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8 Powerful Mindsets That Will Help Manifest Your Dreams

8 Powerful Mindsets That Will Help Manifest Your Dreams

Living in the technological era, now more than ever, we have access to all the knowledge, opportunity and resources on this amazing planet. We are ever connected and ever contactable. Our forefathers have blazed the trail for us to have access to our dreams at a touch of a button and our opportunities are truly limitless.

Though most of us have this realization deep down, we tend to stand in our own way by failing to listen to our inner guidance and by effect, we fail to shine true in our authenticity. By adopting the following mind-sets, we can begin to cultivate greater self -abundance and eventually, pave our way to the success we truly desire.

Own your life

“A dream is a wish your heart makes” – Walt Disney

Many of us have the tendency to send our own dreams and passions into the backdrop in order to please others. Whilst this is a noble deed, it often means we dis-empower ourselves and fail to flourish in our purest essence.

Whilst keeping others happy is a beautiful thing, it can only be done properly when we value ourselves.  Realizing our dreams in independence,  honoring them and making daily efforts to bring them alive are worthy investments to make.

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Cultivate Optimism

“Optimism is a happiness magnet, if you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you” – Mary Lou Retton

Negative thinking is easy.  The stressful lives we live cause negativity to be the natural state of functioning for most. Optimism has now become a skill held by a healthy few and is a vital mindset to living the life of your dreams.

Optimism helps us see the world with beauty and perfection. When we see the beauty, we instinctively want to add to it. By cultivating optimism, we therefore gear our minds to a natural state of bliss and give ourselves the permission to dream big.

Be brave

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others” – Thomas Krause

As much as originality and independent thought can magnetize love and beauty, it tends to provoke an atmosphere of ridicule. Be brave enough to move forward believing in your dreams with greater strength than the negative remarks.

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This requires courage and effort, but is full of reward. You will find that as you transform into your truth, you inspire others to do the same.

Fall In Love with Creating

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” – Einstein

In our purest essence, we are powerful creators. We are all born with gifts, talents and thoughts that spark our own creativity. The ability to explore these is a vital mind-set towards manifesting your dreams.

Most importantly, it cultivates a nurturing self-relationship and fosters feelings of inner peace and content. This puts us in a good place to embark on achievement.

Practice Gratitude

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears” – Anthony Robbins

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Living from a place of gratitude is a fruitful route to success. Making the effort to be thankful for all the small things allows us to live from calmness, grace and strength. This empowers our creative essence and allows a healthy state of mental functioning, putting us on our way to achievement.

Live From A Place of Passion

“Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not” – Deepak Chopra

Passion is truly the most powerful emotion on the planet. When you live from a place of passion, you build strong relationships, fulfilling careers and constantly strive to shine. Finding true passion takes work – it requires going deep within and asking questions that only you can answer. But once you have found it, you are undoubtedly on the way to success.

Value Your Authenticity

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

You were born into this world as an authentic individual to shine in your very own light. You were meant to be different from everyone else, so that you could share your beauty with them. By having the courage to be authentic, you live from a place of individuality and true capability. Carry this lesson with you, and you will be on your way to making your dreams a reality – you are the only person that has power over your success.

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Have Enormous Dreams

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities” – J.R.R Tolkein

Have the courage to dream big. The world is full of inspiration – each of us are walking, talking examples of it in one way or another. Your dream may be to be the best mother or wife possible, or it may be to put a stop to hunger in third world countries.

The beauty is in the differences. Don’t ever tell yourself that your dreams are too big – allow yourself to make the effort and to try – it will get you further than you think and will help you create something that matters.

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10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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