Unfortunately, our lives do not come with instruction books to tell us what to do in order to be successful. We basically have to go through a series of trial and errors to discover what works and what does not. We may learn from role models, experience and even self-help books how to navigate our way to the life that we really want. Here are 5 simple tips to make it big:
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Follow your heart
This is not just something that children learn from bedtime stories, but it really is a way to determine what direction you want your life to take. This gives us the opportunity to ask ourselves 3 important questions: what do I really want out of life? What am I passionate about? What makes me truly happy? It is first and foremost important to stay true to you and your needs. Sometimes we become too caught up in what others say we should do and we ignore ourselves. But nobody will fulfill your dreams if you don’t. Let your heart guide you to what you want.
Keep the bigger picture in mind
Where do you want to be in the next 5, 10 or 20 years? Imagine the life you will have and all the things that will come with it. Create an image in your mind’s eye of how you will feel once you have achieved that and hold onto to it as a goal. Now, set up smaller goals that will help to get to you to your ultimate big dream. If you want to become a millionaire in the next ten years, start as small as making your own budget today. These smaller goals will get you into the habits that will help you to eventually, meet your bigger dream. It may be helpful to create a vision board or list to clarify and remember your goals.
Be confident in yourself
It is very difficult to get anywhere worth getting to with a low opinion of yourself. One good way to build confidence is to not shy away from the things that scare you. Try as much as possible to face them head on. This can be public speaking, or even just making small talk with a stranger. You never know the kind of opportunities that these challenges could open you up to. And even if they do not lead anywhere, you will still get a major confidence boost just because of the fact that you have faced your fears.
The surest way to not making it big is to do nothing at all. You will not to find out what action to take. Sometimes procrastination gets the best of us because we simply do not know where to start. If you want to become an expert in your field of work for instance, you may need to learn everything you can about your industry. This may mean enrolling into courses, finding a mentor or taking part in workshops. Do it! Your next step will probably present itself while you are in this process. So, what are you waiting for? Set your dreams into motion!
Have a little faith
Once you have put in the work and as much of yourself into your goals as possible, all you can do is to be patient, and you will see the results of your efforts. Nothing worth having comes easy. And if your goals are big enough, they will take a lot of time to materialise. Do not give up though, keep up the hard work. Patience and persistence is the name of the game. You will also have to accept that all things will not go according to plan. As you go on your journey to making it big you might have to revise a few steps to get there as you learn and evolve. But this should not dissuade you because there will always be bumps on the road to success. Keep at it and you will see what you can achieve.
The path to success can be a long and difficult one. It takes a great amount of hard work, consistency and patience to get to where you really want to be. We all need a bit of help on the road to achieving our dreams even if it is just a little bit of clarity. These are 5 tips that may just be what you will need to make it big.
Written by Noma Mtebele