Lately, I’ve been thinking of what my first blog post topic should be. I would like to write about a travel experience, which I kind of have a lot, but there would be nothing special about it. I would like to write about food and leisure but I’ve been spending most of my time at home so I definitely got nothing to share about that one.I would like to write about running, specifically my first half-marathon experience, but that happened last January and it was too outdated to tell. I would like to write about the recent heartbreak I had, but that would be lame since there wasn’t enough story to talk about.
I always think my first blog post should be unique, telling my thoughts and will define my perspective.. then I thought why should I not write exactly what I feel, think, my thoughts and maybe advice on how I slay being a millennial this 2017.
I’ve been on this crisis lately between living your life the way you want versus the norm. It may seem like I’ve been doing well, you know, having a work that pays you enough to support your needs and wants and being able to do the things you like and love, but deep inside you know there is something more to that. It is actually tiring to do the same thing everyday as it feels like your life is like a program, it just depends on the if-else condition. It’s hard to be the best version of yourself when you can’t find that motivation and when it doesn’t challenge you anymore. But that shouldn’t stop you and your spirit. You have the dreams, the next step should make those dreams happen.
The next question now is “How?”. How should you start making those dreams happen? How should you turn those occurrences into motivations? How should those daily routine bring the best version of yourself? With the help of the countless articles I’ve read, I have consolidated what I’ve learned into 3 basic but important reminders:
According to John Maxwell’s Law of Awareness, you must know yourself: your strength and weaknesses, your interests and potentials – you must be able to gauge not only where you’ve been, but also where are you now. This first step is very vital when it comes to having direction and succeed in life. If you are clear on what you would like to do, you will have a strong sense of passion, focus in purpose and will grow in areas that help move closer to your dreams and goals.
“How do you know what you want to do? How do you tap into your passion? Listen to your heart.” – Thomas L. Friedman
Don’t fret if you don’t know yet who you are, or what your passion is. That is why we are at this age to explore more of ourselves- make decisions, commit mistakes and learn from it, go outside from our comfort zone, entertain different ideas and consider all options. Erase the thought of “what if” and just do it. We just have to take all the time we can get to find something that we love and are passionate about. Pursue that thing that you’ve always wanted to do and ignore what others have to say.
Build a Game Plan
“If you are clear with what you want, the world responds with clarity.”
I believe that if you are clear with what you want, what your goal is and what the result should be, then the part of getting it shouldn’t be that hard. If there is one thing, it should be exciting!
Once you get acquainted with what you want, your purpose and your end goal, reaching it won’t be that hard as you will do anything to get it and achieve it. You have to start building a game plan, a strategy to hit that success. And yes, exploring is still the key here. You can explore paths but have to set realistic and beneficial goal that you can actually see yourself achieving. Always remember that the journey is always more essential than the destination.
At the end of the day, whatever you’re doing to achieve success should be enjoyable. Celebrate all achievements no matter how big or small it is! Prepare to make sacrifices and be gentle with yourself. Everyone’s journey is different, thus no point in comparison. I always believe that, like in running, we also have our own paces in life. It doesn’t matter how slow or fast we are, what really matters is that we will reach that finish line.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
Surround yourself with positive people who supports you, nurtures you and brings out the best in you. Personal growth and success doesn’t just happen on its own. You have to need all the advice and support and all the love you can get from the people who really cares and believe in you. The point is, if you surround yourself with people who believes in your talent and potential, you will begin to build that indestructible self-esteem that will push you through all obstacles and uncertainties that will come. And that is vital as well as it will help you to bring the best version of yourself.
You will also have to get some advice and knowledge to people who can actually show you the way forward. Read books – leadership, growth or even financial success, attend seminars and talks. You will always have questions and who knows, you might find some answers from their wisdom.
As John Maxwell said in his book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”, you cannot get where you want on your own. You will need the help of others to guide you on your way. If you have discovered what you want to do, find people who do what you want to with excellence and learn from them.
The world doesn’t actually care if you feel lost and unmotivated as long as you’re doing your responsibilities, tasks and duties in a daily basis. And it’s up to you if you’re just going to live and go with the flow, or hustle in the hard yet your own way.
“The Universe will unfold as it should.”
I can’t exactly remember where I get the quote above but it is becoming my mantra in life. It reassures you that no matter what obstacles you’re facing, it can lead to greater and better things. All your failures will make you what you are today.