How to live your best life

Here are 100 powerful ideas to help you live your best life. If there ever was a life manual, it would be like this one—crisp, sensible and powerful

100-powerful-ideas-300x381Life is a grand mystery, designed to bring out the best in all of us. There’s immense potential in every individual. We are all different and seek to experience life in our own distinctive way. But in order to tap into our intrinsic potential, we need clarity, direction and a sense of purpose, things that are lacking sorely in our over-communicated age. Today, we find ourselves overwhelmed with all the choices, ideas and values that we are exposed to. Easy access to information has not made it any easier—on the contrary there is even more confusion, more noise in our already overcrowded mind-space.

In such a scenario, don’t you wish that there was someone who could, gently but firmly, help you to come unstuck? Someone who could tell you exactly how you can become and stay healthy; deepen your relationships; be a better parent; lose weight; sleep better; improve your work performance; find your personal meaning and purpose…

Perhaps living would’ve been easier if life came with a manual, you think.

Well, on the occasion of our 100th issue, we have decided to compile—dare we say?—a mini-manual for life.

Over the past 99 issues, we have had the privilege of featuring transformational wisdom from some of the kindest and brightest teachers of life, each sharing practical insights to help us live better. Most of the ideas that these stalwarts generously shared with us are worth more than their weight in gold. They have, in each of them, the potential to transform lives. That is why we decided to assemble some of the best ideas into one mega feature. If there ever was a life manual, it would be like this one—crisp, sensible and powerful.

Here's a snapshot of the multidimensional advice that will help you live your best life.

~Health and Vitality~

Your body knows best

We all have our craving for comfort foods in times of stress, which could even be unhealthy food like colas and chips. So, it is necessary to understand whether the food craving we feel is physical or emotional. If the craving is emotional, just a taste will suffice and I don’t have to finish the whole tub of ice cream. If physical, my body will indicate what food to eat and how much it needs. I only need to listen.

—Milind Soman
‘I can find happiness in any situation’, July 2009

Don’t sleep with that thought

Never go to sleep with the thought that you are utterly exhausted. Not only will the desperate desire for rest often drive sleep away, [simply because desperation is the antithesis of repose] but the mental affirmation of exhaustion will be carried into the subconscious, and will affect even your wakefulness the next day.

—Swami Kriyananda
Sleep like Yogis, December 2012

~Workplace Wisdom~

Every once in a while, simply step back

Burnout happens when we give too much, neglect our own wellbeing, chain ourselves to our expectations, become sour and allow our emotions to lock us into a view that is depressing. We can overcome burnout by learning to witness to our situation—standing back and setting emotions aside so we can see what is really going on. This allows us to re-perceive the situation, and make clear and healthy choices that can move us out of burnout and into wellbeing.

—Ryan Harrison
Don’t Burnout!, February 2007

Are you inspiring your people?

If you spend your days in inspiring and developing talent, encouraging the discouraged, helping them do what they never thought was possible… they are going to wow their customers, they’re going to be more productive, they’re going to meet their vision, they’re going to give their heart and soul to your business. What’s that going to do to the profitability?

—Robin Sharma
Victims make excuses; Leaders deliver results, April 2013

~Relationships~

how-do-you-treat-240x199How do you treat your best friend?

Respect means treating my partner with compassion, kindness, empathy, and civility. That this isn’t the case in many bad relationships is obvious. I’ve never been able to understand why people yell at, berate, blame, or gossip about their partner. After all, this person is “supposed to be” your best friend. Just because you are making yourself miserable in the relationship is no excuse to treat your partner worse than you treat, for example, colleagues at work.

—Wayne Allen
Lines of love, November 2012

Tell your kids they are loved no matter what

If parents really want to teach kids their own cultural values, the first thing they have to teach them is very good self-esteem. Kids need to know that they are loved unconditionally, even when we punish them. We need to tell the kids, “If you behave badly, you will be punished, but we will still love you.”

—Anita Moorjani
“The only thing you can do is make the shift within yourself”, March 2013

~Simple rules~

See humour in pain

How would you know that your sense of humour is getting better? It’s when you can take something that is difficult in your life and see the humour in it. Take that pain and give it a twist, until you can feel the funny side.

—David Jacobson
Find your funny bone... and cartilage, muscle etc., December 2012

There is healthy fear and there is unhealthy fear

It is essential to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy fear. The anxieties and worries that pervade our daily lives are not healthy, but neurotic fear. Healthy fear stands guard responsibly but neurotic fear exaggerates and even invents potential danger. Healthy fear is about protection and unhealthy fear is about being in control. See them as two advisors, each with his own personality and agenda.

—Thom Rutledge
Fear the way out, July 2012

~Personal Growth~

Stay away from the ‘victim’ label

No matter what life deals you, refuse to label yourself a victim! Depending on what has happened to you, you might find it tempting to label yourself as a victim. But allowing yourself to embrace that label can strip you of the will and the positive attitude you need to overcome the adversities you will continue to encounter.

—Terry Paulson
The optimism advantage, November 2013

Difficult, happy life

Follow your highest sense of right. Our first obligation is not to systems and religions and societies, but to be true to ourselves, to that inner spirit that yearns to know itself and to shine its light in the world. Following our highest right will guarantee that we’ll have a difficult, happy lifetime.

—Richard Bach
“There’s no such thing as objective experience”, January 2010

~Spirituality~

what-spirituality-270x264What spirituality really is

There’s truly nothing to get from the spiritual path, not even experiences. At each level of the spiritual path, the old parts fall away. Where words and ideas helped to create a structure, that scaffolding must be torn away. Consequently, as spiritual experiences and connections help to cultivate an even deeper awareness, those too must eventually be let go. Because spirituality isn’t in an experience or in an idea—it’s in us.

—Jim Tolles
The role of the illuminator, March 2013

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A version of this was first published in the February 2015 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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