Ways to cultivate active contentment

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. —Salvador Dali

Contentment consists not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire. Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor. Active contentment is about being completely at peace with who you are and what you’re doing in the moment while simultaneously maintaining a vision for the future.

 Five ways to help cultivate an attitude of active contentment are:

  1. Make time for downtime every day

Downtime could involve meditation, light exercise, listening to music, reading something for fun—anything that puts you at ease and allows you to check out for a while. The recharge time will help you become more receptive to new ideas and inspiration.

  • Write a list of everything you’re grateful for right now

Gratitude is powerful and taking stock of everything you have right now can help ease the pressure in stressful times.

  • Make two lists of goals: Immediate goals for the week ahead and bigger-picture goals to work toward:

 Being able to check off smaller goals grounds you in the present and will help motivate you to keep working toward those bigger, future goals. Momentum is also powerful force.

  • Celebrate small successes every day:

The biggest achievements are often a result of multiple small ones. By learning to appreciate the little things, you open yourself up to a world of joy.

  • Remember that in the end, there is nothing you have to do:

 It’s your life. Just breathe. It’s good to be motivated, but sometimes just taking the pressure off is the most effective way to accomplish a big goal. Peace isn’t some distant goal to work toward. It’s something that can be cultivated on a daily basis to help you achieve your goals in a health way.

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