more.
Here are ten of life’s most important things so that you can focus on the ones that will provide you with the right direction. Remember, the first day of the rest of your life starts right now, so you don’t have to do everything at once. Just begin with what you are comfortable with and expand until you embrace all ten things.
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer
In order for your life to have meaning, it must have a purpose. This means that you will need to set goals and a target that you want to reach. Everyone has something that they want to do in their lives and fulfilling your dreams will help define you in terms of being successful. Whether you want to change the world or change the life of a single person, having a purpose to fulfill will give your live the meaning and direction that it deserves.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ― Mark Twain
You can’t fulfill your dreams if you do not have the good health to keep you on track. This means that you’ll have to take care of your body as well as your mind so that you can stay sharp. You will need to exercise three to five times a week and eat a healthy diet that will boost you immune system and reduce the chances of catching a serious illness while combating stress that may be preventing you from being as healthy as you should be.
“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” – William Londen
Freedom is more than an ideal, it is a state of mind where you are free to not only achieve success, but also to make your own mistakes until you reach your goals. You will need to embrace the freedom to explore the choices you are making in life in both personal and professional areas. By taking control of your life, you are now responsible for the decisions that you make which is part of the freedom that you need to succeed.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Peace & Happiness
With peace you are finding a way to balance your life, work, and emotions so that you can successfully manage your relationships. By finding peace, you are able to handle stressful situations with great effectiveness. The result will be that your self-confidence will grow as you come to identify where you are at in life and who you are so that inner peace will be a part of you. In turn, finding peace will open the doorway to happiness that will let you enjoy so much more that life has to offer.
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
Friends & Family
Your family is something that you should be thankful for every day. They offer you the support needed to get you through the tough times and their unconditional love will help drive you to achieving new success in your life. Always keep your family in mind when you are on your way to becoming successful. Of course, you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends. To have a best friend is something that makes you very lucky indeed. So, remember to make the most out of your friendships and enjoy them when you can.
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – Frederick Buechner
Faith and Hope
To believe in a higher power is very important when it comes to finding inner peace and love in your life. When times get tough and things are not looking their best, turning to a higher power for guidance can help you overcome many obstacles that are in your way. Remember that faith is an expression of hope for something better in this world and far greater than anything a single person can achieve.
Without faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible. – Sir William Osler
Trust & Loyalty
Both of these things go together like peanut butter and jelly. Establishing trust means that you can put your faith in someone else while they can rely on you during the tough times in life. There are few things as rewarding as loyalty which offers you the means to help your fellow man or woman while receiving the assistance you need in times of stress.
“Loyalty is what makes us trust, trust is what makes us stay, staying is what makes us love, and love is what gives hope” – Glenn van Dekken
To give is to live, love, and enjoy life. Giving is one of the most treasured experiences that you can have while walking the Earth. It is important that you learn to gift often of your time and of yourself as well as providing small tokens of appreciation through giving gifts. It is said that those who give actually enjoy the moment more than those who receive the gift. This is why being a giving person brings so much fulfillment, satisfaction, and happiness.
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ― Kahlil Gibran
Being grateful for the actions of others also provides a sense of happiness and fulfillment that cannot be obtained anywhere else. All too often, people do not recognize the contribution of others and that is where gratitude can play a very important role. By seeing what others are doing for you, even when it is expected, showing your gratitude will not only make their day as much as improve your own state of happiness.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Self Improvement & Development
It is said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. You will need to keep in mind that self improvement and personal development do not happen all at once, but are instead found over time as you approach your personal goals. By improving your health, skills, mental outlook, and wellbeing, you are developing what is necessary to fulfill your dreams.
“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life is a gift, given in trust – like a child.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh