Words by Shida for @7AMMAG.
Artwork by Kokab Zohoori-Dossa.
In this life, one thing we look for is genuine happiness and to get that we have to look within ourselves first. Our Goal Guide is to help you to flourish. Sometimes you already know exactly where you want to be in life and what you want to be doing but all you need is a push, today, I hope to be that push. I want to big up my pusher, musician and percussionist, Ouida Lewis, who asked me, “What are you waiting for?” There are quite a few things that have to be in alignment for you to flourish and I’ll be sharing some steps for you to take.
Decide on your goal.
The first thing to do is sit and reflect on your life. What do you want to do in life? What is your dream profession? What keeps you up at nights? And what has you daydreaming in class or at work? Decide on this goal, and make up your mind to follow your dreams.
Set plans in place.
There may have been a time that you thought you couldn’t do this or even made excuses as to why you couldn’t head towards your goal in life. The next step is to start the journey, set smaller goals to chop down the big tree to get to your main goal. Rationalize the situation and come up with feasible solutions to issues in your situation. And please, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Believe in yourself.
This is your goal and no one is obligated to believe in it. You have decided to take this path and it’s up to you to fight for it. You have to believe you will make it through the ups and downs of the journey. Work as hard as you can to make it happen, this is where you knock down the smaller goals one by one.
Take care of your vessel.
In your quest, you will have to keep yourself healthy. Make sure you eat properly and. get in some exercise. Maybe do yoga or go dancing from time to time. Have some down time, this is where you recoup, meditate, do a face mask, get a pedicure or even read a book. Just have some time for you to relax, something that is different from what you do everyday as ‘work.’
Hone your skill.
Now, you’re following your dreams, you gotta continue working. Practice makes perfect isn’t just a motivational quote, it’s tried and proven. You will have to work hard to achieve your goals and get to the level you want to be.
It isn’t an easy journey but get ready to FLOURISH.
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