We all want to advance ourselves personally and professionally and there are probably thousands of way to do it. To save you the burden of trying to choose, here are three things you can do to get you on the right track.
Make yourself a small fish in a large pond
Sure it feels good to feel like you’re the smartest, most successful person in the group, but if you want to grow and take yourself to the next level you shouldn’t be afraid to let yourself feel small. Instead of surrounding yourself with people who think you’re great, surround yourself with people you aspire to be like. People who are smarter than you, more successful, more motivated and involved in their lives. Those are the people you want to emulate. Those are the vibes you want to absorb.
Instead of wasting time with things that don’t fulfill you in some way (like endless hours of TV or falling down Google rabbit holes) find things that inspire you to be a better person. Learn, share, teach, grow. You get to choose how you spend your time.
Start each day the night before
If you wake up then start planning your day, you’re already behind on what you can accomplish and you feel about the day. If you already have plans for the day waiting for you to get going the second you wake up, you’ll be inspired to get on with it. You’ve already got things to achieve on the go. You’ve already got a plan.
Creating a plan for the next day isn’t all you should do to inspire yourself. The last thing you should do to set yourself up for a great tomorrow is to remind yourself of what was great today. Write down anything you learned. Note whatever positive things happened. Going to sleep with a grateful heart will carry on right into the next day.
Choose one thing to get really great at
There are probably all sorts of things you want to improve in your life and career and that’s great. You should be striving to improve on lots of levels, but the way to get really good at anything is to give it your full attention. That means choose one thing you want to get great at. Give yourself a timeline to achieve your goal, say a month, two months, six months, whatever you believe it will take. Then push for that particular goal or achievement with everything you’ve got during that time.