What does it mean to commit to living the life you want?
When a person commits to living the life they want, they go after their goals, hopes, and dreams without any hesitation. Instead of seeing everything that could go wrong or stop them from finding success, they focus solely on achieving those goals and building the life they want.
Committing to living the life you want requires visualization. A person with this level of commitment can see their future clearly because they’ve spent time understanding exactly what they want to achieve. With that picture of the future in mind, they’ve also calculated the different steps they’ll need to take to make that visualization a reality.
Most importantly, a person who commits to living the life they want doesn’t make any excuses about why they “can’t” do something. This person goes after their goals and dreams wholeheartedly and doesn’t allow any negative naysaying to slow them down. Instead of imposing self-limiting thoughts on themselves or talking themselves out of making a choice for their future, they go for it with all their energy and might.
Why do people make excuses instead of living the life they really want?
There are a number of reasons why a person will make excuses instead of going after the life they really want.
- Societal pressure
Sometimes pressure from society – including pressure from family and friends – can persuade a person to not chase after the life they really, truly want. Whether the life they want is very different from what’s expected of them or if it goes against the beliefs of their community, the societal pressure to conform to a specific way of life can stop a person from going after what they really want.
- Low self esteem
Some people flat-out believe that they can’t go after the life they really want. When they envision their perfect life, they may believe they aren’t “good enough” or “smart enough” to go after those kinds of goals and dreams. Before they even start the process of living the life they want, they allow their low self-esteem to stop them in their tracks.
- Fear of the unknown
Even when a person really wants a certain lifestyle to be their reality, the idea of going for it may feel frightening because it requires them to explore unknown territory. The prospect of going after something unfamiliar and uncertain can frighten them away from living the life they really want.
What are some strategies for learning how to commit to living the life you want without any excuses?
Learning how to stop making excuses can be challenging, and it is possible to start living the life you really want without holding yourself back. To get started, consider the following strategies:
- Allow your “what if” thinking to also consider the positive possibilities.
Humans tend to gravitate toward negative thinking when they start dreaming up different “what ifs” about their futures. This isn’t always a bad thing – it’s natural to want to keep yourself safe from potential danger. However, this negative thinking can’t dominate your mind when you want to go after the life you want.
As you allow negative “what if” scenarios to enter your brain, it’s important to also give space for the positive “what ifs.” For example, you may think “if I try that new activity, I might fail.” That’s possible, but since you aren’t a fortune-teller, it’s important to also consider the equally possible positive outcome: “If I try that new activity, I might have a really great time and enjoy it”!
- Start going after the life you want with small steps first.
If the idea of jumping full-on into the life you want feels shocking and scary, give yourself permission to start small. For example, you can start by changing parts of your wardrobe to better suit the lifestyle you want to live.
Another option involves changing your living space to reflect the life you want. These changes are small, personal ways to get started and embolden yourself to keep going after those bigger changes.
Use a mantra to refocus your thinking and keep you on path toward living the life you want.
Mantras are powerful mental tools. Using a mantra can help refocus your stressed brain and remind you of what you’re doing and why.
For example, if you catch yourself feeling overwhelmed and tempted to back away from going after something you want in life, stop what you’re doing and repeat your mantra to yourself. Some possible mantras include:
- I deserve the life I want.
- I can challenge myself and make it fun.
- Difficulties don’t stop me.
- I choose the life I want to live.
- …and many more!
Managing Stress to Live the Life You Want
Recently I had the privilege to speak with Thomas Johnson and he shared what broke him and inspired him to start “GetUpNGetFit”. This Wellness Coaching and Service Concierge supports high performers who are over stressed, over weight and experiencing low energy.
Thomas guides these high performers on a better trajectory to feel amazing long term. Shining light on lifestyle habits, he shows how to have drive to perform at a high level and still have energy to do what you want. He states, “Self-accountability” is key.
He is all about service, value, and impact and supports causes in India, Cambodia and West Africa. As he says, it feeds his soul, body and mind and it’s important to align with what sustains you. For him, God, peace of mind and family are foundational and is what he builds his life and work upon.
Watch this interview as Thomas Johnson takes us through his AIR Method. He also offers some key questions to ask yourself so you can start living the life you want with less stress, and a focus on wellness.
Known as, “The Soul Illuminator”, Jennifer Regular specializes in helping Thought Leaders, Creatives and Visionaries direct the life they live so they can create global impact, make the impossible possible, and fulfill their life mission. She is an International Speaker, Author of Embrace Your Power: A Healing Journal of Self-Discovery, and the Host of Awaken and Ascend on YouTube.