Your August Action Plan: 10 Ways to Break Free From the Norm
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. To come up with fresh ideas for the future.
This is your month to focus not on dreaming, but doing. You know what you want; go get it.
1. Skillfully Crafted
Tonight list your skills and match them with your career goals. Which ones don’t align?
2. Kind Words
This week replace all “I shouldn’t have… ” sentences with “next time I will… ” Embrace the effects of keeping a positive mindset.
3. Bonding Breaks
Schedule a coffee date with a friend. Commit to bolstering your social network every week.
4. Penny Pincher
Make a plan to start investing. Start small using helpful apps, such as Acorns, which invests the rounded amount of each purchase to the next dollar.
5. Lighten Up
Assume the best of people. Reassess frustrating situations with appreciation and understanding.
6. Face Your Fears
Write down the top five fears holding you back. Focus on overcoming one per week and watch your confidence grow.
7. No Means No
Increase your focus and productivity by saying no when you’re too busy. Be honest but respectful.
Schedule a monthly brainstorm session with your peers. Give honest feedback and value the varying perspectives.
9. Change Up
Find a new recipe that gives a healthy twist to your favorite food. Commit to healthier replacements once a week.
10. Jump In
Commit to taking a radical risk. Launch a passion project; challenge an outdated protocol; pitch your startup idea at a networking event.
Read: Are You an Original?
This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.