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 your overall personal growth. From your career to your relationships, seek abundance in all that you do.
1. Remember happy.
Emotional enemies such as doubt and fear can hold you back from achieving your goals. Write down your top three accomplishments and put this list somewhere obvious as a reminder of your worth.
2. Level up.
Who would you be if money, time or other commitments weren’t a factor? What could you accomplish if nothing stood in your way? Take time to reflect on your life and ensure you’re living the best version of you.
3. Embrace optimism.
Struggling to see a brighter future? Remind yourself that life—and negative situations—are cyclical. What was once the biggest problem in your life is now only a blip in the rearview mirror.
4. Book it.
“Travel more.” It’s a goal on nearly everyone’s list. Stop making excuses and book a trip that will give your brain and body a break from the daily grind.
5. Take stock.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Who are those people in your life? Do they lift you up or drag you down? Evaluate whom you choose to spend time with, and make more time for the right ones.
6. Give up guilt.
If you’re a people pleaser, you tend to say yes even when you’re already overextended. Analyze the motivation behind your yes. If it’s guilt, it will only lead to burnout. Give yourself permission to say no.
7. Find freedom.
You’ve dreamed of leaving your job to follow your passion. Stop dreaming and start doing. Write down the next five steps and commit to taking the first one this month.
8. Continue learning.
Sign up for one new class or online course this week. It might not benefit your career or make you wealthier, but it will increase your knowledge, which is vital to your growth. Embrace a student mindset.
9. Dream big.
Success isn’t scarce. Give yourself permission to dream big and reach for your biggest goals. Often the biggest obstacle is our own fear of failure.
10. Give kindness.
Reach out with words of encouragement this week. Kindness has a physiological effect on both the giver and the receiver, so embrace the gift you give to yourself and others.
This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.