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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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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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