20 Simple Ways To Live Your Life To The Fullest In 2020

The best ways to upgrade your life and evolve this year and beyond.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou

If you’re like me, you feel compelled to squeeze the juice out of this year. To have a little more fun. Do hard but fulfilling work. And making some new connections along the way.

Whether or not you’re into New Year’s Resolutions, you won’t say No to living your best life.

Whatever that means to you.

It does not take that much to live your life to the fullest. You can get there without having tight abs, having sex on a mountain of cash. You just need to do little things for you. But it can be difficult. I’ve been on a journey over the years to figure out my best version of living, through the good and bad. When I’m consistent in these behaviors, things go great. When I’m not, things suck.

I encourage you to try a few of these this year.

And see where life takes you…

1. Don’t care about what people think

What people say about me, is none of my business

As you get older, you care less and less about what people think. Even your parents. It’s the most liberating feeling you can have. But it takes time and does not happen every day. People are too busy trying to sort their own stuff out.

How To Do It:

Write down the opinions that prevented you from doing what you wanted to do last year.

Then burn that paper. This is the year of zero Effs.

2. Don’t write checks you can’t cash

I wrote a couple of checks I couldn’t cash last year. Most were around work, where I took on projects or tasks out of fear.

Richard Branson has this quote about saying YES to something, then figuring out how to do it later. While that sounds exciting, your energy and time is a finite resource. Don’t do something when you know you’re dreaming about doing something else.

How To Do It:

Be clear on what you do, and what you don’t do. You’ll be happier and so will the people you wish to serve.

3. Stop trying everything. It leads to frustration

While you need to say No to external offers, you need to say No to the internal chatter as well.

Last year, I had a full-time job, freelance writing, and other side hustles. Then I wanted to try learning other skills and feeling like I was not maximizing my potential.

Remember, your energy is limited.

Just because you can do something, does not mean you should. In the year of our Lord, 2020, almost anything you commit to will bear fruit. And that potential gives us the shiny object syndrome that distracts the best of us.

But wearing several hats just frustrates you and confuses everyone else.

How To Do It:

Try the Warren Buffet Method: Write down the 25 things you want to do. Highlight your top 5. Discard Everything Else.

I’ll challenge you even further. What are the 1 or 2 things from that list that would make you happy?

Can you commit to those and block everything else?

4. Spend time in nature

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” — Aristotle

Connecting with nature, getting some fresh air, and leaving the tech behind, could be the recharge you need to live your best life.

How To Do It:

Take 1 hour a week to let your hair down and relax in a nearby park.

Pick back up hiking.

Take the scenic route.

Stop and enjoy the surroundings. Just because.

Relaxing in nature could help that solve that problem we’ve been swishing around in our brains. We can further appreciate the great things already happening in and around us.

5. Use more of your mental camera

Imagine doing something and not having to show other people you did it. It’s just you and your experience (and the people you spent it with).

I had a few great experiences on holiday last month. I opted not to take pictures and post them online. I’ll probably forget I took those pictures but I won’t forget the memories.

How To Do It:

Cameras and Instagram are amazing tools. So are our brains.

For 1 day a week, if you feel the need to snap and post online, don’t. Enjoy the moment for what it is. Live your life for you without showing off.

6. Journal more

I have an on-again, off-again relationship with journaling. When we’re good, we are good. When we’re bad, I’m more disorganized, anxious, creative, and get less done. You have acres of diamonds in your brain you could put on paper.

How To Do It:

The point isn’t to start a memoir. It’s just to dump your thoughts out. That could be 5 lines or 5 pages.

Just before bed or just after waking up, take a piece of paper and write what’s on your mind.

Over time, you become a better thinker. You can deal with challenges better.

7. Take a look in the mirror

Do you know who you are when you look in the mirror?

Do you like what you see?

I don’t mean physically.

  • Can you trust that person?
  • Does that person care for others?
  • Does that person make the best decisions possible?
  • Is he the change he wants to see?

Living your best life means does not mean only doing great, exciting things. It’s also doing the right thing.

Here’s how to do it:

This one’s self-explanatory. Use any of the questions listed above in front of the mirror when you make up in the morning.

8. Be sickeningly grateful

A few Sundays ago I was walking through Time’s Square. As an introvert, I love alone time, and I was able to wiggle away from the family for a few hours just to roam around on my own. Then the crowd got crazy.

Not an introvert’s cup of tea.

I ducked out, walked a couple of blocks, and jumped into a Barnes and Noble. I spent the rest of my time getting lost in the shelves (and picked up Ryan Holiday’s Stillness Is The Key).

At that moment, I realized how lucky and grateful I was. I don’t have much cash. And I’m still figuring out what the hell I’m doing with my life at almost 34. But few have the opportunity to travel with their family, try different things, or spend some time alone.

Living our best lives is all about seeing that we both have a glass and it’s half-full. In that state, more experiences and abundance come our way.

How To Do It:

Stop what you’re doing right now and think about 10 things that make the moment so great.

9. Save towards a dream experience/vacation

I have my next experience/vacation in mind.

I head to England to watch a football match for one of my favorite teams, Tottenham. We play our rivals, Arsenal at our home pitch. We kick their asses. Then I head over to Paris via train where I spend a few days exploring the city.

Your dream experience may not be as detailed — or expensive — like mine. You may just want to go to a concert, eat at an expensive restaurant, or take your mom out on a night on the town.

Here’s how to do it:

Decide on the cost and time it will take and start stashing away a little every month to make that happen.

10. Skills pay the bills

Does living your best life involves upping your cash flow? The quickest way to more money is a skill upgrade.

The better we become at solving problems, the more we’re compensated for it. And that can only start by improving our current skillset or stacking another skill.

Some of the in-demand skills include Web Development, Copywriting, Sales, Social Media, Communication, Leadership, and Emotional Intelligence.

How To Do It:

Work on one for the new year and start offering your services before you think you’re ready.

11. Help your friends win

How can you help those around you? Like you, the people in your circle have goals and dreams. By supporting each other, everyone can get closer to living their best lives.

  • Support their business with cold-hard cash
  • Show up to their events
  • Share their accomplishments on social media

To me, nothing’s better than seeing those you care about winning in life.

Here’s how to do it:

Take your friend’s business venture, share it with your friends, and co-workers. And make sure to give them a sale. Ask for nothing in return.

12. Be Present

Being present continues to be one of my biggest struggles. I want to make sure I’m as present in my work as I am with my family and friends. All we have is the moment. If that moment is to have fun, then have fun. If it’s to fail, cry, learn, or regret, make sure you get the most out of that one too.

How To Do It:

Often you will feel your mind drifting off. Don’t forget to stop and bring it back. Meditation helps with this a lot. Be present with the things that matter to you and do not compromise.

13. Figure out your best day

I wrote a piece recently where I talked about having a ‘Minimum Viable Day.”

It’s similar to a Minimum Viable Product; the fastest, most effective product you can get on the market. An MVP gets you started and gives you the feedback you need to improve. If you wait too long and want everything to be perfect, then you’ve already lost.

Our days should be the same. We will never have a perfect day, every day. But there should be a bare minimum you can get done to make it amazing. Anything else is gravy. Write down what’s the very least you can do to have a great, productive day. For me, it surrounds some key areas:

  • Health: Walk 10,000 steps
  • Wealth: Make $100 on my own
  • Relationships: Have dinner with family
  • Happiness: Read/Write/Learn something new

Anything else that happens, or if the day falls apart, I’m good.

How To do It:

Take some paper and outline the least you have to do to live your best life. Break them up into categories like health, wealth, influence, family, happiness, etc. Make sure as many of these get done first before you do anything else.

14. Don’t take yourself so seriously.

Let’s admit it. Not everyone takes us seriously. They’re too busy trying to figure out their own lives. The gravity of some things must be acknowledged but that does not mean it’s all life or death.

How to do it:

Use the lens of importance. Would your issue matter 5 mins, 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years from now? Ask yourself: should I really be so hung up about this situation?

15. Practice more JOMO

I did absolutely nothing New Year’s Eve. I went to bed. Slept over the sounds of fireworks. And felt no kinda way about it.

That’s the Joy Of Missing Out.

You don’t need to be there just because of your friend’s Instagram game.

Do something because you want to do it and it makes you happy.

How To Do It:

Is there an event, party, or get together you go every year? Imagine how you would feel if you did not go. Could you find joy in other ways or just do nothing?

16. Jump

As the saying goes, better an ‘oops’ than a ‘what if.’

Before you’re ready.

Just go.

At the start of anything, done is better than perfect. We’re constantly looking for new challenges and stress, whether we want to admit it or not. But we’re sometimes paralyzed.

How To Do It:

Where do you want to be after 12 months after you’ve jumped? Where would you be at the end of 12 months if you don’t take the leap? Are you willing to stay put? What’s the cost of inaction?

Write these 3 things down and then Jump!

17. Do less, but better

The Germans have a saying: “Weniger aber besser

Designer Dieter Rams coined the phrase, as he always strived to get the most out of simplicity. You can’t live your best life always tweaking, tinkering, and wanting things to be perfect. And you won’t be taking on all the stress and burden that comes with perfection.

How to do it:

If you are going to do just one or two things, you don’t need the gadgets and hacks. Keep it simple and do it well.

18. Embrace Your Spirituality

You don’t need religion to be spiritual, though it helps many. But you should embrace your spirituality.

We need a connection with something higher than ourselves. It, in turn, keeps us grounded.

How To Do It:

Spend a few minutes every day connecting with your spirit. Have a silent conversation and feel the response. As you get more and more in tune with your spirit, you’ll be blessed and be a blessing towards others.

19. Laugh out Loud

I didn’t laugh that much last year. Or at least it didn’t feel that way. Laughter indeed is the best medicine. Make sure to get your daily dose.

How To Do It:

Read something funny. Learn to tell a joke. Boot up your favorite comedy or just be silly with your loved ones. Don’t let the day go by without a little laughter.

20. Know When Enough’s Enough

How do you know when you’re successful?

You could be chasing something, investing time and money into a project or venture to bring you marginal satisfaction.

Living your best life could be knowing that what you have right now is more than enough.

How To Do It:

Your family, friends, connections, career, and possessions are all only there for a moment. Acknowledge them daily. Care for them. Care for yourself. You are enough.

Final Thoughts

One thing that’s guaranteed to happen. This year, your life will get significantly better.

Or it will get significantly worse.

It won’t stay the same.

The direction it takes will be down to the simple things, like these 20 steps.

How can you make more of them happen?

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