I know, there are a ton of articles and blogs that published similar topics about living a fulfilling and worthwhile life, so why another?

The reason is simple; I think most of the articles out there are more like giving you ‘tips’ and very general advice that you cannot act on.

For example, you cannot work on tips like ‘think positive’, or ‘discover your passion.’ These are vague and unclear advice that you can’t execute.

And we all know to live a good life, we need to somehow think positive, right? But what should you do to think positively? That’s the problem.

This is why I created my version of this article. I want to share with my readers how to live a fulfilling and worthwhile life. I want them (you) to be able to do something and execute on the advice.

I have tried my very best to share it in a way that you can act on and work on these 17 ways. These tips are something you can execute and work on. They are actionable.

Thus, I hope this guide can help and give you a clear understanding what you need to do to make your life interesting, fulfilling, and worthwhile. Live with passion, my friend.

Let’s dive into them right away…

1. Commit to reading for at least 30 minutes every day

If you want to live a fulfilling life, I believe you should start with developing yourself. It must begin from within you.

And the best way to do this is through reading. What you need to do is commit to reading for just 30 minutes a day.

Of course, you can always spend more time in reading if you want to, but try to commit to a minimum of 30 minutes.

Do you know that one of the main factors most successful people are able to create amazing results in life is because they developed the habit of reading and learning each day?

Regardless of whether it is a book or a magazine, you must develop this habit. And don’t forget to choose to read the right materials that will help you in improving your life.

Don’t just read anything that comes to you. Read materials that will expand your knowledge and help you improve your skills. There’s no point to read entertainment magazines if you’re not working in that industry.

Most people wasted too much time doing something that is not going to help them in living their dream life. If you are going to read, make sure you read something good and constructive that will empower your life.

Read: Why Do You Need To Read Books And The Benefits Of It

Action Step

If you don’t have a book, visit your local bookstore later or better yet, head over to Amazon right now and buy one. Buy a book that will improve your knowledge in the field that you want to excel in. Check out my top 10 success books recommendation below:

10 Best Success Books to Create Real Results in Life

If you have no idea which book to go for, you can always start from a personal development book. Here’s my own collection:

my book collections

The above image is the screenshot of one part of my books. Do you see any titles that interest you? I read a lot, and I love reading.

The more you read, the more potential power you will gain. And when you put those potential powers into use, you will be able to build an amazing life.

So, grab your book now and put aside 30 minutes each day to read. You can do this the first thing you wake up in the morning. Make it a routine and it will become a habit.

What if you don’t have time to read? Just get up 30 minutes earlier each day. Use your morning time to read, prepare and kick-start your morning.

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2. Do something that will make you happy

There’s no way your life is going to be fulfilling if you are not happy, right? So we cannot miss out the happiness part.

The happier you get, the more you will achieve. A lot of people get it wrong with the thinking that they need to achieve first, and when they see the money or when they hit their goals, ONLY then they feel happy about it.

Wrong, happiness is a state of mind. You can choose to be happy or unhappy whenever and wherever you want.

You do not have to wait for things to happen only to feel happy. You can be happy right now if you want to.

Just think about all the happy thoughts and you will feel the happiness. You can try this out. Go to YouTube, search for your favourite song that will make you feel joyful and want to sing along. Play the song and close your eyes while thinking about all the great and cheerful thoughts. Try to sing along too.

Did you try it? How do you feel? If you do that, you will definitely experience a mood change and feel happy.

The key is to consciously choose to FOCUS on thoughts and things that will make you feel delighted each day in your life.

Read: Happiness and Productivity – Why Being Happy Makes You Productive

Action Step

Write down a list of your hobbies and things that will make you happy when you do it. You can have 5 or 10 or 20 items on the list.

What you want to do next is to do at least 2 or 3 of those items in the list every day.

  • If singing while taking a bath will make you happy, do it.
  • If walking with your dog in the park will make you feel joyful, do it.
  • If swimming will make you smile more, do it.

The key is to make your life joyful each day. You want to program your mind to focus into something that makes you happy each day.

The more you focus into adopting the happy state, the easier it is for you to experience happiness. And eventually, it will become a habit to stay happy.

And when you are in a happy state, you will be able to think more positively and achieve more.

Read: 47 Ways How To Feel Alive And Happy Again

3. Eat healthily, consume less junk food and exercise daily

There’s no way you can live a fulfilling life if you’re always sick. Don’t even talk about living a fulfilling life, you won’t even able to enjoy your life when you are sick.

Health is one of the most important areas that we need to take care of in our lives, but yet, most people never do so.

They feel that they are healthy when nothing happens. So, they continue to eat junk food and go through every day without exercising. Only when they got sick, they will feel that exercise and eating healthy foods are important.

Well, I’m not really an expert on this topic, but I do understand the importance of keeping your life healthy.

For me it is very simple, I just want to have all the energy and drive to go through my day. I wanted to be as productive as possible.

I cannot be productive when I’m sleepy, tired, or sick. Thus, I take good care of myself through constant exercising and try to consume more greens and drink more water.

Read: 25 Simple Tips to Make Your Diet Healthier

I believe that if you are not healthy or are not in good shape, your productivity level will drop and this is will affect your daily work performance.

And I seriously do not want my energy level get affected by my health.

One thing you can do to maintain your level of health is to exercise daily. You don’t really need to spend 2 hours jogging, swimming or hitting the gym every day. You just need to spend about 15 to 30 minutes a day will do.

Read: 25 Easy Ways To Fit In 10 Minutes Of Exercise

Action Step

Be conscious of what you consume. What you eat will directly determine your level of energy and this will influence your productivity.

Hence, eat more vegetables and fruits. Eat less junk foods like chips, ice-cream, etc.

Besides that, make it a habit to exercise daily. You can do some stretching or yoga for 30 minutes a day. If 30 minutes are too much for you, make it 15 minutes.

And if you don’t have 15 minutes a day to exercise or you can’t even find 15 minutes to take care of your health each day, you don’t have a life.

4. Write down your goals every day

This is a very powerful technique that you can implement starting from tomorrow onwards.

Write down your top 10 goals that you would like to achieve this year, every day. You can do this early in the morning right after you wake up.

Some success coaches and gurus encourage people to practice this habit twice a day. Once early in the morning and once before you sleep.

The reason is that whenever you write down your goals, you are consciously focusing on what you want to accomplish in your life.

Read: The Importance of Daily Goal Setting And How To Do It

Whenever you write down your goals, you force your mind to think about them. you become conscious of what you want to achieve and hence, you can then proactive plan and work toward the right direction throughout the day.

Learn to set empowering goals that will drive you and motivate you into taking action. Most people fail because their goals are not driving them. Their goals don’t motivate them. That is why they fail to act, all because they don’t have the motivation.

Read: Why Goal Setting Is Important? Read Before It Is Too Late For You

Action Step

Get yourself a journal or a notebook for this. What you need to do is simple; just write down your goals on the book every day.

If you have no idea what to write, just write your top 10 goals, as simple as that.

The key here is that you want to program your goals into your subconscious so that taking action will become part of your habits. When things become your habits, you don’t need that much motivation to do them.

You will act automatically and you will work on the plan effortlessly. Just like how you brush your teeth every morning, you don’t need so much motivation to do it, right? Heck, you don’t think about doing it, it’s automatic.

That’s exactly what you will happen when you practice daily goal setting. You will live a directed and proactive life instead of living aimlessly.

I strongly recommend you take my course: Goal Setting Formula. You will learn how to find out what you want to achieve, take charge of your life, and achieve real success through setting empowering goals.

5. Track your progress

Tracking your progress is crucial. If you want to live a fulfilling life, how can you tell if you are already there?

This is why you need to track your progress, to know how much you have accomplished and how far you are from what you want.

A lot of people never track their goals. They set goals but after that, they forget about them. What is out of your sight, will be out of your mind. And if your goals are not in your mind, you will never act on them.

What is the first step you need to take if you want to lose weight? You need to weigh yourself. You need to know where you are.

The same goes for achieving success in any other field. If you want to make a lot of money and get rich, what is the first step you need to do? Evaluate your own net worth. You need to understand your financial level and how much is your net worth.

Unfortunately, this is what most people don’t do. They look at the map and they have no idea where they are. And if you have no idea where you are currently located, how can you get to the place you want?

Imagine you’re in a huge foreign mall and you’re looking for a shop. And so you go to the concierge to get a direction to the shop. How does the lady tell you the direction? “Follow this direction, walk to the end, turn right, and walk until you see ABC shop and turn left…” etc., right?

The point is, the direction given is base on your current location.

In other words, you cannot get to where you want without knowing where you are right now.

Read: How to Track Your Goals: 5 Fabulous Ways You Should Consider

Action Step

So here’s what you can do, every week, choose a day and track your progress. Ask yourself what you have done over the last week and what can you do to improve yourself the following week.

I call this meeting with myself. I usually do this every Friday at 3 PM. I will just spend my time tracking what I have done over the week, find out where I can improve to reach my goal, and what should I do next week.

Basically, these are the 3 fundamental questions you should ask when you do a review:

  1. What went right?
  2. What went wrong?
  3. What can I do to improve for next week?

You have to treat this as seriously as possible because this is the activity that will get you what you want.

Success is about working in the right direction and constantly improving yourself to get there. And tracking and measuring your results help you with this.

Therefore, do it every week on the same day and at the same time. This way, you will condition your mind that the evaluation activity is important and you will make it a habit.

Read: How to Measure Your Progress to Effectively Achieve Your Goals

6. Express your gratitude

The moment you express gratitude and be thankful, you will feel that life is just wonderful. You will have a lot of hatred and un-satisfaction if you did not be thankful for your life.

Whatever that had happened to you, happens for a reason. I know that sometimes it may be difficult to swallow because bad things just happened. However, if we wanted to move on, we need to understand it.

I’m not suggesting you be emotionless or cold-hearted, but we need to understand that as long as if we’re stuck in the past, we will miss out on all the good things that come along.

Long ago, I saw a picture shared on Facebook. It is about a picture of a little girl with decent looking-dress playing an iPad, but she is not happy because she wanted more.

And below the picture of the little girl is another contrast picture showing a kid from Africa who is smiling and happily playing with a camera-shape rock.

From the 2 pictures, you can tell that happiness and satisfaction have nothing to do with luxury items or money. I would like to share the picture with you, but I can’t seem to find the picture on Facebook anymore.

There’s a good quote to remind us to be thankful everyday:

I complained because I have no branded shoes until I saw a man with no feet.

So you see, regardless of how much you have today, it does not matter because as long as if you are not grateful, you will feel not enough.

On the contrary, if you are grateful for everything you have, even if you are poor, you will feel a deep sense of peace and happiness within.

Hence, you need to be thankful for everything that you have at this moment.

Be thankful that you are alive today that you can still see the person you love and still able to walk and talk like a normal person.

Be thankful that if you can read this article now, it simply means that you are more fortunate than a lot more people in this world who are illiterate.

Be grateful that if you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back and a shelter to sleep, you are considered 75% richer in the population in the world.

You will accomplish more when you are grateful. You will be able to do more when you are thankful. You will be able to live a more fulfilling life when you know to appreciate your life.

Action Step

There are a couple of things that you can do to practice the attitude of gratitude. The first and simplest is always to say thanks.

When the food you ordered is served, don’t forget to say thanks. When people hold the lift for you, don’t forget to say thanks. When other people are helping you, don’t forget to say thanks.

Next, you can get a notebook and write down 10 things that you are grateful for each day. Again, you can do this together with the exercise of writing down your goals. You can do them both together each morning.

You can write down that you are thankful for your cat. You can be thankful that you can still breathe. You can be thankful for your comfortable bed, or table, or house, or the computer, your parents, your pets, or anything.

Just practice, write down 10 things to be grateful for and make it a habit.

Read: 13 things James Winfield learned from writing 1,024 gratitude lists

It doesn’t matter what you are grateful for. The most important key is to adopt a grateful habit.

Another practice you can do is to thank someone each day. It could be your father, your mother, your sister, your brother, your colleague, your boss, your soul mate, your friends, your plumber, your contractor, etc.

Imagine if you do this every day. You choose a person and send him or her a text or an email, telling him or her that you’re grateful to have him or her in your life or business.

What do you think will happen? Do you think your friend will help you, even more, the next time when you need it? Do you think the relationship between you both will improve?

You better bet it will. Amazing things will happen when you start to practice gratitude activity. You will see that people will reciprocate and appreciate you more.

7. Stop complaining, giving excuses and blaming

Complaining, giving excuses and blaming are the 3 main roadblocks that prevent people from growing to the next level.

You cannot be successful if you always complain. People who complain never get ahead because they focus on the problem instead of the solution.

They think about things to complain or things to blame when something happens. If you ask them why are they not successful, they will tell you that it is because of their parents, their schools, their friends, their lousy boss, their stupid company, their wives, etc. literally, but the problem will never be themselves.

When you blame, give excuses and complain, you are giving away the power to control to change the situation.

Imagine if you got stuck in the jam and are late for a meeting. Do you blame traffic and complain? Or do you take the responsibility so that next time you will leave earlier or plan your route?

Who drive the car into the road and got stuck in the congestion? You did.

So, don’t complain and don’t play the blame game. Learn to take responsibility. When you blame or complain, the negative energy will build up within you.

When your boss scolded you, and you feel angry, who is the one that will get affected by the anger? You and no one else.

Always remember this quote from Buddha:

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Buddha

Read: 10 Ways How To Take Responsibility For Your Life To Be Successful

Action Step

Whenever you blame, complain, or give excuses, or thinking negatively, shout “CANCEL!” out loud.

Read: 7 Ways How to Stop Negative Thoughts from Entering Your Mind

I know this may be a little difficult to do because you may not be aware that you are blaming or complaining. Here’s a good way to do this and make you aware whenever a negative thought comes up: Wear a rubber band on your wrist.

You will be reminded why you are wearing it because you do not allow negative thoughts in your head. So whenever you see the rubber band on your wrist, you consciously reminded yourself.

And whenever you blame, complain or give excuses, snap yourself with the rubber band. Feel the pain and make sure you train your mind never to think negatively again.

Do this for a month and you will see how impactful this is going to be. If you feel this is odd, and people may find you’re odd for wearing a rubber band on your wrist, don’t worry, you are not alone here.

I’m with you, and I’m doing this as well. You want to get rid of all the disempowering thoughts and train your mind to think positively. There’s nothing to feel odd about.

Read: 13 Negative Habits You Must Dump to Live a More Successful Life

8. Build the supporting environment for work and home

Do you know that the environment you are in will greatly influence your success? If you work in a lousy working environment where everybody is back-stabbing each other, you will never grow.

Leave and find a place that is supporting you.

Not only is your workplace relevant, but your house is also important too. So start from managing your home. Start by creating a place that you truly wanted to live in and a place that you truly call, home.

Never underestimate the power of a supporting and empowering environment. People change, get motivated, get inspired and become who they are because of their surroundings.

Read: How Your Environment Affect You and Your Success in Life

If you are living in a free country where there are not many obstacles blocking your way, you should be grateful and work as much to attain your goals.

Imagine those who are less fortunate who was born in a country that is in war. Or those who were born handicapped. They don’t even have the same level of resources as many of us.

So make full use of what is available to you. Learn to grow an environment that will support you and makes you grow.

Action Step

Redesign your workplace. Is your workplace supporting you? Do you feel like going to your office every morning? If you are not willing to get to work, probably it has something to do with the environment.

Change that. If you want to build a successful business, start with developing the right office. It can be small, and it can be simple, but it must inspire you and give you the feeling that you can succeed.

The same goes for your house. Is it time for decluttering? You do not want to get back tired from work into a house that is not comfortable, right?

So make your home clean and with less clutter. Make sure you live in the right environment that will support you.

Read: 10 Tips How to Change Your Environment for Greater Motivation

9. Connect with positive people

Here’s a great saying from the late Jim Rohn:

You’re the average of the five people spend the most time with.

Jim Rohn

Who you mix with will determine how you will live your life.

Imagine if you go out with a group of people who love fishing, guess what the topic will be around? Well, you will join in and talk about fishing. Even if you don’t like fishing, you will be influenced by the conversation and topic. You will learn more about fishing.

What if you go out with a group of business people? Well, the conversation will be around business and economy. You get to know who and who is starting a business and the topic will revolve around business.

And if you spend your time with negative people, you will talk about negative things and other people.

This is how who you spend time with can and will impact your life.

Another thing you need to take care of if you want to live a fulfilling and worthwhile life is to build an intimate relationship with your family members.

Success beings from home and you should always start with your family members.

And what if you’re all alone? Well then, take it as a chance to build good relationships with people you care about.

Your family members and people who you spend the most time with are extremely important because they will influence you, your thinking, and your life.

Read: 7 Keys to Building Strong Families

Action Step

Do something at least once every week to grow the relationship between you and the people you love, especially your family members.

You can visit them once a week or give your parents a call every couple of days. You can bring your lover to a restaurant to try out new food every week. You can invite your friends to your place once a month or so.

Whatever you do, you must spend time and effort to grow the relationship. You need to ‘invest’ to grow it.

Start taking action from now on and start with the easiest way, give a call to someone you care about after reading this.

Tell them how much you appreciate them and tell them how much you care. By the way, tell them how this blog reminded you of them.

And more importantly, learn to build relationships with other successful and positive people, in both your career and business.

Read: 10 Good Reminders to Spend More Time with the Right People

10. Track your income and spending

Now, let’s move on to the more interesting part, managing your finance.

If you want to live a successful, engaging, and fulfilling life, you cannot escape from this topic. It is utmost important.

Money is important, those who tell you otherwise means that they don’t have much money. You see, how can you have more of something that is not important to you?

If table tennis is not important to you, do you think you will want to learn more about it? Not likely. And I don’t think you will have a ping-pong table in your house too if it is not important to you.

What about money? If money is not important to you, do you think you will have a lot of it? You know the answer.

In my opinion, money is important. And please don’t compare it with love or relationship. I believe a comparison between money and relationship or money and happiness is just plain silly.

When you ask whether money is more important or love is, you’re like asking whether your left leg is important or your right leg.

With money, you can pay your bills, buy a house for the people you love, bring your whole family travel oversea, bring food to the table, and do a lot of things. So, without a doubt, money is important.

And for you to build a successful financial life, you must learn to manage your finances. You must learn to track your income and your spending.

A lot of people simply spend and they have no idea where their income was gone. And most spend into areas that are unnecessary, but they have no idea where the money was spent.

Never let this happen to you. If you want to grow something, you must track it. You must know how much you have, how much you earn, how much you spend, and how much you are going to get.

Action Step

Tracking your spending and income has been made easier through the use of mobile apps. You can just download the free tracking apps and make it a habit to track where your money goes.

This way, it will be easier for you to come up with your cost, spending, and earning when you want to declare taxes.

I have been tracking my finances since many years ago, and I have turned this into my habit. I’m glad that I started tracking my spending and earning years ago, and now, I know exactly where my money goes and where they come from.

You can do the tracking every time you do a transaction, or you can just track it by the end of each day.

The key is in developing the habit so that you can tell your financial standing.

If you want to learn more about money and finance, I strongly recommend you get the book that changed my life: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

11. Create an income distribution plan

From the above, we have learned that in order to live a fulfilling life, we need to achieve some form of financial freedom. We can’t really label ourselves as successful if we have to worry about having not enough money to pay the bills every month.

And here something I believe is powerful and everyone should practice to make their life more successful: following an income distribution plan.

In fact, you don’t need a plan at all; all you need to do is to commit to distributing your income each month.

You need to allocate a certain percentage of your income into savings and investment, and then only spend the rest.

Almost everyone will spend all the money they receive, without allocating a certain portion into saving and investment, which is why most people are never rich.

This is the ultimate and a guaranteed way to grow your money. For example, whenever you receive your income each month, you can allocate 10% into savings and another 10% into investment.

There is no right or wrong allocation as this is all depended on the individual.

Well if you read the book, Secrets of The Millionaire Mind, the author, Harv Eker recommend the following money distribution plan:

income distribution plan

I can’t stress enough how important this habit is going to be. If you don’t have the habit of saving and investing, probably, you will never do too well financially.

Distributing your income for saving and investment is one of the fool-proof ways to making yourself richer.

Action Step

Create your money allocation plan. You can make it as simple as you want or as complicated as you like.

I will suggest you start with a simple one with a savings account, investment account, and a fun account.

Every month when you receive your salary or whenever you receive your income, distributes it accordingly into each account BEFORE you start spending the money.

How much you allocate is not important, the most crucial part is that you adopt the habit of taking care of your financial well-being. Do it even if you have just $1 to distribute.

It is the habit that will make you rich, not the amount of money. So don’t focus on the amount, instead, focus on committing to doing it and making it a habit.

12. Measure your net worth

Net worth is the ultimate measure of your wealth. You cannot measure your wealth with your income level.

Think about it, if you are making $1,000 a month, you will think that to become richer, you need to make more money. So you work hard to grow your income from $1,000 a month to $3,000 a month.

And when you reach the level of making $3,000 a month, you will want to live in a bigger house, drive a better car, eat better and dress in style.

The same thing happens for people who are earning $10,000 a month. If you don’t grow your net worth, your expenses will rise and wipe out all of your extra income.

When you make more money, you will want to travel oversea, you will want to change your car, you will want to buy an expensive watch, and so on and so forth. It is a never-ending loophole.

It’s not now much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for.

Robert Kiyosaki

You spend how much you earn. This is why you need to learn to grow your net worth and NOT your income.

Let’s just say that you are earning only $5,000 a month, and you follow through the distribution plan and save $1,000 every month. By the end of the first year, you have $12,000, and you invest the money into buying a property.

After a couple of years down the road, the property appreciates, and you sell it for a handsome profit. This is how you grow your wealth. Through saving, investing and growing your net worth.

If you are earning $10,000 a month but you spend all of the money, you are no better than people who are earning $5,000 a month and also spend all the money. After all, there is nothing much left by the end of the month.

Read: 10 Saving and Investing Tips for All Ages

Action Step

So this is what you should do – track your net worth every three months.

You need to list down your assets and your liabilities and track these numbers quarterly. The main reason to do this is so that you will understand where you are and focus on building your net worth.

Where the focus goes, energy flows. You want to condition your mind to think about growing your net worth.

Again, what you want to do here is to build empowering habits that will move you toward your financial success. It does not matter how much you are worth right now or if you are in debt.

It is your habit, your mindset, and your character that counts. When you change your brain, you will change your income.

Attend this free training from John Assaraf to retrain your brain and change your mindset to accelerate your income.

13. Develop your passion

I can’t stress how crucial this is when it comes to living a fulfilling life. How can you be fulfilled if you are not doing what you love?

You spend most of your time working, and if you don’t like your work, it simply means that you are spending a big chunk of your life doing things that you don’t like.

If you read the biography of every successful person, you will notice that all of them share something common: They all love what they do.

The road to living a fulfilling life can be easy, simple and it can even make you rich if you follow your heart and do what you love.

Steve Jobs said that you are going to spend most of your time in your work, so you must do great work to be fulfilled. And the ONLY way to do great work is to have a burning passion for it.

And this does not only apply to your work. In fact, it applies to every area of your life.

Think about it, if you want to live a great life, you need to love what you do. You can’t do things that you dislike and still live a fulfilling life. That’s not possible.

Read: 7 Clear Signs That You Have Discovered Your Passion in Life

Action Step

You want to make your life worthwhile. You want to make your life fulfilling and happy. So lists down your passions, your hobbies and what you love to do right now.

Understand yourself better and do at least one thing that will make you feel your life worthwhile every day.

More importantly, develop passion for what you do.

Do you know that passion can be developed? Let me ask you this, how much do you know about badminton? Well, if you are not passionate with the sport, you don’t know much about it, right?

That’s exactly the point. If you want to develop a strong passion for badminton, you need to dig deeper into the subject.

Read about it, watch YouTube videos on badminton matches, go and play badminton, learn everything you can about the sport, and eventually, you will discover your passion there.

This is how you can develop passion for what you do. Learn more about the subject matter. Dig deeper into the topic and you will discover your passion there.

Below are additional guides to help you understand your passion better:

14. Venture out of your comfort zone

Once in awhile, you must venture out of your comfort zone to grow yourself. You cannot live the exact way you were 10 years ago. If you are living the same life like you were 10 years ago, it simply means that you are not moving forward.

The world changes all the time. The only thing that never change is the fact that the world is constantly changing.

It feels nice and warm to stay within your comfort zone, but it is not going to help you to grow to the next level. When you do something different, you may feel insecure and afraid, but once you get used to it, it will become things that you are comfortable doing.

Imagine the first time you jump from a diving board, do you feel afraid and uncomfortable? And if you have done it for many times, how do you feel? You get used to it, and it feels good.

When you play computer games, your character levels will increase as you proceed through the game. The character will then become stronger and able to defeat stronger enemies.

It is the same in life. If you are earning $3,000 a month, and you need to handle a money problem of $5,000, you may feel that it is a big problem.

Now what will happen if you are earning $100,000 a month? Will the $5,000 problem be an issue? Not likely. This is why you need to grow and improve. This is why we need to venture out of our comfort zone.

Read: Why It Is Important to Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Action Step

Try out something new each week. You can try out the new restaurant in town. Bring your lover there. Improve the relationship and at the same time, grow your comfort zone by trying something new.

You can also read a book in a totally different category. If you have never watched a Korean drama before, try to do that. If you have never visited a temple, do that. Go snorkeling; learn to dive, what about traveling to a country that you have never been before?

Make a list of all the fresh things that you have never done before but wanted to do. You can list down 100 of them. Try your best to commit to doing at least 1 a week.

This way, you will grow yourself and expand your horizon. You will learn something new and experience something that you have never experienced before. So venture out of your comfort zone and start growing today.

Read: 15 Ways How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Live Great

15. Live in the now

I love Kung Fu Panda, all 3 of them. I love the meaningful sayings from the movies. There’s a saying goes like this…

“Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why they call it the present.”

No matter what you do, you cannot change the past. And there is no way you can predict the future. But today is in your hand. You can choose what to do at this present moment.

All you can control and all you can do is to focus on the now, at this very moment. Stop spending so much time thinking about the past and stop over-dreaming about the future you want.

Instead, put in more time into the now and do things to make your future more certain.

You should be clear that you cannot change the past. So there’s no point to worry about what has happened.

And there is no point to keep dreaming about the future you want. Success will not come to you by just daydreaming. You need to do something TODAY, at this moment, to create the future you want.

So live in the now and enjoy every moment you had now.

  • When you are drinking the coffee, enjoy the taste and the smell.
  • When you are watching a movie, feel the experience, and immerse yourself in the story.
  • When you are dating with your lover, then focus on the moment and date with love.

Action Step

First, let go of the past. You cannot amend what has happened; you can only learn from it.

Next, stop over-dreaming about the future. There’re too many people daydreaming about what they want too often, and they are not doing anything to create the future that they want.

They dream about it every single day, but they lack the action.

And finally, focus on the now and truly live in the moment. Do what you can at this moment to create the future you want.

You have to understand that the future you want is created right now, not 20 years from now.

Read: How to Change Your Mindset to Take Massive Action for Success

16. Start your day right and strong

To live a worthwhile life, you must learn to start your day strong. When you have a great start of the day, your whole day will become great.

Have you ever started a day with tiredness? Just like you sleep late the night before or you don’t have a good sleep and you wake up feeling tired, sleepy, and exhausted?

How your day goes? Do you feel good about it? Did the whole day go smooth and interesting? Hardly, because if you have a weak start, it will affect your whole day.

This is why professional athletes and successful people emphasize on starting their day strong. They know that if they feel good every morning, they will be able to maintain their energy and go through their day strong.

The same goes for your career and business, when you start strong, you will have better productivity and be able to perform at a higher level.

Read: Monday Motivation: 7 Tips How to Start Your Monday with Motivation

Action Step

Having a good start can be as simple as getting good sleep. Try to stick to your schedule and sleep on time every day. According to studies, we need to take an average of 7-9 hours of sleep every day.

Apart from that, you should make your bed each morning after you get up. It is the first accomplishment of the day. Not only making your bed will make you more productive, but it is also a winning habit. Watch this video below and you will be convinced.

Besides making your bed, another winning habit you should adopt is to spend 15 minutes on writing down what you should do for the day.

Keep your goals in your mind at all times. You need to remind yourself of what you need to do and what your dreams are.

So every morning, before you start your day, sit down, and review your dreams, write down your goals and your action plan for the day.

Successful people dedicate their exceptional accomplishment to this small little habit – planning their day each morning.

So make sure you have quality sleep, make your bed, and plan your day in the morning.

Read: Morning Motivation: How to Prepare Yourself to Jump-start Your Day

17. Contribute to the world

If you want to live a fulfilling and worthwhile life, contribute more to the world. Help more people and contribute more. You will feel the difference, and you will experience the great feeling in you.

Whenever you contribute, you know that you are doing something good, and you will feel better.

I know that you understand how important it is to help people. And helping people does not require you to be a millionaire to do so. You can help people without using a single cent.

Helping someone to open the door when his or her hand is full, hold the lift for someone, and even smiling to your neighbors is something that will make the world brighter.

Just do it and experience it for yourself.

Action Step

Giving a helping hand is not as difficult as you think. If you don’t have the money, you don’t have to do a donation. You can do other forms of contribution.

Small and good acts such as picking up rubbish, greeting people, giving way while driving, and giving directions to a stranger will make you feel better.

Read: Top 10 Ways To Contribute To Society

You can always start small and find out what good act gives you the most impact. Some people feel the most impact when they volunteer for work while some people feel extremely fulfilled when they visit the orphanage.

Everyone is different. The most important thing is you contribute and help people. It does not matter whether you donate $10 or $1,000 as long as your good act helps people and makes your life worthwhile.

Conclusion

These 17 ways will surely guide you to living a more fulfilling and worthwhile life. I know we have covered a lot of ground. You don’t have to do everything. Just pick a few that you can start right away and make them a habit.

These tips here may be simple, but they are powerful and may profoundly impact your life.

I’m also learning and implementing some of the techniques here and are trying to improve from time to time.

Do let me know what you think about these 17 ways will change and influence your life. Share your thoughts in the comment section and let me know your opinion.

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9 Comments

  1. Hi Shawn,

    Good to visit your blog 🙂

    There surely are wonderful ways to live a worthwhile life. I wish we could follow all of these ways, but even if we can’t, we need to keep trying to reach there whenever possible, isn’t it?

    You are right about all that you mentioned, especially living in the now – the moments once gone, never return, so make the best use of them by living them the right way.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • shawnlim Reply

      Hi Harleena, you’re right, we try to live out our best each day. 🙂

  2. Wow, this is one long great post. I can see how someone could be overwhelmed with what you’ve drawn out.

    I mean, I’ve heard many of these point like “get out of your comfort zone,” yet it’s so much easier said than done. We’ve grown accustomed to just living in our own little wonderful world that we forget how bad it truly is.

    Which one is the most powerful for you personally?

    • shawnlim Reply

      Glad that you love this David.
      Which one is most powerful to me? All of them can be powerful and life-changing to me.
      I read, I write goals, I review them, I track my progress, etc.
      These are what I do basically… 🙂

  3. Prasad Baraskar Reply

    Very true, practical and easy to apply Just we have to start applying these things Life will be wonderfull

  4. Jeet Mewada Reply

    Awesome ARTICLE ITS REALLY REALLY HELPFUL
    thanks for sharing it with us. its really good

  5. Usually Blogs lack depth for serious learning. They are good for intellectual entertainment (in a good sense), announcements (again in good sense — for example announcing some new ideas, new articles, new products), “general interests” reading. Not the case with your post though, really enjoyed it reading it and it held my attention all the way through!

    • Shawn Lim Reply

      Hello, I’m so glad to hear that this article is helpful to you. You inspired me to write even more quality and useful articles to inspire others. Cheers. 🙂

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