Being successful in a way that makes you feel fulfilled and in tune with your true self may not match your friends’, coworkers’, family’s, or even society’s definition of success. If you’re feeling stuck and misplaced, it may be time to redefine what success truly means to you. This will help you focus on the right goals that match your values and passions, creating a renewed sense of well-being. Follow these tips:
Explore what makes you feel inspired, proud or fulfilled. Dig up clues from your past, including your childhood. Perhaps you felt fulfilled when you helped someone either directly or through a cause, demonstrated a special artistic or other talent, or created something unique.
Decide upon some actions to get started. Consider taking a class, volunteering or interning, joining clubs or social media groups, attending an exhibit or event, or consulting with an expert or mentor in your area of interest. Or simply follow your curiosity to experience something that intrigues you. You may gain useful information and new contacts that can help fuel your interest and guide you to the next steps.
Make a plan. That’s the difference between dreaming about success and achieving it! Divide your plan into short-term and long-term goals with specific steps and reasonable timelines.
Adjust your mindset to break through stalling. If you’re stuck in self-doubt and feeling overwhelmed, take a look at your self-talk.Start saying to yourself: “I can do this. I will start small and build on the steps.” Ask yourself, “What little thing can I do today to keep myself on track?” Use reminders, posters, journals, and listen to podcasts. Stay inspired, and don’t let negative people pull you off your path!