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Master These 6 Mindsets To Get One Step Closer To Success

Master These 6 Mindsets To Get One Step Closer To Success

Sometimes it is not about strategy or “how to.” To become successful or take a step closer to it you have to understand the importance of your mindset. Even when a groundbreaking idea comes along or you are super talented, success may not come. While many have underestimated the efficacy of what role your mindset has to play when it comes to success, you should not count yourself amongst the many that ignored such to their peril. You should start learning what mindsets you have to work on to inch you further to your goals and to determine your success. Here are six mindsets that will take you one step closer to success.

A growth mindset

Mastering the growth mindset makes you more adaptable on your way to success. People who have a growth mindset are flexible and do not see things in the short term, but are focused on the long term and adapting to the journey and the process. They know that there will be failures, but they do not consider this to be disappointing or discouraging or the end point to their journey, rather they see failures as a starting point for experimentation and testing of ideas. People who are willing to be successful should not see failure as a reflection or a proof of their ability; they should see it as a platform they can build on.

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A possibility mindset

You cannot really accomplish much if you limit yourself with the “impossibility factor.” Because it has not been done before or doesn’t have any concrete antecedence of success doesn’t mean it is doomed for failure and it won’t simply work. Success requires that you should have an open and positive mindset that things will work out even when the odds seem to be against you.

An active mindset

People, who are highly successful and keep on striving for success, do not just talk or dream about becoming successful. They pursue and chase after success with every fiber in their bones. They dream it, sleep it, eat it and walk it. Their mindset in getting what they want is active and above the passive. They have the desire that they want it, but they go further by taking action and proving how much they want to be successful.

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A people mindset

Sometimes what matters very much to success is not your talent or your product, rather how much you focus on people and stirring them to giving you what you want. Focusing on people means that you do not develop relationships with those who will divert you from your goals, but will motivate and inspire you to getting to where you want to be. You can communicate, learn and be inspired in such relationships. Learn to connect with people if you want to become more successful.

A grateful mindset

Learn to say thank you often. Learn to appreciate wherever you are in the journey of becoming successful. Negativity sort of has a way of impeding your progress and debarring you from earning more opportunities. Focus on where you are and how far you have come. Your gratitude and such reminders show contentment, delight and positivity. Such attitude stirs you towards success rather than away from it.

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A responsible mindset

You understand that you are the one responsible for your success and not anyone else. you should take charge of whatever situation you are in and be willing to climb the ladder without making excuses. People who want to be successful are willing to be accountable for their actions and accept the responsibilities that will be placed before them in the process. They do not look for others to blame for their difficulties or expect them to be your driving force. You know what your future holds and you do not allow others to determine it.

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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