How to be a Badass

Step 1: Accept Your Badass-ery

We all are our worst critics. Step one of becoming the badass you know you can be is just accepting the fact that you are already awesome. Once you stop bringing yourself down, you won't accept it from any one else. Look in the mirror, love what you see, and use your individual talents and passions to launch you into the life you want for yourself. You are the only person who possesses your own unique skills and only you can hone in on what life has to offer you.

Step 2: Be Obsessively Grateful

When life gives you lemons, make lemon pound cake (because cake>lemonade). The point is, if you want the most out of life, you cannot minimalize the great abundance around you. Be grateful for the friendships that surround you, the family that supports you, the roof above your head, the food in your tummy, the fresh air around you, even the bad experiences, everything. If you can turn any situation into a lesson and learn to appreciate those around you, then you are a total badass. Once you see that the struggles in life only launch you into greatness, you will always be thankful for them.

Step 3: Don't Compare Yourself to Others

The quickest way to diminish your accomplishments is to look at the grass on the other side. Your history and the path that lays before you is completely independent of anyone else. Just because someone else worked to accomplish something doesn't mean it is no longer available for you. What you deserve is specifically based on your work ethic and attitude. If you are too worried about others doing well, you are not putting focus on bettering yourself. It may be discouraging to feel that your hard work is going unnoticed, but just have faith that it will pay off soon enough.

Step 4: Act As Though You Already Are A Badass (Because, you are)

Sometimes our heart desires something that we perceive to be so beyond our grasp that we feel as though we may never have it. The problem with this mindset is that it tricks you into thinking that you don't deserve it, because it may be near impossible to accomplish. Avoid this at all costs. Wake up in the morning and emulate the feeling of already having what you are working for. Dress like that fashionista you dream to become, donate like the philanthropist you wish to be, flex your abs like you already have that six pack, take on as much work as you'd like to in order to further your career. Do everything you can do to be open to all opportunities that call upon your badassness, because they will fly by you if you aren't ready. 

Step 5: Be Confident

 Life is a learning process, so don't worry about making mistakes, just learn from them and be confident that next time you will know just what to do. There is always room for improvement, so don't cop an attitude once things start looking up for you, but feel confident that the work you have put in is worth it. Also be confident in trusting your intuition, it will never lead you astray.