Your April Action Plan: 10 Ways to Get Serious About Your Future

Your Action Plan is a monthly to-do list of tips straight from SUCCESS magazine—10 things you can do right now to improve yourself and your life.

This month, feed your mind what it needs to take on life’s challenges. Learn what it means to be mentally tough, and then step outside of your comfort zone for a total transformation.

1. Toughen up.

The next time you’re tempted to postpone a difficult conversation, remind yourself that great leaders need to make tough decisions to achieve more. Schedule it immediately and don’t talk yourself out of it.

Read: 5 Things Strong Leaders Do

2. Swap the sweets.

The average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. Commit to healthier options by substituting the sugar for your coffee with a spoonful of raw honey or a natural sweetener.

Read: Craving Sugar? Try These Substitutes Instead

3. Take responsibility.

Your life is your own. Circumstances can arise that are out of your control. But you alone are responsible for your happiness. Don’t let anyone else hold that power.

Read: 7 Rules to Be Wealthy as a Single Parent

4. Picture the end.

Write down your biggest goal. Now envision yourself achieving that goal. Imagine how accomplished you’ll feel. Keep that feeling in mind as you progress toward your goal.

Read: How Training for a Marathon Pushed Me to Seek More

5. See gratitude.

Every day this week, write down three things you’re thankful for. They don’t need to be big and you don’t need to make a production out of it. Commit to seeing the good in your life and watch a positive habit form.

Read: What I Learned From Keeping a Gratitude Journal

6. Never give up.

Challenges are inevitable. How you respond to those challenges will define who you are. Reframe your mental attitude when difficult situations arise. Remind yourself that the hard times are a vital part of success.

Read: The Baddest Bull Rider Has a Secret to Success: Always Pick the Baddest Bull

7. Reach out.

The feeling of not being enough is a universal one. Embrace that uncomfortable feeling and strive to create authentic, vulnerable connections with those around you.

Read: 5 Ways Being Vulnerable Can Make You Happier

8. Do difficult.

Life isn’t easy. The challenges you face inevitably make you stronger. The next time you face a difficult challenge, tell yourself good and keep pushing forward.

Read: The Jocko Willink Way

9. Be present.

Take a couple members of your team out to lunch. Get to know them, not as employees but as people. Ask about their dreams, goals and future plans. Ask how you can help them achieve those goals.

Read: Why a Compassionate Leader Gets Results

10. Push yourself.

Commit to doing one difficult thing every day this week. Step outside of your comfort zone and relish the uncomfortable feeling of learning new things.

Read: Mental Strength Can Make You Unstoppable—Here’s How


This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.


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