Simply put. It’s your business for a reason. Everyone doesn’t deserve to know your personal endeavors or details about your personal life. Don’t overshare! Be wise with WHO knows WHAT!
2. Be SELECTIVE with how you spend your time and energy.
And again, everyone doesn’t deserve you. Time is a piece of life that you can never get back. It’s okay to say no to hanging out with friends, stay in the house and spend some alone time every once in a while.
3. CONTROL your emotions.
A leader always knows to stay calm and resilient in any situation, no matter the circumstance. When you start thinking negative and have an urge to make a negative comment, dig deep and think about the positives in that particular case. For example, when I start thinking negatively about paying bills, I’m thankful for the fact that I even bills, because that means I have a roof over my head and a car to get me around and lots of other privileges that many don’t have.
4. LISTEN. Be PRESENT!
Live in the moment. Don’t let the worries of life consume your mind to the point where you’re not able to focus on what’s going on right now. Whether you’re speaking with a coworker, family or friends, listen and be attentive. People notice when you seem distracted, disinterested and self-absorbed. It turns people off, and you want to show that you respect their time as much as you do your own.
5. Find your PURPOSE. It comes from learning yourself.
Do you feel like you really know yourself? How can you be true to you and make yourself happy if you don’t know the real you? Whether you are a college student, recent graduate or working professional, take time to get to know you. This can be done through a plethora of things, however I’ve learned from journaling my thoughts and experiences, reading, and meditating. Pay attention to your reactions, habits, emotions, desires and needs. Once you learn them, you grow a self-awareness and confidence about yourself that is admirable. People will notice your confidence and be drawn to it.
6. Wake up EARLY! Early BYRD gets the worm. START a morning routine.
How many of us scroll through social media when we first wake up? Your mind is at its brightest and freshest when you first wake up, don’t waste it liking pictures and reading negative Facebook statuses.
There are amazing benefits that come from getting up early. It sets the tone for the rest of the day and allows you to develop a routine that puts you in the right mindset to face any obstacle! Find a morning routine that works for you to jumpstart your day. A few things I enjoy doing in the morning include meditating, exercising, journaling, reading and praying.
7. Ask, “What can I do to make this better”?
When in disagreements with friends, remember what is really most important: the relationship or being right? Whether you win the argument or not, the state of the relationship is essential. Don’t hurt feelings just to prove a point. If a friend is upset with you, whether you agree with their opinion or think “it’s not a big deal”, ask them, “What can I do to make this better”? I guarantee that will help the relationship move forward in a positive light and your friend will appreciate your consideration and respect of their feelings.
8. Show GRATITUDE. The #1 feeling to get to happiness is gratitude. Be thankful.
Give compliments. Show others you APPRECIATE them. You never know how you can make someone else’ day. Shine a light of love on them, and watch them do the same when you’re down.
9. INVEST IN YOU.
We spend 40 hours/week working for a company but what about you? After your 8, 9, or even 12 hour work day that you spend making someone else’ money or building another company’s brand, what do you do for yourself? Don’t get so caught up with working each day and going home catch your favorite television shows, that you forget about yourself. Start building your empire today.
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