Reading this article, you’re presented with two options:
1-Keep comfy in your low-confidence lifestyle; make no real changes. Keep wishing life will somehow magically get better.
2-Make a an enormous effort to increase your confidence-boosting behaviors, to limit your confidence-reducers, and to live courageously.
If option number two sparks a fire in your heart, then read on for five strategies that will make you extraordinarily confident and successful.
I coach CEOs, executives, HR managers, doctors, lawyers, and tech consultants–all busy people, many of whom can’t stand planning. But you won’t find me brushing up on Japanese business philosophy or fiddling with century-old planning templates in order to help my clients out. I’ve found that daily planning from a weekly action list is all it takes to keep them on track for the long haul.
You’ve heard that goal-setting and planning are kind of like eating an elephant: you gotta do it one bite at a time. But most of us were never taught how to hack up the elephant and slice it down to digestible bites. So we approach our longterm goals a little different:
We spot the elephant, lick our chops, maybe even grab a bib; then we kamikaze attack the 6-ton mound of flesh with nothing but a fork and attempt to gormandize it in one sitting!
Your dreams are as realistic as the work you’re willing to put in.
So how much work are you putting in?
You don’t have to do a lot, initially. But you do have to be consistent—as in “every day” consistent. Because there are a million and a half things that every-day people like you and me have to deal with, that stand between us and our goals, that rock us off center. But each of those interruptions are challenges, and they’re asking us,
“How bad do you want it? How much work will you still put in?”
Most people only tell you about their victories. They might share some of their trials—but only after the victory.
I’m guilty of that. (So is the Koala Bear, above. Believe it or not, that’s a victory photo.)
But today I’m writing from the trenches, cover-fire over my head and Charlie surrounding me, so to speak. I’m struggling. I’ve been rejected/passed over by a ton of blogs recently, namely Forbes and The Muse—my prizes.
If you’ve been struggling and you feel like you won’t succeed, know that you’re not alone.
The simple habit of defining your top 5-8 daily goals each morning is the key to your greatest achievements and success. So, this site being about all things success, I’m going to teach you exactly how to start a life-changing daily planning habit. It’s the most important thing you’ll read here at Millennial Success.
If you stick with daily planning, you’ll automatically boost your confidence, erase your negative self-talk, and break out of the habits that have kept you in “little-me” mode. That’s my promise to you. Give it a month.
But first, a little introduction about how I transitioned from a couch-surfing millennial to a coach who makes his living teaching others how to plan.
The general anxiety and overwhelm of life used to plague me. I’d focus on improving one aspect of my life, like fitness or relationships; then I’d backslide in my career, or I’d forget to do what made me happy. I felt completely out of control.
But along my self-improvement journey, I picked up one indispensable habit that helped me become organized in my self improvement, and which continues to improve the lives of my clients and readers who adopt it.
Learn how to organize your life with a note-taking habit!
“I shouldn’t have yelled at him. But I was so frustrated…I couldn’t help it. When I went to bed I just felt so guilty, like I was the worst parent in the world…”
Let’s get one thing straight—my client Amanda is SuperMom. She arranges her life so that she can spend the most quality time possible with her children; she makes every sacrifice for them. But at the end of a four-hour homework marathon with her three boys, she vented on her oldest son Matt—he just wasn’t getting the spelling lesson. A day later she was still racked with guilt.
So I asked her if she had journaled about the experience.—Ehh, not so much. And that was a problem.
Along with recurring daily habits for meditation, journaling, limiting technology, self-encouragement, the Y-planner includes slots for up to eight custom goals, as well as spaces for learning, creativity, and tackling a procrastination. These are all the things you need to feel on top of your game and in love with life.
Here’s what it looks like:
Each day, all you have to do is plan the top five to eight tasks that bring you closer to your goals for happiness and welath. To make that easier, we’ve crafted simple weekly and monthly planning pages that identify your top bigger-picture goals–many of which are pulled from your custom yearly goals questionnaire.
You refer to these weekly and monthly pages every morning when you plan your new day. That way you’re always connected to your greater purpose, and you’re never left feeling hopeless or without direction.
Every day you use the Y-planner, you will be connected to the long-range goals that, with consistent effort, will make your dreams a reality. You’ll never have to be stuck worrying about your next move, or how you should fill your mornings, or your afternoons, or your weekends, because you’ll have a plan.
That’s a big promise. But the Y-planner is so simple and effective that, if you use it every day, your results are guaranteed. No one can stop you but you.
So purchase our Y-planner. Learn the art of good living. Make each day better than the last. Put forth your best effort every day that ends in Y. And be confident in finally knowing that you are doing everything you need to be happy, healthy, and wealthy. Which is what we all really want.