You have everything you need and a lot of what you want. You should be satisified right?
Only you’re not. You’re strangely dissatisfied.
Maybe because what you’ve acquired to date was someone else’s version of what you should have, how you should be living, how you are supposed to think.
Some like to call it the American dream. I like to call it the American scheme.
Listen, you’re an individual, right? Why not have your own philosophy on what life means to you and how it should be?
But I get it. You’ve never given the idea of a life philosophy much thought. It didn’t get mentioned in school. Your parents probably never talked about it. No one told you to create your own life philosophy.
However, now you have the opportunity to do so. Don’t get stuck with the default version that everyone else is chasing. Rather than following the standard version of success, it’s time to create your own. At the very least, when you do create your own philosophy, you’ll be more excited to live life more fully when you get out of bed every morning!
How to Create Your Own Life Philosophy and Live it Fully
- Educate yourself. Rather than starting completely from scratch, take a look at some of the more popular philosophies from the past to the present. You might find something that resonates with you. Feel free to tweak and experiment with what you find.
- Ask yourself how you got to this point. You already have a set of beliefs regarding what is valuable in life. How did you reach that point? Who taught those beliefs to you? Did you pick them up from your friends? Movies? Teachers? Books? How was your current philosophy constructed?
- Determine what you want your life to be about. Will your life be about money and success? Altruism? Adventure? Family? Personal development? Will it be based on a religion or spirituality? What matters to you?
- Start at the end. Imagine that you’ve lived a long life and you’re reaching the end. What kind of life do you want to look back on? What sorts of things do you want to have learned, achieved, and experienced? How do you want to be remembered? With the end in mind, how do you need to live today to reach that ideal ending?
- Give it a try. Once you’ve found a way of looking at the world that appeals to you, take it for a test-ride. See if it suits you. Have patience while you’re on this journey. It may take time to become completely satisfied with your new perspective and viewpoint on life.
- Find like-minded people and discuss. While this is a personal journey, that doesn’t mean it has to be solitary. Bounce ideas off of others. You might gain an insight that makes all the difference. Be open and share your ideas.
Over to you
Many philosophers argue that there is no inherent meaning to life, which is just a fancy way of saying that you can choose the meaning of life for yourself and be just as correct as anyone else.
Be playful with the process of developing a new way of approaching life. The best philosophy will bring you a sense of peace and purpose. If you’re feeling a bit disenchanted or unsatisfied with your life, change your perspective. You can choose for yourself what is most important in life. Create a game that you can win and enjoy it along the way!
What’s your life’s philosophy?