Goals are a way of actively seeking out your ambitions. But before you start starting to chasing your dreams, start by defining your goals.
If you do not have goals, make them up. Everything is better than having no goals at all. Even if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, you have a goal: Find out what you want to do with your life.
Some people tell me: “I’m just not an ambitious person.” No one is born with ambition or predefined goals. Ambition is a conscious decision to pursue growth in life, through experience or achievement.
On average, you sleep 7 hours and 50 minutes per night. Considering that life expectancy for countries in the Western world is about 80 years—you’ll spend 26.6 years of your life asleep.
That’s almost 1/3 of your time on this planet. And yet, we feel tired so often. Just look at the person sitting next to you at the office, on the couch, or at Starbucks.
In 2015, I’ve read exactly 109 books (I use Goodreads to keep count). This is 104 books more than in 2014. Why the dramatic increase?
1) Life is short
2) Knowledge improves your life
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
― Harry S. Truman
For the most part of my life, I’ve been a habitual procrastinator. When I had my first summer job at age 16, I did everything to not work. I had an inside sales job at a telecom company and I had to sell mobile contracts to clients.
A common misconception is that employers always reward good work. Unfortunately, asking for a raise isn’t as simple as, “I’ve done X and Y, so I think I deserve a raise.” When you put it like that, you will likely hear an excuse like, “there is no budget.”
More importantly, asking for a raise makes most of us feel uncomfortable. How do even ask the question? How do you prepare? What do you do when your boss says no?
When physical harm is looming, our natural response is to run. It’s human nature — we either fight or flee. Most of us choose to flee— I would surely run if a wild animal would charge at me. But I also found that our fear mechanism kicks in when we face emotional challenges.