The First 5 Steps on The Path to Inner Fulfillment

The First 5 Steps on The Path to Inner Fulfillment

Some people wrongly assume success is the ultimate goal. So they pursue it without taking what makes them happy into consideration. Or without even defining what success means to them. So that leads to wasted time and having regrets. However, you can choose to achieve inner fulfillment and leave behind the winning mindset and ambitious goals for a while. Which will help you get where you’re headed and feel satisfied with your life.

Inner fulfillment is true satisfaction with things the way they are. The ideal lifestyle does exist. But it doesn’t need to include a ton of sacrifices, efforts, years of your life, sleepless nights, following rules, doing what’s uncomfortable. That might lead to success in some areas, such as business, finance and career. But it will be at the expense of others. Such as your mental or physical health, relationships, enjoying daily life, having free time, doing things you enjoy, etc.

Being successful doesn’t necessarily mean living a fulfilling life.

You need to make some serious decisions and take a few important steps before you begin a journey that will continue for a long time. Then you won’t end up achieving something that won’t make you fulfilled.

Let the goal be inner fulfillment, and you won’t chase the wrong things. Because to live such a life would include all the necessary elements. These are being your best version, striving for more but also accepting what is and being grateful for it. It will mean balance in most aspects of life, which leads to peace of mind and no rush or stress.

Let’s see what you need to do in advance before inner fulfillment comes:

Finding Inner Fulfillment in Life

1. Identify your values.

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It all begins by defining the things that matter to you. You can’t care about tens of things deeply, so it’s worth identifying your core values in life. That’s a necessary step to living a fulfilling life simply because anything you do, all decisions from here on, will be based on these values, your main principles.

Check out more than 50 personal core values here. But just to give you an idea of what these are, here are some of them:

  • Growth;
  • Happiness;
  • Love;
  • Learning;
  • Recognition;
  • Wealth;
  • Respect;
  • Balance;
  • Adventure.

Go through all the 50 items in the link I shared above, and take a moment for each. This is worth your time for a few reasons. First, you’ll immediately recognize how important each is for you. Your goal is to choose just a few, ideally 3-5 main core values, and go from there. Then, all other goals you have, be it for family, money, career or looks, must be aligned with these principles in order for you to find inner fulfillment if you set them as objectives.

That also means you’ll stay true to yourself.

Your values are part of your deepest desires and aspirations, and these rarely change significantly in a lifetime. No matter how much you transform and evolve as a person, what new things you welcome in your life or what unexpected stuff happens, these core principles are inside of you. So what will meet your self-fulfillment needs, is doing things related to them.

2. Create a vision.

Now it’s time to get to the specifics about what you want in life. Yes, that means defining how the ideal life looks like, writing it down, imagining it and creating a picture in your mind. It also means finding your ultimate purpose and paving the path to your dreams and inner fulfillment. Once you know your direction, you can easily make a plan on how to get there and give it a time period too. What’s more, you can prepare for the obstacles down the road.

If you need help with this, you might check out Unleash The Power Within event. That’s one of the most famous personal development events, held by Tony Robbins. He’s a guru in the self-help industry, who’s changed the lives of millions of people all over the world. On this year’s event, he’ll help his audience discover what they want in life, define their purpose by facing their fears, and learn to condition themselves to success.

3. Write your mission statement.

The next step on the way to inner fulfillment is to actually summarize your missions in life in a few sentences. It’s a useful exercise that helps you leave the clutter in your mind aside, and only focus on what matters.

Here’s how you can create yours today:

4. Seek passion.

Chances are, you don’t feel fulfilled in your job. It’s hard to find the right industry and position these days. Even if we do, it might mean working with people we don’t like, not being treated well. Or not receiving enough opportunities to grow, not being encouraged to be productive during the workday, and more.

But it’s okay to admit that and decide to walk away. Inner fulfillment comes when you do things you love, and that includes your career. While monetizing your passion project and leaving the 9 to 5 to turn it into a business is not for everyone as it requires quite some time and work for free, you shouldn’t consider it impossible.

For a start, though, identify the things that lead to lack of job fulfillment. According to science, these are:

  • Being in it for the money;
  • Focusing on status rather than respect;
  • Not having a chance to use your talents;
  • Not feeling like you’re doing something meaningful;
  • Not having enough freedom and feeling stuck.

All these aren’t part of a life well-lived. In fact, you won’t find inner fulfillment if you keep these factors in your life. As long as you hate your job and keep doing the same thing every day with no real purpose or satisfaction behind it, you won’t be truly happy.

For now, identify what leads to your lack of inner fulfillment.

Then, strive to remove each factor slowly over time. That doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job. It could be having more flexible hours. Or starting something on the side, which is related to your passions, and making some extra income from it. It might be taking less responsibility at work in order to have more free time. Or working remotely one day of the week.

5. Find peace.

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Inner peace is an important element of living a fulfilling life. It has a few aspects. To begin with, you’ll need to learn how to let go. That is, to be free from anything that happened in the past and leave it behind. That allows you to move on. But it’s also necessary to stop living in the future. Some worry about it too much and it leads to anxiety.

When you stop these two harmful behaviors, life will immediately become simpler and more enjoyable. That’s because when you stop going back to yesterday or eagerly await tomorrow, you’ll be in the present moment. So use that time to just breathe deeply, smile for what is, look around, and appreciate things. That brings peace of mind and suddenly all fears and uncertainty go away. You have a clear mind, can stay alert, and become grateful. In addition, you can take good decisions as you are not distracted. And can also assess your performance and take the next step on your journey to inner fulfillment.

Each of these steps will get you closer to living a more fulfilling life. Don’t rush into it, though. The slower, the better.

How do you define inner fulfillment? What elements in your current life do you need to change first to welcome happiness and peace?

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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