1. Surround yourself with people who encourage you.
Do you have people in your life who berate you? Or who imply that you aren’t good enough? Drop ’em! There’s no reason to be around folks who do not support you. The amazing thing about being human is that we can choose our friends. Pick wisely.
Of course there are people with whom we must have relationships, perhaps difficult bosses or energy sucking family members. So maybe you don’t share your life’s aspirations with them. Shorten the time spent you spend with them or steer your conversations when you’re around them to other topics.
2. Hold yourself accountable.
Talk about your goals openly. Tell people your dreams so that you can hold yourself to them. The more you discuss your hopes, the faster you’ll want to get there, and the harder you’ll work toward them.
3. Start with smaller goals and get bigger.
Think about your biggest, in-my-wildest-dreams goal. Work backward from there. Create a ladder of smaller goals, until you get to the bottom rung, the first and tiniest step toward dream realization. Go for that one first, then start the climb. Give yourself a pat on the back for each achievement on the way up.
4. Celebrate what’s going right in your life.
It’s amazing how forcing a smile eventually turns genuine. Smiling begets more smiling. Guess what else? People like to be around happy people! Thehappier you are in your life, the more success you’ll have, guaranteed. If you aren’t content with where your life is, make a change. Another idea: write down a list of all the things you have to be grateful for. Then, the next day, try to add three things to that list. Add three different things each day.
5. Take note of your accomplishments.
Struggling with Number 4? Turn your list into a journal: Write down why you should be proud of yourself. It will change your mood and your life.
Remember that some of life’s wants can be achieved through hard work and determination. So work hard in pursuit of your dreams. Prepare yourself to say yes when opportunity knocks. Be the best version of yourself that you can show that to the world. Dream big, and reach for the stars.