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Last Updated on December 1, 2020

How to Turn a Good Life into a Great Life

How to Turn a Good Life into a Great Life

“Life is short, enjoy it while it lasts.”

This kind of statement is common to those who believe that the essence of life is for personal pleasure, self-fulfillment, and enjoyment. Therefore, many seek to attain the “good life” with this mindset.

But what is good life and how can one attain it? Is it just enough to live a good life? What about moving from a seemingly good life to a great life?

This article considers what it means to live a good life and how you can transition from a rather good life to a great life.

Continue reading to learn more.

What Is a Good Life?

A good life can be described as a life that is self-satisfying and self-fulfilling. It is characterized by personal joy, fulfillment, and enjoyment of the small pleasures of life. When someone says their life is good, it means that they can access the basic things that give them comfort and pleasure.

Qualities of a Good Life

A good life is a combination of the experience of goodness in different areas. So when you have a good life, it can be said that you are healthy, happy, pleased, blessed, and have a good reputation.

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1. Health

Health is a state of feeling, looking, and being healthy. It refers to a state of complete emotional and physical well-being and is also referred to by the WHO as a resource of everyday life.[1]

Health is not just the absence of disease(s) but also the ability to perform your daily activities without the limitations of health. Without good health, it would be practically impossible to do or achieve the things that give us a good life.

2. Happiness

Happiness is a state of being satisfied with what you are seeing and the experience you are having. Although happiness is usually short-lived, it plays a significant role in triggering the enthusiasm required to achieve and live a good life.

3. Pleasure

Pleasure is an experience that makes us feel good. Different things give people pleasure. To some, it may be money, to others, it may be a loving and caring spouse, children, or the ability to access whatever they want at any point in time.

Although something is pleasant doesn’t mean it is good, but people often pursue different pleasures to make them feel good. As it is noted in Plato’s Gorgias[2],

“Pleasant is not the same as good but pleasure is to be pursued for the sake of good, and the good is that of which the presence makes us good.”

4. Peace

Peace is a state of physical, mental, and emotional calmness and the feeling of being secured. Peace does not necessarily mean the absence of challenges but the ability to stay afloat despite the storms. When one is at peace, the mind is free from worries and anxieties.

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5. Money

Money is an essential commodity in life. The lack of it can create stress but having enough money to take care of your needs can create an experience of a good life. The idea of pleasure being a component of the good life already signifies that there is a measure of satisfaction that can be gotten by the availability of money.

6. Good Reputation

A good life is not only characterized by what you do or enjoy for yourself, but it is also about the perception of others about you. A good name, the good book says, is better than riches. Integrity and character are required to earn a good reputation with people and this is also a very important component of the good life.

How to Transition From a Good Life to a Great Life

Living a good life is not good enough; you might just be living an average life. This is because unless you continue to grow, the things you cherish now might begin to slip out of your hand without growth.

Moreover, the real essence of life is not only in personal happiness, but it is also in growing continually, being the best version of yourself, and making meaningful impacts on others.

Therefore, to turn a good life into a great life, you have to begin to look beyond your personal pleasure and convenience. Below are seven things you can do to transit from a good life into a great life.

1. Be Committed to Growth

Never be complacent with any level of success you may achieve. This is because success can come in the way of progress.

As Myles Munroe puts it:

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“The greatest enemy of progress is your last success, you could become so proud of what you’ve already accomplished that you stop moving ahead to what you can still accomplish.”

Therefore, to transition to greatness, you have to keep the pace of progress. Move from one level of success to another and from average accomplishments to greater accomplishments.

2. Discover Your Passion

To achieve greater accomplishments in life, you need to discover and turn on your passion. Your passion represents your true desire and what you are wired to do. Your greatest source of motivation will likely come from your passion.

Passion creates “hunger for more” in you and produces the energy and drive required for living a great life. When you focus on what unleashes the energy in you, there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

3. Find your Life Purpose

Life is measured by its impact and not just by its accomplishment. Your purpose is the reason behind your existence. It is the impact you are meant to make in life. Purpose is unique in that purpose is not self-serving but people-serving.

Therefore, the focus of life should not only be about pleasing yourself but also going out of your way to help others, championing a cause, and transforming society. Most great people in history are not remembered for what they accomplished for themselves but by the impacts they made in the world.

4. Cultivate Personal Discipline

Average people revel in pleasure when they achieve little success, but great people celebrate their wins and go on to spur themselves up unto greater accomplishment. If you want to turn your goodness to greatness, you have to cultivate personal discipline. Be moderate with pleasure and concentrate your energy and resources on building greater dreams.

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5. Set Bigger Goals to Stretch Yourself

To achieve a greater level of success, you should set bigger goals that can stretch your abilities. You can’t recognize your capacities until you have placed a greater demand on yourself. Therefore, turn goodness into greatness by continually pushing your limits. Set lofty goals for yourself – goals that are big and ambitious and will take you out of your comfort zone to accomplish.

6. Build Your Network

Greatness in life will continue to be a mirage if you don’t cultivate the habit of building and nourishing your network. To network effectively, you will have to be clear about your networking goals. You will also have to be specific in identifying your networking prospects.

Networking is meant to be a mutual relationship. Therefore, you must bring value to the table when networking. People are often attracted to people of value.

When networking, consider connecting both vertically and horizontally; network with people above and below you as well as people of your own cadre. You will also win more people to yourself if you learn to lend a helping hand rather than being the one demanding help all the time.

7. Leverage on Technology

Technology can help you make a greater impact whether as an individual or with your organization. You can use technology to connect with new people of interest around the globe, and you can also use it to amplify whatever you are doing. Don’t be comfortable with only being influential in your immediate sphere. Use technology to reach new friends, clients, and prospects wherever you can find them on the globe.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes, we learn the greatest life lessons as kids, but we often discard them when we grow and become more sophisticated. An example is the St. Jerome’s rhyme below which summarizes the main point of this article:

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

So, don’t be comfortable with living a good life but turn goodness into greatness by continually developing yourself, exercising your passion, setting bigger goals, making meaningful impacts on society.

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7 Reasons to Dare to Dream Big

7 Reasons to Dare to Dream Big

When you dare to dream big, you are taking an active role in your life. You are being present and allowing yourself to experience things as they happen. As you make a conscious effort to set goals and achieve them, you are going to have a richer life experience. In this article, we discuss 7 reasons to dream big.

1. Live a Life of No Regrets

There are plenty of experiences in life that don’t come around very often. Halley’s Comet, for instance, comes around once every 75 years. As a result, most people make a serious effort to experience this once in a lifetime event. When you understand something is special, you usually try to make it a point to experience it.

Your life and the experiences you accumulate are no less valuable. Yet, there are people who are not experiencing this very special opportunity every day.

There is little worse than coming to the end of your life and realizing you never lived your fullest life. By acknowledging that your life is as special of an event as an eclipse or Halley’s Comet, you will live your life to the fullest. When you dare to dream big, you are breaking your limits and challenging the status quo.

2. Inspire Others

Think about the stories that motivate you to take action. These are usually stories of people who overcame the odds and achieved something great. It is why so many people love to watch movies; you are living vicariously through the experiences of the hero. Their willingness to do the right thing in the bleakest of times is the stuff legends are made of.

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Heroes exist in real life, too. Just like in the movies, they are the people who show courage in the face of danger and dare to dream in the face of adversity. They are also willing to put the needs of others above their own. You could inspire the next generation by your contribution if you dare to dream big.

3. Receive a Greater Reward

Those who are willing to take risks in life end up receiving the lion’s share of the reward. Think about the difference between someone who opens their own law firm versus someone who chooses to be a public defender. They are essentially doing the same work, but the person who is a public defender is not taking any risk. They are going to receive a consistent paycheck every week, regardless of the amount of work they perform.

Someone who owns their own law firm has the ability to earn an unlimited amount of income. However, they also have the ability to earn nothing.

Those who dare to dream big understand that there is a risk associated with their decisions. Most people are not willing to take on the risk associated with chasing their dreams because do not want to be put in a position where they can lose everything. They would rather live a life short of their true potential in order to avoid possible failure…but where’s the fun in that?

4. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

Your comfort zone is such a wonderful place. You get into a little groove and things seem to be coming along naturally.

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However, while your comfort zone can feel great, it is also the place where your big dreams go to die. For someone to dare to dream big, they know they must push themselves beyond their current limits. A Yale study says that stability shuts off the switch to your brain. In other words, when you remain in your comfort zone, your brain stops learning.[1]

When you dare to dream big, you are encouraging your brain to imagine ways to accomplish your goal. There is a level of uncertainty that causes you to fear leaving your comfort zone. You are worried about your ability to succeed and whether the journey is worth traveling.

You may think, “What if I invest a year into this relationship and find out this person is not right for me?” Or what if you accept that new position, but you don’t like your new boss? All of these thoughts are signs that you are about to leave your comfort zone. Instead of running away from these experiences, try to lean into them.

5. Living Small Doesn’t Help Anyone

The sad truth is that plenty of people will not like you simply because you are successful. Success will test your relationships with your friends and family. You will feel tempted to limit yourself and not pursue your big dreams.

Don’t fall into the trap of feeling like you cannot dare to dream big because the people you are currently around dream small. Living small only hinders your growth and theirs[2]. At least by pursuing your dreams, your friends and family may live through your experiences. As a result, you may be the catalyst they need to pursue their own.

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In addition, you never know what amazing things you will accomplish if you dare to dream big. Imagine going to medical school and creating the cure for cancer. Or making advancements in technology and changing the human experience for decades to come. You need to find your motivation and drive in life.

If everyone lived small, there would be no innovation, advancement, or growth. Does that sound like a world you want to be a part of?

6. Conquer Fear

There are two choices in life. You are either living a life of fear or a life of dreams. When you dare to dream big, you are undoubtedly living a life based on your dreams. Your dreams are found in that little voice inside of you that tells you all the amazing things you can do to change the world.

The problem most people face is they have another voice in their head telling them all the reasons they cannot live their dream life.[3] This voice is constantly reminding you of all of your mistakes and all of the reasons success is not possible.

Fear is a powerful tool you can utilize to help you take action. Instead of being afraid of how someone is going to react, be afraid of letting yourself down. Stop thinking about the worst thing that can happen for once and start thinking about the best things that can happen.

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How would your life be different if you dared to dream big? In fact, how would the life of those you love be different because of your willingness to pursue your dreams? Allow these answers to fuel you in your time of fear and self-doubt. You are counting on you, but if that is not enough, those you love are counting on you, too.

7. Write Your Own Story

Have you ever gotten lost in a good book? Books tend to be better than most movies’ because books don’t have a budget. Movies are bound by the laws of science and technology. These laws don’t exist when you write a book. There is no discussion around how much those explosions cost or whether you can make something look real.

Indeed, books allow the author and the reader to both use their imagination. The author is putting their imagination on each page, and the reader uses their imagination to interpret the story. Your life is like being lost in a good book. Every day you wake up, you are writing another chapter. No one knows how the story is going to end, but how would you like it end? Do you want to be victorious because you were willing to dare to dream big, or do you want people to say you left with untapped potential?

Final Thoughts

Your life is the best gift the universe can give you, so don’t waste it. Be willing to dare to dream big and allow yourself to make mistakes. Things are not always going to go your way, but that doesn’t mean you cannot find a way overcome the challenges you face. Continue to strive to be a little better each day, and before you know it, you will be everything you thought you could be and more.

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