Think about how your typical day goes for a moment.
What are the activities you give your all to? Are you the kind who prioritizes work as if your world revolves around it? What are the other aspects of your life in which you always do your best?
You know, sometimes it’s these simple questions—which tend to be the great ones—we forget asking ourselves. Sometimes, if not most of the time, we spend our days without anymore bothering to identify what does and does not matter.
It’s so easy to think how icky you’re supposed to feel when procrastinating. You might think, I’ve been there. I’ve been a terrible procrastinator. Surely, procrastination is the thief of time I’ll never get back … But is it all really just a phase? Should unlearning procrastination be easy, too?
Procrastination is a learned habit. (Yes, a habit, that thing that essentially shapes our future.) The good news is that it can be unlearned, although it might not be easy.
If you’re a doer, you should be a goal-setter.
Goal-setting is an essential; it’s a must. There’s just no other way around it if you truly want to achieve what your heart desires.
Goal-setting is exciting—especially if we’re talking about personal goals. Have you ever wondered why there’s just a lot of talk about SMART Goals … why you should even care?
Yes, setting personal goals is exciting. Knowing that you can turn your life around just by sticking to goals helps you open doors and discover things really worth looking forward to.
However, let’s face it—goal-setting takes time. It may sound easy or glorious or anything that’d make you feel like you’re the undiscovered hero of the world.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
So you set goals. Every day you take a look at your tasks list, glance over the to-do list you just made this morning—then decide to update it, again. Oh, there’s a lot of work to do, you say. How can I possibly do all of this? You watch out for whether your stress levels compete with everything else again. Time is running out.
In any case, do you appreciate the importance of setting goals in the first place? Do you see light amidst this seemingly dark times (read: era of information overload)? Do you still believe in this whole goal-setting thing?
How can one possibly know how to live in the moment while achieving goals at the same time?
Seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? It seems that you must enjoy, savor or fully experience everything there is right now, while being able to handle the stress and pressure out of your responsibilities, all at the same time.
First off, you can live in the moment—you can practice mindfulness—even though you’re one of the busiest persons on earth.
But this doesn’t mean that doing it is easy.
I myself am just starting to practice mindfulness, pretty much in everything I do. It can be funny, because the moment you decide to do it, you realize it can be hard. And you may think, “What on earth have I been thinking? What have I been doing?”
Being motivated all the time is simply impossible.
To be honest, as I’m writing this, I’m not even that motivated. Last night I was in high spirits, as if I could finish everything; I just needed to sleep eventually.
But this morning, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I hated the feeling. I could blame someone else so easily.
I forgot that it was best to simply keep moving forward.
The truth is, no matter how we prepare ourselves, or how we set things up for tomorrow, or how we get rid of distractions—we don’t have control over a lot of things, and most of the time, they can hold us back.
A person who has commanding authority or influence is a leader.
It doesn’t matter whether you were appointed in a high position, or you’re the only one who really knows the work, or sometimes, everybody else is just new.
And it doesn’t really matter whether you’re CEO or not.
We can work on the definition that a leader may have either of the two, or both: authority and influence. A lot could be required from the leader to have and maintain either of them.
If you know how to be an effective leader in your workplace, you can be as effective at home or anywhere else as a friend, a relative or even a stranger.
Let’s get down to the bottom of this—you want success, you want to be successful—no matter how you define success.
And you will go get it.
Some people say that the steps to success are simple; there should only be a few steps.
I’ll be talking about 17 on this post. That may sound a lot, but I’ll be telling you the complete steps—arranged as how steps should be. (You may want to interchange just a couple of them; that should be fine.) These 17 steps to success are all vital—no step must be skipped. A step may take a much shorter time than the others, but doing it anyway is what’s important—take the step before moving on to the next one.
Goals. Who doesn’t have them? If you think you’re among those who don’t, think again.
Goals could be small and easy. Isn’t waking up at a specific time a goal?
On the other hand, goals could be difficult to achieve—they may require so much time, effort and grit.
Have you mastered how to reach your goals already?
I don’t know about you, but to me, goal-setting should be done fairly for both small and big goals—there should be a balance. Needless to say, our goals are important in their own ways. But whether a goal is easy or hard, it must contribute to that sort of balance.
We can all be negative.
Each of us has that something that’d push our buttons at the snap of a finger. To sum it all up, we’re human—we get to face our own challenges with negativity in one way or another.
In other words, if you say that you just couldn’t handle negative people, you might also be negative yourself.
If you know how to deal with negative people, you’ll look at them from a different perspective. Don’t get me wrong—dealing with negative people could be difficult, especially if you can’t avoid being with them, for example, family members.