2019 is a transformative year; you can feel it, right? Next year it will be 2020, which sort of feels like a milestone year, the kind of year where magical things happen. Where you rewrite your story and start again, and can’t believe how far you’ve come in just one year. The slog towards that incredible feeling began January this year, the work towards the things you want to achieve and realize started some time ago. We’re not yet half-way through the year, so there’s still plenty of time to get sh*t done and smash those goals.
So let’s begin, consider this your interactive class, are you ready to be successful AF?
Enroll in your goals
At the beginning of the year, you set yourself a goal. Something to achieve by the end of the year (if you didn’t set yourself one, you might have thought about what you wanted to achieve) but by now, you may have fallen foul of that achievement. Instead of being down about that, think instead what you can learn from it.
Maybe it’s been a few months or a few days since you set your goal, and maybe you’re feeling a little uninspired by it, instead of feeling bad about the fact that you might not be where you want to be, think about the reasons why that might be. Maybe you’ve set yourself the wrong goal? Maybe you’re asking too much of yourself and have a tight deadline? You might find that the Goals 2019 Diary helps with that. Sign up to our newsletter here to be the first to know when it’s back in stock (it’s coming very soon!). Set yourself a goal and dedicate yourself to it, keep checking in through the days, weeks, and months that follow and figure out how far you are while you work on your other to-dos and deadlines.
You need to be fully enrolled in this curriculum, design the lesson plan yourself and show up to every class – you know. So first, why aren’t you as inspired by this goal as you should be? Is there something missing? If you want to enroll in your goals, you’ve got to start somewhere. You need to start now. Set yourself a goal and dedicate yourself entirely to it.
Push yourself out of your comfort zone in small ways
Trust me, the more you push yourself out of your comfort zone, the more comfortable and confident you will be in going for things. If you want to be truly successful, you need to have confidence in yourself and trust your gut. And guess what, the only way to get this is by doing the things you think you cannot do.
Every time you have a tiny jolt of fear that tells you that you can’t do something, turn around and do it. You’ll be surprised at how, with every tiny leap, you make huge amounts of progress in yourself. Small pushes against your comfort zone are all you need, little push backs against the things you do to keep yourself in a bubble. Once you burst that bubble, you’ll start saying yes to more things and realize that you can do anything you put your mind to and go for the success you want.
Ask for feedback, even if it’s tough
Getting criticism and feedback can be tough, but it’s necessary if you want to grow. Grow by receiving feedback and criticism, praise will get you far, but knowing how to improve will get you further. Ask for feedback as often as you can, from anyone who can give it. And always take it as constructive, designed to help you get ahead.
If you want to be successful, you need to constantly strive to improve, but get to a point where you’re confident in yourself and your abilities. Even if you’re at the top, you still need to hear how you can improve.
Be uncomfortable in your knowledge
Learning things is a key pillar of being successful. Learning new skills will improve you and make you more marketable at the same time; however, some types of learning are crucial to becoming successful, and not as fun and comfortable as learning a skill or reading an autobiography.
Sometimes you have to get uncomfortable in what you know; you should go out and see the world for what it really is, watch shocking documentaries from all sides, expose yourself to a viewpoint you might not have wanted to see, and broaden your mind. This is the only way you’ll learn where you stand on certain issues. It will help you grow as a person, consider the journey of others and be more well informed about the world around you. It’s a tough ask, but living in a bubble surrounded by everything you know is the worst way to live, actually stepping out there and finding out what’s happening around you can help you mature and grow into the best possible version of yourself, a more considerate, enlightened person!
Find someone to look up to
If you really want to be successful this year, you need to find someone to look up to. Not just a role model like say Michelle Obama or Victoria Beckham, but someone real, someone you can talk to and learn from. Networking comes in handy for this, but it might also be an idea to look closer to home. See if there are people surrounding you that have insights that can help you realize your dreams.
Having someone to look up to will keep you inspired, you can always look at the journey they’ve followed, the things they’re passionate about, and find out where your own path will take you, you can follow their example, but you need to carve your own path.
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