Live Boldly like you’ve never lived before!
“All successful people are big dreamers. they imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” ― BRIAN TRACY
Are you living your life to its fullest potential? If the answer is no, what is stopping you? Life is not a dress rehearsal, we each get one life to live and it is up to us to get it right. We each must make our own decisions , and take responsibility for our actions. It’s very easy to blame others, or our circumstances, but ultimately it boils down to ‘the man in the mirror’. The good news is that as long as we have air in our lungs it’s not too late to make a change.
“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” ― John C. Maxwell
First, decide what areas of your life you wish to improve. Everyone has at least ONE thing that they need to work on, and admitting it is half the battle. Write a list of goals you’d like to achieve in the coming year, then formulate a plan to achieve those goals. If it’s a very big goal, you may need to set smaller sub-goals. Then discipline yourself to do whatever is necessary to achieve those goals. Each day, motivate yourself to do something to get you further along your path to achieving success. Baby-steps are okay, small progress is still progress. Even two steps forward and one step back is progress. The key is consistency! Do not give up! As the old adage goes, “quitters never win, and winners never quit!”. Keep a chart of your progress to motivate you, and maintain a good attitude regardless of any small temporary setbacks which may occur. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” ― Charles R. Swindoll
If you experience a setback:
- Treat it as a learning experience.
- Try to determine what went wrong, and why, then try again.
- Ask for help from more experienced individuals.
- Look for the positive part, and be thankful it wasn’t worse.
- Maintain a positive attitude and move on.
“Knowledge is power.” Francis Bacon
Get into the habit of reading self-improvement books, and educational texts. We all enjoy a good novel, but if you’re only reading fiction, you are stunting your potential. You can become a leader in your field by spending one hour a day reading the latest information pertaining to your job. Leaders are readers! Studying a foreign language can make you more marketable. Learning new skills can lead to new careers and opportunities. The more skills you learn, the more knowledge you have, the more potential you unleash.
Time is the currency of life.
With the exceptions of the day we are born, and the day we die, every day we live has exactly twenty-four hours, no more, no less. Successful people learn to maximize every second and are highly productive. Multitasking can be an effective tool, if and only if the tasks are complimentary. Conflicting goals lead to failure.
If you find that you are biting off more than you can chew:
- Focus on one task at a time.
- Schedule your tasks.
- Work during your peek times.
- Remember that trying to do too much at once will lead to burn-out.
“There is no substitute for hard work.” ―Thomas A. Edison
Remember, don’t quit. Self-improvement is a process. It will take time, it will take work. It’s not going to happen overnight. As long as you keep working at it, you will move further along the path to achieving your goals, and you will feel the satisfaction with each new milestone you reach.
You can do it! As always, I believe in you, and wish you great success!