Your July Action Plan: 10 Ways to Really Believe in Yourself

 

1. Learn obsessively.

To become a master at what you do, focus on continuously improving every day. That means learning something new even when you’re tired or unmotivated.

Read: 5 Ways to Be Better Than ‘Just Good’

2. Stay humble.

Celebrate your success but don’t let it feed your ego. Keep a list of all the people who helped you get where you are as a humble reminder.

Read: Success Is a Journey, Not a Destination

3. Keep count.

It’s not always efficient to track every expense. This week, track your three most troublesome spending categories and mark where you can start cutting back.

Read: I Tried (and Failed) to Go a Month Without Spending Money

4. Feel the feels.

When life feels overwhelming, pretending that you’re strong isn’t always the best thing. Allow yourself to experience the emotions so you can find a plan to work through them.

Read: How to Know When It’s Time to Change

5. Rise and grind.

Not everyone is a morning person, but everyone can benefit from the quiet time in the morning before emails and calls start pouring in. Set your alarm one hour earlier this month and see what happens.

Read: What Happened When I Woke Up at 4:30 for 30 Days

6. Just breathe.

Struggling with patience? Start by taking three or four deep breaths. Sometimes all we need is a minute to calm our brains before responding.

Read: 5 Ways to Be the Patient Person You Never Thought You Could Be

7. Get real.

Debt is easy to wander into and hard to escape. Take a hard look at your finances this month. Does your spending match your values?

Read: Dave Ramsey Has a Plan for the Rest of Your Life

8. Self-assess.

Your work doesn’t have to be boring. You don’t have to dread your daily alarm. Write down 10 things that excite you, move you or drive you. Do they align with your current career?

Read: How to Start Over

9. Stretch it out.

If you spend hours sitting in front of a laptop every day, start spending 10 minutes of every hour walking around, stretching your back and relieving your eyes. Give yourself time to refresh.

Read: 43 Ways to Improve Yourself in Just 10 Minutes

10. Find focus.

Daily distractions keep us from achieving even the smallest goals. Explain your dream and vision to family and friends. Set aside time for complete solitude to be more productive.

Read: 4 Keys to Getting Motivated When You Feel Stuck

 

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

 

 

1. Learn obsessively.

To become a master at what you do, focus on continuously improving every day. That means learning something new even when you’re tired or unmotivated.

Read: 5 Ways to Be Better Than ‘Just Good’

2. Stay humble.

Celebrate your success but don’t let it feed your ego. Keep a list of all the people who helped you get where you are as a humble reminder.

Read: Success Is a Journey, Not a Destination

3. Keep count.

It’s not always efficient to track every expense. This week, track your three most troublesome spending categories and mark where you can start cutting back.

Read: I Tried (and Failed) to Go a Month Without Spending Money

4. Feel the feels.

When life feels overwhelming, pretending that you’re strong isn’t always the best thing. Allow yourself to experience the emotions so you can find a plan to work through them.

Read: How to Know When It’s Time to Change

5. Rise and grind.

Not everyone is a morning person, but everyone can benefit from the quiet time in the morning before emails and calls start pouring in. Set your alarm one hour earlier this month and see what happens.

Read: What Happened When I Woke Up at 4:30 for 30 Days

6. Just breathe.

Struggling with patience? Start by taking three or four deep breaths. Sometimes all we need is a minute to calm our brains before responding.

Read: 5 Ways to Be the Patient Person You Never Thought You Could Be

7. Get real.

Debt is easy to wander into and hard to escape. Take a hard look at your finances this month. Does your spending match your values?

Read: Dave Ramsey Has a Plan for the Rest of Your Life

8. Self-assess.

Your work doesn’t have to be boring. You don’t have to dread your daily alarm. Write down 10 things that excite you, move you or drive you. Do they align with your current career?

Read: How to Start Over

9. Stretch it out.

If you spend hours sitting in front of a laptop every day, start spending 10 minutes of every hour walking around, stretching your back and relieving your eyes. Give yourself time to refresh.

Read: 43 Ways to Improve Yourself in Just 10 Minutes

10. Find focus.

Daily distractions keep us from achieving even the smallest goals. Explain your dream and vision to family and friends. Set aside time for complete solitude to be more productive.

Read: 4 Keys to Getting Motivated When You Feel Stuck

 

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

 

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, focus on where you want to go in life. Do more of the things that propel you forward, and create a life full of positive momentum.

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, focus on believing in yourself and in the path you walk. When things get tough, give yourself a little self-compassion.

1. Don’t worry.

Anxiety is a natural and shared human feeling. But don’t let a disproportionate level of anxiety hold you back. Spend some time reflecting on how much you worry about things without addressing them.

Read: 11 Subtle Signs of Anxiety You Might Not Notice

2. Be you.

Bishop T.D. Jakes says “Your realness is proven by your imperfections.” Celebrate your flaws this week and revel in the knowledge that a whole life is an imperfect life.

Read: T.D. Jakes Wants You to Suffer

3. Connect.

You can’t succeed alone. Develop relationships with trusted friends and allies who will help you along the way. Do this by meeting new people and developing your character instincts.

Read: A 4-Step Guide for Finding Your Allies

4. Fuel up.

Struggling to perk up in the morning? Feeling that afternoon drag? Start with a healthy breakfast to balance your blood sugar and fuel your body for a full day.

Read: How to Start Your Mornings Right

5. Love thyself.

Write down every negative thought you have today, and apologize to yourself for each one. Remind yourself that you have failed, but you are not a failure. A little self-compassion goes a long way.

Read: I Spent 30 Days Practicing Self-Kindness—Here’s What I Learned

6. Diversify.

Focus on your strengths this week. If your job isn’t satisfying your entrepreneurial spirit, consider a side gig that plays to your talent and passion.

Read: 3 Keys to Getting Motivated When You Feel Stuck

7. Stretch yourself.

Your worldview was molded by your parents, teachers, classmates and religious upbringing. This week, branch out to see the world from someone else’s perspective.

Read: What I Learned About Myself After Sampling 6 Religions 

8. Search for good.

The world can be a negative place if you’re seeing stories only from your newsfeed. Today, talk to real people instead of browsing social media. Take a break from the negative.

Read: What Happened When I Avoided the News for 30 Days

9. Suffer well.

Reaching your goals doesn’t happen overnight. When you’re tired from working on the weekends, remind yourself this isn’t supposed to be easy.

Read: 4 Tactics for Believing in Yourself 

10. Look in the mirror.

Trust is a two-way street. Before you expect others to be trustworthy, examine yourself first. Ask yourself tough questions like, Do I always keep my word?

Read: 8 Tried-and-True Steps to Building Trust

 

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

Cecilia Meis

Cecilia Meis

Cecilia Meis is a full-time writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. Besides SUCCESS, her work has appeared in Time Out Dallas, Rewire, Healthline and others. Outside of work, she plays beach volleyball, attempts home cooking and is ardently working toward making her cat, Nola, Insta-famous.

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