Nothing can beat the trusty checklist for organizing your day-to-day life. Whether it’s on a piece of paper or a note on your smartphone, this simple tool will help you stay organized and productive! Whether you’re running errands to the store or organizing business meetings, it’s as effortless as pie! Alternatively, there is the timeless bucket list – places and activities to visit or attempt before you die that you have never tried out or are too scared to even imagine.
This time, let’s get personal and discuss this with you. Yes, you. As the adage goes, “Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You have to love yourself to get anything done in the world.” In conclusion, begin right away! Acting now is the key to achieving success in life. Investing in yourself is paramount—you are the captain of your boat, and you matter! Here’s a checklist to help guide you on your journey. Best of luck!
Step 1: Unlock Your Potential With a Mentor
Never underestimate the power of inspiration that comes from those we admire; it can be a great source of motivation. No matter the professional field you pursue – from science and arts to finance or business – there is always a role model that can inspire you. Do you aspire to be like someone else, or even exceed their accomplishments? Well then find somebody whose standards of excellence are worth emulating! Reflecting on your journey, who inspired you to embrace and pursue the niche of your choice? At some point in their lives, your idols were likely where you are now – motivated by the people who inspired them.
These individuals are what we refer to as mentors. Not only have they attained impressive heights in their respective fields, but they are also inspirational figures to many striving for success. With the guidance of mentors, these individuals have been able to confidently shape their present identity.
To ensure you reach your peak career potential, consider finding a mentor to guide and inspire you along the way. Let their expertise be your guide as you explore the depths of your niche. With firsthand experience, they can help steer you away from potential perils and pitfalls. Mentors seek to nurture their mentees to cultivate success and empower better decision-making at an early stage of their careers. It’s possible you already have a powerful connection in your network; all that is needed to uncover it is time and effort. If not, LinkedIn can be an efficient way for you to make new ones!
Step 2: Discover Your Unique Style and Make It Your Own
All of us have made regrettable fashion missteps due to trying out the latest trends. Let’s be honest – we’ve all been there! You may have noticed it in a blockbuster movie with your beloved celebrity or on an Instagram post from a renowned influencer. Absolutely nothing is wrong with finding creative inspiration in any form or medium. When it comes to fashion, you should always take a pause and reflect on whether the clothing or style makes YOU happy. Your wardrobe must be something that truly brings joy!
Stop spending money on new clothes – your wardrobe is calling out to be rediscovered! Who knows? You might just discover a surprising combination of ingredients that turns out to be an unforgettable gastronomical experience! By doing this, you can also eliminate the elements that are no longer relevant and do not define who you currently are. Those items that don’t quite fit into your wardrobe can be sold online, giving someone else the chance to make them part of their style.
If you’re still finding it difficult to match and blend your items, why not seek out a bit of inspiration? If Instagram isn’t your thing, worry not–Tumblr and Pinterest are here to save the day! From the prolific amount of fashion blogs on the web, it is apparent that one can draw upon experts and trendsetters for style advice and information. If you are looking for a confidant to give you an honest opinion on your fashion choices, why not turn to those closest to you? Reach out to your family or friends who have great style and ask them what they think!
To push the boundaries of your comfort zone, consider leaping at an unfamiliar decision. People often resist embracing new and better style choices due to their comfort with the familiar. You may not recognize yourself in it initially, but over time you will likely discover the comfort and confidence that was once missing.
Consider re-evaluating your wardrobe choices to bring them in line with who you are and what you stand for. What’s essential here is that you stay true to yourself and your values. When you become confident with how your style reflects your personality, there is no limit on how far you can go! Ultimately, you could become the source of style inspiration for someone else.
Step 3: Find Your People
Building relationships with the right people to further your career is essential for success. However, identifying the right people is paramount to success. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll get what you want right away if you keep persisting, success will likely be yours before long – and when it does come your way, it may even take you by surprise.
During the pandemic, networking can sometimes feel like an insurmountable task. LinkedIn has been a hugely beneficial tool for many in terms of expanding and connecting with relevant contacts, mentors, and peers (Ah-ha! That’s the first step in the process.). You can accomplish all of these feats conveniently online, which is ideal if you fear or loathe face-to-face conversations.
Prepare yourself accordingly. To expand your network, you must communicate your intentions. Perhaps you’ve been encouraged by your mentor in the same field and now you’re ready to take the leap of faith, launching your own business. Have you ever had an idea for a book that was inspired by your favorite author? Create an opening statement that will captivate your audience with carefully curated words. Clearly articulate your ambition – whether it’s to learn from the pros or something else that speaks to your soul.
Don’t expect that every connection-to-be will be willing to lend an ear, so it’s best to mentally prepare for a multitude of rejections. Don’t let anything stand in the way of achieving your ambition! As a professional networking platform, you can draw attention to yourself by posting articles pertinent to your job and providing meaningful input into the conversation. Crafting distinct write-ups is the key to success – so make sure you come up with fresh, unique content! Your hard work and dedication will be rewarded sooner or later. Imagine your LinkedIn inbox being filled to the brim with connection requests from precisely the right people, just as you had planned.
Step 4: Discover the Path to Your Post-Grad Success
Here at Levo, we ardently believe that “learning never stops.” This remains true even today, especially during the peak of the pandemic. You may feel stuck doing mundane tasks, such as working, streaming Netflix, and feeding your cat – if you have one. But don’t worry; it won’t be long before the boredom sets in! Now, however, that has come to an end!
Are you aware that you can use leisure time productively by learning something new? Before the pandemic, there were surely so many interests that you felt compelled to pursue but never had the time. Your skills and interests may appear unimportant at first, but they might be the key to your success in the future.
When they encountered a challenging period in their careers, some professionals chose to capitalize on the trend of creating content for Youtube. Many people have found success in amassing a large following and attention and consequently turned it into their career path. It’s not only viable but highly rewarding; many are happy to do so. Whether you are a novice or an experienced content creator, this fantastic opportunity is open to all who possess the ability to captivate their audience.
If you’re looking for something new and different to do, why not try your hand at a skill that doesn’t require extensive content creation or video editing? Let Youtube be the backdrop of your adventure. Are you interested in learning photography? Or perhaps coding and programming are more up your alley? What about interior design as a new skill to try out? With the vast array of websites and online learning platforms available to us, everyone has access to knowledge and education at their fingertips. When you’ve completed a course, Futurelearn, Coursera, and Udacity are just some online platforms that offer certifications to recognize your knowledge. Not only are there more formal educational outlets, but casual learning platforms such as Skillshare, MasterClass, and even LinkedIn Learning make developing new skills simple. By subscribing to these courses, you can gain access for a lifetime and learn the skills you need! If you’re open to learning, knowledge is abundant at your fingertips.
Embrace the power of literature and dive into reading! With Audible, you can effortlessly enjoy your favorite books with the bonus of having them read to you! Step into the world of empowered female career stories like #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso and let yourself be inspired. For self-improvement, there is no better resource than Amy Cuddy’s Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. Invest in your future by reading these books that can help you take control of your career path and make it a success.
Step 5: Make Time for Yourself
Striking a harmonious balance between your life and career is key to achieving success. Striking the right balance between work and leisure is essential for both your success and well-being. When you take care of yourself, it shows that you are aware and considerate of your needs and well-being. The traditional schedule is 8 hours of work, 8 hours for leisure activities, and an ample amount of rest. Unfortunately, the precious 8 hours that should be dedicated to yourself usually get squandered.
Even though the pandemic continues to linger, we look for solace in all that is digital. Stress levels are growing higher and higher due to the strain of work, resulting in a dramatic increase in mental health concerns. Maybe you were let go due to corporate downsizing. If you do not address this issue promptly, it could drastically decrease your necessary eight hours of sleep. In this challenging time, having a support system is essential. Your family and friends are your closest allies when it comes to lending a helping hand. Don’t forget to offer your support, as they are also struggling during this global pandemic. With a mentor, you can gain invaluable guidance on how to conquer obstacles and have someone with whom you can openly share your thoughts.
Embracing meditation in the morning can help bring a sense of tranquility to your day while setting you up for success. A little bit of self-care will ensure a positive day. When your workload becomes too overwhelming or starts to negatively affect you, be sure to say “no” and prioritize yourself. You are fully within your right to take a break. It is solely for self-care and that should be respected by those around you; when you return, it will allow you to perform better than ever before! Taking care of your mental health is essential for you to be at your best, so make sure that you prioritize it.
In this portion of the checklist, it is essential to focus not only on our mental and emotional health but also on other aspects. Not only should you take care of your mental health, but also don’t forget to stay physically fit! If the lockdown regulations permit it and you own a bicycle, then cycle away – that is an excellent form of exercise. Stimulate your heart rate and stay active by avoiding the temptation of lounging on your couch while binge-watching television. For both Android and iOS users, some apps provide you with the benefit of a personal trainer right at your fingertips. With the exercises offered, you don’t need to purchase cumbersome gym equipment anymore. All of these activities can be done in your own home – with convenience and comfort!
By combining these two aspects, you can form a daily plan to maintain your overall well-being and attain greater physical and mental health. This will make for an improved, happier version of yourself.
Step 6: Uncover Your Authentic Voice
Put an end to the fear of public speaking or conversations if that is not something you feel comfortable with. Get ready and be brave! You will be astounded when you find out how easy it is, plus this activity ties back into several other items on this list.
To be successful in this pursuit, the most important factor is confidence. This can come from a mentor, as Step 1 suggests. It can also be developed by creating your best self through style and attitude (Step 2). Finally, networking will provide even greater results (Step 3). Once you have these elements of confidence in place, success will follow!
If possible, rehearse with a friend. Think of them as your superior or executive and direct the conversation in the same manner you would expect from yourself. Additionally, keep an eye on your audience; treat them as if you were one of their own for better engagement. Visualize the process of uplifting yourself and conquering any fear or apprehension you may have about being judged. Make sure to always be true to who you are no matter what.
Step 7: Unleash Your Freedom
Don’t be content with merely earning a paycheck and covering your expenses. Sure, that money is necessary for necessities but ensure that you’re striving to achieve more than the bare minimum. By investing wisely in services like NerdWallet, Merrill Edge or NimaEquity which provide real estate passive income, you can rest easy knowing that your funds will be safe until the time comes when you need them. There’s nothing more rewarding than having a secure future ahead of you!
It would be our pleasure to offer guidance and help you take charge of your life and career. We hope that this guide will provide support as you navigate through both the working world and daily living. Here’s to bigger successes, so stick with what makes YOU happy!