1. Find your passion.
No matter who you are, the work you love is out there for you. If you’re still looking for your passion, ask yourself “What would I be willing to do without payment for 6 months?” Your answer will astound you. If you know what it is, then do it well and find a way to make it your career.
“Don’t follow the rules of society, but rather, what’s on your heart.”
2. Develop your vision.
Your ideal lifestyle is in direct proportion to the vision that you have of yourself in the future. Do you want a better lifestyle? You have to view it before you do it! What kind of vision do you have of your future? What are you willing to do today to make tomorrow a better day?
“If you can see it, you can be it!”
3. Be patient.
Life is a test of patience. Everything we do requires patience. Some of our deepest desires will come as a result of our patience. Moreover, it’s not always easy to wait. Oftentimes, we see others who seem to be getting results faster than we are. However, we should never compare our results to others.
What’s been created for you will eventually come to you. Never worry about tomorrow or next year, but do what must be done today. If you have a clear vision of what will happen, stay encouraged and keep your faith. Without faith, nothing is possible. With faith, all things are possible. Believe in your dream and be patient.
“Life is a test of patience… and patience is a test of perseverance.”
4. Love others.
Love is the greatest motivational force on Earth. Nothing can happen without the power of love. Everyone is connected by love and no one can live without it. Think about the people you love in your life. Do you realize how much they impact you? Do you realize how much you impact them?
The only way to know is to think about how your funeral would look. Imagine hearing your eulogy and seeing all the people that would attend your ceremony. It’s more than you would think! If you take this perspective and live every day as if it mattered, you’d live your life as if you’d have everything to gain and nothing to lose!
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy and it does not boast. For it is not proud and it is not self-seeking, for it is honor to others.” – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
5. Stay humble.
Being humble is one of the greatest virtues of creating an ideal lifestyle. A life of humility means that you’re connected to who you are, what you’re about, and where you’re going. By doing this, you’ll always be able to show others that you care about their feelings.
However, humility is NOT modesty. Many people reject generous favors because they think that they are too undeserving. Humble people know how to receive just as much as they know how to give. In fact, the only way you can give is by receiving. Those who are humble know how to both give and receive.
“Those who honor themselves will be humbled. Those who humble themselves will be honored.”
6. Speak up.
There are many times where we need to speak up. Many of us are belittled when we know we should speak out on our feelings. We need to articulate our thoughts and make sure our voice is heard. Without speaking up, we can resort to anger and pain, which deteriorates our peace of mind.
The next time you find yourself in a dilemma with another person, speak up. Without being rude, tactfully let this person know that you deserve respect. Sharing your thoughts and feelings will allow them to change their behaviors. Say what you believe and believe in what you say. Let your words make an impact.
“Stand strong for what you believe in is right… even if it’s the hardest thing to do.”
7. Trust others.
There’s nothing better than an environment of trust. Culture is everything and everything is culture. If you’re in a place where you find others betraying each other and gossiping, even in the smallest ways, it’s time to walk away. There’s no time to compromise on trust.
Those who have trustworthy relationships can get to the next level in their lives. When you look at those around you, they must be able to energize you by supporting you on your goals and dreams. No matter what you do, you must surround yourself with people who are willing to help you. Moreover, if you can trust yourself, you can trust others.Trust is a must.
“If you can trust yourself, you can trust others.”
8. Ask for help.
Your life would be so much easier if you asked people for help. What are you doing today that could be done by others? If you’re missing the mark in any area of your life, it’s probably because you haven’t been asking for any help. It’s time to face the truth and ask those around you for some favors. You’ll find that they’ll be willing to help you more than you were willing to ask.
“Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and thou shall find it.” -Matthew 7:7
As a contributor myself, I absolutely love writing and posting articles like this for others to read! As a matter of fact, I love doing this so much that I choose to give up my young high school life (parties, prom, sports, grades…) over writing articles like this! And to me, that beats any day in my life!
But my point is that contributing is a selfless endeavor to helping others. Moreover, your rewards may not always be immediate, which is why many people are hesitant to giving it their all. However, if you decide that you want to dedicate your life to helping others, you’ll find unlimited rewards and satisfaction in doing so.
“When you take care of others, others will take care of you.”
10. Finish strong.
It’s easy to get promoted in life if we only finished what we started. In fact, the only reason shoddiness, disorganization, and chaos exists is because people haven’t finished strong enough. A strong finisher is a champion who always wins because their foundation is built on integrity.
Integrity is doing what needs to be done, even if the consequences isn’t in your favor. In the long run, you’ll be stronger and others will know that you are reliable. In everything that you do, go the extra mile and you’ll go further than you could ever imagine (pun intended). True winners always finish strong!
“True winners always finish strong!”