People spend too much time and effort trying to behave how others want them to and not enough time being true to themselves. However, authenticity is what is required to be successful in life.
Tips for being authentic include:
*Knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses, and building on the strengths.
*Avoiding comparisons to others and instead focusing on applying strengths to achieving goals.
*Being positive and treating others with respect.
*Admitting to mistakes and taking responsibility for actions.
*Avoiding self-criticism and dwelling on the negative. It is better to learn from mistakes and move on.
*Not focusing on being liked but focusing on earning respect.
*Relaxing and realizing in hindsight things are not usually as big a deal as they seem.
*Not worrying about pleasing everyone–it is impossible.
*Following one’s instincts and inner voice.
Dreams Do Not Happen Overnight
It can take time to realize one’s dreams, and the path begins with goal setting. To get started, individuals should:
*Write goals down to ingrain them.
*Choose achievable, not unrealistic, goals.
*Visualize success because it is motivating.
*Seek advice and support from others.
*Set realistic time frames for achievements.
*Take smaller steps toward one big goal.
*Stick to it.
*Take time to celebrate successes.
Mistakes Make You Smarter and Stronger
Mistakes are learning experiences that strengthen character and build resilience. The fear of making mistakes stifles growth. Benefiting from mistakes comes through:
*Taking responsibility for them.
*Understanding what went wrong.
*Viewing mistakes as learning opportunities rather than failures.
*Avoiding unnecessary mistakes, like those that come from a lack of understanding.
*Looking for solutions first instead of seeking to blame.
*Being rational instead of emotional.
*Maintaining a sense of perspective–what seems monumental could be minor.
*Letting it go. Just learn and move on.
*Reflecting on missteps.
Insights Come from Everywhere
People never know for certain who or what situation might provide them with valuable, life-changing insights. To stay open to insights, individuals must:
*Realize insights are everywhere, explore the world, and start conversations.
*Practice inventive thought.
*Write ideas down.
*Change their environments to spark creativity.
*Practice personal brainstorming.
*Always question why.
*Overcome limiting habits.