Talent Development Practitioner & Coach

Everyone wants to live a happy, fulfilled life, right? It’s a no brainer! Look around you and notice the happy people who seem to roll with the punches. No matter what life throws at them, they find contentment and meaning wherever they are.

So how do they do it? What do extremely fulfilled people do that you’re not doing? Here are some suggestions.

They know themselves
People who are content and fulfilled know their strengths and weaknesses. They don’t berate themselves for not being perfect. Instead, they focus on what they do well and work on the things they can improve.  Pursuing greater self-awareness was a key factor in my transition into a more lucrative and satisfying career.

To be self-aware, you must pay attention to yourself, recognize what makes you happy, sad, angry, frustrated, demotivated, etc. Self-awareness is important so you can explain who you are to others such as hiring managers, potential business partners and clients with confidence. You will only be valued at the level that you value yourself. The level you value yourself is based on what you know and appreciate.

They stay connected
Humans have a natural inclination to connect. Millions of years ago, survival depended on being committed to the group. People who are content and fulfilled in their lives tend to maintain healthy social networks. They stay connected to friends and family. They prioritize spending time with the people they love and have lots of support to rely on when things get tough.

They believe in themselves
People who grouse about their lives or are dissatisfied tend to have low self-esteem. They don’t expect things to go well for them and they stay in their unhappiness. Fulfilled people, on the other hand, have solid self-esteem and quiet inner confidence that life is pretty good. Confident people tend to have more friends and are more successful generally. Confidence sets up a positive circle that breeds more success, more happiness, and more confidence.

They are grateful
A big difference people between who are content and people who are a Negative Nancy is that the happy people are grateful. Not just for their success but for everything in their lives. No matter what else is going on, fulfilled people can always find something to be grateful for.

Gratitude is an excellent habit to cultivate. The more you focus on the good things in your life, the more good things there will be. Gratitude is energizing and positive and generates its own momentum.

They have a purpose
People who are happy and fulfilled don’t just wait around for good things to happen to them. They have a purpose in life that is aligned with their values, and they just go for it. Extremely fulfilled people focus on doing what they feel they were made to do, what brings them satisfaction at the end of the day, and what makes a positive contribution to the world.

So, where are you? Are you fulfilled or not?

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