The future, quite literally, is now, and the March/April issue of SUCCESS magazine is devoted to laying out all the reasons you should be optimistic about it.
Here are 10 ideas from the issue that you can put to use immediately:
1. Zero In.
Feel free to poll your customers about what they really like about buying from you or working with you. When you have a healthy sample of data, you might revisit your business plan and niche down.
2. See it All.
The reasons for gratitude are all around us. Maybe journaling isn’t for you, though. So how about this instead: Give a friend or family member a call out of the blue today and tell them why you’re grateful for them.
Read: How Gratitude Works
3. Sketch it Out.
If you’re human, you have at least some bad habits. Here’s a thought exercise: If a certain number of those habits don’t change, what is the likely result. If that scares you, make a change.
4. Consider the Source.
Here’s a journal topic: Write about the reasons that might’ve been behind your last naysayer’s negativity. If it’s a friend or family member, maybe they are just being protective.
Read: How to Handle the Haters
5. Find Your Tribe.
If you find yourself identifying with one or several of this issue’s New Thought Leaders, head to the book store and dive in. Immerse yourself in their methodology for a while to see if it sticks. PAGE 42
6. Adjust Upward.
There’s no better time than now to lean in to optimism, and there are few better reasons to trust in the future like studying the past. Read a tale of two of human achievement this weekend.
Read: Why Attitude Matters
7. See Clearly
Your vision is the backbone of your leadership abilities. When chatting with a team member or colleague, ask for their interpretation of what you’re trying to achieve (and don’t judge them).
8. Catch This.
Some dietary factors have been shown to have an effect on your mental health. Set a goal to integrate just two more servings of fish onto your plate every week—we love salmon.
9. Join Up.
If you’re looking for compatriots, consider signing up for an adult recreational sports league, or find another local club you might be interested in. Everyone needs social time—even solopreneurs.
10. Analyze the Status Quo.
There’s never a bad time to conduct a personal inventory. How is your life going in terms of happiness, health, growth and purpose? When you are honest with yourself, you may find room to improve.
Read: Your Future Is Now
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
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