Even if your life is almost perfect, I believe there is still room for improvement, simply because living is a dynamic process and things are constantly changing, which necessitates adaptation and growth.
Everyone can get to another level: another level of happiness and fulfillment in their relationships, in their jobs or careers, in their health and their finances. The question is whether you truly want a higher level.
Change is essential for growth
I don’t think of it as being dis-satisfied with your current life, although there may be some degree of dissatisfaction, which was one of the emotions that initially propelled you to taking stock of your life; rather, I look at it as growing.
I am a much better person today than I was ten years ago and I want to be a better person today than I was yesterday. Meaning, if I did not take an opportunity to be grateful or show kindness yesterday, I want to make today the day that I am more aware.
Yet, to get to this level required that I did some internal work. I had to change my mindset. I had to get clarity as to what it was that I wanted to achieve. And then I had to take that first step.
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING YOU EVER DID?
For me, it was taking that first step. When you are comfortable, even if you are unhappy or not quite satisfied, you hesitate to take that first step.
Change creates a whole plethora of emotions, with fear being the biggest, that paralyzes many and result in stagnation. You want to change; however, fear of the unknown causes you to change your mind, to put off taking that first step and keeps you in the same place.
One day it dawned on me that I was getting older, yep-shocker, and I realized I wanted more. I felt that I was not living my optimal life because I was struggling to get up each day; there was not much enthusiasm in my life, I was not getting excited about things like I used to do when I was younger and full of dreams.
I was not depressed but I was simply going through the motion. I was thinking, “well, I have a decent job and a decent life, I can pay my bills. Then I thought, was this it? Was this the abundant life that God promised?”
My answer was a resounding NO! So, I took that first step, I decided to change my life. Do not get me wrong, there is still uncertainty, BUT I am stepping forward despite that because to do otherwise is no longer a viable option.