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Every day, you should strive to be a little bit better than the previous day.
As Aldous Huxely once said, “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” If you wake up every day with that mindset, the challenges and everyday adversity you face will be conquered and you will truly seize the day.
Taking leaps and strides in the right direction every day begins with your attitude and how you start your day. It is important to find a routine that works for you and is effective. Finding what allows you to start the day off on the right foot is a key to success and enables you to come into the workplace with a positive and open mind. There are many different avenues you can take in regards to starting the day, whether that be going to the gym for a run or enjoying a nice warm cup of coffee.
Another attribute that is a stepping stone for success is setting weekly goals, and quotas you want to meet. For example, at the end of the week, take a sticky note and spend five minutes writing down what you want to accomplish during the upcoming week. Consider having one goal be a stretch, but if accomplished would truly be an outstanding achievement. That way, if you’re not completely awake Monday morning when you come into work, you will have some sort of structure and a sense of direction that will set you up for a productive and successful week. I personally find that when I start the day off by working out or going for a run I am more productive. I run every day before work and really believe that endorphins are the best coffee there is.
It is important to be doing work to generate results — the point of work is not simply work to be busy. If you want to be successful, you need to have purpose and an end goal in mind. Proper planning prevents problems and helps you reach that goal. Preparation and a plan of action will help you succeed at whatever you want to accomplish.
Ryan Barr is a senior majoring in Marketing and Sustainability with a minor in Media Analysis at Arizona State University, in Tempe, AZ. The facet of marketing he enjoys the most is the creative process of coming up with an effective and revenue-generating campaign.