Optimal living means although we all have some restrictions, we also have the potential to live more fully than we might imagine. The biggest restriction can be changed once we dare believe we deserve more and can indeed accomplish more in our lives and the world around us. Some restrictions do apply simply because we are all individuals and at different places along this journey called life.
My level of optimal fitness, for example, will not be the same as a grandmother coming to a rather late realization that I have the power to change as that of a 20 year old college student. Were we both to start a program to get in shape at the same time -we could both work towards an optimal level of fitness, yet our results and programs would not be identical.
An optimal lifestyle is the best lifestyle for you. Reaching the highest goals in light of the path you were designed to journey and the life you were meant to live.
While one description says optimal means the ‘best outcome within certain restrictions’, I want to say that we must be careful not to stumble over the restriction part of that definition and use perceived restrictions as an excuse to stay locked into habits or situations that leave us stuck in default mode or weigh us down with a sense of hopelessness.
Most the restrictions in our lives can be challenged with the mindset to do so. Getting that stinkin’ thinkin’ booted out opens us to the possibility and realization that we can be more, do more, dream more and achieve more. Of course the first step in realizing an optimal lifestyle in the seven areas of life is daring to believe it is possible. Recapture the dreams and visions for your life you may have given up on in the past and design a plan to chase after them once again.
Without a vision or dream, people perish.
So to get started, grab a paper & pen -take some time to get alone and start dreaming again. What does your optimal lifestyle lifestyle look like? If time, money, job, family obligations of present circumstances were no object….where would you be right now?
What would you be wearing? What would you be doing? Where would you live?What does your home look like? who are you spending time with? what church or house of worship do you belong to? What is that passion that wakes you up every day with a sense of excitement?
Write it down. Uncensored.
Then close your eyes and visualize it.
Now make a plan – and take that first step towards making it a reality.
Worth it? Absolutely!