Although the definition of varies from person to person, one trait we all have in common is the desire to be successful. It does often seem that success comes easier to some than others. When in the midst those who excel, it’s easy to believe their lives are all rainbows and birthday cake while all we seem to find are rain clouds and gas station sandwiches. However, finding success might be easier than you think if you can find ways to empower yourself this year.
1. Jump Start Cash Savings
Having enough cash on hand to handle whatever financial problems life throws your way is very empowering. Being able to make a large purchase with cash when you’ve always financed in the past is also empowering. Having enough money to make a donation to a cause you believe in is guess what? Empowering!
If you are someone who has always lived paycheck to paycheck, try saving $100 into a separate saving account. Then aim for $500 and keep increasing until you have enough. If you can’t do it by cutting expenses, make more money by working overtime, starting a side hustle, or taking on a part time job. Taking control of your money instead of letting it control you is truly empowering.
2. Pay Off One Debt
For those of us who currently or have ever had sizable consumer debt, it can be overwhelming to think about how much is owed. Instead of looking at the big picture, take one debt and focus on paying it off. Whether it’s the one with the lowest balance, highest interest rate, or just the one you hate the most, concentrate on making it go away.
Paying off something free and clear empowers you to pay of the next debt and the one after that until it’s all gone. The euphoria of finally pulling ahead of debt after years of treading water is much more rewarding than any purchase ever could be.
3. Face One Fear That Holds You Back
No, you don’t have to get a pet spider or climb a mountain, but if there is a fear that is holding you back from success, take steps to face it head on. That might mean joining Toastmasters to overcome a fear of public speaking. Maybe it’s finally time to join a weight loss group and step on the scale. It could mean sitting down with your significant other and actually figuring out where your money goes each month.
I used to be afraid of looking too hard at our finances because I was afraid of what I subconsciously knew. However, once I faced that fear, I was able to take control. Most financial, career, or health fears are way worse to think about than once they actually happen. Stop letting fear control your choices.
4. Turn a Negative Into a Positive
I was never one for philosophy, but there is no discounting the power of positive thinking. Turning negatives into positives, especially after a failure, is what creates success. I think we have all been in situations or have known people going through circumstances that were challenging. Whether it’s health problems, debt, loss of a job, or difficult personal relationships, sometimes the rug gets pulled out from under us and all we can do is struggle to find stable footing.
In those instances, do you try to find someone or something to blame, or do you grow from the experience? There are always two choices. Either focus on staying negative or use those feelings of fear, despair, and inadequacy to make sure you don’t repeat past mistakes. If you can turn one negative into a positive this year, that’s very empowering.
Empowering Yourself Brings Control
Empowering yourself brings control. It doesn’t mean bad things won’t happen or that you won’t ever fail. It simply means that you’ll be able to absorb the bad, learn from it, and keep on making forward progress.
What fears have you overcome to be successful? What makes you feel empowered?