We’ve all been through a lot in the past year. The pressure cooker experience of the pandemic has made it necessary to rethink and rework our daily lives. For a large proportion of Americans, the way we work, learn, and socialize has, to some extent, fundamentally changed. The longer adjustment was exhausting.
While it is important to appreciate our experiences and be empathetic adapters, those who find a way to accelerate while others stand still will thrive. The future is for sale and you are the shareholders of tomorrow’s success.
We all have the same 24 hours a day – how we use them is the differentiator. Get inspiration, invest in yourself and motivate yourself with these three steps.
1. Celebrate your progress.
It’s easy to find something that makes you feel good when looking for it. Regardless of your emotional relationship with last year, the truth is that there have been 365 days of success and all are worth celebrating. Show, list, or illustrate your triumphs to inspire pride in your achievements and fuel initiative.
2. Learn something new.
Adding to your skills not only increases confidence and competence, it also drives innovation. Whether you are reading a book or enrolling for an accredited course, stimulating your mind is a great way to revive motivation.
3. Stay in good company.
I recently spoke to my mentor, Mark Chironna, when he challenged me to “live life at the speed of relationships”. My interpretation of this was that we can only go as fast or as far as the people around us. Depending on which expert you hear, we’re the average of the five to ten people we spend the most time with. Take stock of you. Energy is contagious and your network is either an asset or an obstacle.
This year is yours. Investing in yourself by focusing on progress, prioritizing development, and running a good company will make the ROI a productive and purposeful year. When you feel stuck, think of this Chinese saying, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. “
This article originally appeared in the March / April 2021 issue of SUCCESS magazine.