How to Break Free and Really Live

UPDATED: February 2, 2017
PUBLISHED: January 24, 2017

Are you stuck? Trapped in what’s become the norm in your life?

It’s almost like being intoxicated with acceptance that holds us within our routines. But we have the control and the ability to break free and make progress to a new and better normal. Sure, parts of our normal routines are alright, but don’t you want to add adventure to your life?

Breaking free will require a major commitment from you. You must find an undying belief in yourself, be prepared to work hard and have the willingness to challenge yourself to build enough momentum to escape the predictable.

It starts with a new mission. No more excuses, no more complacency, no more sitting idle as life passes you by. It starts with standing up, throwing your shoulders back and taking a leap of faith to change your world.

Related: Stop Making Excuses for Who and Where You Are

Here are six tips to help you break free from the norm:

1. Let go of the past.

Let go of the past. Let go of your failures. Let them float away as you move forward.

Sure, you might remember things that didn’t go your way. Learn from them, just don’t dwell them, on the could-have-beens and should-have beens. Let it all go, because that kind of mindset will only hold you back. You have the opportunity to live your life to the fullest, so grab it and hold on tight.

Is there anything you need to let go of for success?

2. Realize your purpose.

Your purpose is who you are; it’s your essence, and your dreams are to an extent limitless.

Ask yourself a few questions:

Get honest with yourself. Why wait until tomorrow, next week or someday? Find out who you really are inside and release your true purpose. Then run with it and love it.

What is the meaning in your life?

3. Aim high.

We all have one life to live, one chance to reach our potential. Sometimes we’ve held our dreams down for so long, we don’t even realize our own potential anymore and where it can take us.

See the possibilities and successes instead of the obstacles. Get serious about your aspirations. Set aside some time to grow your dreams, and stretch what lies within you. No more waiting, no more standing around. Work hard and make it happen.

What’s your highest potential, and are you willing to go after it?

4. Lead with why.

Dig down deep and ask yourself, Why am I doing this?

What are you going to get out of this in the long run? How will your success affect not only you but those around you? Imagine the emotional fulfillment you will experience, the richness you will feel as you realize why you are doing things, rather than drifting without clear meaning in your life.

What is your why? Why are you here?

5. Release your inner passion.

Within us lies great emotion. It’s the essence of what makes us human.

Unleash your passion to fuel the fire within your heart and soul. Your passion can take you to great heights if you focus it and use it to fuel your purpose. Let your heart and mind steer your passion for positive outcomes toward your future.

What is your true passion? What makes you get up in the morning?

6. Empower yourself.

Take a chance on you. Acknowledge that this is the moment. Breathe in the inspiration of your dreams and feel your potential rising. It only takes one step that leads to another that leads to significant results, if you allow yourself the opportunity to try.

So dream big, but don’t dream your life away waiting for it to happen for you. Without action, your idea is just an idea.

What is within your power this moment to make your life happen?

Either you break free or you don’t. The time is now, the choice yours. It’s your time to shine, your time to fly, your time to live.

Related: 7 Ways to Lead a More Satisfying Life

Michael Annese

Michael Annese is the author of The Victory Cycle: 7 Progressive Steps to Forge a Lifetime of Everlasting Personal Growth and Change. A battalion chief for a South Florida fire department, Michael is also a co-founder of The Victory Group—home of a team-building workshop  called “Leading Victoriously.”