The good news is, you have the same 24 hours as every successful person you know. The difference though might be that they spend this time more wisely.
The best advice I’ve ever received is to monitor the things I allocate my time to and make adjustments so that my everyday behavior reflects what I want out of life. In other words, I have to make sure my daily actions are in line with my long-term goals.
The thing that most people don’t understand is that they build their career daily. You carve your own path with every decision you make and action you take.
How do you spend your days? Do you go to work and come home to watch TV before bed? This must mean you’re satisfied with your job and happy with your life. Do you make time to go to networking events after work? Then you probably want to take your career to the next step or continue your professional development. Do you spend your 5 to 9 volunteering or working on your creative projects – whether that’d be writing a book, filming and editing videos, painting, making beaded bracelets etc.? Then you have something you’re passionate about and showing the world what you care about. Do you stay home and binge watch shows on Netflix or mindlessly browse the Internet?
If you do something well and consistently, it will become your reality. Habits develop as a result of doing something long enough. They become the building blocks of your long-term behavior. This in turn determines the course of your life. If you’re unhappy with where you are, figure out what’s wrong and make concrete changes to fix it. Pay attention to your habits and what you naturally spend your time doing. Eliminate distractions and focus. This isn’t to say that you can’t occasionally take breaks and binge watch episodes of Peaky Blinders (*cough*). However, maintaining a balance is healthy.
You build your future every day. It doesn’t just happen to you. You create it. A full-time blogger didn’t just write one blog post to reach that level of success. A milestone can take years of dedication, smart investments, strategic thinking and planning.
Take a look at your life now. Have your actions brought you closer to your goals? Are you repeating mistakes and expecting to see different results? Focus on what you can control – your thoughts, your actions. The rest will fall into place.
So, what did you do today?
Or better yet, what will you do tomorrow?
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I'm a brand strategist, career blogger & writer. I founded A Millennial's Guide to Life, developing content to help creative millennials make a living by pursuing their passions.