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6 Secrets to Living a Life In Truth

6 Secrets to Living a Life In Truth

Your truth is your own. It’s personal and does not have to mean grand adventures. It’s exactly what you want it to be and while it may take some self investigating, it’s well worth it. While I have met some people that are perfectly happy living in the same town they grew up in, many of us want more. I do a lot of traveling, it’s something nobody around me was doing at the time but I wasn’t satisfied with what everyone else was doing. I didn’t want to settle down, get married, have kids or find a career path that I would be in for the rest of my life. People are often envious of my life choices and the adventures I’ve gone on and wished that they could have done something similar with their lives. That’s the importance of living in truth, having no regrets. Here are six secrets that can help you to live a life that is true to who you are.

1. Be Willing to Make Sacrifices

Living your life in truth can often mean sacrificing a few other things. Maybe it’s a stable and comfortable life that you miss out on but the benefits are going to outweigh being comfortable. We often seek out comfort to feel secure in life but it leaves us feeling unsatisfied. When you’re doing exactly what you love and want to do, you won’t require your life to be so safe and comfortable.

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2. Quit What Doesn’t Work

How many stories have you heard about someone who got out of a bad relationship or quit a go nowhere job only to find true happiness with a better opportunity. While this is another courageous move, quitting what doesn’t work is going to benefit you in ways you can only imagine. Let go of things or people that are holding you back and get rid of unnecessary baggage. You can then create more space in your life for what you do want.

3. Don’t Listen to the Nay Sayers

If you’re not going with the grain, people may tell you, you’re crazy. Don’t let their perception deter you for we are all on our own path in this life. Go for what you want and eventually you will prove to the nay sayers that they were wrong and you may even end up inspiring them.

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4. Follow your Heart’s Voice

Figure out exactly what it is you’re dreaming of doing, being and having. Sit with this for a while because it takes some time to hear your own voice. Often you’ll hear the voice of others that have given their opinions in the past such as your parents or friends. Get to know who you are and what your desires are for your life. Meditation can be a good way to get in touch with your truths.

5. Be crafty

Often, your true passion is a way less traveled. This means you’re probably not just going to apply for a job, go to an interview and get said job. Figure out what you offer to the world that is unique and sell it. This is not only a great way to live your truth but you are likely to be highly successful. The hardest part is often figuring out what exactly your gift to the world is but once you do, the sky’s the limit.

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6. Be courageous

It’s going to take some courage to do what you really want. Many of us ignore the inner truth inside of us. The fear of shining brightly is often much bigger than the fear of failing. Leave your ego at the doorstep and go for your dreams. Believe in yourself even with no proof that it can be done.

Featured photo credit: Two friends enjoying the summer sun via shutterstock.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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