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How You Can Cultivate A Successful Mindset

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How You Can Cultivate A Successful Mindset

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 October 21, 2021

        How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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        How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

        Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

        Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

        The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

        Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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        Program Your Own Algorithms

        Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

        Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

        By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

        How to Form a Ritual

        I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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        Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

        1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
        2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
        3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
        4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

        Ways to Use a Ritual

        Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

        1. Waking Up

        Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

        2. Web Usage

        How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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        3. Reading

        How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

        4. Friendliness

        Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

        5. Working

        One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

        6. Going to the gym

        If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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        7. Exercise

        Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

        8. Sleeping

        Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

        8. Weekly Reviews

        The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

        Final Thoughts

        We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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