How happy are you? If money was no object, would you be working and living in the same manner?
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) took time to try to measure happiness, and identify the factors that lead to lifestyle satisfaction. OECD used the Better Life index to measure life satisfaction in different countries. The mission of OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. They discovered that on a scale of 1 – 10 residents of the United States of America rated life satisfaction 7.6, whereas those living in Switzerland rated life satisfaction 10.0, the highest score. The factors measured included education, health, sense of community, and unemployment. The differences between Switzerland and other countries was that it has higher employment rates and less work hours, they have high literacy rates, and good health leading to long life expectancy. In other words, they have chosen to live a lifestyle that makes them feel happy.
What is your recipe for a better life?
I decided that I wanted to have control over my schedule, work with clients who wanted my services, travel the world, and take time to be immersed in a culture and learn the language and volunteer. Since leaving my “job” and becoming an entrepreneur, I have created my own recipe for life and feel happier.
It is possible to design your life. Lifestyle is a choice. Just like being happy and satisfied with where you are and what you do is a choice. Bronnie Ware, who worked with the dying, summarized the regrets of those in her care. It is a list that made me stop and think. I share it with you to consider if the life design that you have chosen will leave you with regrets later in life. Here are the five regrets:
- I wished I had had the courage to live a life true to me and not based on others.
- I wish I did not work so hard.
- I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with friends.
- I wish I had let myself be happier.
How you choose to live your life is your choice. You have many options to choose from depending on your own preferences. Today, you have the possibility to transform your life and create a lifestyle that fits your dreams. That may mean adjusting your work schedule, or leaving your work all together and starting up your own business.
Some of the common responses to leaving your current employment situation to pursue a lifestyle change is …Fear. Either a) Fear of not having a regular income stream, b) Fear of losing benefits, c) Fear of not knowing what skills or talents to use to create income stream, d) Fear of the unknown.
There is a way to address those fears, worries or concerns. Take a risk and do something you love. What an exciting concept! You know that moment when you’re about to do something that feels both exciting, yet scarier than all get-out at the same time? For most of us it is when we are about to take a risk and try something for the first time. It’s a life-changing and remarkable moment!
Kim E Fuller, The Change Expert, is founder of Fuller Life Concepts, Inc. and the proven ABCDs step-by-step program that shows you exactly how make and manage any life change to live a Fuller Life, in record time. To download your F.R.E.E. copy of Kim’s ABCDs, visit http://fullerlifeconcepts.com.
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