The Dream of Self-Sufficiency: Practical Tips You Can Apply Today

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Growing up can be tough with all the responsibilities, pressure, and challenges. But the good news is that there’s a simple guide to follow that can help you move toward self-sufficiency.

The road to self-sufficiency.

Self-sufficiency is a challenge that even the greats struggled with at one point. Becoming an adult and finally choosing to make life-changing decisions can be a difficult task.

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Many young adults struggle with anxiety due to the pressure of becoming self-sufficient. Since we live in a competitive world, it’s only natural to be nervous since everyone is trying to grow.

If you struggle with the anxiety of expectations, but want to learn self-sufficiency, this article is the perfect read for you.

Before overthinking where you are, your next move, or what you are doing with your life, let’s break down the things you need to know about becoming self-sufficient.

What is self-sufficiency?

Self-sufficiency means being able to rely on oneself with little to no help from the outside. It means becoming responsible and in control of where your life is headed.

Many young adults struggle with the direction of their lives, which is normal. Feeling afraid, anxious, and doubtful about the future is natural.

The good news is that it’s not too late, and there is still time for you to bring out the best in yourself.

Becoming an adult and finally choosing to make life-changing decisions can be a difficult task.
Becoming an adult and finally choosing to make life-changing decisions can be a difficult task. (Image: Georgii Dolgykh via Dreamstime)

A step-by-step guide to self-sufficiency

Although not every path is the same, there is a simple guide that you can follow to finally becoming self-sufficient.

Explore

The first part of becoming self-sufficient is asking tough questions and exploring. If you aren’t sure what you’re passionate about, try doing something you would not have done otherwise.

Find out things that calm you down, something you’re excited about, things you’re good at or could be good at, and things you don’t mind doing for a long time. Once you learn more about yourself, you’ll be able to use these activities later.

Visualize

Not all advice is good, but if there’s a single quote, lesson, or saying that stands out, remember it. Looking for help doesn’t just mean asking for help; it could also suggest looking for a role model to follow.

Try to have a role model, take their positive traits, and visualize the type of person you want to become. This process can be tricky since most people easily fall into the belief of “I’ll never get there,” but instead of giving into the negativity, treat this as a task you have to finish.

Self-sufficiency doesn’t have to be the ultimate goal; it can be something definite like owning a house, a car, having this type of job, or anything else.
Self-sufficiency doesn’t have to be the ultimate goal; it can be something definite like owning a house, a car, having this type of job, or anything else. (Image: Seventyfourimages via Dreamstime)

Set a goal

If you’re unsure about how to reach the goal or person you visualize becoming, try working from top to bottom. Self-sufficiency doesn’t have to be the ultimate goal; it can be something definite like owning a house, a car, having this type of job, or anything else.

Once you have a goal, make sure to be specific but forgiving of yourself. Not everyone gets things right on the first try, and this is something you’ll have to accept. Once you’re okay with making mistakes, however, you’ll be able to fall forward, which means every time you fail, you will still be one step ahead of before.

Be brave

The future is scary, but there’s no way to get to your goal other than by taking the first step forward. Some successful people say that the beginning is always the most challenging part.

Once you aren’t afraid of failing, however, you’ll be able to build a relentless attitude which is one proponent of self-sufficiency.

Achieving self-sufficiency

Achieving self-sufficiency starts with confidence. Once you’re confident in yourself, you’ll be able to do things that help you get closer to your goals in life.

Self-sufficiency is a practice that requires day-to-day involvement. Whenever you get a chance, repeat an affirmation in the mirror (could be “I am successful”) and start believing in it.

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