Health: Action breeds joy

What better time than the present to add a little "oomph" to your life? Here are five ways to make the most of life.

1. Identify anything that

may be holding you backIn the words of Robert Byrne "the purpose of life is a life with purpose" and we can't think of a better quote that hits the nail on the head quite so accurately.

To have a purposeful life, we need to identify what, if anything, is holding us back then push ourselves to achieve amazing things. So many elements stand in the way of what we want, including fear of the unknown and fear of failure.

You need to overcome this mindset to achieve things you never knew were possible.

Do you think Bill Gates made his millions by cowering in a corner through fear of being laughed at? No.

You are in control of your own happiness so you need to put your fears to one side and strive for big things to happen in your life.

2. Start a business in something you're passionate about

Got a passion? Don't let your talents go to waste.

Doing something you're passionate about to make a living is the perfect way to make your life amazing. If you love photography, set up a photography website to showcase your hobby; if you have a knack for it and you advertise it well, people will notice you for what you do and you can make money from this hobby.

If you're into arts, crafts, fashion, cake-baking and such things, set up your own stall at a craft fair or market and sell your creations.

Doing something you love and seeing it make a difference in the world really help in your quest towards an amazing and fulfilling life.

3. Set an outrageous goal

Those who strive to achieve bigger things than the average Joe are usually the ones who feel more satisfied by life.

What would you like others to recognise you for? Dream of the person you want to be and the things you want to do then make it happen.

Do a once-in-a-lifetime challenge; climb to the top of Kilimanjaro, move to a foreign country for a while, help underprivileged families in other countries - the list of exciting things to achieve is endless.

Don't let anything stand in your way and once you've decided to achieve something, do everything in your power to make it happen.

4. Learn to make the most

of your timeWe get only so much time, and to make the most of our lives we need to fully utilise this limited time to make this life amazing.

To ensure we do make the most of our time, it's important to be conscious of how we use it, what we use it for, and if we use it wisely to make us happy. Are you really making the most out of your time? Are you enjoying the things you do in your current routine? Are you being productive?

Plan and write a checklist of everything you'd like to achieve, then tick off each achievement as you go along.

5. Know that you have the right to happiness

Everyone has the right to happiness, although, unfortunately, it seems innately programmed into us to feel guilty when we get it.

Another human trait that goes hand-in-hand with this is that we tend to sit around waiting for happiness to descend upon us one day when, in reality, this doesn't happen.

We need to stop feeling guilty about happiness and stop expecting happiness is just going to happen to us like magic. Instead, it's time to start putting in the effort today.

Outline your goals and decide what you want to do; think way beyond your comfort zone.

To make your life amazing, you need to be proactive, so go out there today and start achieving your dreams.

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- Hamilton News

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