There’s a lot of talk about living "abundantly," living your best life, but it doesn't seem like anyone is providing practical tips for actually DOING it. With that in mind, here are six simple, straightforward rules to help you live more richly every day — starting now.
1. What you give away comes back.
Generosity is defined by “readiness or liberality” in giving. So, giving with the expectation of receiving misses the point entirely. By freeing yourself from that expectation, you begin to enjoy the happiness created by your gift. Giving with pure intentions inspires the desire to give in others.
2. Appreciation builds on itself.
An appreciative mindset makes you more aware of the good things in your life. Focusing on the positive invites more positivity into your life. To jumpstart the feeling of gratitude, spend five minutes making a list of things you're thankful for.
3. What you create space for will enter your life.
It's easy to get bogged down in everyday obligations and de-prioritize our dreams. But letting the things you feel like you should do take up all your time, you leave no space for the things you actually care about. Only by making conscious decisions to cut out toxic/draining people and activities can you make room for what you love.
4. Adding value increases yours.
Helping others is one of the most fulfilling things anyone can do. Generosity is its own reward. It's also the best way to advertise your skill-set. If you have an ability, teach it. If you have time, share it. The more you give, share, and teach, the more valuable you become.
5. Having a vision is the first step to making it a reality.
Visualizing winning a Nobel prize isn't going to win you one. You have to do the work. But, there's a reason Olympic athletes watch tapes of themselves winning, and imagine themselves crossing the finish line before a race. Sometimes, seeing the end product is the best motivation for pushing yourself to start the journey.
6. What you do in this moment determines the next.
Thinking of every moment as a gift creates a feeling of abundance that carries over to the next. Being present means letting go of past failures and future fears. Focus your mind on the here and now, and relinquish the things you can't control. Peace will follow.