Perhaps at one time or another you may have said to yourself: “I don’t know why my life as a professional is like this,” “I wonder when my life will change” or even “I wish I could achieve what I want to achieve”. “Maybe getting a new resume and cover letter from an expert will increase the chances of me getting that dream job.”
If you think or talk like this you desire a satisfying career or means of achievement. There is nothing wrong with hoping or wishing for improvement; however, in order to achieve or be successful, there are certain criteria or conditions which must be fulfilled first before getting what you want.
It’s important to remember that things don’t just happen to people.
We have to initiate change. So, if you’re unhappy with a certain aspect of your life or career, start working towards making change happen and you will soon see the benefits.
Simply wishing for something to change or for your life to improve won’t make things change for you.
You have to be an active participant in your life. You can’t sit passively and wait for your life to improve. Get out there and start making those changes happen for yourself. Often just putting yourself in certain situations can open up a world of opportunities that wouldn’t have presented themselves if you had stayed in your same routines.
The most successful people actively make changes and strive for greatness. It takes a lot of time and effort, but once you become successful it will all be worth the effort.
If there are changes you’d like to make in either your professional or personal life, start to work toward those goals. When working toward a large goal, it’s best to break that goal up into smaller, more attainable parts.
For instance, start with writing down your end goal, whether it’s making partner in your law firm, getting an important promotion, or becoming a successful writer/realtor/actor/salesperson, etc. Once you have your end goal in mind, write down the five main steps that it will take to achieve your goal. After writing down those five steps, break each of those five steps up into five smaller steps. You can keep working this way until you have many tiny steps to complete all the way to your goal.
Once you feel that you can’t break your steps into any smaller categories, you can start assigning your steps a time frame. Whether you can complete a step per day or week, you can develop a timeline that you can schedule into a day planner to keep yourself accountable. This will also show you once and for all how long it will take you to reach your final goal.
By breaking a very large goal into smaller, more attainable steps, you will be able visualize all the steps involved in the process. It will also make your large goal seem much more attainable once you have a plan.
Often, people say things like “I wish I could become a successful lawyer” without having any plan to achieve their goal. When you have a goal without any plan of attaining it, you are left with only a wish.
Turn your wishes into goals this year by developing specific, timelined steps that keep you organized and accountable.
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