“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~Nelson Mandela

As long as we have life in our bodies, we will face many challenges daily.  Quite frankly, that’s what makes us human.

What are your challenges?

Your challenges may include responsibilities such as helping others, getting an education, or making sound personal or professional decisions.

Have you ever felt like you were helping everyone, but yourself?  Do you know what it feels like to live on fumes?

It’s quite easy to focus on everything around you to the point that you neglect yourself.  When we neglect ourselves, we will find ourselves living on fumes.

Let me give you a great example of a common responsibility that can cause us to live on fumes.

I am so fascinated with how many emails I receive a day.  Some are legit, but most are junk emails.  I was once concerned with keeping my email perfectly clean and it bothered me to have any junk emails in my inbox.

A mentor of mine once told me, “Your inbox will never be empty.”  I believe the same applies with our lives.

Our lives will always have challenges or some form of chaos.  So instead of figuring out ways of emptying your inbox or managing your life perfectly, just come to a realization about a few truths in your life.

3 Truths to Remember to Avoid Living on Fumes

1.    You will never have a perfect life.

Are you perfect?  Do you know anyone who is perfect?  We weren’t created to be perfect, but we were created to follow the One and only who is perfect.  Matter fact, I don’t focus on living a perfect life, but instead my focus is to live a progressive life.  A progressive life is one that constantly moves forward. 

2.    You will make mistakes.

When was the last time you made a mistake?  When God created us.  He created us with free will, which means everyday we have a choice.  When I have a choice, this means I will make a mistake.  No one gets it right all the time, but it is our mistakes that give us our greatest lessons.

3.    You will have to say “NO.”

Are you afraid to say no to some things?  No one can do it all.  Sometimes we feel that we are superheroes.  Whether you are a mother, business owner, or any other leader; you will never be able to say yes to everything.  It’s important to have boundaries, so you can avoid spreading yourself thin causing you live on fumes.

No one has to settle for fumes.  Discover ways of making these three truths part of your everyday life and you will uncover a great deal of success.

Please share your thoughts about living on fumes by leaving a comment below, send me a tweet on Twitter, or leave a comment on Facebook