There are many ways to feel content in life. All without settling for less, when you know you want more.
Being content to me seems like a fine line.
Maybe because when used to discuss relationships or jobs, the phrase “I’m happy at my job” or “I’m content with this guy” doesn’t sound convincing.
So let dive into what being content means and what it is not. More importantly, steps to take to feel content in life and still strive for more.
What it means to Feel Content?
Being content could be an overall feeling of fulfillment in life.
According. to webster, being content is “feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation.”
So feeling content can be geared to your job, your accomplishments, or your life choices.
This means you can be content in one area of your life and not the other. But most people are looking to be content in life overall.
So does contentment equate to happiness? One of google common questions is, ” can you be content in life and not happy?
Does Feeling Content Equate to Happiness?
Well, some look at happiness as a threshold to a content life. But being content is long-lasting, and happiness comes and goes.
I love how the article “The Incredible Power of Contentment” explained that people see contentment and happiness as synonyms. And in some ways, it’s true, but overall, happiness is a mood you experience that could contribute to feeling content.
Whereas the term “contentment” refers to a feeling of satisfaction with what you have or where you are currently. Rather than it simply being a mood.
To feel this way, focus on the things that make you feel good about yourself or contribute to your life in some manner to experience these emotions. Make a list of all the wonderful things in your life and check it once a day, if necessary.
So can Contentment Bad Thing?
I guess it’s all in context.
I personally don’t think contentment is bad unless it is coming from a place of settlement. For example, being content at your job because you don’t know if you could find something better.
In the black community, it’s the saying ” the grass isn’t greener on the other side,” which in some aspects put limits on your mindset and growth, thus not trying to improve one’s situation.
How to Be Content in Life without Settling
Be content with what you have.
Be content with where you are in life.
But don’t use being content as an excuse not to be ambitious and achieve your goals, primarily if those goals will serve a higher purpose. I know you have desires in certain areas of your life, and I want you to achieve them.
Achieving a balance between ambition and achieving contentment in life allows you to find peace within yourself.
First, let’s jump into some ways to be content in life. Then focus on ways to stay ambitious so you don’t settle on the way.
Here are Some Ways You Can Accomplish Feeling Content In Life.
Do you live a life with intention?
Intentional living means having a more well-balanced life that is meaningful and purposeful.
Living with a goal in mind. It implies that the things you're doing are worthwhile to you and focused on improvement.
It’s important to live your life with intention and with kids that can seem like a dream.
But least can you try?
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- Like saying “No” more often
- Detoxing Your Schedule and Todo ist
- Don’t go throughout your day on autopilot.
Instead, commit to living life according to your path.
Questions to Answer
When you get up in the morning, do your routine and schedule align with your intentions?
What motivates you? Are you doing it?
Are you enjoying the little moment?
What activities would I enjoy doing every day?
What am I doing when I feel most happy?
What’s your purpose.
Can you eliminate things out that are adding stress?
Have you discovered yourself?
Have you identified things that are meaningful?
2) Everything you Want is not for You
I know it’s hard not to want everything in life, but sometimes contentment is about understanding, “I can’t have this RIGHT NOW” in some cases, patience is needed.
And part of that is acceptance.
That’s why is so important to understand yourself so well that you can be guided by your intuition.
3) Practice Gratitude
Find small moments to practice every day.
Make an effort to be thankful for the good things in life (even if it’s something as simple as waking up to a nice hot coffee).
You can grab a journal and keep a log of what you are grateful for.
Consider where you are now and how you got here.
Consider all the barriers you’ve overcome that you never gave much thought to.
You are powerful.
4) Let Go of Things you CAN’T Change
Tell me why do us woman seem to make an effort to change things? And a lot of those things on our list we can’t do anything about but get overwhelmed or stress.
Instead, please write down a list of things that stresses you out and then cross out the thing you can not change. I mean, let it go sista.
Do not let the things you cannot change, worry you.
There are plenty of ways to let go, but here are some helpful places to start.
- THE POWER OF REMOVING NEGATIVE ENERGY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE SIGNIFICANTLY. ( 7 Simple Steps)
- THE DO’S AND DON’TS WHEN DEALING WITH REJECTION (with rejection quotes)
- Do You Have Perfectionist Traits? [ 11 tips to overcome]
Tips to Becoming Content In Life while Still Being Ambitious
Okay, so know you have the steps to feeling content in your life. Let’s focus on keeping you motivated and in a place of peace at the same time.
Develop a List of What you Want in Life .
Do you know what you want in life?
I especially not asking you to think of what you do want. Because focusing on the “don’t”, will keep you in a cycle of manifesting things you don’t want to come to fruition.
So do you know what you want?
Start by understanding your personal core values.
Also, fill out the wheel of life so you know what are to work on first.. with intention.
Take your list and break it down into categories. Then, make a plan to accomplish each goal.
Also, make sure your goals align with the vision God has set too.
Now, start working towards those goals and the life you deserve.
I know you can do it because I believe in you, momma.
Find out what your Values are and Write them Down
This may seem like an odd question, but it needs addressing.
Now you know what you want in life. Next, identify the important parts of life to you.
What are your goals?
What are your desires?
What things would you like to see become a reality in life?
These things will help guide the decisions you make for your future.
The more profound the thought process the easier it will be to determine what is meaningful and fulfilling. so you can know how to be content in life without settling for things that don’t serve you.
How to add values in your life
Once you have a list of what’s important to you, it’s time to start writing down how each value shows up in your life. For instance, if the family is a big part of what you want out of life, write down when and where you show your family the most love.
Don’t forget to consider how you can support these values in others’ lives too.
Doing this allows you to note specific ways that your core value manifest in life, which will guide you when making big decisions in life.
Also, add more things to your daily routine that you are passionate about and gives you a feeling of fulfillment and purpose.
For example, I’m passionate about helping moms struggling with organization and purpose. I want my moms to find ways to love their families and pursue their dreams.
Find ways to Practice your Passions
To find your passion, you first need to identify what you value and then do things that align with those values. For example:
If you value community, start volunteering for organizations or interacting at your child’s school regularly.
If you value leadership, apply for different positions on committees or try to lead as much as possible in volunteer work and social settings.
If you value creativity, take up hobbies such as writing or painting, which allow an outlet for creativity and build your skills in creativity.
Note: working towards what you’re passionate about may take you out of your comfort zone. That is okay! It will force you to grow and stretch your abilities.
Create Goals to Help you Get Closer to Where You Want to Be
So you made a list of your goals?
Then break it down into categories?
How about made a strategy to achieve each goal?
And connect your value list to your objectives using your goals.
Then you are creating the path to get you closer to your desired dream.
Need help making a plan? Good places to start.
- 7 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life for Mental Clarity
- How To Access The Key To Success: Revealing Your Strengths
- How to Reinvent Yourself when Life Gets in the Way ( 7 Steps)
Learn How Manifest Correctly
Manifesting is not as difficult as many people think it is, but it does require some effort on your part. Remember that you are not working against anything or anyone. You are working with the Universe to bring you what you desire.
First of all, set your goal before you begin the manifesting process. By far, this is the most important step. You won’t get far if you don’t know what it is you want exactly, when you want it and why.
Understand that manifesting doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time for energy to build up in a certain direction and then release itself into the universe. Be patient with yourself and the manifestation process
Vision Board, Scripting, Gratitude, and 3-6-9 method are great places to start.
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In conclusion, being content is about finding ways that bring happiness into your current situation and appreciating what you have, no matter how small or big it is. Contentment in your life comes from inner peace and happiness.
The key to being content can start with a few things: 1) surrounding yourself with those who make you happy and those who support your goals 2) being grateful for what you have 3) finding ways that bring happiness into your current situation.
I think one of the most important things about achieving contentment is to find peace within yourself and follow your intuition. And not focus on money, fame, or power.
In what ways do you find contentment in your life? Leave a comment below!