An extraordinary life is vague and a bit cliché.
Someone said that to me when I mentioned that’s what I wanted my clients to achieve. It led me to explore what it meant to live an extraordinary life. Because my definition of what that means is going to differ from what you think it means.
But, ultimately, living an extraordinary life is living a life in which you design your version of success. You have agency over your life. In other words, you are the CEO of your life. You engage in the things that bring you joy, and you are mostly satisfied with your life. You’re content with what you’ve accomplished thus far, and you’re excited about the future.
There were two times in my life in which I felt I had agency over my life. When I quit my job in 2013 and worked as a licensed realtor, that’s when I realized I traded my time for value. I owned my time for the first time in my life.
The second time was when I bought a one-way ticket to Thailand without knowing a soul. Some of you feel constricted by your everyday. You feel constricted by the past decisions in your life that have brought you to your present day. But it doesn’t have to remain this way.
“The enemy of great is good.”Jim Collins
Here are some of the elements of what it requires to live an extraordinary life:
- You’ll have to abandon old stories and promise to never return to them.
- You’ll have to face your demons and your pain.
- You’ll have to give something up.
Let’s briefly discuss a little more about each of these elements. Your belief systems will propel you forward, or it will hold you back. Without addressing your pain, the decisions you make moving forward will be rooted in your sorrow, your self-doubt, your fear, etc.
Lastly, nothing worth doing comes easy.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”Theodore Roosevelt
It’s not possible to eat chocolate cake every day and maintain your health. It’s not likely to be in a loving relationship without vulnerability. This means you’ll have to sacrifice something so you can, in return, receive something valuable.
So, on your quest to living an extraordinary life, remember these elements, then self-commit to developing yourself so you can live an accomplished life full of meaning and purpose.
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