As another year draws to a close, we can’t help but put our analytical hats upon our heads and try to unpick the successes and failures of the past twelve months. While we can learn from our past endeavors, it’s important that we don’t dwell on them. It’s time to look forward to a new year. You don’t need meaningless and empty New Year resolutions to guide your entry into 2018. It’s time to consider what is holding you back and preventing you from living life to the fullest.

Plenty of people ache to unshackle themselves from their sleepwalking existence. They hanker to feel free, reclaim the innocence they enjoyed throughout their childhood and arm themselves with coping strategies, so their lives aren’t burdened with stress. Living life to the fullest isn’t about not having responsibilities or simply traveling the world or making as much money as you can. Living life to the fullest is all about feeling the ultimate contentment and fulfillment, and working out what it is that you can do to help achieve this feeling.

Think About You

It’s all too easy to go through life thinking about our nearest and dearest 100% of the time. However, if you’re one of those people that go out of their way all the time to do what their mum, brother, a best friend wants them to do, you’ll never be able to do what you truly want to do. That’s not to say you should be selfish but you should try to go through life putting yourself on an equal footing as your family and friends. It’s ok to say no. If your friends are heading out to the cinema and are desperate for you to see the latest blockbuster with them but you fancy a night chilling out with your own company, that’s ok. The world is not going to end if you take a pass on the movie night. They’ll still have an awesome time, and you’ll be able to enjoy your long hot soak in your bubble bath.

If you went to college to study medicine because your parents were so eager to see you in a white coat healing the sick, but all you wanted to do was whip out a script and head off to drama school, it’s time to reassess your life and do what you need to do. Essentially, you shouldn’t let others dictate your life, but at the same time keep your motivations positive and never choose a path that hurts others. You need to find the correct balance to get the most fulfillment out of life. When it comes to finding a balance between work and life, some of us may find it difficult to do. As your career and personal life are both important, it makes sense as to why this may not be easy to find time for both. Saying this though, it is not impossible to do this. Maybe check out these tips from business owners , as this may help get you thinking about how a work and life balance can be possible.

Health And Wealth

Those who are richest in life don’t necessarily have the most cash in the bank. They are healthy, with good people around them and solid relationships. If you’ve let your personal well-being slip, you’ve put on a few pounds, you’re forever picking up the flu, or you are struggling with an addiction, now’s the time to sort it out. These problems are only perpetual because you let them fester. Take a look at heading to a behavioral health center to talk to professionals who can help you reassess your life and chart a more positive course. It’s okay to ask for help to conquer your demons. You certainly aren’t the only person to be afflicted by them. If you can get rid of them for good, you’ll be well on your way to living your life to the fullest.

Be Proactive

How many times do you hear one of your pals moaning about how much they hate their job, their boss or their commute to work? Twelve months later they’re still there and complaining just as much. They have allowed their issues to remain and have chosen to be stagnant. If there’s something in your life that you’re not happy with, you cannot expect it to rectify itself. You need to be proactive. If you want to travel more, take a sabbatical. If you want to live by the coast, it’s time to get job hunting and find that dream role that will allow you to relocate. You need to hunt for opportunities and not expect them to be served to you on a plate.

Be Brave

Sometimes things don’t work out. That’s life. But it’s not necessarily a negative thing. You cannot expect to go through life forever achieving every single goal without any failure. Failing can spur us on and allow us to learn from our mistakes. If you’ve always wanted to launch your own business and you’re in a financial position to do so, don’t allow your fear of failure to prevent you from giving it a go. You may end up living a life full of regret with missed accomplishments.

Fill Your Time with Happy Memories

Don’t allow yourself to become a couch potato. A life sat in front of the television is not going to be fulfilled. Think about spending time with your loved ones and creating memories. Host those fun dinner parties, organize the summer barbecues and relish a good old party with pals.

When it comes to your free time away from work, do those things that you cherish. If you love hitting a ball every now and then, make it a point of business to get out on a Saturday morning for a round of golf. If you enjoy painting, amateur dramatics or walking, get out there and join a club to meet like-minded individuals who you can share your interest with. Doing what we love gives us the ultimate pleasure and fulfillment.

Live In The Moment Without Forgetting The Future

It can be hard to strike the perfect balance between preparing for our future, squirreling away our money to create a nest egg and living for the here and now. You don’t want to be living so frugally that you are missing out on opportunities. At the same time, it’s only sensible that you should be thinking about your twilight years. Have a solid saving strategy and allocate some of your disposable income for the present. If you want to go on that far-flung adventure to Thailand, your retirement plan shouldn’t be stopping you.

Living life to the fullest is an all too common phrase that people across the globe aspire to live by. However, only a small number of individuals ever manage to achieve this aim. Fundamentally, you need to be proactive. It’s up to you to change your mindset, your wellbeing, your outlook and ultimately, your life.

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Jamie Sanders is a freelance writer for many media outlets. She married her soulmate and writer, Dennis Sanders. They live in Boston with their two dogs.

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