The First 5 Steps on The Path to Inner Fulfillment 101

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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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!


This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.