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8 Signs You’re Really A Smart Person, Even Though You Might Not Think So

8 Signs You’re Really A Smart Person, Even Though You Might Not Think So

We live in a world that depends on technology more than ever before. We outsource our knowledge to technology and make less effort to reinvent ourselves and to discover our hidden talents. Before cell phones, we memorized all our emergency phone numbers and frequent contacts. Now with cell phones, some people don’t even know their own phone number; they always have to look it up when it is asked for.

We are all unique and smart in different areas but most people do not know how smart they are. They settle for less because they do not know their values. In his book The Time Warrior, Steve Chandler referred to this group as the unconscious competent; people who do the right thing without knowing. If the list below identifies you, then you’re really smart, even though you don’t think so.

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1. You’re curious

You are curious to know about everything that comes in your way. You are flexible with change and you’re always the first to adapt to new systems. You do the right thing without thinking about it. You always take initiative and do not allow circumstances to affect your commitment to excellence.

2. You’re goals oriented

You believe that setting and achieving goals differentiates you from the rest. You don’t react to random occurrences in your life because you have a system that prevents the worst thing from happening to you. You prepare for the best and you do not confuse activities with accomplishments.

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3. You’re results oriented

You do not do things just to stay busy, you do the right thing right. You consider some opportunities as disruptions, so you focus only on those opportunities that create the best results in your life.

4. You invest your time

Time management is one of the most valuable areas in your life. You believe that every second is important because a time lost can never be redeemed. To you, time is limited, perishable, irredeemable, and irreplaceable. You rather do something with your time and fail than to do nothing at all.

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5. You’re future oriented

“Proper prior planning prevents poor performance” – Brian Tracy.

You believe that the rest of your life is the best of  your life. Every goal you achieve is always a preparation for a better future. You live a balanced life and nothing happens in your life by mistakes.

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6. You’re reliable

If people always ask you for favors, chances are you are the most reliable person in their lives. Does your boss always call you for over-time, or have you ever got a raise that you didn’t ask for, or offered a promotion, or been the only person to whom a particular task is always assigned to, or are you always considered as the one who should know better? If you answered yes to any one of those questions, congratulations. You are reliable. Nobody would waste their time to rely on you if you aren’t reliable.

7. You’re constantly improving

“If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse” – Brian Tracy.

The Japanese call constant improvement Kaizen. You love making new discoveries and you believe that making constant improvements in your life keeps you updated and prevents your best knowledge from becoming obsolete.

8. You’re healthy

Health is the most important characteristic of a smart person on this list. Without good health, all the above characteristics would be a eulogy. Your health is the most important thing in your life, taking good care of yourself is the only way you can live long enough to enjoy the rest of your life. You can accomplish anything you want in life, but you could lose it all if you don’t pay attention to your health. Staying healthy is your ultimate goal.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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