Life is all about growing, improving and moving ahead. Staying still means life will pass you by and you’ll have to catch up. Whether it’s your career, relationships or life in general, it is about compassionately and gradually improving your position. It is about doing the things that you want to do, have dreamt about and feel good about. Man’s existence is naturally based on working towards meaning and purpose. Everybody has different goals and different ways of pursuing them, whether it’s related to your career, relationships or life.
But how do you get to the next level in life? How do you break barriers and move forward? Let’s take a look at a few steps that can help you reach the next level.
If you have a goal in mind with regards to your career and your relationships, you need to educate yourself about it. To move to the next level in life, you need to know where you are, where you want to go and how to get there. You also you need to equip yourself with the necessary skills to reach your destination. The way to go about it is thru non-stop learning and educating yourself with information, knowledge, and new technologies.
Move From Thinking to Doing
It is one thing to think about moving ahead and quite another to actually do it. You may have moved beyond the next level in your mind, but your life won’t move ahead unless you physically go forward and start doing things. That doesn’t mean you act without thinking, but the best way to go about it is to plan your path and take calculated steps toward your destination.
Face Your Fear
Fear and pain are the biggest barriers standing between you and your next level. People are scared of talking to their friends about their feelings and taking their relationships forward because they fear their friend’s reaction, they fear going for a career that isn’t an easy option because they fear rejection or failure. But fear is a mere obstacle in a long race, and success lies beyond it. You need to face your fear with courage and only then will you be able to enjoy the success that will bring you to your next level.
Embrace Your Challenge
Challenges are a sign that you are pushing your limit and at the same time you are progressing and moving ahead. When you step into unchartered territory that is when you will encounter the most challenges because that is the natural way of life. Nothing comes easy in life. There are obstacles every step of the way and the only way to move ahead in life is to embrace these opportunities and take them in your stride as you move forward.
Procrastination is an evil that holds you back from accomplishing tasks, activities and ultimately your goals. A person who procrastinates and delays things instead of actually doing them may find themselves having to catch up with the things that were once well within their reach. Procrastination is a problem which needs to be addressed if you are to move forward in any domain in life. If you want to apply for a job, do it now, if you need to do a task, do it without delay, if you want to marry your loved one, do it when you are ready. Don’t leave it for tomorrow, because tomorrow never comes, it is all about today. It is about living in the present moment.
Adapt a "No Failure” Attitude
The fear of failure can often be the rope that keeps people from flying away and realizing their true potential. The key to success and moving beyond the ordinary and into the exceptional is to have a no fear attitude. If a bird was afraid of falling, would it end up scaling the heights of the sky? Would the human race have these successes? Would the inventions that we admire exist if Edison or Tesla were scared of what failure might lead to? Only a no failure attitude can allow you to break the barriers of pain and of fear and transcend.
Create a positive environment
There is no denying that optimism and positivity will take you far toward your destination. In addition, a supportive environment around you that is conducive to your success will help you look at things from a healthy and constructive perspective, where you are able to be strong and motivated. Positive attitude also reduces stress and drives you to find a positive balance, with optimal tension between where you are and where you want to be.
- Moshe Ratson (MBA, MS MFT, LMFT) is a Licensed Couples/Marriage Family Therapist and Executive Coach based in New York City.
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