How to Live Life to Its Fullest

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Let me directly ask you – do you live life to its fullest? Or do you feel there are many things that you still need to do.

I know that some of you’re going to say that you aren’t living life to the fullest because there are so many things you desire to possess, places you wish to visit, and people you want to meet.

With so many expectations you feel that you can never really live life to its fullest.

But life is full of surprises and suspense. You don’t always get what you plan for in life, and sometimes the day you wait for never comes.

I remember this wonderful quote from the movie Forrest Gump that goes like this –

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” ~ Tom Hanks.

You can’t wait for any particular day or occasion to feel that you’re living life to the fullest.

In-fact, you need to take each day of your life as a new chapter you read of a book – a new page every day. That’s really how to live life to its fullest. Are you doing that?

The meaning of your life is what you make or create every day with your thoughts, words, and deeds.

Every person is given 24 hours a day – no more, no less, for as long as they live on this planet. However, people live as though they’ll be here forever.

Though you shouldn’t live in fear or worry about dying, but those wanting to live life to its fullest should determine what they really value and live with intention.

Or else, they’re destined to struggle through and waste the days.

Don’t blame people if things aren’t the way you want them to be. It’s your life, your choice, and your decision. So, choose wisely.

“Make every day your masterpiece.” ~ John Wooden

5 Ways to Live Life to its Fullest

There are certain things you can do to live life to the fullest. Though the list is an endless one, but here I’d share just a few ways that I feel make a difference.

1- Live each day

I’ve always believed in living in the moment, the present, the NOW, and I’m sure most of you must know that because I keep repeating it so often.

You need to live each day as if it were your last, and live it to the fullest. Just like they say – yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present.

Don’t hang onto the past, nor stress out about the mistakes you’ve made – take them in your stride and learn from them.

Each day brings forth new opportunities, it’s a new start with options waiting to be explored. So, be present to enjoy each passing moment. Do you do that?

2- Find your purpose in life

Your physical life started when you were born, but your real life starts when you discover your purpose. What is the purpose or mission statement for your life?

Mine is to help people by touching their lives in more ways than one, and help them achieve their highest potential so that they live their best lives.

All of you are here for a purpose, but how many of you really know and understand your purpose in life? So, you need to find something that gives meaning to your life.

It could be your parent, children, spouse, grandparent, friend, teacher or neighbor. Or it could also be your work, occupation, or something outside your work that makes a difference to others.

The meaning of your life is what you have to decide. Once you find something to live for, you will live better. Set your goals and move towards them by taking small steps, one at a time.

3- Remain positive

It’s rightly said that if you focus on good thoughts – good things will happen. The Law of Attraction surely works here. So, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just be, say, think, and do positive things.

I know it’s not always easy and we all do tend to think negative at times. Let those thoughts come and go, and like they say it’s all in the mind. You have the power to change your negatives to positives.

Try resolving the root cause of any bad or negative thoughts, and cancel each one with a positive affirmation. With time, you will feel better.

Look to the brighter side of life, and remember that things could’ve been worse than they are now. Look at the glass as half full, instead of seeing it as half empty.

4- Appreciate the little things in life

Stop rushing through life and stop a while to appreciate things around you. See or do things in a way that you’ve never experienced or done before.

Just open your eyes and heart and find the beauty in the smallest of things that surround you. Be part of something you believe in and find meaningful.

Take a fresh look at the clouds, the sunrise and sunset. Or see the beauty in the plants, tress, flowers, and how they sway when the wind blows.

Observe the various forms of life like the insects, animals, birds, and humans. When you do all of this, it clears off the monotony that kills the joy of living.

Don’t do things for the sake of doing them or because you have to do them, instead do it because you love or want to do them.

Also, take nothing for granted. Instead, appreciate those around you, whether they are your family, friends, pets, house, or the world. So, appreciate them while you have them.

5- Listen to your heart and soul

Listen to advice, but remain confident in making your own decisions. Listen to your own heart and soul because that seldom goes wrong. Use your instincts – don’t let others tell you what to do.

Don’t let desires, obsessions, and possessions possess you – free yourself from them. Hear your inner voice, and if need be accept change and adjust to life, taking it as a positive change.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill

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What YOU Can Do to Live Life to its Fullest

Some more steps that YOU can take for living life to the fullest –

  • Be yourself. Be true to yourself and know your inner self.
  • Stop complaining.
  • Be proactive.
  • Accept yourself without judging yourself if you really want to live life to its fullest. Because if you judge yourself, you limit yourself, and if you do that, you aren’t living life to the fullest.
  • Instead of thinking ‘what if’, think, ‘next time’.
  • Live more consciously every day.
  • Discover your values and hold yourself to the highest conduct.
  • Create your bucket list, and then try to achieve them. Remember, you live only once!
  • Do the things that you love doing, because life’s too precious to be spent doing anything else.
  • Discover your passion in life and try making your passions a full-fledged career, and then pursue it.
  • Learn from criticism and mistakes, and don’t fear your failures.
  • Focus first on what you want, before thinking of how to do it. Anything is possible, provided you are determined and put your mind, heart, and soul to it.
  • Stop worrying, whether about money or about what others will think about you.
  • Work to live rather than live to work.
  • Concentrate and be grateful for what you have, instead of what you don’t have.
  • Make time for your family and friends because they aren’t going to be with you forever.
  • Learn to let go of those people or things that pull you down, discourage you, or make you unhappy.
  • Nurture the ones you love, and experience the magical feeling of love. Rekindle the love in your marriage and relationships.
  • Be compassionate.
  • Smile more and be happy.
  • Keep a journal to self-reflect.
  • Forgive those who hurt you. Yes, it’s tough initially, but it’s the only thing that eventually makes you happier.
  • Give back, and be selfless in your service to others.
  • Lastly, never give up! Don’t accept defeat, even if it seems like it’s the only option you’ve left. Remember, things take time, so remain patient.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy; but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” ~Leo Rosten

I think living life to the fullest doesn’t mean spending more or less of money. It doesn’t mean buying expensive things, or buying cheap ones. It doesn’t involve anything about spending money at all!

Remember, it’s not always about the money – sometimes you have lots of money and yet you’re not able to live to the fullest.

To live life to its fullest for me involves learning something new and doing something constructive and worthwhile. It involves stretching my emotions and trying to understand things as others see it.

A great life just doesn’t happen – it’s created. If you want to live life to the fullest, you need to take specific steps to make it all happen.

The choice is always yours. You can either sit there and do what you’ve always done and get the results you’ve always got, or you can start with a new beginning by starting today to live a better life. It’s up to you.

So, if you aren’t living life its fullest – act NOW! We live only once, so let’s life our lives in excellence 🙂

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” ~ Grandma Moses

Over to you

Are there things you’ve put off that you need to be doing? Or are you pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest? Share more ways how you live life to its fullest in the comments.

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  1. Rachit Aggarwal

    2013-12-16 at 6:23 pm

    Good and Motivating read on Monday morning.However, I beg to disagree on the point that your real life starts when you discover your purpose.

    Another school of thought says that It is difficult to find the purpose in life, so live with the flow. Learn from the river which flows in a direction it gets and nourishes everything in its way. The drop of water does not plan its journey when it is the part of Glacier.

    Anyways, life always has a plan for you which s better than yours so why bother much. I have tried to find my purpose many times but later it becomes fad. Till date, i don’t know what i want really but that does not means I am not enjoying life. I am not saying that purpose is not important but it is not something which everyone discovers easily.

    Guidelines list to live the life to fullest is impressive.


  2. Jessica Sweet

    2013-08-12 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for this post! It is really easy to get caught up with the things that seem important in the moment, but really aren’t. These are not just the tiny things, like getting stuck in traffic, but also bigger things like all the “shoulds” we feel.

    I help people turn their passion into their career, and when the focus shifts from what they feel like they have to to or what’s holding them back, to the possibilities that exist, it is an amazing thing to see! You can really start to live to the fullest when you focus on the possibilities!

  3. Nate Leung

    2013-07-10 at 5:02 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I agree with living life to the fullest and live by this rule myself. Appreciate the little things in life, and stop complaining is a way to do so. I also think it’s important to discover your passion in life and try making your passions a full-fledged career, and then pursue it. When you start concentrating on being grateful for what you have, instead of what you don’t have life is more meaningful. This is a great article, keep up the good work.

  4. Sanjeev

    2013-07-05 at 6:14 pm

    I completely agree with your list of first 5 for the following reasons:

    Live each day – as if it is the last day of your life.

    Find your purpose in life – that is why HE gave you life.

    Remain positive – it is the only thing that ADDS to life.

    Appreciate the little things in life – It is only the little things that completely fill up the container. Big things tend to leave lots of gaps.

    Listen to your heart and soul – You are only heart and soul.

  5. Navid Moazzez

    2013-07-03 at 6:18 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Really great and valuable post, thanks for sharing! I think we should live each day like it would be our last, and this became even more true when my brother past away a few months ago. I used to make up stupid excuses and not getting things done, but I can’t afford to do that anymore, so instead I just started to take massive action in the right direction and focus on the things I want the most in life and the people around me. So from now on I want to really live my life to the fullest and do my best to inspire and help other people as much as I can as well with what I do.

    Again, thanks for sharing this awesome post 🙂


  6. Sue Neal

    2013-07-02 at 2:38 am

    Hi Harleena – a lovely post, which hits the nail on the head. I agree absolutely with all your points. I’ve found keeping a reflective journal really helpful, and just working to become more mindful, more self-aware. Being truly grateful and appreciative of what you have, and not grasping after lots of other stuff – also accepting yourself, and accepting other people as they are, not moaning all the time and wishing things could be different. Your point about not complaining is crucial – when we’re busy bemoaning our lot, we often fail to see the beauty around us.

    I think it helps, too, to reflect on our death – to keep reminding ourselves that this is it, we won’t be here for long – that really focuses the mind 🙂 I read a post on another blog a while back, which suggested we should treat everyone we meet as if they don’t have long to live – I often think about that. None of us knows how long we have on this earth – so we’d better make the most of it. Thanks for reminding us of that, Harleena 🙂


  7. Arleen

    2013-07-01 at 8:08 pm

    Why be alive if you are not going to live life to the fullest. I don’t think you left anything out in your post. I find I do not have enough time in a day to do the things I want to do. I enjoy life and appreciate being here. I am a breast cancer survivor so everyday is a new opportunity. Yes as you age you have more aches and pains but you know you are alive if you can feel them. After you start moving around they start to subside and it is time to start living in the moment. You can never get that moment back.

  8. Johan Bengtsson

    2013-06-30 at 4:06 pm

    So true Harleena, you only have one life, always try to make the most out of it.

  9. clara54

    2013-06-29 at 6:54 pm

    Awesome reminders, Harleena!

    Living with intent every single day.


  10. Carolyn

    2013-06-29 at 6:18 am

    Wow. Wow. Wow. This is pure inspiration, Harleena. Such an important post because everyone should be following this advice. Know what your life’s purpose is and take these steps to follow them.

    A great life just doesn’t happen – it’s created. So true, Harleena, yet most people don’t even know where to start. You have provided the road map here for everyone to follow.

    I’m thinking your holiday must be inspiring you, Harleena. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us!

  11. Adrienne

    2013-06-29 at 1:35 am

    As I was reading this Harleena I was trying to find something that I could add to this. Okay, probably the only thing is to not beat yourself up if you haven’t found your life purpose yet. I didn’t realize what mine was until I was over 50. By the way, ours is about the same. 😉

    But you really have done an excellent job sharing with us how to live life to the fullest and just be happy. I know that most people feel there is some hidden formula to this when it really is just this simple.

    As I always tell people, life is about choices so you can choose to be happy or you can stay in your miserable existence but it’s up to you. It’s how you react to the things around you and once you finally get this then your life can truly change.

    Thank you Harleena for sharing this with us. What a fabulous guide.


  12. Gladys

    2013-06-29 at 1:18 am

    Hello Ms. Harleena

    I hope you are well.
    As always your articles are so inspiring for all of us that visit your site.
    I personally Live One day at a Time, always with goals for “tomorrow”, but enjoying the “moment”. I do have places I would like to visit, like every state in the United States, but I do not sweat it. I cannot allow negative things to consume my mind. As I get older, I am discovering what is really important. I love creating memories with my children, grandchildren and friends.
    Thank you so much…. so inspiring

    Gladys recently posted Five Help Tips To Help You With Apathy

  13. Mary Stephenson

    2013-06-28 at 8:09 am

    Hi Harleena

    Great post and a much needed reminder to get with some action. Go in and out of slumps at time. Things are just not moving fast enough in the right direction. Got to put all the negatives aside and go with the flow each day. Had a project and it was not going as planned, needed to pull the plug on it. Days shot, so had to regroup, but now I need to get up to the momentum I had before. May be I shall just chill out for a few days to feel better, before I hit the next phase.

    But thanks for the reminder about living life to the fullest, I think I needed a wake up call today.


  14. Theodore Nwangene

    2013-06-28 at 7:37 am

    Hi Leena,

    I agree with you on what you said about living each day as if it’s your last day. This life is only one and it does not have a duplicate so, its good to live it to the fullest knowing that one day, we will all depart.

    Yes, its also very advisable to always be positive because, I’ve noticed that most of the time, we’re usually the ones that always causes problems for ourselves from the way we think and what we feeds our mind with.

    If you’re always feeding your mind with fears the, you will always be afraid. There are no two ways about it.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with us and, have a pleasant weekend 🙂

  15. Samir

    2013-06-28 at 12:03 am

    Hi Harleena!
    This is one topic very close to my natural frequency. OR I resonate with it 😛
    Anyway, when doing my Integrated MSc in Physics at IIT Kharagpur, I realized that waiting was not an option to live my dreams. I knew what I wanted – to understand the Universe as well as I could – and had gained enough confidence to go for it. A few months later I had come up with enough results to go ahead and live my dream of discovering the beauty of the Universe without relying on or having the excuse of a regular job. The funny thing is, most people I’ve come across think they have to get somewhere to be happy. Why not enjoy the journey itself? I say we all should have the confidence to start living our dreams rather than pursuing them!

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