Give up your excuses.
No one ever made it anywhere by offering a myriad of excuses. Instead of coming up with reasons why you can’t do something, start thinking of reasons why you can. No one likes taking excuses from other people, so why give yourself a free pass to make excuses? Take responsibility for what you have done and what you have to do. It’s your life, and you need to take charge without any defenses.
Give up negativity.
Negative thoughts are all-too-common, especially when you’re striving for a goal. You’ll constantly find yourself thinking, “Is it really worth it?” or “It’s too much work.” Stop with the negative thinking. Every situation can be looked at from a positive angle if you just give it a chance. We’re not all going to like every circumstance in our lives, but negative thoughts will just make it worse. Start looking on the bright side of things, and find the positive in every negative you find.
Give up toxic people.
That friend who only calls you when they need something? Stop talking to them. That supposed-BFF who constantly bashes your dreams? You don’t need them. Toxic people will try to bring you down to make themselves feel better. If you don’t gain anything by having someone in your life, you probably don’t need them in your life in the first place. Don’t give someone the time of day if they’re not willing to give you the same courtesy, and definitely do not let anyone stand in the way of your goals.
Give up self-doubt.
That voice in your head that tells you that you’re under qualified, or not pretty enough, or too shy—ignore it. Don’t doubt your abilities. A key to success is pushing this doubt aside, no matter how difficult that may be. Remind yourself of all of your best qualities instead of focusing on the ones you’re not as proud of. If you don’t believe you can succeed, no one else will. Self-assurance is much more helpful than self-doubt.
Give up procrastination.
It’s a bad habit. We’ve all been there… it’s the night before something is due and we’re just getting around to doing it. It’s time to throw away any excuse you have and stop procrastinating. Whatever it is—whether it’s a phone call you keep putting off or work assignment you dread doing—just get it done. You’ll feel better once you do, and it sets a good precedent for all future occasions.
Give up disorganization.
Organization is the key to many aspects in life, especially when striving towards a goal. This can relate to both physical and mental organization. Keep to-do lists, write in your planner, and leave notes for yourself of reminders. Don’t miss out on an opportunity because you forget to do something, or you miss an interview, or you can’t keep your thoughts clear. Stay organized, and motivation and success will begin to follow naturally.