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5 Ways To Bring Out The Best In You

5 Ways To Bring Out The Best In You

Success for many people may be high performance, making a good and steady income or becoming wealthy, consistently doing the greater good for others, or simply just having inner peace within oneself. With life’s ebbs and flows, it can be challenging to become successful, no matter what your definition of success may be. Many people tend to become stuck in confusion of how to even begin to get to the level of success in which they want to be. However, there are some tips you can apply to help you get started.

1. Inventory Your Talents

In order to be successful at something, you need to perform well. Every person has something they are good at doing, whether it is taking care of others, performing specific duties that require certain skills, or remaining calm while being under pressure. You can also inventory your talent by asking people who are close to you to reveal what it is that they think you are good at doing. You can also ask those you care for what they think makes you unique and special. Finding perspective from others is a great tool to try!

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2. Think of Your Childhood

Take some time to relax, close your eyes, and think back to your younger days. Reflect on the times you were the happiest, think about the things you loved doing, and contemplate about how you felt when you were doing them. In addition to this, think about when you were younger (or even now), what you didn’t want to stop doing when you were told to switch to a new task. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to keep doing this? What precisely makes me enjoy it so much?”

3. Be a Dreamer

Surely, you have spent time just thinking about how you wish your life could be. We all do, even when we are seemingly in a good place in our lives. Successful people want more; they want to reach even higher. Using meditation each morning as you awaken, or at night before you go to sleep, will help clear your mind and open it up for accepting new thoughts. Dreaming big gives hope to anyone who wants to achieve more, and eventually those dreams will enable you to find a way to make good things happen!

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4. Be Daring

It is imperative to take risks in order to achieve your goals and to become what you want to be. You may have to be proactive in your search for a better life and reach out to others. You may have to apply for a new job, decide to go back to school, or start a business and step out of your comfort zone. This may make you anxious and uncomfortable, but, with all risks, it is necessary. Take that leap of faith and a deep breath, and go for it.

Unleashing and holding tight to something you love to do, either as a means of income or for sheer enjoyment, can be done with a little persistence towards yourself. It may take time to find what makes your excitement grow as you do something productive, but it is most definitely a realistic goal to set for yourself. Living your life, day to day, should bring you satisfaction and joy. After all, you deserve nothing less!

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5. Realize That Victory Is Near

Many people think that success for them is so far away and they get overwhelmed easily by thinking about it. When you have worked on your goals for a while but things don’t seem to be working for you, you might feel like giving up or at least frustrated. Usually ,when this happens, you are just two millimeters away from victory. This is one of the beautiful lessons I learned from Tony Robbins at his UPW event in Australia. Tony called this the “2-millimeter shift“. He explained that all you need is a little shift in your strategy or mindset in order to maintain the momentum to achieve the outcome that you are after. So when things are not working and you are stuck, just remember that victory is near and all you need is to find that tiny shift.

When you realize that the success you want is within your reach, you will keep going and utilizing more of your potential and resources to help you achieve your goals.

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How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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    Image source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

    The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

    But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

    However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

    This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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    Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

    We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

    Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

    Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

    The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

    When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

    When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

    How to Make Decision Effectively

    Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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    1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

    You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

    Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

    Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

    2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

    You don’t have to choose all the time.

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

    Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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    3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

    You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

    The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

    Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

    Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

    So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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