7 Steps to Enjoying a Fulfilling & Meaningful Life
Do you ever wish you could feel a deeper sense of purpose, meaning, or fulfillment in your life?
If yes, you’re not alone. Depending on what research you read, anything from 75% of people are on a quest to connect to what will give their life more meaning.
Once you connect to a sense of meaning you’re more likely to feel better about yourself, enjoy more emotional, physical, and emotional wellbeing, plus live longer.
What is ‘meaning’?
Meaning is your reason for living: your why? It’s what gets you out of bed each morning. It’s a feeling that radiates from within you yet is can only be felt when you feel connected to others or something bigger outside of you.
Living a meaningful is enriching although it isn’t always easy. Nor does meaning always equate to happiness.
“A human being is not one in pursuit of happiness but rather in search of a reason to become happy.” Viktor E Frankl, Author of Man’s Search for Meaning.
The good news is that by focusing on what you can control and influence (your thoughts, feelings, and actions) you can create a meaningful AND fulfilling life.
The nine nuggets of living a meaningful life
We feel a sense of meaning when we move from:
- feeling there’s something wrong with us to feeling self-love;
- surviving to thriving;
- feeling loneliness to belonging;
- disconnection to a full expression of our authentic self;
- lack to abundance in the way we tell our story;
- victim to personal leadership;
- separation to transcendence;
- worthlessness to purpose; and
- ambivalence to intentional impact.
Seven steps enjoying a fulfilling meaningful life
How do we make these shifts? By following these simple steps:
Connect to your why – explore what a meaningful life would look like to you. What’s missing in your life (needs)? What’s important to you (values and what you stand for)? What do you yearn for? What’s holding you back from enjoying this now? Evaluate how the nine nuggets of meaning relate to you and decide what to focus on first to transform your life.
Embrace possibility and success – your thoughts and emotions influence what you do and how you experience in life. Let go of beliefs and feelings that no longer serve you. Choose to embrace a mindset of possibility and success to accelerate your journey from surviving to enjoying a meaningful life. Identify what’s holding you back and discover how to easily overcome doubts, outdated beliefs, and resistance whenever they show up.
Nurture you – looking after yourself by developing a regular and consistent approach to self-care will boost your wellbeing (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health). This includes being mindful of your needs (balancing long-term versus short-term), healing any past trauma, your stage of life, natural cycles (seasons, hormones, women, moon, nature), sleep patterns, and nutrition.
Embrace the authentic woman you were born to be – get clear on your passions, motivations, emotional resilience, skills, knowledge, talents, and how to step into your unique feminine power. What is your natural essence? What did you use to LOVE doing when you were younger? What unfulfilled dreams would you like to explore? It’s time for fun, creativity, and exploration.
Make a difference in the world – we feel a deeper sense of meaning when we are of service to something greater than ourselves. What social, environmental, or global issues are you concerned about? What global movements, charities, or causes pull at your heartstrings? What personal challenges have you experienced that you could become an advocate for? Explore all these topics plus the Global Goals to help you decide what impact you want to have in the world.
Create an exciting vision – the first five steps are about dreaming, exploring, and deciding what’s best aligned to the life you’d LOVE to create for yourself. Now it’s time to create a vision board that represents all the opportunities and possibilities you want to explore, how you intend to feel, goals you’d like to achieve, and the impact you want to have.
Take inspired action – nothing is going to change until you start taking inspired action aligned to your truth and the impact you want to have in the world. You never know where your first step may take you. Create an action plan with goals, priorities, timeframes, and what you need to turn your new dreams into reality (e.g. time, money, training, or support).
Are you ready to create a more meaningful, fulfilling, and joyful life?
Like every other woman on the planet, you deserve it to be happy.
Many women get distracted by the illusion we are not good enough or as worthy as others. This is nonsense.
Imagine what a meaningful life would look like for you.
Often described as one of the most authentic and inspiring souls you can meet, Alisoun is on a mission to improve the lives of 100,000 people–by making it easier for women over forty to enjoy a life of meaning, vitality and to have more impact in the world.
Alisoun’s keynote talks, training, mentoring, and best-selling books Give-to-Profit: How to Grow Your Business by Supporting Charities and Social Causes and Heartatude: The 9 Principles of Heart-Centered Success have favorably changed the good fortune of thousands of people worldwide. She loves doing humanitarian work, fundraising, and living by the beach in Scotland.
Alisoun is has written the following free resources:
- Ebook: 101 Ways To Attract Great Clients, With Heart, Integrity & Social Impact (click here)
- Ebook: 52 Ways to Raise Funds for Charities and Social Causes Through Your Business (click here)
- Ebook: How to Enjoy a Deeper Sense of Meaning in Your Life – coming soon.
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