This article comes from Entrepreneur.
If you’re ready to change and enhance your life, here are eight important mental shifts you should make immediately.
Most people don’t wander through life, haphazardly finding employment and forming relationships, without any real sense of what their potential is or what they are hoping to do with their life. If you want to live your best life, you have to act with intention and be willing to sustain your effort and motivation over the long haul. You have to believe you have it in you to create your best life. In everything you do, ask yourself: Does this help me build the kind of life I want to live? Once you make this shift, you will be empowered to pull yourself away from things that pointlessly suck your time, energy and finances. Focus on what you need to do to create your best reality and start living happily and prosperously.
Everyone has a source of inner power that fuels them. It’s the strength you draw from to overcome obstacles. But most of us aren’t really aware of what makes us powerful or how we can wield our abilities most effectively. The problem is that we don’t tend to see ourselves as capable, dynamic, forceful or influential. We dwell on our faults and mistakes, and this diminishes us. Eventually, we let our power slip away.
Spend some time reconnecting with yourself and acknowledging your limiting beliefs. What if you banished them? Own your power by understanding what lights you up. What gives you a thrill? What do you feel passionate about? Hold on to those things. Continually envision yourself as the badass you know you are.
Learn to keep things simple by focusing on quality over quantity. By doing this, you’ll ultimately get more bang for your buck. This mental shift keeps you concentrated on using your resources wisely, so you’ll carefully and thoughtfully guard your time, money and mental and physical energy. Quality has more to do with depth, such as ensuring a task or goal is entirely completed, which usually leads to better results. For example, if you’re selective about who you hire, you’ll get quality workers who are a better fit with your business and your team.
By being thoughtful about what projects you undertake, you’ll focus on areas that you have expertise in; this is where you will naturally thrive and excel. Thus, you have a better chance of not only standing out for your exceptional work but also building your reputation and continuing to propel your business as a whole.
Helping others isn’t just a nice thing to do. When you help others, you also gain in return. After all, while giving leads to getting, more importantly, it leads to personal growth and feeling good. The first step in giving value to others is to stop being self-centered. Practice taking a real interest in others, and be authentic in your dealings with other people. Recognize that it’s not all about you. Stop focusing so much on how people react toward you, and you’ll stop taking things so personally. This will allow you to stop reacting — and overreacting — to things.
Nothing is as mind-broadening as allowing yourself to really see the world from another person’s perspective. When you focus on the value you give to others, you start seeing other people’s needs more clearly.
Nothing will cast you in a negative light faster than a “woe is me” mentality. People see you through the lens of how you project yourself. The energy, confidence, and attitude you bring with you are key in projecting yourself as someone who is self-assured and upbeat. As such, never underestimate your value and worth. This isn’t just about your credentials, education, and experience (though those things are great). Rather, it’s about your ability to show the world how awesome you are in your everyday dealings with others.
Every interaction is a chance to show exactly what you have to bring to the table, and exactly why you stand out from the rest. You have to appreciate and fully utilize every bit of your talent and mojo. Find your inner grit, hone your savvy and embrace your worth. Be in control of you.
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