Success is an alluring dream but it can also be a horrible nightmare for some of us. We struggle, fight and claw our way to the top and sometimes we just slide right back down that hill again. Finding ways to keep up the good fight isn’t too difficult if you know where to look for them.
Sleep: A proper amount of sleep is essential for every aspect of life. If you don’t get enough sleep your body suffers and will try to gather that sleep at the wrong time and the wrong place. Adults typically require from 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, but this varies with the individual. Some of us are sustainable on 6 hours of sleep while others of us require around 10 hours each night. You’ll know if you get enough sleep as you’ll be energetic, ready to start your day and won’t lose steam as the afternoon winds down. One way to tell if you are getting enough sleep is by having someone calculate how long it takes you to fall asleep. If it takes around half an hour you are getting your rest, but if you are asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow you are exhausted and need to re-evaluate your sleep schedule.
Make a Vision Board: This is a relatively new idea but it can make a world of difference in keeping us focused on our goals in life. A vision board can be an actual board with goals written on it or it can be as simple as a sign or two on the wall. However it’s done, it must convey the attitude you need to succeed in life. The board must be always positive. You can write that you are already thin if you are on a diet. Don’t write that you are getting thin or want to be thin, but write as if you are already there to keep the mind focused on that arrival point. If you want a promotion at work, write that you have the job and keep those new responsibilities in mind as you work towards that goal.
The Action Method: This requires some imagination in order to work. Take every aspect of life as if it is something very important to your future and break it down into three sections: Actionable, references and backburner items. Paying your cell phone bill is actionable, the bill itself is a reference to remind you and a future goal of trading your old cell phone for a new and improved one is on the back burner until a later date. Use this technique for every part of your life and you will soon discover how easy it is to get on that elusive road to success. Recording your goals and displaying them where you can see them every day is another great way of keeping them fresh in your mind. This can be done with a chalkboard or even sticky notes, although the best way to do it is with the official templates or notebooks from Behance, the developers of the Action Method.