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Three Tips to Live Your Life as Though Your Life Depends on It
by Sandra Miniere, MEd
ATH Asst. Editor of Sacred Living
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: This article includes three simple strategies that will inspire you to "play full out" and feel more ALIVE! When you pay attention, challenge yourself and create meaningful goals, you become your best and accomplish your intentions. Your life becomes a playground of possibilities for you to explore and enjoy. Let your creative inner-child lead the way.
Going through your day on automatic pilot dulls your senses, lowers your creative energy, makes you susceptible to distractions and limits your perception of what is possible. You lose the passion and purpose that contribute to enjoying your life and protecting your health. When you are present, focused and engaged, you uplift your body, mind and soul; you are “playing full out.”
My life is very busy professionally. It is a challenge to have quality time with family, especially with the grandchildren. I wish I had spent more time playing with my two children when they were young--one of the few regrets in my life. Happily, I get a do-over with the grandchildren. Several times a year my husband and I visit them or they visit us. I keep things simple so I can give them my full attention. We do fun things like visiting Disney World for a day (a short drive from my home). Most of all, I love when they climb into bed with us in the morning to cuddle and laugh about silly things. My intention is to be “with” them—a goal that gives me pleasure and keeps me young.
Whether you are 20 or 80 years old, here are three tips to help you accomplish your intentions and “play full out”:
Be aware and mindful – Pay attention to what is happening on the outside and the inside. Outside: Look around; a creative solution to a challenge may be right in front of you. Inside: Notice what motivates you. When your values align with your actions, you will have experiences that make you feel good—a sure way to change your physical chemistry and stay healthy.
Pursue excellence – Challenge yourself to find the most effective and efficient way of learning something new, doing an activity or mastering a skill. Gather the information you need to be outstanding. Commit to the learning process, which includes lots of practice, and find the delight in your improvement. As you “play full out,” celebrate the small accomplishments; they are preparing you for the big ones.
Make your goals compelling – Create goals that inspire and motivate you. They are more likely to get your full commitment and be achieved easily and effortlessly. When your goals are exciting, you wake up feeling enthusiastic about your day. When an activity becomes routine or dull, you have an opportunity to find new ways to make it more interesting and enjoyable. For example, involve other people in a task or play uplifting music while doing it. You might find yourself smiling.
“Playing full out” allows you to be creative and experience life to its fullest. The payoff—you become your best, feel more alive and accomplish the extraordinary. With awareness, commitment and purposeful action, you create a life worth living one day at a time. Positive consequences are inevitable when you live rich, meaningful moments.
Live your life as though your life depends on it…because it does!
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About the Author
Sandra Miniere, M.Ed., offers personal life and executive leadership coaching and Emotional Freedom Techniques consultations in person and on the telephone. She is an author and speaker. She also gives workshops and teleseminars on a variety of motivational and integrative wellness topics. A former holistic mental health counselor, she has been helping people transform themselves and their lives for 30 years. In her book, A Lighter Side to Cancer - From Wake-up Call to Radiant Wellness, she shares her uplifting and empowering adventure through breast cancer twelve years ago. She feels blessed with great health, special relationships and a life that fuels her.