Stop Surviving Life and Live a Thrival Life
Surviving life is not a way of life! You survive the challenges, experiences, and circumstances which occur in your journey called life. You survive cancer, an unexpected event, job loss, or car wreck. Life should never be looked at as an event to be survived. You are meant to thrive in your life regardless of the circumstances occurring around you.
Life is moving and evolving, in every area, at a rapid pace. And we have not been properly equipped to engage life adequately. As a result, the circumstances of life are taking their toll on society. In American alone we have 40 million people suffering with anxiety. 1 in 75 people suffer from panic attacks. 75% of individuals are dissatisfied with their current job. 3 out of 4 Americans are stressed about their current financial situation. As a result addiction and suicides are escalating at an alarming rate. In general, Americans are not very optimistic about their future.
To engage the Thrival Life you have to be able to separate your circumstances from your life. Your circumstances may stink. They may truly be awful. But overwhelming circumstances do not mean life is bad or not worth living. You have to be able to look at life as something extraordinary and worth living in abundance.
When you can turn you attention to the awesomeness of life, then you are living a Thrival Life! A life where you pour your energy, resources, and time into living an incredible life on your terms. To begin your journey you can learn to incorporate the following tips into your daily routine.
1) Take Responsibility
Your life is your responsibility and yours alone. No one cares more about your life and success than you. So be responsible for what happens in your life. Farrah Gray states “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” In essence, you need to stop waiting for someone else to come along and fix your problems. The longer you wait, the longer you will spend working on someone else’s dreams, and not your own.
Your dreams, goals, and success are up to you. And that is awesome. But this is the first step. You have to own it. You have to take responsibility for your own life and take actionable steps to create a life, plan, and future which is built upon your dreams. Then your life begins to move to thriving instead of surviving.
2) Cut Out the Noise
You cannot take a step without running into some ad telling you how to live your life better. There is a constant bombardment of advertisements which tell you what to wear, what to eat, how to live, what to look like, what to drive, and how to act. In reality most of these ads are not even close to representing anyone you really know. But the constant stream of noise you hear about who you should be like becomes deafening at times. And this is not even taking into account social media or expectations from friends and family.
If you are going to Thrive in this life, and not settle for surviving, you have to learn to cut out the noise. In the end what everyone else thinks does not matter anyway. Learn to tune out advertisements, negativity on social media, and even your own unrealistic expectations. If you keep chasing someone else’s idea of who you should be, then you will always be chasing the next idea or thought. No one can ever live up to all the noise which bombards us on any given day. So stop trying. Once you cut out the noise, you begin to gain clarity on your own thoughts.
3) Be Grateful
No matter what your circumstances, if you stop and take time to reflect, you will realize you are better off than you think. The noise which consumes you is constant clatter which convinces you to attain more or become more. When in reality you probably have a place to sleep, food to eat, numerous clothes, and have rarely worried about the basics of life. Most of the “stresses” which agitate you are more first world problems.
Learn to be grateful for what you do have. Every morning write down 3 things for which you are grateful. Then repeat the process at night before going to bed. Begin to cultivate an attitude of gratitude which can be used to guard yourself against negativity and noise of this culture. Being grateful is one of the greatest ways to be able to separate your circumstances and your life. Removing yourself from a surviving mentality can be built upon the foundation of gratitude.
4) Take A Step
Many people choke on their goals because they attempt to bite off more than they can chew. If your are struggling with depression, anxiety, pain, suffering, job loss, or family issues there is no magic wand to make it all go away. And do not attempt to turn your life around in one sitting. Just take a step each day. Take a step toward being positive, toward being responsible for your life, simplifying your life, cutting out the noise, or creating a Thrival Life. When you learn to take a step each day you will eventually get to a place where you can look back and see how far you have come. Then you will be able to take some leaps.
When in the midst of dire circumstances, do not attempt to do anything drastic. Just learn to look right in front of you and take a step forward. Even falling on your face is progress in forward momentum. You are stronger than you realize and can endure more than you can imagine. Just take one step today toward the life you want to live.
5) Be You!
The most important aspect of the Thrival Life is learning to be you. This world is filled with other people and does not need another one. But the world needs you. Many of the stresses, anxieties, and pressures placed upon our own lives come from you attempting to live someone else’s life. You are an amazing individual with completely unique gifts. Learn to release them to the world.
In your attempt to live someone else’s life you will always be frustrated and feel like a failure. Because you are chasing unrealistic and unnecessary dreams. Chase your own dreams to be the best you possible. For when you find this place you will truly understand what it means to live the Thrival Life.
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