Are you aching to be successful? Do you have goals, dreams that you’ll get to one day, when I have time, when life slows down a bit? How badly do you want to achieve your goals? What does your dream really mean to you? Start thinking along those lines and then ask yourself, “what is standing in my way?”

Often what stands in our way is ourselves. We are our own biggest obstacle. We just don’t believe in ourselves. We don’t really believe we can do it. Or we don’t believe we deserve our goal/dream. So, how do we begin to believe in ourselves?

Everyone struggles with something, whether or not you know what that something is. If you struggle with your self-esteem, then you’re probably comparing yourself to other people and using a measuring stick that’s not even remotely relevant to you as you bash yourself and your own abilities. So, the first thing you need to do is sit down with a piece of paper and start to write down the things you are genuinely good at. I mean things like “I brush my teeth twice a day,” and “I’m organized”, or “I make a whole foods dinner everyday”. For every skill or task that you OWN (and it doesn’t matter what it is), take note. Exclude nothing: there is a way to put those abilities to good use and a way to make it your own personal success story.

Now that you’ve done that, think about things you love doing. Make another column on your paper and begin to list things you really enjoy and could do every day for the rest of your life—and not dread going to work. Draw lines between the different things in your two columns that might go together.
On my paper, I’d write “I’m good at organizing things” in one column and “I like to write.” They don’t seem to go together, but what if I began writing about getting organized? What if I started an email list with tips on how to get organized and wrote notes to encourage my subscribers? And then what if I started to talk to companies who would custom-make things for my subscribers to help keep them organized and began seeing profit from all of this?

Would you call that “success”? I would—and there’s a lady in North Carolina who’s done just that. Just ask any of the 250,000 “Flybabies” if the FLYlady is good for them! This woman has created a niche for herself and is success personified. So are you beginning to see how some creative thinking and listing your skills and passions can come together for success? I hope you’re learning to think outside the box in this exercise because that’s what it takes.

So the moral of this story is you CAN do this. You CAN succeed at this and you DO have what it takes to be successful. Go work on your lists and remember to think outside the box!

Here’s to your health and wellbeing!