Have you wanted to improve your life for the better?
Need some quick ideas for setting up your new goals for this year?
Following is a list compilation of 28 tips that you can implement as part of your plan to get the most out of your life
1. Invest in yourself.
You are the greatest asset and investment.
With other assets such as stocks and real estate there might be fluctuations due to stock market conditions, interest rates fluctuations, current economic conditions and a host of other unknown factors.
But with investing in yourself your skills, experience and knowledge stay with you forever.
You can leverage that great heap of knowledge inside you to make you many times more money or wealth in the long term.
I am not saying that you shouldn’t invest in stocks or real estate (they are great assets to build your wealth on provided you have the right experience, skills and knowledge to manage it) but my point is that in order to manage your stock and real estate portfolios, does this not come from your own knowledge, skills and expertise?
2. Value your time.
Instead of fluttering your time away on unfocused goals or issues, express your time in monetary value: For example you can assign a value of $10,000/hour.
That means that the things you are going to spend time on is going to cost you $10,000/hour.
$10,000 is a random number I pick but the goal is to create a sense of urgency and attach a high value to your time spent. The following poem summarizes it best:
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics
Author is unknown.
3. Appreciate your family, friends and the ones who has helped you on your path.
Sometimes when we are busy chasing our goals, we forget that at the end of the day it is our family, close friends and mentors who cheer us up and provide emotional support to us whenever they can.
I am really grateful to my parents for giving me a university education in Canada and consequently this step has opened many doors of opportunities for me.
Before you know, the time has passed and with time gone, we can never get it back.
We can always earn the money back when we lost it but time gone is forever gone.
So treasure all the important people in your circle and let them know how much you love and appreciate them through thank you cards, hugs and other gestures of appreciation.
4. Have the eagerness to learn and educate; it builds momentum and is related to #1.
For me, I never stop learning particularly when it concerned my writing ability.
I am always looking for tips and ways to write better, more concise and easy to understand.
5. Practice goal setting and put it in writing.
I don’t know why but whenever I put my goal in writing, it tends to manifest.
My theory/speculation is that by writing down your goals you are broadcasting your intentions to the Universe.
However the most significant effect of goal setting is what we become as a result.
So see goal setting as a journey and enjoy the fruits of you becoming a better and more successful person over time.
6. Focus on the WHY, not the HOW in the beginning of any endeavour.
The WHY will guide you to the HOW.
When I started this blog, I had zero knowledge about blogging, setting up a Word Press blog, plugins and a host of other factors.
But instead of letting these factors prevent me from starting a blog, I just went ahead and learn along the way.
During this time, Google was my best friend because I google everything up that I did not understand.
7. Learn from the “Masters”.
By Masters I mean people who hasve gone before you and have achieved the results you want.
But the most important thing you can learn from them is “how” they think and solve problems and understand what their mistakes are so you learn not to repeat them yourselves.
It definitely helps in shortening your learning curve.
But there is a word of caution here: Don’t see them as infallible.
Even though they might have more experience and knowledge than you do, always use your discernment and judgment call with regards to applying the information.
Only you know what tips and insights are going to work for you.
Sometimes I add my own twist to the tips I gained from my mentors to suit my needs.
8. Know the importance of leverage.
Leverage on other people’s knowledge, skills and experience.
Examples are hiring an assistant or doing outsourcing.
An example: when I first start this blog I use a free Word Press theme.
I wasn’t really satisfied with some of the features and decide to look for better options.
Instead of learning programming and coding to design my own theme (which is going to take me forever especially with zero programming knowledge) I paid for a well reviewed theme: Elegant Themes to improve my blog’s layout.
9. Know how to create a system
For me this includes setting a filing system, writing blog posts, reading up relevant information in my niche, and strategizing on my long term plans for this blog.
Having a system in place saves time because I don’t need to always think what I should do other than following a proven system of writing blog posts or filing things away.
10. Have an end goal in mind.
Tied to # 5 goal setting. It is like going on vacation: How do you buy plane tickets if you don’t know your destination?
11. Go with the flow.
Set goals but also be aware of unexpected and positive opportunities.
If your goal is to earn $50,000 a year, but the Universe wants you to earn $100,000 a year does it make better sense to go with the $100,000?
12. Focus on value creation.
Create value for your boss, company, customer and client.
It can be through improved customer service, networking, better communication and relationship building and so forth.
13. Work on your strengths, not your weaknesses.
The only time when you start working on your weakness is when it acts as an obstacle to your success.
In my previous example, I mention my weakness in programming and coding.
Instead of taking a course in programming and design my own website layout, I rather pay for it and use the time saved to write articles and do other more relevant goals.
14. Work on getting good habits.
You are the accumulation of your habits.
The great advantage of habits is that it runs on autopilot: you wouldn’t have to think about it every time right?
Things like waking up early, working during your most productive hours, cutting down your intake of junk food and soda drinks, reduced TV watching, spend more time in nature etc.. are all important habits to cultivate.
The key is to schedule them in your daily activities.
It is not enough to just think or intend to happen.
Make it part of your daily mantra to do one good habit and within a month it will be second nature to you.
15. Know what you want; have focus.
Don’t spread yourself too thin across many different tasks.
I find that being focused is the key to increased output.
I only do multitasking when the tasks on hand doesn’t require me to think too much: simple things like cleaning the house while listening to a podcast or radio. d
16. Maintain a positive attitude through gratitude and appreciative of the good things that have happened to you.
Keep a gratitude book or journal where you write down every single thing you are grateful for.
It can be a smile from your spouse and kids, a sunny day, beautiful weather, food on the table, running water, nice house, caring friends… the list can go on and on.
Be happy and show gratitude and you will be rewarded with a great sense of optimism.
17. Utilize your power of imagination.
It can be via painting, singing, dreaming, drawing, dancing..anything that engages your senses can be a form of imagining.
Or ask this simple question: what is my dream life like?
When I was growing up, I always imagine to live a life of a princess (being pampered and no need to work hard) and would dance around my parents whenever I had the chance.
As I grew older I find this very silly of me but then when you imagine you open up yourself to possibilities…who knows maybe my dream might come true in the future 🙂 .
18. Don’t be afraid of the results of being successful.
Every one of us deserves to live a happy and successful life, even though we might not all start at an equal footing.
As the saying goes: it doesn’t matter where we start, what matters is where we decide to finish.
19. Evaluate which of the following resources you want to emphasize: time, money and energy.
When you are young, you have time and energy on your side.
Use that to earn the money and let the money buy you time.
So you can spend the time to do things you want. Check out the interview with Celestine Chua where she talks about outsourcing
20. The willingness to work hard – the 10.000 hour rule.
In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell points out that all successful people in their respective field have spent more than 10,000 hours to hone and master their expertise.
The key is to pay your dues and put in a lot of effort, time and hard work to achieve mastery.
There is an excellent article on this topic at the BBC site: The 10000 Hour Rule Myth
21. Redefine the meaning of failure
My definition of failure is ” real life feedback telling you where you went wrong” .
If you see failure as something embarrassing or that would undermine your worth, then it is time to redefine it because every successful person has encountered failures in their lives.
Try assigning a cartoon figure to failure and success: I see success as a nice and generous lady who gives out a lot of candies and sweets while I see failure as the strict disciplinarian.
Sometimes when we see failure with a sense of humor, we can bounce back from it with more ease.
22. See money as a tool.
Money is a means to an end.
Money can enhance a lot of things in life such as being able to buy time, travel, better house, better car, nice clothes, nice dinners and so on.
But money is a byproduct of # 12, value creation hence focus on that first before money.
23. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging and like-minded people.
Don’t underestimate the power of your peers.
They do rub off on you and before you know you become like them as well.
Do a little experiment with yourself: try hanging around friends who are very business inclined: all they can talk about is investing, stocks, financial management, success tips, strategy for getting career promotions. etc for a month or so.
Then the next month you hang out with your friends who like to complain about their lives, their relationships. etc..
You definitely see the difference.
Go ahead and see this for yourself. If a month is too much try doing this for a week.
24. Be proactive and take initiative in every thing you do.
Don’t wait for things to happen but take the first step in everything you do.
Want to learn a new skill?
Borrow or buy books or attend a class in your local area.
Instead of worrying or thinking how difficult it will be keep yourself moving and taking action and you will make your dream happen sooner or later.
25. Be the best you can be whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Opportunities can come at unexpected times. Be respectful of everybody and treat everyone with kindness and be nice.
You never know what the future might bring to you just by being caring and nice to others: your dorm mate/class mate might become a billionaire entrepreneur in the future and he is looking for a partner or hire to work for his company.
Who do you think he picks? Reputation counts.
26. Do a random act of kindness. Help out whenever you can.
It could be a smile, kind words, sharing a positive message or video with friends, proofreading your friends resume (that is what I did frequently in the past) and so on.
27. Write a list of 10 positive things about yourself and put this list in front of you everyday.
It builds your self-confidence and the ability to trust your own capabilities and skills.
28. Have patience.
It takes time to see the results of your own efforts..it is like planting a tree.
You need to plant a seed (set goals and visions), water it accordingly (hard work and effort), need the right weather conditions (surround yourself with positive and successful people), and let time do the rest.
Along the way the plant might get infested with insects (encounter failures or obstacles) but as long as you know how to remove that (your ability to deal with adversity) then the plant is restored back to its original state.
And by the end of the season or next season, it has grown into a beautiful tree with lots of fruits (you with all the successes and achievements).
The point is not to give up right away but give the project, idea or whatever you are working on some time to bear result.
See these tips as tools for you to live life easier and happier.
My take is to take as many useful and practical tools as possible so when a certain situation arises, you know which one to pick and use to become a winner in life.
So what do you think?