Always have a personal goal to aspire to. As you focus on your job I work hard so that my dog can have a better life shirt, career, or growing a family, don’t neglect your personal development. Ask yourself: Where do you want to be 1, 5, 10 years from now? Who do you want to become? What is a dream scenario for you: a life in a specific city, having a partner to share your life journey with, being surrounded by smart and interesting people who contribute to your personal growth, being fluent in another language? Get specific. The following Sunday, when you’ve followed your schedule for a whole week, do an assessment of the progress you made. Did some activities take more time than you anticipated? What could you have done better? Then make adjustments for the following week.
Give yourself permission to be human. There are times when we show kindness to others, forgive them for hurting us, even give them advice when they’re going through a tough time. At the same time, we are often our greatest critic, impatient when we don’t perform well, angry when things don’t go our way, judgmental about our skills, our achievements, and our intelligence. First, forgive yourself for the mistakes that you made in the past. Reflect on them, learn from them, but don’t hold on to them. This applies to your relationships, your career, your education, and other areas of your life in which you feel you didn’t achieve what you wanted.