Truth is, by this time of the year your life is full of distractions. There's work, there's school, there's kids, there's bills and endless Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat timelines. Now is the time to take a moment, clear your mind and consider what areas of your life need renovation and reconstruction. This is crucial to your success for the remainder of this year. No longer give out your 'yes' easily, make them work for it. Only do and involve yourself in things that will enhance your growth, not stunt it. Cut out all the weeds in your life and focus on nurturing the things that are most pregnant with potential in your life.
2.) CREATE A NEW VISION BOARD
I usually create a vision board at the beginning of every new year. However over the first six months of the year, some of our goals and plans evolve. Our ideas change and our plans change. Moreover, on the flip side, maybe you you've already accomplished a lot of things on the board and simply need to add to. Whichever way, create a physical board. Yes Pinterest and other online vision boards are great, but there is nothing like having an actual physical board you can have in your living space and look at every morning. Here's mine from earlier this year.
3.) UPDATE YOUR RESUME
If you're unemployed and searching for work and still haven't got an interview, chances are you need to update your resume. If your not feeling confident about putting one together on your own, have someone review it and critique it. Sometimes the slightest adjustment can make the difference between you getting a job and transitioning into the next level of your career and you not.
4.) CLEAN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND ORGANIZE YOUR FILES
If your computer is filled with junk and your folders are unorganized, you need to clean up your computer files. Delete programs and apps that you aren't using and clear your storage space. Do this for all your electronic devices including your phones and tablets. Your mind will be a lot clearer and things will be a lot easier to find.
5.) CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET
Contemplating on keeping that pair of jeans that look dingy and with don't fit well or that old t-shirt your grandma gave you on Christmas in 2006 with the holes in it? Three words. THROW. IT. AWAY. You want your closet to be full of QUALITY items, not just a quantity of junk.
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6.) ADJUST YOUR FINANCIAL BUDGET
Redo your monthly financial budget. See what areas that you can can cut spending and lower your bills. You'll be surprised at how much you will be able to save!
7.) EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER
Research the latest trends in your field and make sure you are up to date. In this world that is so rapidly evolving because of technology, it is very easy to fall behind the curve and get stuck in old models. Stay ahead of the curve. Every morning you should be doing research and seeing what new strategies are out there for you to implement into your work routine so you can continue to blossom in your success.
8.) PAY OFF YOUR DEBT
Be intentional about paying off the debt your accumulated in the first part of the year. This includes your credit cards, bills, and even $50 you've been owing your cousin Ray Ray since February. Once you make a conscious effort to get and stay on the road to financial freedom, you will have a lot more peace of mind. If you work hard and focus now on paying off these debts, you could possibly go into 2017 debt free!
9.) CREATE A SAVINGS PLAN
Americans are living right on the edge — at least when it comes to financial planning.
Approximately 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts and 21% don’t even have a savings account, according to a new survey of more than 5,000 adults conducted by Google Consumer Survey according to Market Watch.
Start saving today. The money that you preserve and put aside today, will be treasure and luxury you enjoy tomorrow.
10.) INVEST IN YOURSELF
Last but surely not least, invest in yourself. It's the smartest investment you can make in life. Start taking classes on things you've been desiring to become more knowledgable about and learn as much as you can. The more you learn, the more value you pour into yourself thus making you more valuable to the world overall. Moreover, other ways to invest in yourself are investing in your self image. This includes whitening your teeth, adding more quality items to your wardrobe to polish your appearance, reading new books, eating healthier and just taking better care of yourself overall.
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