Taking Charge of Your Life: Simple Changes to Achieve Your Goals

//Taking Charge of Your Life: Simple Changes to Achieve Your Goals

Your Best Life Is Right in Front of You


Do you ever find yourself feeling less confident than usual? Perhaps you’re experiencing the impact of an economic downturn, or you’re struggling to keep up with the increasing demands of your job. It could even be that you’re feeling isolated due to the absence of friends or family.

The rise of social media only makes matters worse, as we’re constantly bombarded with images of people living seemingly perfect lives. It’s no surprise that so many of us are struggling with self-doubt.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry. The career coaches at Forward have some helpful tips to help you live a better, more confident life.

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Create Goals

If you’re not sure where to start, start with a plan. Get a journal or notebook and outline what kind of goals you want to achieve. Where do you see yourself a month, a year, five, and ten years from now? Concrete goals are far easier to achieve than just some nebulous idea of wanting to be or do better, so write them down somewhere.

As part of those long-term goals, make daily goals like giving yourself an extra hour in the morning to meditate or perform some yoga stretches. Another daily goal can just be to cut out a morning latte that is expensive and full of empty calories. Daily goals that are achievable can help boost your confidence and give you the encouragement you need to keep going on with those larger goals.


If your goals are career-related, then give your timeline a boost by scheduling a session with the career coaches at Forward. They have services to help everyone from new job seekers to seasoned professionals.


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Make Getting Healthier a Priority

You can’t be your best if you’re not feeling your best. Your diet can play a crucial role in how you feel about yourself and life in general.

Did you know that a lot of the foods you eat can actually put you in a bad mood? Sodas and sugary juices, processed meats, baked goods, and even peanuts and french fries can make you feel grumpy. On the other hand, dark chocolate, bananas, oats, berries, and black coffee can put you in a good mood, explains Healthline.

Aside from your daily mood, a properly balanced diet will give you energy, reduce your chances of getting sick, and lower your risks for things like heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and some cancers.

Create a fitness routine for yourself that you can enjoy doing, whether it’s a daily walk in the park, a round of tennis a couple of days a week, dance classes, or a gym membership. Just make it something fun so you’ll stick with it.


De-Stress Your Home

Your own home can be making you feel stressed. Clutter is one of the worst culprits for making you feel anxious, and if that clutter is in your home, it can be impossible to find a place to relax.

Get rid of anything that you don’t need by donating it or disposing of it. Especially something broken. Broken items in your house are bad feng shui — and items that don’t bring you joy can only drag you down.

Reduce Your Financial Stress

Financial stress can be a major source of anxiety and can greatly impact your overall well-being. However, there are many alternative methods to help you reduce financial stress and take control of your finances.

One of the simplest ways to reduce financial stress is by creating a budget. Knowing exactly where your money is going and setting limits on your spending can help you stay on track and avoid overspending.

Another way to reduce financial stress is to increase your income. A great way to do this without making major changes is to seek a raise or promotion at your current job.

If this isn’t an option, why not check out some part-time jobs or start a side business?


Consider Becoming Your Own Boss

Have a brilliant business idea you’re desperate to try out? Or maybe you just want to get a side hustle going to boost your income. It has never been easier to start your own enterprise – but it still isn’t a walk in the park.

Start by making a business plan — you can find online templates to help you with that. This can help you decide if your idea is viable and then give you the steps you’ll need to take to bring your business idea to life.

With it you’ll devise a marketing plan, learn how to attract investors, and how to structure your business to maximize the benefits to you and protect your personal assets from your business finances.

The best way to start is by paying attention to the old army adage; “Time spent in reconnaissance is never wasted”. Conduct as much research as you can before making the step.


Put Your Mind to it and Make a Change

The term “it’s all in your head” sounds cliche, but there’s also a lot of truth to it. Having a positive mindset can allow you to achieve the life you want for yourself.

But it also has to be accompanied by tangible goals like diet, exercise, pain relief, a calming atmosphere, and maybe even a career change. Whether you’re refinancing or starting a business, what’s best for one person may not be best for another, but taking care of yourself is good for everyone.


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This article was contributed by Stephanie Haywood. Personal development and self-care gave her a boost when she needed it most, and now she works to share the gift of self-knowledge, self-care, and self-actualization with everyone who visits MyLifeBoost.com.