In a world where many people seem to be consumed with the desire to “have it all,” it is easy to find yourself worrying that your life is lacking somehow. Perhaps you feel that your existence cannot be rich, fulfilling and meaningful if you do not attain the utmost level of success in your personal relationships, financial life and professional life.
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If this is so, then be reassured: the quality of your life does not depend on material possessions and achievements but rather your ability to live authentically, appreciate the moment, love others and love yourself. On your quest for a fulfilled state of being, keep in mind that the following 10 elements can be done without.
1. Luxury Items That Are Out Of Your Budget
Although your friends and acquaintances may place a high priority on large homes, expensive cars and fine luxury goods, these things can negatively affect the lives of those who purchase them solely to keep up with others. Refrain from buying that which you cannot comfortably afford; instead, value and enjoy the possessions that fit well inside your world.
2. A Large Social Circle
Social interaction is healthy and important for all people, but if your personality is more introverted than extroverted, do not feel obligated to make and sustain contact with a large number of people. Develop a few close friendships with those to whom you feel truly connected, and allow these high-quality social interactions to enhance your life.
3. A Position Of Authority
You do not need to hold positions of power or dominance over others in order to achieve success within your existence. Accept that you may not be suited for a “boss” role in your work life, and focus on being productive in the career position that is most suited to your strengths. It is perfectly fine to hold a subordinate role.
4. Self-Esteem Dependent On Others’ Opinions
External validation can give you a boost of confidence at times, but it should never be the prevailing factor in determining your individual worth as a person. Live according to your own values without placing too much emphasis on the opinions and judgments of others. Know that you are a valuable human being in your own right.
5. Extensive Travel
Travel to far-away, exotic places is certainly enjoyable, but if this type of lifestyle does not mesh with your personal circumstances, rest assured that you can live an entertaining life close to home. Plan occasional excursions near your place of residence that aligns with your schedule and finances while still providing you with exposure to diverse experiences.
6. Constant Perfection
You may be predisposed to strive for perfection in all areas of your life, but take care to remind yourself that this is a losing proposition – no one is consistently perfect and everyone falls short at times. Enhance your existence not by chasing flawlessness but by learning from your missteps and working to improve upon them.
7. Relationships That Stem From A Fear Of Being Alone
The belief that people must have a romantic partner in order to have a fulfilled life all too often causes individuals to stay in dysfunctional relationships due to a fear of inadequacy or loneliness. Remember that you are capable of achieving a meaningful life without being one-half of a couple. Contentment with being alone is preferable to unhappiness with someone else.
8. Achievement Of Milestones At Set Points
You can quickly fall into the trap of de-valuing your life by getting caught up in milestones that you have not reached at “socially acceptable” times, such as educational, career and relationship benchmarks. Go at your own pace, and do not stress about “when” you should reach certain phases of life. Focus on the quality of your efforts instead.
9. A High-Paying Career
Work that goes alongside a good deal of money is of interest to some, but when your career aspirations do not involve a large paycheck, emotional fulfillment is still well within reach. Budget enough money to pay for your essentials while allowing a passion and love of what you do to guide your career path.
10. Fear Of The Unknown
Are you dissatisfied with the status quo yet afraid that making changes in your life might be too much of a risk? If so, take the time to evaluate your options and envision the best-case and worst-case scenarios. Sometimes, facing the unknown has a far greater payoff than staying stuck in a complacent, yet not wholly fulfilling existence.