Sometimes the very best thing that can happen to you is failure. Watch Conan O’Brien explain why in this hilarious commencement speech for Dartmouth College.
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You want to be the first person to set foot on Mars? You want to run your own online shoe sales company? You want to get promoted to team leader? No matter what your goals, big or small, you’re going to have to take concrete steps to get them out of the wish zone into the fulfilment zone.
Write out your goals
In order to achieve anything need to be working towards clear objectives every day. The best way to do that is to write out specifically what you are aiming to achieve. Keep a written record of your daily, weekly, monthly goals and make a point of checking in with them and revising every single day to keep yourself on track and motivated.
Keep track of your progress
As you check in with your goals everyday, make a point of marking down your achievements. Keep track of successes and failures.
Reaching your goal will never be a straight line. There will be detours and setbacks but for the purposes of working toward it, imagine a straight line between where you start and the end achievement of your goal. Keeping track of your progress means knowing where you are on that line. Just a couple of steps in, a third of the way there, three quarters etc.
Acknowledge your successes
On the way to achieving your ultimate goal you will accomplish smaller ones along the way. A small goal might be finishing a course or writing out a proposal or revising your schedule to consistently wake up half and hour earlier to meditate. You know what your small goals are because you’ve got them written down.
Don’t just accomplish them then move on. By acknowledging your moments of success you will motivate yourself to keep going. It will help you feel like you’re on track and all this striving has a definite, achievable point.
Don’t stop with a pat on the back. When you are proud of what you’ve done reward yourself in some way. It doesn’t have to be huge. It could be a full day off for a walk in the nature preserve, or those new shoes you’ve been wanting or a celebratory dinner.
Incentivize yourself as you go to keep yourself motivated. The bigger the successes the bigger the rewards!
Stacked in a pile with a bunch of other resumes, you want to make sure you do everything you can to make yours stand out. Here are three simple things you can do to catch the recruiter’s attention.
Before you submit your resume to any organization, check them out on every platform you can. Website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. Do they seem fun loving? Serious? Innovative? Forward thinking? Glean what you can about the company culture, their beliefs and values. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not, but if you fall in line with what you read then make it apparent on your resume.
A touch of flare
You certainly don’t want your resume to become a circus of action and color, but you can create highlights or a touch of flare with a chart or graph or a bit of colour. Check out these resume ideas from skillcrush.
Watch your words
People use all kinds of standby words like results driven on their resume that don’t actually say much of anything. Instead of using a generic term to say what you’re going to do, show them what you’ve actually done.
So instead of saying you are driven to succeed tell them how you have already succeeded. I did this and the result was that.
Give specific examples of what you did and how it impacted the workplace. Did what you did increase productivity? Did it save money? Did it improve morale? Be specific and concrete with your examples.
The more specific you are with your intentions and accomplishments the more likely you are to grab that recruiter’s attention.
Sometimes while we’re trying to get into the job market, we feel like we need to be like everyone else. Wear the right clothes, say the right things, think the right thoughts, so we’ll be accepted by the powers that be.
Make a good impression, not the same impression
Although it’s important to make a good impression to be liked and appreciated by others, you certainly don’t have to make the same impression as everyone else.
You bring unique thoughts, insights and ideas to the table. It’s important to build up your confidence to the level where you feel comfortable sharing them. The more you believe in yourself, the more others will believe in you.
Create your own box
You shouldn’t feel like you have to live in the same box as everyone else in order to get ahead. People don’t make an impression on others by being just like everyone else. They make an impression by being themselves.
Remember, every time there’s a bright new idea out there, that becomes the bright new thing everyone wants to talk and think about. Instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing, think about that bright new thing you can do.
With a little more confidence, everything runs smoother. You don’t have to be born confident to be confident. Here are some tips to help you improve confidence.
We’ve all got a list of things to do every day. Some days we get through some things, some days everything, and some days none. That’s to be expected. We can’t always accomplish everything we want to do, but do you ever notice that some things keep moving from to-do list, to to-do list day after day without ever getting done?
The reason some things never get scratched off the list is because they seem so big and daunting. Oftentimes when a project or task feels overwhelming we put it aside until we feel mentally and physically ready to deal with it. Then by not dealing with it, the thing gets the added weight of a psychological barrier against doing it and we’re even less inclined to tackle it.
No matter what the size of your task, whether you’re prepared to do it or would rather put it off indefinitely, there’s a little trick that can completely change your perspective on it.
Give it a minute
Rather than getting intimidated or overwhelmed by the size of a project, deal with it in small, easy to manage segments. Essentially the trick is to only commit to one minute.
Set a timer and devote a single minute to your task. At the end of the minute you will have some sort of result. It probably won’t be a huge result, but it will be something. At that point you can either decide to come back and give your task another minute tomorrow or you can keep going. The hardest part of any project is getting started.
One minute is enough time to start, it’s enough time to put you into the proper mindset to get on with your task. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish by committing to a single minute!