Facing the facts of life, you may have come to the conclusion that things could have been better, much better than they are today.

This is what experience and wisdom teaches us over the years. Suddenly, we reflect upon where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished in life and feel somewhat unfulfilled. We wish we had done better with our concept of self realization.

But no matter the age or where you are in life, it’s never too late (or too early) to find fulfillment. Have some moments of self-reflection, which are good for identifying opportunities to draw on your experiences and create a better tomorrow.

Fulfillment comes in many forms, purpose, religion, educational achievements and many more. This post addresses our life’s work. A career we can feel good about and in fact, be proud of.

If you’ve not found that fulfillment in your life as yet, consider some of the suggestions listed below.

1. Get in the proper mindset.

You know, we can always find things that are wrong with ourselves and how this affects our life, but what about what’s right with us? Hey, your life is not a total mess, regardless of what you may think or have been told.

Everyone is good at something and no one is good at everything. Reflect upon the things you have done well in life and how that made you feel. This helps create a positive attitude and the proper mindset for finding that which brings you the most fulfillment.

Develop a deep appreciation for your accomplishments and remain positive about your future. When you are positive, it affects everyone around you in the same manner.

2. Create a new vision.

What will you do with the rest of your life and what legacy will you create?

We all would love to leave a positive mark on the world and have our contributions appreciated by others. The time for planning is right now so you can begin the process in the days ahead. This is not something to be put off into the future, this IS the future.

Create a vision of you doing exactly what you would like to do on a daily basis, plan it out and take the proper actions to make it happen. These thought should bring you a level of excitement, just think of the possibilities.

3. Tap into your passion.

What is it that you absolutely love to do?

Identify this and develop a plan to make it your life’s work. Place a high priority on this because when you can work your passion it seldom seems like work at all. The passion itself may not even be new, but the success we finally reach changes everything.

Create your list of things where you have a particularly good skill level. Things that make you want to do them all of the time. What’s there that you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life?

4. Go all in.

You must fully engage in this new direction and purpose, trusting your abilities to succeed while making a full commitment. This is easy to do when it comes from the heart and you truly want to succeed. Let nothing or no one alter your course, you’re on a mission now.

5. Think long-term.

As always, keep patience in your life. What you are creating may not happen overnight, which is pretty much standard. Putting forth a considerable effort is what it usually takes to reach most life-changing goals, but once this is accomplished the rewards are well worth the journey.

I believe this is one of the reasons so many never truly get to where they want to be, we are somewhat impatient by nature.

6. Never give up.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail”. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be realistic about your chances of mastering that which you are most passionate about, it will happen, but not without challenges. It is these challenges that turn back many, but you will persevere.  Yes, your persistence will be tested and you must not be deterred in any way.

Simply stay the course, do what you have to do to advance your cause and in the end, you will find the fulfillment you seek.

Have you found your life’s work?

Stay Productive!

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18 Responses to How to Find Fulfillment in Life

  1. Dandy says:

    Hi Jimi,
    This post is really great. I like what you say about going all in. I think this gives us pride in what we do and why we do it. It puts us in an upward momentum. When I go all in I find myself more excited about the project or task at hand. I find myself looking forward to it, even if it is something that’s challenging. Thanks so much Jimi!
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  2. If you feel unfulfilled, change! Yes, I know, it’s easier said than done, but start small. Wear a colour that you wouldn’t usually wear and dare to wear it. It gives you the confidence to make bigger changes!
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  3. Hi Jimi,
    “Fulfillment in Life and how we can achieve it” is a topic which is very rare on internet. Thanks to you write a good article on this topic.
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  4. bbrian017 says:

    Hi Jimi, this article really hit home for me as I myself have been doing some self reflecting. It all started after the movie facebook. I will be honest by the end of that movie I was disappointed in myself and even somewhat envious.

    At times seeing the success of others really gets to me especially when their great idea made them millionaires over night. I work hard at my job day in and day out but it leaves me wondering what’s next. Perhaps I’m over thinking and you know I am only 30 but sometimes I feel as if I let myself down.

    Don’t worry I’m not depressed I just want to take note of how I’m not all that happy with my career and the path life has lead me. Yes the positives in my life out weight the negatives. I have a great wife, I’m healthy and have a family that loves me. I have a job and I’m not unemployed but at times I can’t help but think where did I miss the train because I never seen it go by yet?
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    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hi Brian.

      I think we all have those moments when we say, “darnit, I could have done so much better”. But the game’s not over. I always say that we can do little about yesterday (other than to learn from it), but we can do lots about tomorrow.

      You have a lot going for you, Brian and I really feel that you will create much more once your path forward becomes clearer. You may not have missed the train, perhaps ir hasn’t arrived just yet. :-)

      Keep working hard like you’ve been doing, growing Blogengage and maintaining a nice online presence and opportunity will arrive to fill what you feel may be missing. I think you’re in a good spot.
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..Life Is Not a Spectator Sport

  5. Henway says:

    I’m in the process of finding my passion in life. I think the trick is to find what you’re good at, what you’re passionate about, and a way to still make a living. Many ppl know 1 thing for each of these categories but combining them is the hard part. For me, I’m passionate about starting my own business that provides an useful service to people, and leading others. I’m good at programming, and software development. So, I’m planning to start a cloud computing startup that provides an useful service for websites ^_^
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    • Jimi Jones says:

      If you have a strong passion for programming and software development, you should be able to easily dive into building a helpful business model around that. Not that the work will be easy, but you know what I mean. You won’t struggle as much as someone who builds a business model because they think it is profitable, big difference.

      Lost my passion for programming years ago, I’d rather write and be creative instead of dealing with the boundaries of the programming environment. I’m an old COBOL, RPG, ALC guy, so I’ve had my fill. :-)

      Anyhow, I hope this all come together for you, but you have to decide if this is IT or might there be some other approach to your passion?

      In any case, all the best, friend.
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  6. hmms, hi Jimi, first time Ive been on your site, I really liked what you wrote seems very interesting. I especially like what you said about never giving up. That seems to be the issue nowadays young people giving up way to easily and not trying their best. Very useful information thought. Great points!
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  7. Antonia says:

    The truth is, more and more people get depressed and lose the pleasure of living, positive and fulfilled people are like the whales, a close to extinction species.
    Unfortunately, this is unavoidable. Your advices are great, but they’re almost impossible to follow these days, you never know what will be tomorrow, if you get fired, if you’ll divorce, if your PC breaks and have no other source of income, etc. We’ve built a fragile life for us and now find it’s difficult to relax.
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    • Jimi Jones says:

      Good points, Antonia.
      But we can’t live on what may happen, and yes, many are finding it difficult to find fulfillment or even remain so afterward. When bumps in the road occur, and inevitably they will appear, the thing to do is to try our best to overcome them and get back on track.

      What we should not do is to give up on finding that which we seek.
      Jimi Jones´s last blog post ..Dockside

  8. Andrew says:

    And what happens when we fail, when we try and try but always come up short. When nothing seems to go the way we planned, and we still sit here wondering why ?

    When we sit alone pondering the if’s and buts… When we turn to the thing that got us here in the first place… I know this is an age old post… but what then ?

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