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4 ways to live your fullest life

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I grew up wanting to work in sports management which led me to working in various professional football organizations across the country in marketing, events and corporate sponsorships. I was constantly waiting for the “next big thing” to make me feel happy and fulfilled. Yet with every acquirement of the “next big thing”, I felt a quick burst of excitement and temporary fulfillment before quickly going back to the unhappy and unfulfilled state that I was in before. I considered my career to be the only indicator of true success and as a result, everything else (self-care, relationships, nutrition and relaxation) took a back seat. I considered this type of overworked and burnt-out lifestyle to be a “means to an end” and if I continued to put everything into my job then the promotions, money and exposed-brick apartment would give me all the happiness I needed.

Following several severe anxiety attacks (and one that had me laying on the floor of a yoga studio change room vomiting, shaking and sobbing uncontrollably) at the age of 25, I knew the Universe was telling me my current lifestyle was neither enjoyable nor was it sustainable. I whole-heartedly knew I was capable of living a healthier, happier and more meaningful life, but I had to shift from wanting to change to actually deciding to change.

In the past couple of years and since dramatically changing my life completely, I’ve complied a list of the top takeaways that have allowed me to live a better and more fuller life (in hopes that they’ll help you do the same).

1. Never Stop Learning

The most successful people realize that, regardless of the incredible heights that they’ve reached in their lives, by remaining curious, they have an opportunity to tap into the unused potential they have within themselves. These people take advice, suggestions and knowledge from others and utilize it to grow themselves, and their attitude towards continuous growth is a “whatever it takes” type of mentality.

2. Clean Up Your Past So You Can Live A Brighter Future

The first thing I work on with my clients is how past shame, guilt and embarrassment can hold them back from moving forward. We each have a finite amount of personal power available to us every day, and though we could be making incredible and positive strides daily, those past regrets have the power at a subconscious level to keep us feeling unworthy and undeserving of an extraordinary future. Unless we are able to release those beliefs we have about ourselves, we are unable to move forward to a brighter future.

3. Be Willing To Do Things That Make You Uncomfortable

When I first heard the expression, “do one thing a day that scares you”, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to think up enough scary things to fill my days, until I discovered a career that actually meant something to me. If you aren’t doing one thing a day that actually makes you scared, excited or nervous – you likely aren’t living the life you’re meant to. If you aren’t stepping outside of your comfort zone, you won’t be able to grow.

4. Don’t Wait for Things to Be Perfect Before You Begin

Whether it’s launching a business, moving to a new city, writing a book or changing a career path, we typically wait until we feel “ready” to allow ourselves to begin. We NEVER feel ready for massive change, so we rarely make the leap. Since launching my business, I have already learned and applied many new practices when working with my clients, and it continues to evolve. Just begin and change things as you go. Your end goal will look very different in 5, 10 or 15 years from now, but the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll figure it out.

About Sarah Lajeunesse

Sarah Lajeunesse is a lifestyle and wellness coach committed to guiding and supporting women out of stress, overwhelm and uncertainty, and into lives they absolutely adore. Her coaching programs are designed to empower women to overcome fears, judgements and lack of self-belief so they can begin living the extraordinary lives they were meant to live.Through private 1:1 coaching sessions, speaking engagements, events and sharing tips and tricks on her blog at www.sarahlajeunesse.com, Sarah combines her passion for yoga, health and wellness, nutrition, personal development techniques, self-care and the lessons she learned along her own journey to help women become their most vibrant and powerful best.Sarah is a recognized Life Coach from the Beautiful You Coaching Academy and has a degree in marketing with a minor in social responsibility from the University of Lethbridge.

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