Have you noticed how some people seem to achieve so many things and are always trying new pursuits or aspirations, whilst others seem to do so little in comparison. Many of us have pretty much the same opportunities presented to us at some point or another and what you need to do is take the bull by the horns as the expression goes, or take life by the horns and go for everything that you can. Here are some ideas to help you figure out what you need to do to achieve your goals.
When it comes to living as full a life as possible the mantra has to be that you need to grab every available opportunity that is presented to you on a daily basis. That is the fundamental aspect and the key to taking life by the horns, taking opportunities rather than waiting for them to arrive in your lap. To spin around a well known phrase, good things don’t come to those that wait. If you had waited for your partner to ask you to get married would you have got the same rewarding experience that you may have got by deciding that they are the one for you and proposing before they slip from your grasp. The same scenario applies in our working lives, seeing a job that may be better than the one that we already have is an opportunity and if you don’t put yourself forward you won’t get considered for the opportunity to improve your working life and also your salary.
There is a belief that the more you give the more you live and this can be true when developing personal or working relationships. A good example relating to becoming more successful in your work would be to make a conscious effort to build a rapport with customers and colleagues wherever possible. Successful sales people often relate to building a professional friendship with their clients that bears fruit at some point even if it is not immediately. Investing your time with your friends and work colleagues will reap rewards on a number of levels and will also more than likely enrich your life experiences as people invite you into their circle and ask you to participate in their life in some way or another.
Clearly we are all not going to end up as a high powered CEO or a famous personality and there are many of us that would not want all the challenges that being highly successful can create. Life has a tendency to drift by if you do not regularly review and address any issues or aspects that you feel are holding you back in your work or personal life. Grabbing life by the horns can mean so many different things to people and what you view as achievement is simply a matter of setting some life goals which you then review on a regular basis, certainly once a year is the most that you want to wait before taking stock of your situation. We all have different goals and if you have an ambition to travel the world for six months or clear off your mortgage over 10 years, these are all targets that are achievable if you set out a plan in order to meet the goals that matter to you.
Consider asking yourself the hypothetical question that if this was your last year on the planet would you be happy with what you had done with your life? By challenging yourself to do as much as possible and enjoy as many life experiences and friendships as you possibly can, you will be able to answer in the positive and will almost certainly be on your way to taking life by the horns and enjoying the ride!
Taylor Anderson contributed this guest post on behalf of American Express credit cards.
Taylor is freelance writer and a member of a network of bloggers who write about travel and lifestyle.