Let’s face it, nobody’s life is perfect. Nobody follows the rules to a T. Contrary to popular belief, rules are in place for a reason. Whether it is: to not flush paper towels down the toilet in a public restroom, or grand theft auto. Breaking rules to excel does not mean risking getting jail time or injuring yourself or others to get ahead. It is actually quite simple. BE BOLD. BE DEMANDING. Set a goal and GO GET IT! The only person who is stopping you from achieving everything you could ever possibly want, is YOU. It’s ok to dream big and then have some setbacks. That is what life is. Do you think (insert empowering person here) got to where they are by being scared to take their attitude to the next level? I THINK NOT! Get out there and get what you want.
Set a goal.
It doesn’t have to be a big goal at first, but the more often you set tiny goals and achieve them, the more motivated you are to set bigger goals. Maybe start at work. Have 2 reports you need finished by the end of the week? Set a side sometime at night when you get home from work, while it is fresh in your mind and get some of it done. Give yourself a little reward for achieving that tiny goal. Finish the rest of it while at work the next day. This way everything gets done and you have more time to focus on family and extracurriculars.
Lately you have been thinking about the raise you were never given because it slipped your bosses mind. Go in his or her office and ask for it. The worst they can say is no and then send you back to work. 9 times out of 10 that will never happen, but you also won’t get your raise if you never ask for it. Most places of business will withhold a raise to save money. So you HAVE to ask for it. To state it simply, if you don’t ask most likely you will not receive.
We are our own worst critics. We hold ourselves to a higher standard. Why? We know what we are capable of and we know that we can be great. Why are we holding our selves back? Some of us are afraid to stretch our necks out and some of us are afraid of what we can’t control (such as rejection). We stick to what we are comfortable with and don’t veer from the path less traveled. We know of our own potential and when we fail at something that should have been “so simple”, we are harder on our selves than anyone else would be. People love confidence. Teachers, bosses, even our significant others love when we are confident because it brings out the best in a person. Funnily enough, they are also the people who see the great potential in you.
Go Get It.
If you sit around just wishing or dreaming of something, it will never become a reality. You have to go out and get what you want. It is very rare that the skies will open up and everything you have ever wanted will just fall into your lap. I have definitely never seen it happen to myself or any body else. Get out there, show off your newfound confidence, and excel in your life!
In life, you need to take risks. If there are no risks, you haven’t actually lived. You need to step outside of your comfort zone! Try something new. Do something that terrifies you. I promise you will get through it! You will be a stronger, and a more confident person because of it!
Taking these steps will be a work in progress. Nothing in this life happens overnight (except for maybe a pimple forming on your face). Conquering life takes time. Maybe sometimes you won’t see any progress, and sometimes you will. Sometimes you will take 5 steps back after taking 10 steps forward. THAT IS OK! It is ok to be disappointed and it is ok to fail sometimes, what is not ok is giving up. Keep pushing through whatever it is that you are working toward. One day it will make all the difference! Check out this article about The Things Nobody Tells You About Being In your 20’s. What no one tells us, is that you don’t have to have it together to get it together. Every day is a stepping stone to your own personal success.
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