An amazing life doesn’t happen by chance.  It will happen when you spend your time, energy and focus in an intentional way.

An amazing life can be hampered by distractions, less important goals or a shortage of resources.  However, the biggest obstacle is often the lack of a clear goal.  However, this and other things preventing you from living an amazing life can be solved with a little effort.

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Here are 7 ways to create an amazing life.  One that is meaningful and exciting to you.

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1. Remove things that aren’t necessary

Start by removing whatever isn’t necessary. This could be responsibilities, distractions or less meaningful activities.  You want to get rid of anything that takes up time and space, but does not give you much in return.

2. Decide on your priorities

Trying to be an olympic athlete, astronaut and concert pianist in one lifetime is unrealistic.  The time and effort involved in mastering all three would be too great.  There is a great quote from David Allen that states “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything“.

Warren Buffett recommends that you write down the 10 things that you most want to do in your life, and then scrub out numbers 4 to 10 and just focus on the top 3.   You can always come back to goals 4 to 10, once you have achieved your top 3 goals.

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3. Spend your time wisely

There are lots of ways to complete the same task.  Sometimes the easiest way takes longer. Sometimes the easier way works in the short-term, but has negative consequences in the longer term.

Sometimes the quicker or best way requires more courage, feels uncomfortable or involves a higher level of skill.   However, if this allows you to do more in a shorter space of time and get better long-term results,  then its worth the effort.

4. Getting started

The first step can often be the hardest.  A lot of people have reasons or excuses for not getting started. This could be a lack of money, lack of knowledge, or other priorities.  However, it’s important to realise that you have everything you need to take a meaningful first step.

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Sometimes getting started on a daily basis can be challenging too.  When this happens, commit to doing at least 10 minutes even if you don’t feel like it.  Once the motivation kicks in, you’ll find that one hour swiftly passes and you’re now successfully doing the task.

5. Dealing with negative thoughts and emotions

Achieving an amazing life is going to be challenging at times. Big goals and ideas will bring up negative thoughts and emotions.  That’s part of the journey and is to be expected. Often just knowing that helps a lot.

When the road is bumpy, stay solution-focused. Keep focussed on what you’re going to achieve. Avoid paying attention to the negative. This will sap your energy and fuels procrastination.

6. It’s not that difficult

There is less competition than you think.  Look at how the average person wastes time at work and at home.  Most people do not have goals.  Most people fail to prioritize their time or get distracted easily.  The average person lives a comfortable life and then regrets it later.

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You’re only competing against a small minority of people who have the same mindset as you, so success may not be as difficult as you think it’s going to be.

7. Don’t quit

This one speaks for itself. You’ve only really failed when you’ve quit. People that live an amazing life will adapt to changing circumstances, but will not quit on their goals and dreams.

So if your life is less than amazing, start setting priorities and removing distractions.  Use your time wisely and start applying my 7 steps to an amazing life.  There is still time to live the life you’ve always dreamed of, as long as you get started today!

To your success