Can you boldly call yourself a successful person? Yet you want the same things you wanted five years ago! You don’t seem to achieve anything year in year out.
The pattern is simple; you set your goals and purpose to achieve them. You dedicate yourself entirely to your goals, you overwork, and BOOM- a burnout.
You abandon your dreams. You join the list of millions of people who have failed at planning a successful life. Will you now live out your days wishing for what you will never have?
No, you still have a chance at achieving success if you follow the ten tips we have compiled for you.
1.Paint A Picture of the Future
Every person has their definition of success. For example, raising respectful children is the dream of many parents. Yet some people see having children as a disruption to their lives.
Define success in your way. Make sure everything you want; you want it for yourself. Friends and loved ones will tell you what they think is best for you, but leave them out on this one.
Map out your future and have a vision so clear that you can see it with your eyes closed. Be like a builder, even before they dig the foundation, they can see the house.
2. Find Your Passion
Most people hate their jobs. They can’t wait to finish their shifts and go home. You can see misery in their eyes, yet they keep the same position for years.
The secret is you won’t be successful until you love and enjoy what you do. Engage yourself in what brings satisfaction and happiness to you.
Do you enjoy baking, writing, sewing, decorating, or some other activity? Those activities point you to where your passion lies, monetize them.
3. Eliminate Bad Habits
You fail to achieve your dreams owing to time-wasting activities that make you lose focus of your goals. Spot habits that have made you fall in the past.
These habits could be as small as watching way too much television or as big as a drinking problem.
So, let the destructive habits die as you cultivate new ones that lead you to achieve your goal. You want to get physically fit, then ditch, spending time at the fast-food joint for a workout session at the gym.
Also, simplify the process by using habit trackers. Get to watch your old habits die, as a new routine gets born.
Successful people don’t quit even when they face obstacles. How do I continue saving for the car with a pay cut? You ask. There is only one way- developing a positive and tough mentality.
Commit yourself that you will not stop until you get what you want. Remind yourself that if you don’t achieve your goals, you won’t stop regretting it. If you do attain your dreams, you will be proud of yourself.
5. Make Your Goal List Visible
The first act of commitment to your goals is by writing them. Do not trust the memory. There is so much going on in your life to remember everything.
Thus, write your goal list on paper and stick the list where you see it. Let it be the first thing you see when you wake up and when you go to sleep.
More so, you can have the goal list on your phone, thanks to technology. Use an App or stick notes. Make it a routine to check them daily. That way, you won’t forget where you are going.
6. Have A Step by Step Plan
See your goals as someone going on a road trip. Somewhere along the journey, you will stop for gas or a café for meals.
Your success plan is to grow in your career, but will you get from some unknown writer to a prominent one overnight?
No, you will need to enroll for professional writer courses first. You will need to write and proofread manuscripts, and that will not be a day’s work.
Have a mechanism where you break down your long-term goal into pieces and tick off one step after another as you aim for the big prize.
7.Act-On Your Plan Daily
My mentor says that you would have a well-spent year if you used every minute of the day productively. Thus, the efforts you make daily towards achieving your goal count.
If you did not win the lottery or receive a surprise inheritance, you wouldn’t wake up to your bank account tons of money.
Engage in daily activities that keep you on track to achieving your goal. For example, to achieve physical fitness, have everyday jogs or walks, don’t wait until you can’t walk a few blocks without panting.
8. Learn to Say No
Your dreams are entirely yours, and only you can make them happen. In your quest for success, you will need to make decisions that will keep you on track.
Some situations will make you take second place. Mom’s, in particular, can give just anything for their children. They give up their careers and shelf their dreams.
Even so, in the end, if you don’t pursue your dream, you won’t be happy. Alternatively, you can juggle between being a mom, work, and even have a side hustle. And, still, be okay.
Say no to shelving your dreams or excuses as to why now is not the time to pursue your happiness.
9. Work with Deadlines
A sure way to motivate you to achieve your goals is by having deadlines. Decide what you want and when you want it.
Saving to buy a new car is different from committing to buy a new car in three years. A time frame gives you a chance to achieve goal after goal.
When you buy the car, you will focus on buying a house. Next, you will buy a yacht and travel the world (if that is what you want). The progress you make with each goal will build your confidence to achieve everything you want.
10. Enlarge Your Social Circle
To succeed, learn from successful people. But you can learn all on your own. However, do you spend ten years trying to work it out on your own rather than learn from experts in your field?
Cut the time to achieving your goals by knowing the right people. Be familiar with their work and interact with them. There will be someone willing to hold your hand, answer your questions, and guide you.
Sometimes, these people are strangers. You will open success doors that would have taken you a long time.
Ready to Plan a Successful Life?
There is no single way to measure success. To some people, it could be having a fleet of cars. Yet to others reading their children, a bedtime story is enough.
Measure success by what makes you feel happy and quit what saddens you. The human life span is too short to spend it in misery.
So, act now on the inner voice telling you to turn your life around, to pursue the life you want. If you don’t, you are trading your happiness with spending your life feeling stuck. Use these tips to shift from fantasizing to living your dream life.
Hi, I’m Andia.
An expert personal finance & investment writer and blogger. I help people like you turn your spare time into $1000 per month or more outside of your day job.
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