What is it that distinguishes highly successful people from the struggling ones? They may both be working hard but it is the difference on their mindsets that makes the actual difference. Most people just focus on small time goals but successful people know how shifting their mentality can change the game. So here are 10 mental shifts that can help you stand out in life.
#1. Turn envy into admiration
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As humans, it is our natural tendency to become envious of someone better off than us. And very often we try to belittle their success to feel better about own abilities. But this behavior doesn’t let one grow and stops you from being happy from someone else. It’s better to channel that envy into admiration and realize why the other person is more successful than you and how you too can reach higher.
#2. Stop Procrastination
‘Maybe later’ is a trap we have all fallen into at some point in our lives. It is easy to push dreaded tasks onto a future date. But this is one habit that is keeping you from achieving bigger things. Make a mental shift of tackling your most dreaded tasks each day.
#3. Take Feedback
Not all of us can take criticism well, I suppose none of us can. Taking criticism is a little difficult but it is absolutely necessary to be successful. In fact, start asking for feedback if you want to become a better person.
#4. Age is just a number
Never let your age stop you from achieving your dreams. Being young is great, the energy, stamina and the desire to learn is unstoppable. But if you are old, you have different assets- wisdom and experience. Make them work for you!
#5. Mentally prepare for difficult tasks
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From popular TV hosts to athletes like Michael Phelps, they all have a mental trick that helps them reduce stress before an important event. It is best to develop a routine for a challenging task which can put you at ease.
#6. Keep investing in yourself
Life is more fun when you keep learning new things. Not only this ups your game but you also acquire new skills. So go for those cooking classes, finance classes or fitness groups.
#7. Don’t be afraid to fail
A lot of people are held back in life due to their fear of failure. They are either worried about judgement or the potential risks. But instead of focusing on the risks, see the opportunities that will open up for you.
#8. Identify self-restricting habits
Sometimes our own prejudices can stop us from making good decisions in life. It’s better to take a step back and be honest with yourself to remove mental barriers.
#9. Build your social skills
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Making small talk is very important cause it can help you develop relationships with your boss and colleagues. This can also open up doors for new opportunities and build a bigger network. Don’t forget to ask follow up questions.
#10. Avoid decision fatigue
Your mind can only make a finite number of decisions in a day. So make sure the energy is being allotted to important decisions. You can cut decisions fatigue by making preparations in advance such as deciding what to wear the next day or pre- cook several meals to avoid shopping or deciding what to eat.