If you’re like most young people, the past 20 months have been anything but easy. You’ve likely spent more time at home than you ever thought possible. Your school or work routine has probably changed in significant ways, and you may not have seen your friends and family as much as you hoped. And weirdly, you’ve even become used to only seeing the top half of people’s faces. The list goes on!

Now, more and more people are going back into the world and setting the stage for the next chapter in their lives. If you’ve decided it’s time to do the same, there are some practical ways that you can regain your confidence and position yourself to flourish in the coming years. 

Determine Your Goals     

Start by deciding what your goals are. Your idea of success is likely different from the person next to you, and you must begin your reemergence with a clear definition of what success means to you. Perhaps you want to become a thriving entrepreneur, or you hope to serve others with your talents through volunteering. Whatever you want to achieve, make sure you know what it is before you move forward.

Check Your Career Path     

Speaking of goals, what is the current trajectory of your career? Is your career path lined up with your goals? Are you passionate about what you’re currently doing, or is there something else you want to do with your life? If you are in your mid-twenties or younger, you still have time to figure out what you specifically want to do. However, now is also the perfect time for you to start making strides toward your long-term goals. 

If you choose to make a career change, you will need to create an outstanding resume that sets you apart from other candidates. Even if you have decent writing skills, you can benefit from hiring a freelance resume writer to create, update, or tailor your resume to your industry’s specific requirements and needs. That way, you will have more time to focus on your overall vision and take the necessary steps to achieve it. You can easily find qualified resume writers by comparing costs, delivery times, and client reviews on online job boards.

Plan Out Each Day

Success always involves structure. Plan the activities of each day around your overarching goal for your life. Even if it is one minor activity that gets you a step closer to your destination, it can make a big difference in the long run. Thinking about your goal and structuring your daily routine around it will keep it top of mind and ensure you stay on track.

Track Your Progress

It can be challenging to know how much progress you are making when you are in the middle of the daily grind, and that’s why you need to keep track of it yourself. At least once a week, review your goals and jot down some ways that you have been working toward them. 

Also, make a list of your accomplishments that you can return to whenever you feel low and discouraged. Along with helping you regain confidence and motivating you to keep pushing through, this list can also remind you of strategies that have helped you get to where you are so that you can reimplement them if necessary down the road.

Improve as a Problem Solver 

No matter your goals, your journey will bring you many problems and obstacles along the way. Learning how to solve those problems and overcome those obstacles will prove to be your key to success. The more challenges you get through, the more confidence you will have in meeting future challenges.

Here’s the point: find creative ways to solve problems! And learn how to battle negativity. We all deal with negative thoughts, and if we don’t think through them, we’ll never find solutions. The next time you feel like you cannot persevere or are not good enough, go back to the drawing board, look back at your list of accomplishments, and remember your goals.

Don’t Stay Comfortable 

None of us want to feel anxious or afraid, which is why we are sometimes hesitant to step out of our comfort zone. But the thing is confronting your fear and moving through it will make you stronger and more capable as an individual and a professional. You’re not going to reach your potential unless you willingly step out of your box now and then and stretch your knowledge and abilities. Plus, once you overcome a new challenge, you will feel success and confidence running through your veins!

Moreover, don’t be afraid to try new approaches and strategies when you face obstacles. Try new things without fear of failure. You will likely fail many times throughout your career, and recovering from your losses will help you develop the character and skills you need to flourish long-term.

Get a Mentor 

It doesn’t matter what your goals are or where you envision yourself in ten years—other people in the world have already lived a similar journey. It would serve you well to take advantage of the wisdom that other people can offer you! 

Find other professionals or business owners who have reached success and learn as much from them as possible. This might look like getting a mentor in your industry, reading business and leadership books, attending networking events, following successful people on social media, or taking any other steps that expose you to good advice.

Take Your Self-Care to the Next Level     

Lastly, don’t lose sight of your health and wellness as you reemerge into the world. Make sure you eat a balanced and nutritious diet that provides your mind and body the energy you need each day. Come up with a fitness routine that will reduce stress and keep you motivated to keep going. And be sure to get at least seven hours of sleep per night; if you need to find relaxing activities or change up your nighttime routine, make it happen!

Furthermore, you will need to have some relaxing activities that you can depend on each week. Whether it’s starting a new hobby, journaling, going to the spa, going for a weekend getaway, or doing anything else that helps you step away from your daily obligations, be intentional about carving “you” time into your life.

If now is the time for you to step back into the world and crush your goals, then you will need to regain your confidence and take practical steps toward success. Make sure you have a clear vision of your dreams and follow the tips above to strategize how you will accomplish them. Along your journey, don’t forget to prioritize self-care. Before long, you will be looking at your list of accomplishments, ready to confidently step into the next stage of your life and career!