I know the post title can be quite strange. What does it mean exactly to Be the president? Well, imagine this. You are trying to do something new. Imagine that you are planning to start your own business for what it feels like forever. You have talked to so many people. Even went as far as creating a whole business plan. You had everything ready to go. But then, a sudden trip came up. Eventually, you decided that the timing just wasn’t right.
Times passes by very quickly. When you notice, months have passed. Even years. Has this ever happened to you? Probably, you do this all the time. Starting from the smallest goals like losing a few pounds or studying more, to bigger things such as opening your own business.
“I am the President of the United States of my own life and nobody else can take that position.”Anthony Badmus
If this is your case, this is what being the president of your own life is all about. Ignoring all of these “situations”. You often let other situations that are not under your control ruin your plans. You blame other people; maybe you blame the timing. Excuses are everywhere. You end up never fully taking responsibility for your own decisions.
The thing is, if you are merely “reacting” to your environment, you are not living. You should never wait for something to miraculously pop up. Things just aren’t going to line up suddenly for things to go well in our life. You have to make them happen. And this was “be the president” means.
Keep reading If you want to find out more about how to make these changes in your own life. So, let’s dive straight into it.
1. Let go of excuses
The things that you heard at the beginning of this article… let them all go. The first thing that you need to do to effectively become the president of your own life, is to let go of the excuses. Good timing is indeed essential for a business. Or for anything for that matter.
However, this is only valid when it is a real concern. Not when it is a tool that you are using to avoid doing something. Deep down, you know that you are most likely, just afraid. And that that’s the reason why you keep delaying and putting the weight of these decisions in something else.
But at the end of the day, you are the only person who is going to live with the regret of never trying. You are also the one who will have to live an entire life doing something that you don’t like. Being so, don’t wait for things, be the president of your life today.
2. Prepare yourself
One of the things that many people use to prepare themselves for any new different is planning. This is something that is frequently discussed here, and you can read about them here. But one thing is for sure, planning is already a good step in the right direction.
By planning your journey, you can be less scared of trying. After all, planning is used to minimise the chances of errors. Being so, by planning what you want to do for your next few projects, this might give you just what you need to actually put them in action.
Remember that at the end of the day, you are the one who is going to have this journey. It is all about you. You need to prepare yourself, study, study some more, do some research. All of this will be key to determine your success. And the more you know, the more experience you have, the better.
You have to do this for you and nobody else. Again, this is your life to live, and nobody else’s. Being so, choose to do what you love, take only the risks that you are willing to take. You will eventually grow something for yourself. Which is much better than spend years working for someone else, or doing only what other people want you to do.
3. Take control
Avoid gossip. Avoid listening to what the people who don’t genuinely care about you have to say. [Insert link, we did one about gossip recently, I believe] Start to follow what you want, this is extremely important. More often than not, you might see yourself just following the path that it is expected of you.
However, life is not a book with a guide. There is no right or wrong. There are so many people in the world, and it is insane to believe all of them will have the same goals. If the traditional route isn’t for you, then don’t do it. Use the tools that you have around you to build something else. Be smart, work smarter. Do what you truly love.
The moment that you start paying more attention to your dreams, you might even spot a few people who never wanted the best for you anyway. But the ones that will stay, you will know that they genuinely support you and what you want to do. And even if they don’t, this is ultimately your own life, and it is yours to live. Being so, there’s only space for one president, and it has to be you.
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The Bottom Line…
Be the president of your own life.
It sounds easier said than done. However, it is possible. I’m not saying that it is going to be easy. However, it will be worth it. Putting you first isn’t something wrong. Wanting to be your own boss isn’t wrong. Taking all of the responsibility of your life IS the most important thing. There’s no place for blaming someone else. You are ultimately the one making the decisions, or you should be.
Only when you can be the president of your life, you will be able to say that you are entirely yourself. You are no longer a product of the expectations of those around you. This is what being the ultimate president of your life truly means.
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