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. Do more of the things that move you forward in life, and create a life full of positive momentum.
1. Move forward in life by learning 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.
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.
3. Keep a budget to move forward in life.
While diligent expense tracking is beneficial, each person’s needs may be different, and making room for some small luxuries isn’t always a bad thing—or a bank-breaker. This week, track your three most troublesome spending categories and mark where you can start cutting back.
4. Move forward in life by feeling your feelings.
5. Wake up earlier for a quiet morning routine.
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.
6. Just breathe before responding.
Struggling with patience? Start by taking three or four deep breaths. Sometimes all we need is a minute to calm ourselves before responding.
7. Get real about your finances to move forward in life.
8. Assess where you’re at now to move forward in life.
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?
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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.
10. Move forward in life by finding focus.
Avoid distractions to stay focused on your goals. Explain your dream and vision to family and friends. Set aside time for mind wandering to be more productive.
This article appeared in the June 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine and was updated June 2023. Photo by Inside Creative House/Shutterstock