Success is not given, but achieved, and it is often achieved after a very difficult struggle uphill. This journey, however, can become near impossible unless your health is there to back you up. Without your health, both physical and mental, you cannot be your best self. When you aren’t putting your best self forward, you lose out on opportunities and chances to progress and complete your goals. That is why before you can worry about your next step, you first need to address the health issues in your life and work on becoming both healthier, and happier:
Address the Issues That Are Holding You Back Directly
New habits can only do so much if you don’t address the addictions and bad habits that are holding you back. Addiction, in particular, can be very difficult to defeat on your own, and can make achieving goals and even performing well at work difficult. The first step to beat any addiction, is to first understand how to accept that you are an adult addict, and then to seek out professional help. Whether this includes a detox or just committing to a rehabilitation program will depend on you, but the sooner you start improving your addiction and even your less hazardous bad habits, the better.
The next step is to cut out all the bad influences from your life. For most, these bad influences will come in the form of their friends or family. If their attitude or behavior is toxic and causing you to self-destruct, then they need to go. You can give them a second chance of course, but to do so will require an intervention where you tell them the faults you have with their behavior and how you need them to change. If they don’t make the effort, then it’s time to cut them out of your life.
Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
Dropping bad habits is difficult, but replacing bad habits is much easier. That is why you should then work on adopting healthier habits to fill in the gaps in your life. Instead of going out partying on a Friday night, start doing something that doesn’t involve alcohol, like hosting a dinner party or going out to a movie. The healthier your habits, the healthier your body and mind., and ultimately your life.
Get On Top of Your Finances
Now that your health and life are in order, it’s time to get on top of your finances. Work out exactly what you spend your money on and, if you don’t already have an emergency fund, prioritize that. This fund should be able to support you for at least a month in the case of an emergency, like a job loss. Other ways that you can get on top of your finances include starting a retirement fund. The earlier you start saving, the more money you will have later on in life.
Start Setting Realistic Goals and Keeping Them
Finally, the last step to becoming a success is to achieve your goals. However, the secret to achieving your goals is to make them realistically achievable. This doesn’t mean you should give up your dream, not at all. To be happy, we must fulfill our dreams! But to instead break that dream down in short term and long term steps so that you can make progress towards your dream every day.
Being a success is difficult when your life and wellbeing are not on board with your ambition. By bettering your health and your life, you will have all you need to reach your goals again and again.
Written by Maggie Hammond