Many of us would like to have a recipe for success, something that if we follow, we had the assurance that in the end everything would be fine.
The hard truth is that it doesn’t exist, and each one of us will have to find out what is our specific living recipe for success, because success and happiness are personal things.
The good news is that there are 8 things that can help everyone. Read the text and find out what.
1) Have a clear vision
People who don’t know where they want to go, don´t get there. Allow yourself to dream, imagine who you would be in the long term, write it down, think about what you plan to win over the years to get there and be open to opportunities that come to you.
The writer Cherylyn Harley LeBon has good advice:
“View your life in decades and think about what you would like to accomplish in your 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, and plan accordingly. This applies to your personal or professional life. For example, if you would like to be married in your 30′s with children, then make smart decisions about your dating life, take care of your health, and put yourself in a position to meet a responsible life partner. If you think you would like to eventually have your own business, make sure you’re developing overall entrepreneurial skills and building your network. Visualize how and where you’d like to be in the future and your 20′s will be much more productive and enjoyable.”
2) Start before you’re ready
Often the desire to be perfect or that we are more prepared, paralyzes us. We continue trying to improve and developing and ended up leaving something we could accomplish in the present moment for the day after.
Instead of focusing on being perfect, we need to create, explore, discover, make mistakes and learn from our mistakes. Being able to have fun during the journey and learn by doing, are aspects that make the everyday more fun and that help us wining a lot of experience. Create a list of everything you would like to learn and follow risking and putting it into practice, even when you do not feel totally ready for it.
Plunge into the brave new from it and also learn more about you, nobody is born knowing and often the expectation of being better at something, just postponing our experiences. Get out of your comfort zone, feeling butterflies in your stomach can also be good!
3) Be intentional
We tend to think that that things will just going to happen in our lives, whether it’s a raise at work, fulfillment in relationships, or even that pile of laundry we’ve been putting off. Yes, many things in life just happen, but most of them depends on our action.
You can’t spend your life procrastinating or waiting someone to do things for you. Choose what you want and go after that, act to make it happen. Whether learning a new language, seeing different places, make new friendships, doing a career change, opening our own company, or relating to someone you just met. Anyway, put your aspirations and intentions do whatever is in your power to make what you want happen.
4) Choose a role model
Have a reference, having someone to admire can help not only serve you as model, as in the monitoring of cool things to do with yourself. Often we have a dream but don’t have a clue how to achieve it. If you discover someone who reached a similar dream, you can use that person as a reference, to understand the steps that the person has token, the learnings she had and you can so check if some of them make sense to you.
You can even use that person as a mentor, even if you have no direct contact with the person, you can often learn a lot with the attitudes, quotes and tips that person use to give! No wonder we have followed a lot of advice from the wise and great thinkers. Choose someone to be your reference.
5) Define your values
Define what your values are, is practically an answer the following question: What is really important to me?
Our values are what we value, what we put as something essential to us. It is our base, which regardless of what our vision or our choices along the way, you can’t miss. They say that our values help us to define who we are, who we want be known for.
So, in other words, if you can define your values, you have more chance of becoming how you want to be.
6) Learn to plan and contain costs
If we want to one day venture into something new, either start a business, take a sabbatical or even plan to marry and have children, have saved some money for this can be important, if not critical.
If since the beginning of our career, we focus on with our spending and we do a good cost planning, always trying to save a little bit, when that time of venturing ourselves arrive, it will be easier if we have this financial security with us. Saving is a matter of habit, as most as we do, the more natural it gets.
7) Remember that you are more than your job
It’s so common these days when we meet someone for first time, to ask: “What do you do?” It’s like our professional life were the most important thing for us, was what spoke about who we are.
In fact, it isn’t and is far from being. Our professional life is just a part of us, not more or less important than the others. The issue is that we often forget that. We usually let the other spheres of our life aside and just focus on being the best professionals. Is it worth it? Well when you look at your back ast and remember the happier and full moments of your life, do you choose that all them are related only to work?
8) Be patient
When we are young we usually want everything for yesterday, waiting hours or days can seem like an eternity. Often we focus so much on the result, in our ultimate goal, that. The truth is that we spend more time on this journey than with the goal achieved, then we want to look and realize that we had a happy life, we must learn to enjoy each moment while achieving our goals.
Following these tips doesn’t guarantee success, but it certainly can give a lot of strength =)
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