Too many people are being held back in life and career by their own actions–the choices they make on daily basis.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” –Maria Robinson

Some ideas to get you started on your journey of transformation.

1. Stop being scared to make a mistake.

Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.  You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.

2. Stop spending time with the wrong people.

Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.

3. Stop thinking you’re not ready.

Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

4. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. 

Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only

5. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself .

Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.  You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough.  But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past.  You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.  So smile!  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.

6. Stop following the path of least resistance.

Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.

7. Stop blaming others for your issues.

The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

8. Stop worrying so much. 

Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

9. Stop trying to hold onto the past. 

You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one. Today is a new day, make the most of the moment and be awesome now.

10. Stop trying to make things perfect. 

The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. Don’t wait for a perfect moment to get anything done. There can never be the right moment to something significant done. Just get to it and iterate.

11. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. 

Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus. If you can’t do something big, so something small in a big way.

12. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. 

Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you. Don’t overthink everything and lose the beauty of the moment.

13. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. 

We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come. Embrace the future with a positive mind.

Related: 15 Things to Start Doing for Yourself…Starting Now


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