Living Your Best Life PossibleSep 28, 2023
Life is not just about living. It’s about living well. It’s about living your best life now. Living your best life requires pushing yourself beyond your self-imposed limits. This process includes living at the edge of your capability, staying faithful to your call, and learning to embrace pain.
Living At The Edge of Your Capability
Few people attain a great life, mainly because they settle for a good life. Their mantra is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In other words, be satisfied with where you are. The question, though, is this. “Why settle for a good life when you can have a great life?” The approach to life, therefore, should not be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Instead, it should be, “if it ain’t broke, improve it.”
To live your best life possible, you have to learn to live at the edge of your capability. Your edge is the highest point of your ability. It is that place mentally, physically, or professionally where you experience tension from stretching yourself beyond your current work. Therefore, Living at your edge means going the extra mile when you feel like stopping; it is challenging yourself to take one more step when you feel like you are at your limit. Simply put, it is choosing to challenge yourself with the desire to see how far you can go.
Stay Faithful To Your Call
When you live your life based on a sense of call – doing what you love and are good at – your life will move from good to great. The story of Walt Disney exemplifies what is meant by staying faithful to your call. Having been rejected by numerous film companies that refused to employ him, Mr. Disney used his meager savings to set up a studio in his uncle’s garage, where he began making animated cartoons. In 1934, Mr. Disney, driven by his purpose, took the leap and became the first to create successful full-length animated films, including Snow White and Pinocchio.
Like Walt Disney, many of the world’s greatest have confessed to having experienced a sense of calling that has guided them forward to being their best. Staying true to your call will act as an impetus to get you out of a place of comfort as you push yourself to the next level of your personal and professional life and live your best life possible.
Learn To Embrace Pain
As human beings, we are hard-wired to avoid pain. Whenever you feel pain, your “fight” or “flight” instinct kicks in, as the brain lets you know that what you are doing is wrong and you need to stop now. The truth is, not all pain is bad. For example, athletes know discomfort is necessary for a successful training program. In other words, if you are going to build muscles, you have to engage in some amount of strenuous exercise.
Like those who have paid the price to achieve their dream, embracing pain will be vital for you, too, if you are to grow, attain greatness, and live the best life possible. On the path to becoming your best self, bend, don’t break! Ask yourself, “What is the worst thing that could happen to me if I embrace the pain?” If the answer isn’t death or the end of the world, endure it. Embrace the temporary pain for the joy ahead and grow through it as you go through it. We can only grow and experience happiness and a fulfilled and meaningful life through this pain.