6 Reasons Why You Should Want to be Better

The Average Human Experience vs. Better Human Experience

Your life experience is from birth to death. What you do and how you live in between birth and death can be known as average, or it can be known as better than average. Sometimes worse than average. A better human life experience comes directly from the choice to determine a better than average outcome.

The average human lives a life experience dictated by the events, people, and social pressures that they are surrounded with. They let life lead them instead of leading life themselves. In the average human experience, there is more of a concern about what one is supposed to do than what will produce better results.

But a better life experience means you are succeeding in fending off the average and less than average propensities. It means you are leading a quality life that has noticeable value. A better life experience is characterized by these 6 things:

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1. You Write Your Own Story

Life is a malleable experience. You get to shape and direct it. That doesn’t mean every plan you make is going to come to fruition in all the glory that you intended. But it does mean that whatever happens, you get to decide how it affects you. The average human mind that’s stuck in the average human experience says, “This happened, so I have to do this.” But those who live out a better human experience say, “I will do this in the hopes that this will happen.” The average one responds. The better one initiates.

The former is living a life based off of things happening to them. The latter is living a life based off of making things happen.

2. You Actually Love Life

We often hear about and know of, and perhaps even are, people who don’t really possess a love of life. For whatever reason we take what life has dealt us and let it drown our drive and destroy our fervor to live expansively.

Despite what you might think, the extent to which one loves one’s own life has nothing to do with position, circumstance, or fate. It involves self-awareness, contentedness, self-motivation, and self-esteem. The effects may not be measurable, but the value is extreme. Devotion to attaining one’s own style of living, method of doing, and level of dreaming results in personal success over typical social practices. The idea is not to slander another for being different, rather to live to the fullest your heart desires.

stefan-stefancik-2576273. You Have a Chance for Better

“The ultimate victory… is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” –   Howard Cosell

When we focus on being better, we increase our capacity to lead a better life.

Better is perpetually redefinable. That means you can never achieve a state of “better”. And no matter how hard you try, better is always one step ahead of you. But living for a better human experience opens up the opportunity for an increasingly better you and a better life. Focusing on being better, makes you better. And even though you will never “arrive”, you will go further and live better than you ever thought possible.

4. You’re Not Bored

Sometimes you have very little motivation. You notice that people and activities drain you more than they normally would or should. Life seems tasteless and categorically un-exciting. It also becomes pretty boring because you forget the purpose of it. You are essentially existing in this world rather than living and loving in it.

This phenomenon encourages us to adopt the average human experience. That is, the lack of that which makes things better than they were before. It is coasting through life, not growing in it.

But interest arises once again when we seek out better things. Everyone gets in a funk every once in a while. Change is the remedy. Change toward a better human experience. And a better human experience is never associated with ennui. You don’t have time for it.

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5. You Stand Out and Can Make a Difference

When you are living better than your average, your lifestyle distinguishes you more. People have a natural affinity toward those who are doing well for themselves. And when you are seeking a better human experience, it is apparent.

So do what makes you happy as you take on this improved status, knowing it renders you more effective in it. You will make more friends, do greater things, and see more success when you stand out. As a result, you will begin to make more of a difference.

6. You Have Limitless Potential

“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” -Steve Young

Average is limiting. There is a cap to average and it’s not high. But because better is redefinable, there is no limit to enhancing your human experience. Better is limitless. When you live for better and are becoming better, you’re also limitless. To be your best you must always want to be better. And by adopting the idea of a better human experience you will never stop growing your potential.

All That To Say…

The average human experience yields dormant potential, little progress, and makes little difference. But a better than average human experience yields limitless potential, leaps of progress, and can produce a magnitude of difference. Seek to live out your best human experience.

 

 

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The 5 Greatest Tips on How to Make Traveling a Lifestyle

 

Tip 1: Make Traveling Your Priority

I’m always getting asked, “How can you travel so much? Where do you get all that time and money?” I’ll be honest, it’s not hard. But there is a special secret to it all. It’s called priorities. The first step to making travel happen is to plan your life around it. Take the time you need off work a few months in advance. Don’t let anything stop you from going. And skip out on spending money at that movie theatre. Use it to buy gas to explore a new place!

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Tip 2: Select Your Destinations

Sometimes your travel destination will be chosen for you. For instance, you might be going to a wedding or family vacation. Use that time away to spend an extra day or two finding and adventuring in some cool new spots!

Other times you get to decide where you want to go. Select your destination based off of these questions:

  • Where have you always dreamed of going?
  • Where have you never been before?
  • Where would you be able to experience some great weather?

Take into account how many days you have available. Never spend the majority of your trip getting to the destination. Leave ample time to enjoy the place you set out to discover!

Tip 3: Get the Best Bang for Your Buck

Inexpensive trips can be just as glorious as expensive ones. You don’t need a world-class hotel or dine at a five-star restaurant to have a great time. Airbnb is the best place to look for a cheap place to stay. Uber is sometimes quite a bit less expensive than renting a car. And GoogleMaps has all the reviews you need to find the best places to eat!

I always start saving for a trip as soon as I get back from the last one. This prepares my bank account ahead of time for the damage I wreak during my trips. I use the app Qapital to round up savings on my purchases so I have money to spare for any unplanned expenses. As well as setting aside specific funds for airfare, gas, and lodgings.

IMG_9804Tip 4: Take People with You

Sharing experiences is one of the most amazing things about traveling. But don’t just post pictures on social media platforms. Bring along a friend or two on your trip! You’ll see by doing this that not only are you creating even more amazing memories, but also enriching relationships. It might take a little extra work to plan everything, but it’s worth it.

If I’m not bringing anyone along with me, I like to visit my friends that live in interesting places. These trips tend to be the best. You already have a destination, a place to stay, and a friend to share the adventure with!

Tip 5: Learn to Pack

Start making a list at least a week or two before your trip. Some people like to plan even further ahead than that. But a week or so gives you enough time to make sure you can purchase or obtain the items you’ll need before departure. Camping trips usually require the most intensive lists because you’re out in the wild and you won’t have the ability to make emergency purchases. But even a trip to a new city requires some packing. Whatever you do, don’t forget your phone charger!

Packing well takes practice. But the more you travel, the easier it gets. Just remember to:

  • Pack for the weather
  • Pack for the length of your trip, and
  • Pack good shoes

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Conclusion

This is just a start. Making traveling a part of my lifestyle is one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. If you want to enrich your life, ease that wanderlust, or start writing your own story, start with travel. It makes all the difference.

Comment below with more tips or suggestions!