Living the good life can mean different things to many different people. For some, living in high-end apartments for rent in Northridge CA might be the epitome of living the good life. Whereas others might believe luxury living has nothing to do with living a good life. It all comes down to your own personal tastes and beliefs. For me, reaching financial independence and not having that anxious feeling every day of worrying about money would mean I’m living the good life! But also learning to be happy with myself and content with my lifestyle would mean I feel happy and am living the good life. For me it’s not about having luxurious things or necessarily living in the best neighbourhood.
If you haven’t spent a great deal of time thinking about what it means to live a good life, you’re definitely in luck today. I’ve thought about this topic a great deal and will share some of my conclusions with you below.
1. Approve of yourself no matter what
It’s human nature to be really hard on ourselves and it’s going to be difficult to live a good life if you are constantly berating yourself and disapproving of your thoughts and actions. If you want your life to dramatically improve, you have to begin approving of yourself and getting comfortable with who you are. Learn to be content with who you are and believe in your own beliefs!
2. Learn to break through your limitations
So many of us have a tendency to place limitations on our lives and this can really hold us back and make life miserable. Maybe you’ve always dreamed about skydiving one day but you’re afraid of heights and you’ve been putting this off for far too long. If this is the case, you have to break through your mental barriers and get on that airplane and jump out of that door and soar through the air like a bird.
We tend to limit ourselves all the time. We are afraid to ask our boss for a raise because we feel like we don’t deserve it. We never go after our dream job because we believe it’s too far out of reach. And we do other foolish things to prevent our ultimate happiness and it has to stop. Face your fears and learn to say yes! Open your arms to opportunities!
3. Become an expert at managing your money
Too many people have a tendency to spend more than they earn, they run up major credit card debt, they buy houses that are too expensive that they really can’t afford, and make other unwise money mistakes all the time. I’m definitely guilty of all of these and I’ve shared my debt story a couple of times on this blog, but I’m possibly getting better at managing finances as I get older. It’s something that concerns me a lot, whereas I was frivolous with cash (or credit) in my early adulthood. It’s time to begin paying attention to money management tips so you can overcome your financial struggles and worries and begin living a good life from here on out.
Once you get your finances in order, life is definitely going to be a heck of a lot better for you and your loved ones. You’ll no longer have to worry about making the same money mistakes over and over again and you’ll feel confident that you can navigate the difficult waters of finances without the need for a life preserver any longer. At some point in your financial recovery, you might even start considering those luxury apartments in Los Angeles and what they have to offer!
For me I am working on saving an emergency fund so we have money readily available for car repairs, white goods that need replacing or any other emergencies. I hope to save enough money to cover six months’ worth of wages should anything disastrous happen to me or my husband preventing us from working.
4. Remember to take the road less travelled
Last but certainly not least, taking a different path in life – also known as the road less travelled – could potentially lead to ridicule and other negative reactions. You may have a crazy idea that seems outrageous and impossible and the world will tell you that you’re nuts.
At the same time, your crazy idea might be the next big invention or computer program or other gadgets that the world goes bananas over and it could end up making you a ton of money. But you’ll never get here travelling the road that everyone else takes. The only way to achieve greatness is to take the road less travelled instead.
You’ll never know if you never try and you should never regret trying!
Living the good life means different things to all of us. But I think finding a job that makes us happy and having financial security is something we can all agree is important and leads to a worry free life. Whilst some of us may desire luxuries to make our lives good, we should really concentrate on what we already have and learn to be content and happy with what we have achieved so far.
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