You are prepared. You’ve done your homework, and you are ready to take your life to the next level.
How do you make the jump into greater success whether this success is a new job, starting a company, a new project, or even a new relationship?
#1 Be nice to everyone you encounter. You don’t have to be everyone’s new friend. However, say you are looking for a job. You should be nice to the attendants in the parking garage. Start up a conversation with the janitorial staff, and be extremely kind to the administrative staff.
You never know who might observe you and remember your presence and how you interact with the world. You never know who might put in a good word for you, so pay attention to everyone. Wish your fellow job applicants success. Your kindness will come back to you eventually. Kindness will clear many obstacles from your path.
#2 Clean up your past. You biggest obstacle to success is usually yourself. Whether this is a questionable social media image, negative self-talk, or negative relationships with others, take stock of how others view you. Make sure that your social media profile doesn’t have pictures of days and nights spent partying. Don’t have check-ins at pub crawls, strip clubs, and bars. Show that you are a well-rounded individual with many interests. Volunteering to help others is one of the best activities to document. The more you give, the more respect you earn.
Also, pay close attention to who you follow and who you connect with on social media. If you are a single guy, and you follow a lot of exotic dancers and pornographers, you are going to look ridiculous to most women who view your profile. Beyond looking ridiculous, pornography fuels human trafficking and 66-90 % of women involved in the production of pornography were sexually abused as children. If a woman is in administration, she won’t give you a second thought if you openly follow pornography. If a successful woman is interested in dating you, she will most likely feel disgust for you if you follow pornography. Work on showing a connection and passion to your field through social media. Additionally, make sure your email address is a version of your name. Save “MissSexy69” for your password and not what is visible to the world. What you are aiming to become is a leader with integrity, so start acting that way ahead of time.
Maybe you don’t have an issue with a questionable social media profile, but you have anger or resentments from things that have happened in your past. You cannot think a negative thought and positive thought at the same time, so choose positive thoughts for your life and future. Clean up your own negativity in order to move forward into your future.
Also, as a college professor, I see people returning to school with significant others who are resentful and try to sabotage their partner’s attempts to better their lives. As you make a jump forward in your life, whether this is a career, new degree, or new opportunity, pay close attention to the people who do not support you. Realize that it is hard enough to achieve success with supportive people around you. Consider cleaning unsupportive people out of your life.
#3 Do the hard work. I see a lot of creative people with amazing ideas fail because they procrastinate, give up in the face of a challenge, or give in to laziness or self-pity. The difference between coming up with ideas versus seeing things through to the end is the willingness to struggle, to do things that are not enjoyable, and to grow.
If you are willing to grow and learn, then your ego is a healthy one. A fragile ego prevents some people from succeeding because they don’t want to accept that their first attempt may need considerable improvement. They make numerous excuses for why they cannot achieve certain goals because it is easier to live in a dream world than to dig in, realize their weaknesses, and work to improve various areas that need improvement.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be afraid to continue to learn. You can make the learning process fun, and you can create magic along the way. However, the work can’t be avoided or dreamt away, so focus on the many small steps toward a goal and not only the end goal. Set deadlines, and get busy! Self-discipline will help manifest miracles.
I leave you with a poem by Marge Piercy about the beauty of hard work.