Happy New Year and welcome to a brand new 2018. Today is the first working day of the year and the New Year has presented us a gift of another 365 days of opportunities to better our lives and live our dreams. It is another year to make a difference in our lives and generation rather than put the blame of our unfulfilled lives on our families, educational background or the government.
If you want to be a better version of yourself in 2018, here are 7 things you must do.
Take advantage of opportunities around you
Opportunity is a word everybody admires. Everybody waits for the opportunities but many of us do not see them when they fall on our laps. Take a closer look at your immediate environment and discover a problem that needs to be solved. Every great entrepreneur or an achiever is a problem solver. Proffer a solution to a problem, and you will be sought after.
“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them”-Ann Landers
Many of us are sitting on a gold mine in our streets, towns, and places of work without even recognizing it. We all want a better life but are not ready to take the risks. Taking risks on opportunity is the only way to find out if it’s going to work or not. The good thing about taking risks is that, anything can happen. You might be disappointed, fail or fall on something that will completely change your entire life and career. If you fail, then you must have learnt something that will help you in the future, but if you succeed, you become a reference point and a go-to person for solutions.
Create multiple streams of income
If you want to be successful in 2018 and find yourself on the path of financial independence, you must earn your income from different sources. It is said that an average millionaire has seven different sources of income. You cannot achieve all want you to achieve, pay all the bills and positively affect other people lives with only one source of income no matter how huge. Being in a paid employment is not an excuse for you not to have something coming on the side.
Having multiple streams of income will help you achieve your financial goal and sustain it over a long time. Earning from different sources will also guarantee your financial security as you are not likely to lose on everything in one day.
One way to earn extra money from different sources without impacting on your primary job is to generate passive income streams. This is an income you get which requires little or no efforts from you. Good examples are the interest you earn on your savings account or monthly rental on your properties.
Invest in yourself
The best gift you can give yourself this year is to invest in yourself. Investing in yourself shows how much you love yourself and wants the world to know and value your worth. This is the only way to show the world what you are capable of doing. Investing in yourself simply means you are willing to do what it takes to ensure that whatever potential God has deposited in you blossoms.
Investing in yourself may not necessarily cost a fortune and the list of how you can do this is endless; get an additional degree, learn a skill, learn a trade, develop your talent, attend seminars. Investing in yourself makes you an authority in your line of business, because it puts you ahead of others. People will only come to you for information or guidance because they know you have something to offer.
“Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dreams, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand”- Robert G. Allen
You will achieve more in 2018, if you choose to focus on the brighter side of life and expects positive results. Life is full of ups and downs, but your attitude towards the challenges will make you a winner or a loser. Positive thoughts give you the mental and emotional confidence to do and be anything. It is the resolve you make to turn all obstacles to stepping stone that bring success and happiness to your life. Make possibility your mantra in 2018, because you can only go as far as your mind takes you. Positive thinkers see the possibility in every situation, so rather than give up; they look for solutions and make things work for themselves.
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose”-
Lyndon B. Johnson
Make positive thinking a way of life. Think, dream, speak and believe that everything is possible. This will give you the energy, courage and persistence you need to face the challenges and attract people to help you. Positive thoughts bring inner peace, happiness and wellness while negative thoughts make you unhappy and leads to failure and frustration.
Positive use of the social media
Social media is a powerful tool which if used correctly will bring the desired success you’ve always craved for. Phone on the other hand is an item that allows us carry the world in our hands. The fusion of these two will create a life changing experience for you if properly harnessed. Are you a fashion designer, a baker, a farmer, IT developer, an inspirational speaker, whatever you do, giving yourself a social media presence across all platforms will give you the opportunity to let the world see what you do. The use of social media has gone beyond the likes and comments, but a strong tool for promoting positive and productive ideas.
This is the beginning of the year and the time to start is now. Don’t wait for the perfect time to start saving because it may never come. Start with little and increase it as you get comfortable with the idea. Depending on the nature of your job, you may do it daily, weekly or monthly, but whatever option you choose, make sure you commit to it. If you’re thinking of opening a bank account for this purpose, then ensure you open a savings account separately from your regular account which also yields interest on monthly basis.
“Saving must become a priority, not just a thought. Pay yourself first”- Dave Ramsey
This list will not be complete without mentioning this. Neither will I be writing this piece today nor will you have the opportunity of reading it, if God had not kept us alive to see this day. Whatever you do this year, do not leave God in the background. Acknowledge him for all you have achieved and believe Him for what He will do.