None of these are earth-shattering, so they should be easy to try.
1. Talk to people you admire. Ask for advice on whatever qualities they have that you want to emulate. Don’t let shyness keep you from making the connections you need to thrive.
2. Spend time developing new, value-added habits. These habits will become the foundation of your success. Actively latch onto these beneficial behaviors instead of loitering in your comfort zone.
3. Strengthen your mind and improve your analytic skills. Do word problems, solve puzzles, or play strategy games that require brainpower. If you don’t sharpen your blade, it will eventually dull.
4. Surround yourself with folks who have similar goals as yourself. Or different goals. The point is to be around positive people who are achieving and not just existing.
5. Tap into new wisdom every day. Read books, listen to podcasts, or watch educational videos. Keep learning.
6. To get another perspective, seek feedback from friends and family. Destroy the false myth inside your mind that you are always right. You aren’t.
7. When you lose focus, ask “why?” Once you know that answer, improve your strategy and concentrate effectively.
8. Let journaling become your superpower. Write to yourself to overcome any lingering doubts or issues that haunt you.
9. You cannot fully avoid difficult people, but you can learn how to deal with them. Take some people management training if necessary. But you must have coping strategies to handle all the jerks and backstabbers in life.
10. A messy office/desk will result in a cluttered mind. Your environment impacts your mood. Set up an inspirational area where you can spend time visualizing and creating.
Adrian S. Potter — the antisocial extrovert — is an author, engineer, consultant, and public speaker. He writes poetry, short fiction, and articles on various subjects, including creativity, leadership, and personal growth. Adrian is the winner of the 2022 Lumiere Review Prose Award the author of the poetry book Everything Wrong Feels Right (Portage Press). Visit him at http://adrianspotter.com/.