Life is what you make it. Things can be tough, but it’s not about what life has given to you, but what you choose to do with it.
We are in charge of our own lives. We have the power to make choices, take opportunities and create pathways for our future. Having this responsibility can be quite scary. It isn’t always obvious which choice to make. Or easy to see challenges as learning opportunities. But with a bit of effort and a positive mindset, you can take a hold of your life and create the future you desire.
To make better choices, seize opportunities and pave the way for a bright future, start off with this Choices Questionnaire. It’ll help you get an idea of what skills you already have in these areas. Then take a look at the resources below for advice on improving your skills.
Every day we make many choices, some big, some small. We make choices about the clothes we wear, the food we eat, which jobs to apply for and so on. The choices we make can impact what opportunities come our way, as well as the direction our life goes in. It can be tricky knowing which choice is best. It does take a little practice and critical thinking.
Everybody wants to fit in and be the cool and chilled one. Some people seem to do this without effort. They seem comfortable in their own skin and able to connect with anyone. Trying too hard to fit in can lead us to be a bit needy or doing dumb things to show off and draw attention to ourselves, even though we know deep down this doesn’t work.
Sometimes we don’t like to make choices, so we end up procrastinating and avoiding having to make them. But this could lead to missed opportunities and the life we want getting away from us. If you have a drive to succeed, you’ll need to become confident in making decisions and taking opportunities immediately.
Check out How to Make Decisions to achieve this.
Mistakes should never be looked at with a negative mindset. It’s easy to want to give up after getting things wrong, but mistakes are part of how we learn and improve. Learning from your mistakes will help you make better choices in the future. If you’re always worried about making mistakes, you’ll never want to take on any opportunities. Which means you are limiting your potential for success.
To find out how to see failure as a positive learning experience take a look at this Don't Fear Failure article.