Have you ever felt amazing after an incredibly productive day? That feeling of being able to conquer the world, that you're getting closer to seeing your goals come into fruition. Today, millennials have become famous for choosing experience over material items. People are starting to understand those material things don't bring long-term happiness. You can only be happy in the long-term when you see that you are making progress.
Change is a constant in our lives. Everything is constantly changing around us. But progress is not guaranteed. Progress only comes when you consciously create a life you love. When you choose to live a life you love, you cannot wait to get out of bed in the morning. You are filled with energy and you pursue your goals with a passion.
How to Live a Life You Love
Living a life you love is easier said than done. Sometimes, we wake up in a life that feels out of our control. Work might seem to be out of our hands. Our boss might be riding us to deliver on an unrealistic deadline. We may feel like we are falling behind, unable to catch our breath.
When you find yourself in this predicament, it's important to focus on gratitude. We are always more blessed than we realize, more loved than we know, and more necessary than we feel. When we start counting our blessings instead of our curses, we move immediately into a state of gratitude. This instant state change immediately changes our outlook.
Once we shift our outlook, we begin to reorient our actions to match our outlook. Only through taking action are we able to change our circumstances. The key is to make a smart, deliberate, and decisive action. In every season of your life, there is a strategy that works. When you are able to capitalize on the right strategy and throw your weight behind it, you will be able to begin living a life you love.
How to Make Progress
Let's start by defining progress. Dictionary.com defines progress as "a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage." The origins of progress begins with goal-setting.
Once you've defined your goals you're able to track how you are performing. For example, if you are trying to grow your business' income by 10% at the end of this year, you can track the trajectory by looking at the revenue charts month by month to see how you are performing.
Once you have a goal, a way to measure that goal objectively, you will need to build a plan to execute towards that goal. Failing to plan is akin to planning to fail. If you want to make progress, you need to adopt winning strategies to do this. The fastest way to learn what the winning strategies are is to find a mentor who has achieved what you want and is willing to teach you.
If you want to successfully market a product, look around and find a person who has successfully marketed products recently and is willing to teach you. If you want to get an A in a class, find someone who has aced that class in the past quarter to help you achieve this. If you want to teach yourself how to code, find someone who taught themselves how to code and work at a top tech company to help you achieve this. Never, ever listen to anyone who criticizes you when they've never achieved what you want to achieve.
Once you've set your goals and found your mentors, begin to execute towards your goal. With the right strategies in place, it's only a matter of time until you see yourself making progress.
Growing Through Adversity
Whenever you start at zero, you will encounter challenges that will push you to your limits. These challenges become easier over time through practice. One day, you will look back at where you started and be amazed at how far life took you. If you are willing to jump into the deep end and adapt to the unknown waters, you will grow significantly through your adversity. Persistence, grit, and smart work will take you further than you ever believed possible.
There is happiness in making progress. Progress means growth, evolution, and the pursuit of your goals. Start by finding the gratitude in your life. Make the choice to live a life of love. And then begin to use that newfound energy to define your goals and take action towards that goal. Take the adversity of your life in stride and partner up with mentors who are willing to give you the strategy to succeed. This will accelerate your progress faster than you thought was possible. Remember, you are capable of more than what you thought was possible. There is no better day than today to start.