How much stress and life-struggle comes from watching other people’s movies? How often do you “watch your own movie?” We want what our friends have. Their social media posts seem better than ours. It seems their children are more well behaved than ours. Vacations they take are even more extravagant than ones we get to take. The constant daily grind often is perpetuated when we tune into the broadcast life of others around us. Peace, serenity, meaning, and happiness is brought to you through watching your own movie, not the movies of others.
But how do we steer clear of the traps of watching others movies so that we can maximize the lives we live?
Here are some tips and life hacks that you can implement to continue living as your authentic self, rather than envying those around you.
Get Comfortable in Your Own Skin
Look, by now we’ve all heard about body shaming, confidence issues, and the like that force some people to look at others with envy.
Stopping this infectiously bad habit takes some rewiring of the mind. Start with these steps:
- Assess yourself by your health – not your bodily figure
- Depending on your physical fitness, decide what steps you need to take to be more fit
- Set S.M.A.R.T goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) physical health goals such as
- walking / running at a certain pace
- how much weight you want to be able to work out with
- what is your cholesterol level and where should it be?
- blood pressure and what target you should be at?
By using actual health and fitness goals, you begin to see yourself in a better light. Gauging yourself against how physically fit you should be for your age is far better than trying to pin yourself against others in terms of how they look versus you.
There is no telling how physically fit someone is that “looks attractive.” However, you working to become your best self health wise, will begin to add more confidence and security of mind. It will help you live as your more authentic self. This is just one step in watching your movie over the movies of others.
Discover Your Life Passions and Live Them
So much in our lives comes from watching others. When are we going to jump into the water of life for ourselves?
We look to others that are living what we enjoy, yet often don’t believe we can do what they do.
What are your interests? How about your passions? Would you be doing something different in life if you could?
Make a list of all the things in life you love. Be as far reaching as you want. Here are a few that I am very passionate about:
- Life-Long Learning
My list could go on quite while longer, but I think you get the point. If you are going to watch your own movie and not the movies of others, we must find a way to intertwine your life passions into purposeful intent within your daily life.
Discovering your purpose in life is where you begin to really entwine more meaning and excitement into your life. You begin to focus heavily on what it is you can do for yourself and others rather than wishing and hoping after what you see others do.
- What does the world need that you love to do?
- What are your passions and talents that you can bring to the work you do to serve those world needs?
- Take these passions and talents and put them into practice in all you do!
Even if you aren’t 100% in the chosen career field you want, you can still bring your talents and strengths into your everyday job to begin living your purpose. Want to find purpose at work? Change your perceptions. This will give you more meaning and you’ll quickly find yourself watching your own movie, rather than hoping for a new job or career change.
Live and Be at Your Best
Rest easy if you know you’ve done the very best you can.
I go to bed and sleep easy at night if I know I have any problem or life situation the best I had to give. When asking yourself that question honestly, only make adjustments if you know you could have put in more effort. If you know you gave the maximum output; rest easy.
Know and live by your values. Develop a code of conduct that you can live within. These are values you will not compromise and will look for in others you bring close in your life.
When you authentically live as your best self, it is far easier to live with and watch your movie over getting caught up watching the movies of others.
What it all boils down to is life is about YOU. Not those that you watch around you. What are you doing to live as your best most authentic self?
Are you living out your purpose and passions? How can we be better at this together? Would love to hear thoughts and comments as we aim to grow and achieve more together.