Jessica outlines some steps to take to help you reach your goals and full potential.
1. Self-Care: This must be a priority. You only get one body; it is your only place to live, no matter where you are in the world. We are synergistic beings. If you are unwell in the mind, body, and/or soul then reaching your highest form of self is going to be met with even more challenges. This isn’t to say that if you have an irreversible health challenge or a disability that you won’t become successful. It means that no matter what you are facing within your own being, you must take care of yourself. Find time to exercise, meditate, pray, make healthy and clean food choices for meals, and surround yourself with people and things that inspire you and support you. Eliminate toxic habits, thoughts, people, and foods from your life. Healthy habits are who you are, not a goal or just something you do.
2. Multi-tasking: Instead of trying to do it all yourself, or micromanaging every little detail, hire out the work you don’t want to do or ask for help when you need it. Break your goals and projects down into bite-size pieces that you can work away on day by day without having to be pulled in fifty different directions. You will accomplish more by tuning in your focus on one or two things at a time rather than many. This is why goal setting is important—it will help you break down tasks so that you don’t get overwhelmed or try to do it all in a day. No one becomes successful overnight. Ever hear the expression a jack of all trades or a master of one? When you are a jack of all trades you become a master of none. Yes, you always want to continue to learn and evolve, that is a successful habit to have, but take your skillsets and use them creatively towards the project or goal you are working on completing. One thing at a time.
3. Don’t Play Small: Take risks. Be open to the opportunities around you. Do not be afraid to fail, or worse, to even try. When you stop yourself from going after your dreams, you lose all benefits you could have received, and the world loses out on benefitting from what you have to offer. It can be intimidating to put yourself out there, but it can also be highly rewarding to follow your dreams. It can liberate you from your fears and insecurities, and it just makes life much more interesting to be who you are. Do not live life as a shriveled up little flower; get out in the light and boldly blossom!
4. Look at Where Your Time is Spent: Too many of us are guilty of wasting precious time on social media, video games, phone apps, and other distractions from living. Dedicate a specific time that you check your emails and social media accounts, allow yourself a set amount of time, and don’t break that rule! You can get on YouTube to watch a silly cat video that is posted by a friend and then hours later you have watched a music video, another cat video, how to survive a zombie apocalypse, another cat video, someone giving tips on how to be better looking, a news clip, another cat video, and the list goes on, and I know you know the rabbit hole I am talking about. Social media has become an addiction and dependency for many. Evaluate where you spend your time, then make choices that support your goals and projects. Time is precious, so use it wisely.
5. Quit Making Excuses: Take responsibility for your life! It is yours and no one else’s. Excuses will rob you of all that life has to offer you. It might be hard to make some decisions, to try new things, to start taking that walk at lunch break you keep meaning to do, or maybe you are shy or worried about what others think of you, whatever your excuse is it doesn’t matter. All excuses steal from your journey in this life. Don’t blame others, don’t play the victim. This is your life; this is it, so kick those excuses to the curb. You will miss out—or worse, not only will you miss out, but you will face challenges and failures—even when you make excuses, so why not take ownership of your life, and give it your best shot anyway?
– Jessica Allison
Jessica Allison is a work at home mom, fine art photographer, makeup and skin care enthusiast, and lover of history and the outdoors. Check her out at facebook.com/groups/flygirllips or www.idahochildrensphotography.com
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Last modified: December 4, 2017