In a world that demands instant gratification and instant results, it can be difficult to pour yourself into everything that you do. The predominant culture of instant work and quick fixes can also encourage mediocrity, and with such a work atmosphere it can be difficult for anyone to even think of being their best. However, you can always be the exception to the rule: you can still be the best that you can be, and with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can find a way to be the best and allow others to follow your good example.
In the olden days, being the best meant doing well in school, getting A’s every semester, getting into a great college, and then getting a great job that would spell great retirement and living off the interest that you invested. However, this measure of success and being the best also neglects the fact that you have to be happy with what you are doing.
As you might well know, there are many insanely rich people who are not happy with their lives, even if they have a lot of money to spend; and there are many people who live with just enough to live, but are very happy with their lives.
Keep this in mind as you try to find out how to be the best that you can be: there is no use running after dreams if you don’t want to, and if you know that you can’t be happy. The key is that you should be happy first, because no one else around you will be happy, and you certainly cannot make anyone happy, if you are not happy to begin with. This means that you will have to find a career that makes you happy, a career path that is sustainable and that you know will keep you happy in the long run.
However, you also have to remember that being happy does not only mean doing what you want to do. It’s making other people happy as well. You may have heard that money isn’t everything, but guess what – it can add to your happiness if you don’t make it the be all and end all of your work. The reason that many people are unhappy with their careers is that they are working for the money, but they have no idea what to spend it on. Instead of working for the money, work toward something that you can buy with the money. For instance, if you are looking toward buying a house and a car, then put purpose in your work and work toward them. By driving yourself through a purpose, you give your work meaning – and you may find more incentives for being the best that you can be.
Another way that you can be the best that you can be is to balance your life.
The tendency of a lot of people is to go to extremes when they realize that they are not living their life well enough: if they are not spiritual enough, they will plunge headlong into a church and forget about everything else; if they do not have a hobby, they will take up a hobby immediately and not mind school, work, or family. Learn how to balance yourself: everything in life is important, and if you learn how to balance work, life, and family, you too will be happy, and you won’t burn out as easily.
Moreover, remember that life is a constant learning experience. This means that you do not stop learning at school, and you have a lot of opportunities to improve yourself. Inquire at your local university or community college about classes that you can take up to improve your skills or add to your knowledge. After all, the world has changed a lot since you left school, and you may need to update your brain on the latest in your field. If you can’t go back to school, inquire online and look for courses that might help you get reacquainted with your expertise.
With a lot of knowledge under your belt, you can be sure to advance yourself in your field and not get bored.
These are only a few tips that you may want to take into consideration as you start on your journey to being your best. There are still many different ways for you to improve your life, but the important thing is that you take care of yourself first, love yourself, improve yourself, and make sure that you are working at full capacity, and with a purpose. This way, your journey to being your best will truly lead to a happy ending.