How To Supercharge Your Mindset And Revolutionize Your Life
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” — Anatole France
Ever get the nagging feeling you could do more with your life? Or how about a burning desire to accomplish great things?
Growing up in the ghetto with a father dying from AIDS taught me one critical lesson: No one-minute trick to create your miracle morning will save you if you believe you’re a product of your environment.
Your life starts with your philosophy.
But it’s not just having a philosophy, it’s having the right philosophy.
That’s the difference between heroes and villains. It’s the difference between a miserable life or a fulfilled one.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau
It’s not a myth. Your life is a result of your response to what happens. You can’t control everything, but you don’t need to.
Believe you can change. Talent and environment don’t determine your fate. You do. Your response to things around you is what makes the difference.
Research shows if you believe you control your own life, you’ll be more likely to improve your skills and succeed at your goals.
Skill is created through consistent, deliberate practice. If you don’t have the skills, develop them.
If your environment isn’t to your liking, change it. One piece at a time.
“Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. ” — Brian Tracy
Optimism got me through the hard times, the dark times. It propelled me through multiple bankruptcies, divorce, and staring down the barrel of someone else’s gun. Imagine what it could do for you.
An optimistic vision of the world is hard because it requires you believe in forgiveness and personal responsibility. It demands you look for solutions to obstacles instead of reasons to fail.
If you haven’t found a solution, it’s because you haven’t looked or tried hard enough. But once you do, that’s where the magic happens.
When you embrace optimism, you’ll keep searching for an answer. If there isn’t one, you’ll make your own.
Keep it simple. Clarify your beliefs for yourself and everyone else.
Your belief influences your actions. If you don’t have crystal clarity on your philosophy, you’ll compromise your behavior. You’ll sacrifice your dreams and lose yourself to the philosophies of those around you.
Don’t just clarify what you believe, clarify why you believe it. Pin down what you want and why you want it.
Your why gives perspective and prevents trivial things from consuming your life.
You decide what’s important. You get to run your life. If you let go of the steering wheel, that’s your choice too.
Birds of a feather
“You’re The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With.” — Jim Rohn
People around you influence your beliefs and philosophy, so spend most of your time with those who share your values.
Use positive peer pressure to set a floor instead of a ceiling on what you can achieve.
Trade up. Associate with people who are wiser, wealthier, and happier than you. Their influence should drag you up instead of tear you down. They should motivate you to leave your comfort zone and pursue your ideal self.
Don’t use convenience as an excuse to rob yourself of superior associations. If your location limits your options, use the internet.
Mind your mouth
When you tell yourself you can’t, your brain shuts down. Select words that support a growth Mindset and a can-do attitude.
You don’t suck at math because you’re terrible with numbers. You’re bad at it because your brain believes what you tell it, so you don’t bother to practice.
Your environment influences your words, so choose carefully what you see and hear. Find sources of information that support your philosophy and goals.
Why build an expert mindset only to tear it down during your commute?
“You cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself.” — Zig Ziglar
If you happen to stumble onto success without having the necessary image of yourself, you’ll lose it. Belief comes before success, not the other way around.
Your subconscious mind can’t tell the difference between mental practice and real life, so take advantage by imagining what you want to be true.
Your mind creates associations based on emotions and actions. See what you want to do in your mind. Remember intense positive emotions so you can link those feelings with the required actions.
If you lack solid character, imagine being kind and generous. If fear shuts you down, image staring fear in the face and moving forward anyway.
Visualize yourself practicing and doing what must be done. When you do, you’ll get better. You’ll improve. You’ll become the person you see in your own mind.
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