Focus on 24
There are countless things you can do in a day—wash your car, hike a mountain, watch a movie. Each of those things may or may not help you succeed tomorrow, but what matters is that you did them on that day. “The 24 hours you are currently living in determine your level of success. You have the ability right now to make choices to curate and drive your goals. That opportunity does not exist in yesterday or in tomorrow,” said Randi Levin, a transitional life strategist. Today is the only time to gain traction and take necessary steps to achieve what you desire, Levin said. Start by asking yourself what you can do now. No matter what, don’t get too comfortable. Your job might not exist in 25 years.
Make success a habit
You can change your behavior in just 66 days, according to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology. If 66 days seems like a long stretch for you, consider taking it week by week. “Every week, take a second on Sunday to focus on what went well over the course of the past week. As humans, we tend to highlight what did not go right, so flipping the script to document what did reprogram your thoughts to think in terms of achievement no matter how small,” Levin said. That achievement can be anything from getting a promotion to mastering your mother’s sweet potato recipe. It just matters that you thought of it in a positive light, and that thinking will soon become contagious.