“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

What will people say about you at you when you’re gone? What is the legacy you want to leave behind? Do you want to be be remembered as someone who played it safe, or as someone who took chances, live their best life with integrity and authenticity?.

Asking yourself “are you living your best life” is a great question to delve into now and then. One, because we all have things we could be doing better, and two, it makes you look deeper and gives you an incredible opportunity for self reflection.

In this post, Mr Sayed Mia wants to share with you the lessons he’s learned on how to live the life you want, one that others will remember.

Be Generous. Making the world a better place–by being free with your time, energy and money–is a good place to start. By doing so you can create a domino effect that encourages others to follow in your footsteps. It’s a known fact that generosity is contagious and you don’t have to have millions to do it, even the smallest gesture can help give someone comfort in their time of need. Pay it Forward, you’ll find that the reward and how it makes you feel is greater than the gift itself.

In order to be truly independent, it’s important to live within your means.

Your freedom is limited by owing money to anyone, whether it’s a credit card company or a family member, so set yourself up for an unrestricted life by saving for the things you want and spending with a plan.

Finding a job that makes you happy most of the time is possible, and it’s worth taking risks to discover what fulfills you. Strive for happiness. This doesn’t just apply to your professional career but in your personal life as well. Do the things that set your soul alight. Be happy with the people you surround yourself with, and never compromise your happiness for anyone.

Living your best life has a lot to do with being authentic. Authenticity is about presence, living in the moment with conviction and confidence and staying true to yourself. There’s never any doubt or questioning the integrity of an authentic individual. Their behavior, in terms of ethics and morals, is as predictable as a spectacular thunder storm during Summer in Joburg. You know what you’re going to get.

Always keep an open-mind. We attract the people and things we want in life when we’re open-minded and receptive. This often leads to opportunities and new ways of thinking that expand our minds and bring us ideas that add value to our lives. Remember to keep watching your thoughts, words and actions change and influence the world around you in a bolder, more positive way!

Be kind to those around you. Watch how radically your life begins to change. For one thing, the simple act of being kind does boost your happiness — even if slightly.

Live in the moment. There’s nothing more real than a person who lives in the moment without worry or concern for needless matters. The greatest advice ever given was never to worry about things not in your control? Be completely present by concentrating on exactly what is happening in your life at that precise time. It allows us to remove the toxic clutter and or people from our lives to live our best in the moment. Presence and concern for right now are achieved when we eliminate distractions. Think of it like junk mail going right into your spam folder! If it doesn’t belong in your life, it belongs in the trash.

Never be jealous of someone else. Always stay focused and stay in your own lane. Whether you fear losing a relationship or wish you had things other people have, you need to let go. When it comes to your relationships, or career, nothing is more attractive than genuine confidence.

Stay healthy and active! Like the saying goes, an apple a day! But it’s true. You can only live your best life if you are at your healthiest. So look after you. Eat well and exercise.

Never to be afraid to fail. Failing is almost always a blessing in disguise.  Failing can be a good way to learn valuable lessons. Successful entrepreneurs, for example, realize the importance of failure as quickly as possible when launching a new venture because the faster you find bugs and problems, the quicker you can get rid of them. Failing isn’t easy or fun, but you can’t let it dictate how you live your life. So get rid of the fear, and rather embrace the challenge.

Create your own opportunities and be committed to personal growth. You can wait for opportunities. Or you can go out there and create your own opportunities. The latter is definite and much more empowering. Be committed to your growth. In the Map Of Consciousness, there are 17 levels of consciousness. The higher your consciousness level, the richer your life experience. Achieving a higher consciousness comes from your commitment to your growth.

Last but certainly not least, LOVE life. We’re all living on a planet with millions of species, 30,000 different life forms, and over 7 billion people, and everyone is thriving in their own way, existing, co-existing, and co-creating. There’s so much we don’t know out there and so much to be experienced that it’s just wonderful. As you live and walk your purpose, remember to love life. It’s the only way to really live.