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5 Important Choices that Make Life Worth Living and Success Taste Sweeter

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As we start another year, you’re probably thinking about your life goals, dreams, aspirations, and what you want to accomplish. We know that New Year’s resolutions have gotten a bad reputation because most people lose focus after the first few months and the first signs of resistance.

Starting your year with goals, resolutions, or whatever you want to call them should be a part of your plan because constant growth in our lives is the key to happiness and fulfillment. Success happens when we push in our lives and make daily choices that lead to our best selves. 

Each human being has different goals and aspirations. The idea of happiness will hold another significance for each of us. We long for a happy life and freedom to control our time and live on our terms. We long to wake up, spend our precious time on the important things to us, have the opportunity to experience growth, and use each day to learn more ways to love life. 

Life is hard for everyone. It doesn’t go as we planned, and circumstances throw a lot at us. Life challenges can often make us feel like we’re stuck trying to escape through coping mechanisms that aren’t the healthiest. 

Despite what’s happened in your journey or where you are right now in your growth, you can live a happy life. You can create success on your terms and spend your time doing what fulfills you.  Success starts in your mind, and then it’s manifested through the choices you make.

Here are five important decisions that can lead to a happy life with more purpose and fulfillment:

1. Create a Revenue Producing Situation that Fulfills You

It’s not uncommon to spend more than forty hours a week doing some sort of job, business, or a hybrid model. That’s a long time to spend in your week stuck in what doesn’t fulfill you, or even worse, a place you hate. 

The feelings, emotions, and consumption of mental bandwidth will affect the other areas of your life. We live in a different time that’s filled with opportunities to defy what’s possible revenue-wise. 

Access to knowledge and the avenues to create wealth are extraordinary. You can use the Internet, social media, technology, and software to find your dream career or start and grow a business that suits your passion. Use what’s available for leaders today to create a revenue-earning situation that fulfills your goals and brings purpose to building wealth. 

“Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we’re proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The message: We are what we chose to be.” – Graham Brown

2. End Toxic Relationships and Go All-In 

Like our revenue earning situation, our relationships also have a tremendous effect on our growth. There are many types of relationships, and they can bring us joy or frustrate us into mental wellness challenges. 

Relationships are hard because love and emotions are involved, and you probably know that love is not often rational. Any relationship that is toxic can rob you of happiness and derail your path to success. 

We have to make the hard choice to purge negativity from our lives in any form, and relationships is a major one. If you have good relationships, go all-in and choose to grow together.

3. Step Beyond Comfort

It’s not easy to step into what scares us and go beyond what our mind tries to convince us is possible. As kids, we’re taught to follow the rules. We learned to stay between the lines and do what society considers normal. We were encouraged to live within our comfort zone. If you follow that advice into adulthood, you miss an opportunity for growth and adventure. 

To grow as a success-focused human being, you have to embrace new things and figure out what’s right for your life. Stepping outside of your comfort zone every day is the key to creating a blueprint for a happy and fulfilling experience. 

4. Energize Your Wellness

Your health and energy are essential to living a long and success-filled life. Making daily healthy choices gives you the energy you’ll need to push harder and create significant changes in your life. What you put in your body affects how you feel and your attitude towards yourself and the world. Make healthy choices as it will be a contributor to your success. 

“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make, makes you.” – John C. Maxwell

5. Don’t Let Complacency Win

We have a lot to be thankful for despite any challenging situations we may be currently facing. We should have an attitude of being thankful, but we should never confuse being grateful with complacency. You can be grateful while still striving for more. You have significant goals for specific reasons. Never let complacency teach you to settle for less than you want and deserve to have. 

You can have a fantastic year, earn more money, foster better relationships, and accomplish every resolution/goal you set. You can live a fulfilled life on your terms, but more than that, you deserve to spend each day living your best life. Make the crucial choices that lead to sweeter tasting success. 

Jason Portnoy is a serial entrepreneur, podcast host, and founder of one of the premier digital marketing agencies. Before creating magic for other brands, Jason launched True Rivalry in 2012. He leveraged social media and digital marketing to grow True Rivalry into a presence in over 250 retail stores across North America, with celebrity fans and appearances on TV shows and movies. Jason knows digital marketing and he's passionate about helping businesses get results. He's an award-winning digital marketing agency owner. Join him at jportnoy.com.

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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