If you want to squeeze more from life, there are two fuels that you need to consider seriously regarding generating more of them – time and money.
See, you can have all the money in the world, without time, and you won’t be able to squeeze more from life – you will just be buying more and more stuff, hoping it will fill up and satiate the hole inside your heart… to find, that often it doesn’t.
While buying a fast car, for instance, can be an exciting feeling that lasts a few weeks or months, the feeling fades after a while – so to squeeze more from life, we need to think in slightly more holistic terms.
There are a number of ingredients that can contribute to squeezing the most from life, for instance, having a nice home, loving relationships, and the health to enjoy our life are essential components.
If you’re looking to squeeze more from life, then this is an active process, that goes way beyond the New Year’s Resolutions we’re all likely to make in a month’s time. There’s a creative process involved, meaning you need to consciously create and shape your ideal life.
The first step in doing this is defining what your ideal life looks like. All too often, we drift through life ending up where life takes us, rather than setting sail to a particular destination, we let the tide of life take us to shores we had no intention of landing upon – but as we are all creatures of comfort and habit, we often make the best of where we are, and coast through life rather than vibrantly chase after what we desire most.
The “ideal life” looks very different for people, of course, as we all have unique preferences and ideas of what happiness looks like. If for you, it involves a fancy car or exotic travel, that’s great – but usually, the things we want in our life are motivated by a deeper “feeling” we would like to achieve.
For instance, in buying a fast car, you might be buying the feeling of significance and achievement. We are feeling creatures, meaning we tend to justify purchases with logic, but buy out of an emotional need for pleasure or the avoidance of pain.
The person that travels the world probably craves the emotion of freedom and variety more than most and travel is the vehicle they use to elicit that feeling of freedom. Therefore, if they are stuck in an office job, with mortgage payments, and feel tied down – they are unlikely to be happy and feeling they are squeezing the most out of life.
Similarly, if someone values the feeling of security and stability, then having a 9-5 job that pays the bills and ensures a comfortable standard of living is likely to meet all their needs.
Therefore, in summary, “squeezing the most from life” is subjective. One person’s dream life might be another person’s nightmare. However, there are common ingredients required in the recipe for a happy and harmonious life.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at these ingredients and consider some associated principles to help you squeeze more from life.
Money is a vital fuel to squeezing more from life, as money is similar to jet fuel, in that it is fundamentally required to help you get from where you are to where you want to be. If you sit in a jet that doesn’t have much fuel in the tank, not only is a stressful journey, it also means you’re either not going to be able to get very far – or might even crash into the ocean.
Money, is, therefore, an essential fuel. That’s not to say it’s the be all and end all, just that is required to squeeze more from life… and not just in practical terms, money can help facilitate feelings such as peace of mind and security. It’s not so much about having a big house or fancy car; it’s about knowing that if something goes wrong with your car, or you need to call out P & E Mechanical Contractors to repair your air conditioning unit – that you have the funds in place to take care of things.
Indeed, when it comes to having a family, a lack of money is often the cause of many arguments… though a lack of time is just as significant.
Unfortunately, the way most people earn many is to swap their time for money – and in this sense, there’s a ceiling to how much you can make, and how long you are willing to work each week.
While money is a vital fuel, time is your most precious resource.
You can create more money, but you can’t create more time, and when you look back on your life – most people wish they had spent their limited time on earth doing something more worthwhile.
You, therefore, might want to look into ways to make money that doesn’t require you to invest all your time into the process – for instance, if you were to own a property and rent it out, you could make passive income, from the rental yield. This way, you don’t have to trade your time directly for dollars as most employed people do.
In the alternative, you could look into more flexible opportunities that allow you to work from home, for instance, as a writer.
It’s important not to underestimate the value of time, as it is much more valuable than money.
If you don’t have the vitality to live your life, in terms of the energy required to take on the world and live at a higher level – you’re unlikely to be able to squeeze more from life. You, therefore, want to consider ways to increase your energy.
Of course, exercise and good nutrition help, but there are other aspects to consider too, such as the relationships in your life – sometimes, we have friends or family members that drain our energy, and it’s important to protect your energy, to ensure you’re able to perform at your peak.
It’s similar to charging a mobile phone in that a phone without charge is useless, and you must ensure that your phone gets enough energy each night so that it can function well during the day. The same is true of your body, so be sure to get plenty of rest and relaxation into your life.
In a similar vein to energy, if you don’t have a good state of health, you can have all the time and money in the world – but you won’t be able to enjoy it because you’ll be in a state of dis-ease. The word disease, literally translates as dis -ease, to represent the fact your body is out of sync (homeostasis) and therefore bringing the body back into balance through eating good food, drinking plenty of water, resting, exercising, and taking care of your emotions is imperative to squeezing more from your life.
If you feel alone, or are in a “bad” relationship which doesn’t feel fulfilling, uplifting and rewarding… it doesn’t matter how nice a home you have, or travel experiences, or anything else – it will always feel like something is missing.
See, the world can feel like a very lonely place, if you are alone or in the wrong relationship, whereas if you are loved, and in a nourishing relationship, even the direst of circumstances can feel manageable and as humans, we all crave a feeling of “togetherness.”
It’s therefore important to consider your relationships in terms of whether they are adding to your life or taking away from your life and find good people to get around – whether this is friends, family or an intimate partner. The quality of your relationships determines the quality of your life.
PASSION & PURPOSE
Finally, there’s a huge difference between living a life that is on “purpose” meaning there’s something driving you, a fire in your belly, and a passion that motivates you to make the world a better place. This is a huge shift in feeling from those that wake up on a Monday morning and have dread in their hearts about the week to come.
When you are living from a place of passion and purpose you tend to spring out of bed, take life on, and look forward to the opportunities of the day and week ahead because you are living from a place of such “meaning” and purpose that you feel passionate about your existence – indeed, it feels like you are on a journey of evolving into all that you can be and making a difference.
Therefore, to truly squeeze more from life, you want to find something to be really passionate about and a purpose that drives you forward. In this vein, most people find that “giving back” is what drives them… for some people, it’s giving back to their children and being a fantastic role model or provider regarding creating a secure future, while for others, it’s more charitable in terms of a particular project that’s close to their heart.