Have you ever wondered what’s stopping you from taking your life to the next level? Maybe you’re stagnant or discontent with where you are now. Or maybe you’re ready to get to the next level but you’re not exactly sure how. Let’s face it, getting to the next level requires action from YOU so you can strategically set yourself up for success.
Ask yourself these questions, and you’ll be well on your way.
Are my goals changing?
Now, before we get into examining if your goals are even changing, let’s make sure you have goals to begin with. If you don’t have goals written down, then that’s your first step. Now, if you do have goals, but your goals are the same today as they were a year ago, then something has got to shift.
Taking your life to the next level requires growth. In order to grow, you have to be intentional about changing. As you go after the goals you’ve set, growth will happen in the process. Once you meet the goals you’ve set, you have to be intentional about creating new goals so that you do not get complacent and become stagnant.
If your goals are changing, that’s an indication that you’re growing and becoming better prepared for the next level of your life. Be sure to always challenge yourself to have goals and consistently revisit them as you meet the ones you’ve already set.
Am I learning?
Take every chance you get to learn something new. There are so many ways for you to learn and expand your knowledge. Here are a few just to make sure you’re growing.
- Take Classes & Workshops specific to your industry or interests
- Join Organizations & Networks to learn from other people
- Attend Conferences & Events specific to what you want to grow in
- Find a Mentor to learn from their wealth of knowledge
- Read Books to expand your personal knowledge
These are all great ways to make sure that you are learning from your experiences and also seeking out relevant resources to help you grow. If there’s something you want to learn more about or grow in, you can always find a book or conference that’s relevant.
I always remind myself that there’s a teachable moment in every situation. Not only should you find the opportunity to learn something new by extracting value from my current situation, but you have to learn to be strategic with your learning process.
What are my priorities?
In order to take your life to the next level, you have to have a plan in place to get you there. Be sure to understand your priorities because they will help you identify an action-plan for growth.
Creating a list of priorities will help you figure out what’s most important for you right now. Your priorities should be aligned with your goals that you’ve created. The process of creating a list of priorities will force you to say what matters to you most, and it helps you figure out how to use your time most effectively.
What do I need to cut out?
Once you’ve realized what matters most to you, it’s important to sift out the things that are not important to you. Chances are that you are likely doing a few things in your life that aren’t adding to your personal progress and growth.
You have to take an inventory of how you currently spend your time, and from there you will be able to figure out what’s necessary versus what’s a waste. Everything that you’re doing should align to one of your current or future goals.
If you’re doing something that does not line up with a goal, that’s an indication that you need to cut it out. Why? Simply because in order to take your life to the next level, you have to grow to get there and be very strategic about your growth process in preparation for the next level.
Figure out who and what things are wasting your time. Your time is way too valuable, so if it’s not adding value, you need to “cut it”.
Now, go forth and prosper…
Once you’ve asked yourself these 4 questions, you have to create an action plan to go forth and prosper. Where you’re at in life is an indication of what you’ve been spending your time doing. When you spend your time intentionally growing, you’re creating room for yourself to be set apart from the rest!