5 Things Extremely Fulfilled People Do That You Don’t

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Everyone wants to live a happy, fulfilled life, right? It’s a no-brainer! Look around you and notice the happy people who seem to roll with the punches. No matter what life throws at them, they find contentment and meaning wherever they are.

So how do they do it? What do extremely fulfilled people do that you’re not doing? Here are some suggestions.

  1. They know themselves

People who are content and fulfilled have a good idea of their strengths and weaknesses. They don’t berate themselves for not being perfect, but they focus on what they do well and work on the things they could improve.

A good team needs people with different strengths and talents. If you’re an extrovert who loves people and organizing, you’ll excel at arranging functions, events, and conferences. If you’re more analyst or a researcher, your strength is probably preparing reports or explaining data.

  • They stay connected

 Humans have a natural inclination to connect. Millions of years ago, survival depended on being committed to the group. People who are content and fulfilled in their lives tend to maintain healthy social networks. They stay connected to friends and family. They prioritize spending time with the people they love and have lots of support to rely on when things get tough.

  • They believe in themselves

People who grouse about their lives or are dissatisfied tend to have low self-esteem. They don’t expect things to go well for them and they stay in their unhappy state. Fulfilled people, on the other hand, have solid self-esteem and quiet inner confidence that life is pretty good. Confident people tend to have more friends and are more successful generally. Confidence sets up a positive circle that breeds more success, more happiness, and more confidence.

  • They are grateful

A big difference between people who are content and people who are a “Negative Nancy” is that the happy people are grateful. Not just for their success but for everything in their lives. No matter what else is going on, fulfilled people can always find something to be grateful for.

Gratitude is an excellent habit to cultivate. The more you focus on the good things in your life, the more good things there will be. Gratitude is energizing and positive and generates its own momentum.

  • They have a purpose

People who are happy and fulfilled don’t just wait around for good things to happen to them. They have a purpose in life that is aligned with their values, and they just go for it. Extremely fulfilled people focus on doing what they feel they were made to do, what brings them satisfaction at the end of the day, and what makes a positive contribution to the world.

What about My Source of This Inner Fulfillment?

At the risk of sounding preachy, I lose sight of some of these every now and then and lose my sense of fulfillment. After all, I am human like the rest of you. However, my faith and belief system allow me to get back on track quickly.

  • When I lose track of myself, I get back into scripture and remember who’s I am. That helps me align more with the value He has given me.
  • When I lose connection and find myself in isolation, I pray. I look for the answer of “Am I working on me, or hiding from others?” From there I can move forward and get back in the flow.
  • When I feel down and lose faith in myself, I remember that God’s promises are true and His word never returns void. I am an heir of God’s and co-heir with his Son Jesus. That puts earthly values into perspective for me… I can. I can. I can.
  • Gratefulness seems to take a break when the focus is on others and their successes rather than the achievements accomplished first-hand.
  • Lost in purpose? This one doesn’t elude me very often. My purpose is to add value to others – like you here reading this text.

I used to be caught up in the worldly idea of success and competition. Truth is… I am still highly driven and competitive, but when someone else does well now, I am honestly happy for them. I continue to cheer others on while patiently waiting for my turn. Recentering myself on matters of faith has been an awesome turn for me. What are some key tactics for you?