Each of us desires the same basics in life. The freedom to pursue the chosen career, a loving family, travel, and leisure time, a lovely comfortable home, to be free of debt, with enough abundance to give back to the community. Depending on the individual and the perspective of what makes us happy.
Often these goals are not easily achieved. Perhaps a short checklist would help?
Develop a plan
Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Most of us realize if we fail to plan, then we plan to fail. A plan for success must be drawn up, then executed with checks along the way to monitor progress.
Do you have a plan? Now is an excellent time to formulate a plan of success. It may sound corny, but writing the list out reinforces our goals, and placing the list where it can be seen every day motivates us to get it done. Each step moves us closer to our dreams, but since more success is found in the journey, the goalpost should always be pushed out.
Once a plan is formulated, it must be put into action. A plan without action is like a recipe never baked.
Being practical (or pragmatic) is an essential attribute in your arsenal for building your future. Inventory your abilities and strong points. As you do this, also be aware of and accept that you may never be on par with fellow colleges in specific skillsets. This is fine. We don’t all share the same strengths and talents, and what a boring world it would be if we did! Once you accomplish this task, you are left with a more transparent understanding of your toolbox. Then, applying what you learned about your own skills opens the doors to constructing a plan of action in your life
Decide WHO, not WHAT you Desire to Be.
An essential part of constructing the future that you desire centers on creating who you want to be, not what you want to be. This is because of the process of deciding who you want to be, forces you to call upon your own personal passion, competence, and satisfaction. These are powerful drivers of change in your life. When you know who you want to be, you are empowered to know more precisely what you need to do, the things you need to own, and the resources you need to become that person you desire.
Be Honest and Accountable
Being honest and accountable will require that we are brusque and forthright with our self-assessment.
With the assistance of a trusted close friend, identify your weaknesses and strengths. Have an open discussion and allow them to speak freely. This will help you focus and be honest and accountable concerning these qualities. Decide on identifying and changing bad habits you need to dispose of and enhance the right traits. Understand that not every “bad habit” will work against you. Some will actually be an attribute to help manage challenges that may come your way.
This process brings inner peace by teaching you to accept and love yourself.
Not everyone in your life will be celebrating the change within you. Some will express negativity against you because they feel like they are losing control over you. These could be friends as well as family.
Be aware there are two kinds of criticism, constructive and positive or destructive and harmful. Constructive criticism offers a solution, while destructive criticism has nothing but negativity attached. Accept the constructive criticism with grace and ignore the destructive negativism.
Do Not Accept Mediocrity
It is essential to understand that building a great future demand pushes beyond what we deem as our limitations. Many people are sad and dissatisfied with their lives, perhaps because they took the easy path that, when followed, leaves many wondering why life feels like it has no meaning. When life catches up to us, which it certainly will, depression and dissatisfaction may cause serious issues. Therefore, choose a path that will challenge you to utilize your potential. Aggressive people win by using their energy, talents, and intellect.
How many times have you heard, “the only constant is change?”
Try to remember, people who refuse or fight change are usually those who never see progress. Change happens every second of every minute of the day. New ideas change the way business is conducted. New laws bring about change in the way business is conducted. We must be prepared to adapt to the changes.
Being proactive about change prevents being surprised and upset when you are faced with it. If you notice an area needing attention, change it! Create the transformation and stay in control of your future!!
Eye on the Future
Strive to continually keep in tune with the future. Exploit opportunities that will help you formulate a brighter outlook. Consider the results of today’s conditions to plan the expectations of tomorrow.
Continually be future-orientated by analyzing the incidents of today and visualize where they could lead.
Continue to self-improve
The process may seem too fastidious, but it will help you improve by learning new mannerisms, internalize fresh knowledge, and gain additional skills.
The results will be well worth the pain if you draw nearer to your target. Remember, as the saying goes, the pain is weakness leaving the body.
Embrace the pain, work through it, and you will be stronger than ever.
Remove and Improve
Eliminating certain things from your life may be necessary. Bad relationships, bad habits, and some activities may need to be abandoned. If they no longer contribute to your success and have lost their influence over your life, they have likely lost their significance and could actually be holding you back. Sometimes systematic abandonment is a necessary evil to be able to improve yourself. A concept known as kaizen in Japan illustrates a constant improvement in our lives.
Helping others Succeed
Helping others, especially those whose opportunities are few and far between, is almost essential in creating a sense of accomplishment in our lives. To be a contributor to the success of many by offering them a path whereby they can grow and prosper is not a difficult task if they are also given the tools. With Compumatrix, we have the ability to aid in the development and bring hope to parts of humanity who may never have had been offered the chance. It is said, “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.”
By sharing the tools, education, and guidance, we can change the direction of lives for our fellow men and teach them to help in kind for generations to come.
A bright future full of hope and success is ours to be had IF we work hard and persevere. It doesn’t just fall in our laps; we have to TAKE it. Our destiny is our responsibility, and it falls on each of us to prepare for it. Take control now and reap the benefits later.