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15 Signs You’re Living in an Exotic Family

15 Signs You’re Living in an Exotic Family

In this age of technology, it is difficult to find families who simply break the rules of the conventional. Growing up, it sort of apparent how whimsical and nontraditional our families can be. There was strength in every unit of the family and this was something to cling on to.

1. You have various interests.

Nobody is sticking to the good old traditional role of becoming doctors, lawyers or engineers. Among your family members, everyone cherishes and wants to be someone different—maybe an athlete, maybe a photographer or a musician.

2. Each family member is an island to her or himself.

Although every member cherishes and spends a large amount of time together, there is distinction and respect among family members, especially when it comes to living apart and respecting each other’s space.

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3. You know family is important.

When there is a special moment or reason to be together, you do not make excuses to be away from the family. Each family member knows that all family events are important.

4. You appreciate knowledge.

Education is important to your family. Getting a college or a professional degree is important. This could mean going away from home or making more financial commitments, but you understand why it is important that you get one.

5. You can have a drink with your dad.

You dad is a combination of old school and modern approach to life. There is flexibility and room for one to make mistakes.

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6. There is always an interesting story to be told.

Whether it is from your parents or from your grandparents, there is this anecdotal story you have heard from them time and time again. And the more they tell it, the more it spins.

7. You have someone who covers for your mistakes.

You make mistakes and mistakes in an exotic family could bring forth a different kind of ridicule. But someone is always there to shield you—your brother or your sister—from the consequences of your wrongful action.

8. Your uncles and your aunts are like your second parents.

You have uncles and aunts who offer you advice, support and ridicule the same way your parents do. You may want to get away from their watchful eye, but it seems that they are very much interested in your progress in life.

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9. You can look forward to family outings.

Family events and outings are something you yearn for. Not only do you catch up on lost time, but there is also always something intriguing and new to discover.

10. There is always an expert within the family.

It could be your grandma, who claims to have a drug for all ailments, or your grandfather, who has firsthand knowledge on how to make any woman or guy fall in love with you.

11. There is a celebration for almost anything.

Whether you passed your SATs and are going off to college, or getting a new job, or buying a new car, there is always something that ignites a celebration.

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12. You will always cherish your family photos.

Wherever you go and whenever you come back, family is a part of you. And this is shown in the variety, amusement and love that is present in your family photos.

13. Your cousins and relatives are also your best friends.

There is no major divide between members of your immediate and extended family. When you hang out with your cousins or relatives, you always have something unforgettable to cherish.

14. There is always one person who partners with you in your mischief.

You love to create fun for yourself and others; thus you become mischievous and cook up schemes. And you have a brother or a sister who is always your partner in crime.

15. You have a confidante in your mom.

While everything may look unconventional and different, your mom is the one you can always have that heart-to-heart talk with.

Featured photo credit: SLO County Bicycle Coalition via Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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