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How You Can Cultivate A Successful Mindset

How You Can Cultivate A Successful Mindset
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How you can cultivate a successful mindset need not be a mystery. There are a multitude of self-help books, available to teach you the way to become successful. Particular qualities must be nourished in order to realize the determination required of a person with a successful mindset. A successful mindset  is as unique to the individual as his or her own fingerprint.

Anticipate Failure

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    Yep. Failure is a thing that every successful person has had to deal with. Already feel like a failure?  Read this article, to discover how you may already be on the path to success. Thomas Edison, one of the most prolific inventors of the 19th century said of failure, “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt is a step forward.”  The failure to anticipate failure is a failure within itself. Meaning simply that progress toward a successful mindset depends a great deal upon how you interpret success.  A failed attempt at cultivating success is something many powerful and successful people are acutely aware of and  that mistakes made are steps forward, not back. Colin Powell,a retired four-star United States General said that, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

    Let Go And Delegate

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      Perfectionist? Perfectionism, is not all that it’s cracked up to be. What a dream it would be to let go of the task at hand and learn how to delegate.Or take the advice of Wayne Gretzky,nicknamed the ‘Great One’ by his fellow players said, “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Conceivably, delegation is the same type of risk. You are depending that the person you have chosen will do the job and well.  In cultivating a successful mindset, you will find that successful delegation is not an easy task. Yet, the benefits from delegating tasks can be richly rewarding. Try brainstorming about a tough issue. In this case, the more ideas the better when solving the job ahead.  It is always entirely possible that someone else may have the idea that can solve the problem you have. Helen Keller, author, lecturer, and political activist said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

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      Be A Lifelong Learner

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        Expanding on or learning new skills, is very much a necessity in sustaining a successful mindset. There are thousands of free online courses available to anyone willing to put in the time and effort. When you decide to learn new opportunities begin to build and grow and avenues are opened that you may have never considered before. Isaac Asimov, author and professor of Bio-Chemistry said, “People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us that do.” Expanding your knowledge is always a personal investment and helps you ultimately toward your ultimate goal. Henry L. Doherty, a successful financier said that everyone should, “Be a student so long as there is something to learn and this will mean all your life.”

        Develop A Sense Of Humor

        Oscar Wilde, who was considered to be the best playwright of his time said,”Life’s too short to be taken seriously.” And there is a great deal of truth in the old adage that, laughter is the best medicine. Keeping or developing a sense of humor only benefits you as you move forward in developing a successful mindset. Laughter relieves stress and often provides the opportunity to view a problem in a different light. Develop your sense of humor through relaxing with family and friends, as well as, by learning how not to take yourself so seriously. There is power in positive thinking, so long as there is action involved.

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        Last Updated on July 21, 2021

        The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

        The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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        No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

        Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

        Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

        A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

        Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

        In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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        From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

        A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

        For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

        This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

        The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

        That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

        Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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        The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

        Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

        But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

        The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

        The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

        A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

        For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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        But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

        If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

        For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

        These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

        For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

        How to Make a Reminder Works for You

        Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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        Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

        Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

        My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

        Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

        I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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        Reference

        [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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