Invest in yourself and invest in your future
When we are young we all look for a job, it is what we do. Once we get our feet wet, build up our confidence and pay our dues some of us figure out just what job means: Just Over Broke.
Many of us at some point in our lives as we get older and realize how hard we work for our money it becomes time to put our money to work for us. Before we can do that we must set our own self worth. We need to have the confidence, experience, skills and motivation to finally say it is time to invest in me. Some people may have a “job” that pays enough additional income to allow them to save and build a nest egg. But most of America lives pay check to pay check. What is the alternative? Working a second or third job, or devising a long term plan to finally free yourself from the chains of your employer.
The first question to ask yourself is what is your guideline? This is the beginning of how to separate one idea from another, one opportunity from another. Some business opportunities presented to you may have merit but you want specific guidelines when you begin looking to determine if they meet your particular needs.
For instance, do you want to work 9 am to 5 pm? Do you enjoy talking to people? Do you want to develop repeat sales? Do you want to develop and produce your own product? Do you want to work as a middle man or affiliate to larger organizations? Do you want to work with your hands or your mind? Do you have the patience and determination to stick with whatever you begin? Most importantly, are you a dreamer or an achiever?
Whatever way you choose it will all begin with your self confidence. This can be described as a certain state of mind where you are certain that a guess is right or that a chosen path is the correct and most valuable course of action for you. This state of mind plays a crucial role in your future success. Not all are blessed with this mentality, but it can be learned.
It takes one step at a time to develop confidence and feeling insecure at times during the process is to be expected. But in the end, you need to depend on yourself and your own decisions and without this self confidence you will tumble to a dismal failure.Here are some tips on developing that confidence:
- Examine yourself – Determine where you need improvement. Do others respect you as being as important as you feel you are?
- Watch others – Follow someone you feel has the authority, presence and attitude that makes them a leader. If possible, make them your mentor.
- Self control – Learn to control your own thoughts and actions. Work at not being swayed by others. Learn to be patient and listen before participating.
- Challenge your Fear – We all have them but if we don’t take the challenge and work on getting over them, they can control us and keep us from moving forward in life.
- Develop your skills – Recognize your own skills and admitting your weaknesses then work on them both.
- Give compliments to others – Congratulate others on the job they are doing and let them know they are appreciated. You will soon be receiving these compliments in return which helps build your own confidence.
Remember you are developing a long-term plan. With the necessary experience, skill set and confidence you can now create a new opportunity for yourself while still being available to your family and setting your own hours. Your new challenge should be something you enjoy and don’t mind putting in the hours.
Most people feel they are losing the battle of earning income and balancing time with their family. Working twelve hours a day away from home to earn extra income and then be too tired to spend time with your family defeats the purpose.
We all would like to grab the brass ring, provide for our families perhaps in ways we never got to experience ourselves, and have the peace of knowing some day we will be able to retire without diminishing our life style. Unless you graduated as a professional with extraordinary income that will allow this to happen you probably are going to have to take the extra steps to achieve this goal.
The first step is believing in yourself. Next you need to formulate a game plan based on your own interests and experiences. You will have to ignore the naysayers and plunge ahead with your dream. Because of the internet there are plenty of income options available. Many of these opportunities are designed specifically for people that can and want to use their skills to better their lives and their financial situation.
It takes a lot for dreamers to become achievers. Do not be misled that you will achieve success without failure or that the road to success will be easy. In most cases it will not. Developing an idea and turning it into reality takes a lot of work and many people underestimate the challenge.
We all have skills that we are good at, it is a question of finding the right one for you that will be both enjoyable and profitable. Are you ready to start searching for yours today so you can create a better tomorrow?
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