Life can sometimes be difficult. There are moments when it hits you with so many disappointments and struggles that you start to believe how impossible it is to embrace the journey.
I have been guilty of believing this for years and if I’m being honest, sometimes I still do. I was so afraid of life’s constant uncertainties. I was so busy trying to dodge failures, pain, and heartbreak that I failed to see how doing this has kept me from living.
There’s no denying that life is hard but you have to remind yourself that ultimately, you have the choice to embrace the journey and live your life to the fullest.
You may be asking, what does “embrace the journey” even mean?
I’ve learned that embracing the journey means being able to set yourself free from the fear of change and uncertainties.
It means being able to welcome everything that comes your way, yes even the struggles, pain, failures, and disappointments, learn from them, grow and use them to become the best version of yourself.
In this article, I will be sharing strategies and ways that can help you embrace the journey and live every moment of your life to the fullest.
12 Ways To Embrace The Journey
1. Let Go Of The Need To Control
To fully embrace the journey, you need to learn to stop trying to control every little aspect of your life.
I was guilty of this too. For years, I believed that as long as I’m in control, nothing bad will happen. I will not fail and I will not make mistakes.
But man was I wrong because regardless of how hard we try, we can never control everything. Constantly trying to do this will only lead to disappointments and frustrations.
Learn to accept that there are just things that are out of your control. Instead of focusing all your energy on trying to control those things, why not set yourself free.
Accept it and focus all your energy on the things that you can change instead.
2. Practice Gratitude Every Day
When you go through difficult seasons, finding something to be grateful for may seem impossible.
But by allowing yourself to focus only on the negative, you tend to miss the good things that are unfolding before you.
For you to embrace the journey, you have to remind yourself that there is always something to be grateful for, even in tough times, there is always hope and you always have the choice to choose joy every single day.
Also, know that it is in those difficult times, that you will find healing, lessons, and growth that’ll help you blossom into the person that you’re meant to be.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Embracing the journey of life means opening yourself up to new things and new experiences.
Remember that stepping out of your comfort zone leads to learning and growth. Life is by far too short for you to be afraid to try new things and just stay within your comfort zone.
Learn new skills. Break free from your comfort zone and just live your life. You have so much potential within you.
4. Be Present
Are you guilty of constantly worrying about the future? Or holding on to the past?
Most of us are but we have to remind ourselves that doing this will only keep us from enjoying all the wonderful things that are happening to us right now.
The best way for you to embrace the journey is to really live every moment of your life. Stop living in the past or the future and start living in the present moment.
One of the things that helped ground me in the present moment is the practice of being mindful. To get you started, whenever you’re eating, instead of scrolling through your phone, try being present with your food.
Also, when you’re spending time with the people that you love, instead of multi-tasking, give them your undivided attention.
5. Be Yourself
To embrace the journey means to embrace yourself fully. I want you to know that you don’t have to keep pretending to be someone you’re not just to gain other people’s approval.
You are enough and worthy just as you are. You are capable of so much more if only you stopped caring about what other people will think about you. Remind yourself that the only approval you will ever need is your own.
Stay true to yourself. Love and accept yourself fully.
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6. Always Choose Kindness
A single act of kindness will always have the potential to change the world. When you embrace the journey, it’s not only about the experiences and the happiness that you gain but it is also about what you give.
In today’s world, where there is so much hate. Choose to be kind instead. Choose love. Choose compassion.
Remember that even the smallest act of kindness can make a huge difference. So, let’s try to do our part every day and help in any way that we can.
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7. Define Your Top Priorities
For you to fully embrace the journey, you have to determine your priorities. You have to figure out the things that truly matter to you.
Knowing your priorities will make it easier for you to balance everything and live every moment of your life meaningfully.
Here’s a great post to help you dertermine your priorities.
8. Appreciate The People That You Love
There’s no denying that life is fleeting. When it comes to embracing the journey, you need to learn to spend your time more meaningfully.
So, it’s important to spend more time with the people who matter the most to you. Show them how grateful you are to have them in your life. Create new memories with them. Give them your undivided attention and show them unconditional love.
9. Let Go Of Expectations
I think it’s safe to say that most of us are guilty of constantly holding on to expectations.
We go into something with a certain set of expectations only to be met with frustrations and disappointments when they are not met.
I’ve had a fair share of these moments and I’ve learned that the more I cling on to these expectations, the more stressed and unhappy I feel.
It’s time to set yourself free from the frustrations and pressure and just embrace life as it unfolds before you.
10. Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes
It’s important to know that there is a big difference between learning from your mistakes and from constantly beating yourself up for them.
When you embrace your journey, you are also embracing yourself completely, which includes your flaws and weaknesses. Remember that we are all bound to make mistakes as we go through this journey of life. We are humans. We have flaws. We fail.
Remind yourself that mistakes are avenues for growth. Instead of beating yourself up for every mistake that you make, learn from them.
Take responsibility and then learn and use them to grow into a better person.
11. Stop Complaining (too much)
Complaining is our natural response to problems and stress. When something doesn’t go our way, we complain.
I’m not saying that complaining is a bad thing. Sometimes complaining can be therapeutic. It can help us vent out and share our frustrations.
But the problem really starts when you start to complain about every little thing, about every little inconvenience. Doing this will not only reframe your mind to focus only on the negative but it will also add more stress to your life, causing you to be unhappy all the time.
When you complain about everything, you are basically missing out on all the other wonderful things that are happening in your life.
12. Accept And Embrace Change
This is one of the biggest lessons that you’ll have to learn to embrace the journey. Some of us fear change.
We don’t want things to change so we choose to just stay still but we have to remind ourselves that change will always be a part of our lives. Change is inevitable.
If we keep being afraid of it, we might find ourselves stuck and unable to move forward.
We need to keep evolving, growing, and learning and therefore we must accept change and embrace the uncertainties of life.
Instead of looking at it as a bad thing, start seeing it as an adventure. A chance to start again. A chance to experience something new. A chance to grow and a chance to heal.
I hope you find these strategies helpful in embracing your journey but before I end this article, I want to leave you with this.
How you embrace the journey will ultimately be your decision.
Remember that there is no right or wrong way of embracing the journey in life. It’s not a one-size-fits-all. It is your journey, you get to decide. You get to choose which paths to take and which decisions to make.
Choose the things that work best for you.
May you find what you’re looking for in this post and may these strategies help you live the life you’re meant to live!