It’s the million dollar question on everyone’s mind–what do you really want in life?
Some people never figure out the answer to that one – and that’s a shame.
So many people spend the best years of their lives watching television or doing things they dislike. An author described humanity by saying, “Most people die at twenty and are buried at eighty.” Are you one of the living zombies?
What do you really want in life?
Some people struggle in answering such question. When asked what they want or what their goals in life are, many are unsure. They dillydally in their decision, hardly giving any thought about what they want in life. People without definite goals are letting time pass them by. Are you one of these people?
If you are undecided about what you want out of life, do not worry. There are many ways of discovering your purpose in life.
To discover what you want in life, try looking deep into your heart.
Oftentimes, people are ruled by logic. People live by what they think they should be or by what others like them to be. The discovery process is the perfect time to listen to your heart. What your heart desires comes from the whispers of your authentic self. Your authentic self is the real you.
Listen to your heart to be able to listen to your authentic self. What your heart says usually feels right. What your heart desires is what you usually love to do and this represents your passion. Anything done with passion is like play where the task is accomplished without hesitation. You pour out your very best and feel no pressure or resistance.
You will totally enjoy doing things that are your passion. Setbacks, difficulties, and obstacles will make it more challenging, but should not deter you from pursuing your goals. Naturally, there may be barriers that may prevent you from reaching your goal, but your heart’s desire will find ways to overcome these barriers so that you may ultimately get what you want in life. Remember this: the universe supports people who are pursuing their passion and those who are pursuing their destiny.
However, this does not mean that you don’t use your head. People are born with both the mind and heart. Your duty is to live your best life and be in harmony with your mind and heart. The poet Rumi wisely said, “Live completely in the head and you cannot feel the breath and rhythm of life. Live completely in the heart and you may find yourself acting like a love-struck fool with poor judgment and discipline. It’s all a fine balance – the head and heart must forge a lifetime partnership if one wants to live a beautiful life.”
Listen to your instinct. Part of human nature is the mysterious and spontaneous reaction on things. Often times, these are called instincts. Your authentic self communicates with you and guides you via instincts. Instincts are those gentle nudges that urge you to act and follow a certain path. Your role then is to listen attentively.
Often times, we listen to what others say and allow them to run our lives. Parents often do this to their children. “We come from a family of doctors, so my son must also be a doctor.” How often do we hear this from parents who have good intentions for their children? Parents unconsciously block the true expression of their child’s real self and calling. Friends and critics will discourage you and point out the impossibility of your dream. Before heeding their advice, evaluate the accomplishments of the critics. Did they achieve theirs dreams? Do they dream big at all?
Remember, it is your destiny that is in line, not theirs. It doesn’t mean, though, that you will not listen to what other people say. Hear them out just the same. But the final decision should be yours.
There is only thing to remember: Every person, to live truly and greatly, must define how he wants to live and what his brightest life will look like. Listen to your instincts and follow your heart’s desire. You will never go wrong.
“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” –Unknown
“Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.” –Franklin P. Adams
“Health is the vital principle of bliss, and exercise of health.” -James Thomson
“I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.” –Ernest Hemingway
“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” –Eubie Blake
“If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” –Joey Adams
“If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” -Julius Erving
“In terms of fitness and battling through cancer, exercise helps you stay strong physically and mentally.” -Grete Waitz
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” -Plato
“Life is not living, but living in health.” –Martial
“Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can’t buy.” -Izaak Walton
“Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.” —Charles Caleb Colton
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” -Carol Welch
“Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.” –John F. Kennedy
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” —John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Running has never failed to give me great end results, and that’s why I keep coming back for more!” -Sasha Azevedo
“Running is one the best solutions to a clear mind.” –Sasha Azevedo
“Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.” –Ashleigh Brilliant
“Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning.” –Fred Perry
“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” –Goethe
“The body of man is a machine which winds its own springs.” –J. O. De La Mettrie
“The first wealth is health.” –Emerson
“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” –Ken Doherty
“The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.” –Andre Maurois
“There is a necessity for a regulating discipline of exercise that, whilst evoking the human energies, will not suffer them to be wasted.” –Thomas de Quincey
“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” –Edward Stanley
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” –La Rochefoucauld
“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.” –Alexander von Humboldt
“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” —Thomas Jefferson
“When the body is strong and the mind is weak, the result is insubordination. Train your mind as well as your body” -Unknown
~John F. Kennedy
A goal without a plan is just a wish. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~George Bernard Shaw
A man’s doubts and fears are his worst enemies. ~William Wrigley Jr.
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. ~Jean Paul Richter
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. ~Les Brown
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidance; then success is sure. ~Mark Twain
Always bear in mind that you own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. ~Abraham Lincoln
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~Mark Twain
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. ~Oscar Wilde
Be miserable. Or Motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. ~Wayne Dyer
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. ~Abraham Lincoln
By perseverance the snail reached the ark. ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Clear your mind of can’t. -Samuel Johnson
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. ~Mark Twain
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to pt this plan into action.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. ~Napoleon Hill
Determine never to be idle…It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. ~Thomas Jefferson
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. ~William E. Channing
Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion. ~B. C. Forbes
Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can. ~Lowell Thomas
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John Wooden
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain
Don’t mistake activity for achievement.
Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.~ Jack Canfield
Eighty percent of success is showing up. ~Woody Allen
Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin
Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully. ~Frances Moore Lappe
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. ~Booker T. Washington
Fear is the little darkroom where negatives are developed. ~Michael Pritchard
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~Bertrand Russell
Fear is what stops you… courage is what keeps you going. -Unknown
For myself I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else. ~Sir Winston Churchill
Genius is born—not paid. ~Oscar Wilde
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~Thomas A. Edison
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.~Denis Waitley
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. ~Leon J. Suenes
He is foolish to blame the sea who is shipwrecked twice. ~Publilus Syrus
I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.~ Albert Einstein
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby
I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. ~Gale Sayers
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. ~G.K. Chesterton
I will prepare and someday my chance will come. ~Abraham Lincoln
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. ~Thomas Jefferson
I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate. -George Burns
If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. -Unknown
In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it. ~Jane Smiley
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself. -Anonymous
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~Albert Einstein
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.~Franklin D. Roosevelt
It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way. ~Aristotle
It’s never too late to become what you might have been. -George Eliot
It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. -Anonymous
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan
Just do it.™ -Nike
Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills that you should avoid. ~Thomas Jefferson
Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. -Oprah Winfrey
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~Thomas Edison
Men are born to succeed, not fail. ~Henry David Thoreau
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryan
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun
Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. -Norman R. Augustine
Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power. ~Charles Simmons
No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. -Aesop
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. ~Edmund Burke
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. ~Thomas Jefferson
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so. ~Charles De Gaulle
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~Henry Ford
One’s greatest success comes after his greatest disappointments. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved. ~Anne Sullivan
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. ~Andrew Carnegie
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. ~Peter Drucker
Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. ~David McCullough
Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind. ~Bulgarian Proverb
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown
Success is never wondering what if. ~Karrie Huffman
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~Reggie Leach
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. ~Sir Winston Churchill
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. ~Robert Collier
Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal. ~Mike Ditka
The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. ~John F. Kennedy
The best revenge is massive success.~Frank Sinatra
The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. ~Sir Winston Churchill
The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. ~Mark Twain
The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline. -Steve Smith
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. ~Tommy Lasorda
The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race. -Unknown
The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn’t been asleep. ~Wilson Mizner
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~Steve Jobs
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain
The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. ~Robert Frost
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity. ~General Douglas MacArthur
To freely bloom—that is my definition of success. ~Gerry Spence
Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes. ~Henry J. Kaiser
Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~Marcus Aurelius
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. ~Sir Winston Churchill
We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. ~Sir Winston Churchill
We will either find a way, or make one! ~Hannibal
Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln
When I hear somebody sigh that Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what? ~Sydney J. Harris
You always pass failure on the way to success. ~Mickey Rooney
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~Jack London
You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. -Ruth E. Renkl
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
You want me to do something… tell me I can’t do it. -Maya Angelou
Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your promotion. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We’re just days away from the end our 60-Day Love Yourself Fitness Challenge, and It’s that time again: time to check in! First up, get out your Bliss Book, or open up a blog post or word doc and ask yourself:
How do I feel, right now?
How did I feel when I started this challenge?
What do I still need to work on?
What inspired me this week?
Here’s our latest progress pic! (Click to enlarge) As you can see, my husband and I have both made progress! How’s yours coming along?
Quote of the Week: “Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time..” ~Mark Twain