Do you feel like something is missing, no matter how much you achieve? Do you feel anxious about losing everything? Do you feel like you have to work ten times harder than everyone else just to keep up? What if I told you that you already have everything you need? You might doubt it, but let me tell you how.
Truth is, everything comes down to our mindset. When we choose to focus on what we lack and what we’re missing in our lives, we’re choosing to live in negativity and scarcity. We start to make choices out of fear instead of freedom. When we choose to live in contentment and rejoice in our achievements, we begin to attract more abundance.
There will always be something to complain about. You can always find reasons why you need a new car, or don’t like that one thing your friend keeps doing, or why your shoes aren’t good enough. You never feel like you have enough… but that mindset costs you your goals, happiness, and your sense of achievement.
When we choose to let our discontent consume us, we get burnt out from constantly striving for more instead of appreciating what we already have. Instead of chasing short term satisfaction, start living for lifelong freedom.
If you’re tired of living in constant discontent, I’m going to share with you ways to reevaluate your values, practice gratitude, and start living in abundance.
- Take an Objective Look at Your Life.
Most people have an objective for their life that trumps all their other goals. That could mean being the first person in your family to graduate from college, having a successful career, a strong marriage, or whatever that looks like for you. Looking at your goals, write down the one most important to you. What would your life look like if you actually achieved that goal?
Odds are, once you achieved that goal, you’d move on to the next thing. Sure, you’d feel a sense of accomplishment and pride, but only temporarily. That success wouldn’t be enough to sustain you for the rest of your life. All that to say, your goal is not the finish line.
Finding abundance and a sense of pride in your life has to be a practice and a way to experience life; it can’t come from just achieving things. Your achievements will only bring you fleeting success and joy. You have to choose to make a mindset shift, and be grateful for the little things in your life.
- Start Practicing Gratitude.
How often do you take time to appreciate having an amazing family? Do you take time out of your lunch to appreciate that you have food? Do you feel grateful when you go to bed to have clean sheets and a roof over your head? Most people would say that they do appreciate those things, but they’re not truly practicing gratitude for them.
The more we focus on what we do have and the abundance we already have, the more contentment and freedom we experience in our lives. We tend to overlook the luxuries of our daily life because we grow accustomed to them. But, if you start focusing on the many things you have to be grateful for in your daily life, the less inclined you’ll feel to burn yourself out achieving.
- Examine the “Why” Behind Your Goals.
Many people struggle with trying to “keep up” with everyone around them. You feel like you have to buy a house because Jimmy at work just did…or you feel behind because Sarah’s getting married and you’re still single. The truth is, we’re all on a different timeline and not everyone prioritizes the same things. When you look at someone else’s life that you wish you had, ask yourself, “Would you give up all the good things in your life to have what they have?”
The answer is probably not. Oftentimes, what other people want or would do to achieve those goals don’t align with your goals or values. There’s enough success to go around. A scarcity mindset tricks us into thinking there’s only so much money, so much love, and so much success to be had. The truth is that there’s enough for all of us, all in the right timing.
Identify what drives you to set your goals and the values behind your mission. Then look to see if your goals align with that vision. If not, take a look at those goals and reevaluate the direction you’re headed. We get caught up in what we think we want because that’s what everyone else has, even when it isn’t truly what we want.
You don’t have to keep living a life of discontent, burnout, and scarcity. The life you want to have is already yours, if only you choose to believe it. Take a look at your goals and how you approach them. Make adjustments as needed, and stay on your journey!
The journey to freedom is the journey every man needs to be on.
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