4 Great Ways to Open Up Your Options in 2018

It’s 2018 and I couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s time for a fresh start. 2018 is all about becoming the best version of yourself and reaching your highest potential. The tips below will help you open up your options and begin 2018 on the right foot.

1. Motivate and discipline yourself. 

Motivation is important, but what’s even more important is developing discipline. Discipline is what gets you through when you’re not feeling motivated. It’s a skill that needs to be developed over time. Surround yourself with quotes, images and people who motivate you. Keep yourself out of toxic situations and environments that will keep you from reaching your goals. Consider doing a social media detox or follow accounts that uplift your spirit and leave you inspired.

 

2. Get a Part-time job.

If you’re still in school, consider getting a part-time job.  While it might sound tedious to be working extra on top of your school routine, the extra money and experience will help you a lot later on. Not only will you have something to add to your resume, but you’ll also have a greater work ethic. You might find that having this job on top of your school life helps you with dealing with pressure and stress in greater amounts, as you’ll have two priorities to focus on. That extra money can help you save for the essentials later on too, giving you a bit of a head start once you get out of school. If you’re currently working full-time, consider offering your skills part-time as a freelancer. Great at social media? Look for a part-time job as a social media manager or offer your services to small businesses who could use your help.

 

3. Consider Taking Online Courses.

Don’t hesitate to continue educating yourself! There are so many great online courses out there! For example, you could sign up for a masters of school counseling, and be finished with it in a relatively short amount of time. Taking classes online keeps you from having to go into a physical classroom and the classes are often cheaper than what you would pay for if you signed up at your local campus. I began a course last year on the fundamentals of architecture. Sadly I didn’t finish it, but one of my resolutions this year is to go back and complete it! 

 

4. Pay it Forward by Doing Volunteer Work. 

 It’s a great feeling to know you’re helping people in your spare time, and it can go a long way too. While you obviously won’t be getting paid for this, it does benefit you in the long run. You have something to put on your resume, kind of like an extra bargaining chip to help you get the job you apply for. Volunteering also keeps you thankful for what you have and empathetic towards others. Make sure you volunteer for a cause you care about. When it’s a cause you are passionate about, it makes it feel like less of a task and more like a labor of love. 

 

2018 will be your best year yet with the right amount of discipline, drive, inspiration and motivation! What are the things that motivate you? Share them in the comment section below!

 

 

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