The definition of hell: “On your last day on earth, the person you became, will meet the person you could have become.” heard from someone. It is a thoughtful aphorism which tells that you will finally come to know that whether you have reached your destiny or not. Nobody can predict their own future or how they will live their whole life but everybody can plan their future, decide their goal, route their path and achieve it.
Sometimes, to have a better future instead of adding or following more new things, you must have to give up or sacrifice some of them. There are few things which are universal and it will surely make you land in a better future. There are some things which are not needed and it makes you move in the wrong direction sometimes, so by sacrificing all of them, you will definitely lead a successful life. Actually, the definition of success is not the same for all, here is a list of things which one must sacrifice to have a better and successful future. Some of them are easy to give and you can give up those even today, while some might take time to give up. It’s all in our hands, to convert ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ as ‘I’m POSSIBLE’
1. The unhealthy lifestyle
As popularly said ‘Health is wealth’ taking care of your body must be your first priority. If you want to be successful in your life or want to lead a better life or whatever, everything starts here. First take care of your health which automatically takes care of your mind, following a healthy balanced diet with adequate physical activity gives your good health.
2. Give up on playing small
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” said Marianne Williamson. Trying is more important than dreaming. If you never try anything to achieve your dream then it will be more difficult to take great opportunities. Let your dreams become realities, improve yourself and your potential towards your goal. Don’t worry about the world which never benefits from what you could have achieved, go in your path and never look back until you reach your destiny.
3. Unwanted excuses
It is not about the opportunities you get, it is all about how you use it and make your life better. Most of the successful people first understand their responsibility and their strength; they don’t bother about their weaknesses, starting point, and past failures. Understand your strength, don’t allow your excuses to overlap your dream because excuses limit and prevent you from growing professionally and personally. Think what is next and how to make your life better.
4. Fixed mindset
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” Robert Greene, Mastery. People with a fixed mindset will have the wrong perception that their talents or intelligence are simply fixed qualities which creates success without effort but that’s wrong. Successful people always invest their time in developing and acquiring new knowledge, learn new skills that are useful for their growth and success. They even change their perception if they come across something better than their perception and adopt in their life.
5. Don’t believe in the “magic bullet”
Overnight success is a myth. To set a better future, make small continual improvement every day which will be compounded as time passes and surely give desired results. Plan for the future and at the same time focus on the day in such a way that you should have improved at least 1% every day.
6. Unnecessary Multi-tasking
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” by Winston S. Churchill. Don’t change your path more frequently, choose one thing and focus on it completely, Successful people know this; they usually choose one thing and improve themselves to achieve in that path. And it is most important that before choosing the path, you have self analysis yourself and decide on field which you are interested in and what you want to become in life. Be fully present and committed to that one task and achieve it. Your future is deciding on your present so plan your present perfectly to make your future better.
7. Avoid diversions
Some things can be controlled by us and some we cannot but we should not get diverted to the things which we cannot change instead you can modify it as per your requirement or need. Learn to differentiate the things, focus on the ones which you can control and detach yourself from the things you cannot control, and understand that sometimes, the things that you are able to control is your attitude towards something.
8. Dependency on social media and television
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” by Jack Kornfield. Time is the most principal thing which you have to consider in whatever you do. If you lose the time you won’t get it back at any cost, so it is always important to learn how to manage the time. In this present era, almost all of the young people are depending on social media, which eats up their major time in a day. If you want to make your future better, just don’t waste your time on social media which is not relevant to your goal. Actually, Impulsive television watching and web browsing are diseases of today’s society. Unless your goals depend on either, you should eliminate or at least minimize your dependency on them, and use that time towards things which help you to improve yourself to have your future in a better way.
9. Don’t say ‘YES’ to things that don’t support your dreams
“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.” from James Allen is true. If you want to be successful in the future you must sacrifice all unwanted things which are not useful. In order to accomplish your goals, you have to learn to say ’NO’ to certain things, activities, tasks, and demands even from your friends, family, and colleagues. Yes! You might need to sacrifice a bit of instant gratification, but when your dreams come to fruition, which is worth for lifetime.
10. Stay away from toxic people
People you spend most of your time with, add up to who you become in the future. There are different kinds of people around you who always spend time with the people who have inspired them in some or other way. By spending more time with people who are more accomplished than you, you will get more good things which make you a better person and it will help you to become successful.
Good things happen to people who sacrifice things in their life. If you want, which you never had before, you must do what you’ve never done before. It’s right to give up the right things so you can have a better future. And importantly don’t let others define what success is but you. Stop being “busy,” instead of start being ‘focused’. There is no matter how you look or from where you come from, the concentration, focus and time you spent on learning is all matters to make your future brighter. Give up all the above-mentioned things and spend your time wisely, plan your goal, give 100% attention on it and achieve your dream and enjoy your future.