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15 Things That You Would Only Experience With Real Friends

15 Things That You Would Only Experience With Real Friends

1.They understand that you have responsibilities and don’t tease you about it.

True friends understand if you have a family to hang out with, school work to complete, or a job to go to- and they don’t give you a hard time because of it. They understand that you cannot do Thirsty Thursday because you need to wake up on Friday to make sure the bills get paid.

2.They are there for you no matter what.

It doesn’t matter what time you call them, they will be there for you. They might not be happy about waking up to come get you, but they will.

3.They are there to help you move.

This is usually when you separate your casual friends from your real friends because everyone hates moving. So the ones that will help you move, (with maybe a six pack as payment), are your true friends.

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4.They don’t keep track of the favors they do for you, and you do the same for them.

There isn’t a score board between you two because there is no need for one. You spot them money for food this time, because they bought food for you last time. It’s not a problem.

5.There are countless social media exchanges

Usually, no one else understands the jokes and memes you both share on each other’s pages, but who cares! The two of you understand and that is all that matters!

6.They are happy that you are succeeding in life

They are legitimately happy that you are succeeding. This is not the fake kind of happy either…you know, the kind of happy where they secretly hate you and feel the need to one-up your stories of success?

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7.They are honest

They will tell you when your makeup is not on fleek, and when you need to redraw your eyebrows- or if the person you’re dating is a waste of time (regardless of how you feel about your knight in shining foil).

8.They can reminisce with you the entire night

Real friends don’t always need to go out and rage to have fun. They are completely fine with sitting back and reliving the times when you did rage on a Friday night…

9. But they are also eager to make new memories

Just because they love to reminisce with you doesn’t mean that you have stopped making new memories together.

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10.They don’t even let you finish the whole joke

This is mainly because they have heard the punchline a million times before and are already laughing.

11.They have been a taxi service when you needed a ride

Your real friends have woken up at 5am in the morning before to give you a ride to the airport- and you have done the same for them. They have also stayed up until the early hour of 3am, sober, to drive you home after having a fun night out.

12.They helped you climb up from rock bottom

Real friends stick with you when times get tough. They remind you that things will always get better and help you get out of the hole you’re in. True friends stay behind to help you, and they make the fair-weather friends that scatter like roaches look awful.

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13.Their closet is half yours. Yours is half theirs.

Whose sweater is this, anyway? It doesn’t matter, as long as it’s in someone’s closet so you can both wear it in the future.

14.They still love you after seeing you projectile vomit everywhere.

They have seen the gross and disgusting side of you, and they have probably been there themselves. They may make you clean up the puke off their walls, floors, guest bed and everywhere else- but they still love you.

15. They are your other half- which creates a whole idiot.

They have been, and will always be, there to create, love, and cherish the craziest and stupidest moments in your life.

Featured photo credit: Friendship- Paulo Otávio via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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