Secrets for Powering Up Your Success

Secrets for Powering Up Your Success

Remember: Success doesn’t just happen, it comes to those who pursue it! And part of that pursuit is periodic monitoring of progress.

Some might call this “reflection.”

Reflection is an important tool you can use to grow your mindset. Use it regularly, and you’ll see great benefits. You should aim to reflect at least 2-3 times a week and preferably daily. This will help you identify what you’re doing right, what your current issues are, and where you should correct course.

These reflection questions are designed to help you do that on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Keep track of your progress by writing out the answers in a notebook or file and keep them to look back on later. Periodically you can review your old answers and see how far you’ve come.

Just a few minutes:  5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 30 minutes, respectively will do the trick. You’ll be glad that you took that time!

Daily Questions
1.) What is one thing that went right today and why did it go right?
2.) What is one thing that went wrong today and is there anything I can do to change the outcome when this situation presents itself again?
3.) What did I do to improve myself today?

Weekly Questions
1.) What was my biggest success this week? Why did I succeed at it? How can I replicate this success in the future?
2.) What was my biggest failure this week? What caused it? How can I change things to prevent it from happening again?
3.) What did I do to improve my mindset this week?
4.) What did I learn this week?
5.) How much progress did I make toward my goals this week? Did I meet this week’s milestone? Why or why not?

Monthly Questions
1.) What went right this month and why? Is there a pattern to my successes throughout the month? How can I keep these things going in the future?
2.) What went wrong this month and why? Is there a pattern to my failures this month? How can I change to stop this pattern from repeating next month?
3.) What are the most important lessons I have learned this month? How can I implement them into my life for next month?
4.) What have I done to improve my mindset this month? Is it working? Should I try something else next month?
5.) What progress have I made toward my goals in the past month? Am I closer or farther away? Are there obstacles that have arisen? What can I do to speed up my progress?

These simple questions can be powerful if you check them routinely.

Course correction is the key one of your keys to success in anything. Your mindset will grow and your vision will increase with these simple periodic checks.

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Hey, It’s Time to Find Support

Hey, It’s Time to Find Support

We say change your mind and change your life. Let’s face it:  It takes hard work!

Changing your mindset is one of the hardest things you can do. There are going to be ups and downs along the way. You’re going to run headfirst into challenges. You’re going to fall down. You’re going to fail.

Uh oh! Let’s get real – you need help.

That’s why you don’t want to do this alone. You’re going to need support from other people. Humans are social creatures, after all, and we depend on our social networks to keep us going and get us through hard times.

How do you find support? Many people who have changed to a more productive mindset have left some clues about finding help from others.

1.) Join a support group
These go by many names and can be focused on growth mindset work alone or personal development in general. Most of them are free or only cost a small fee. There are both in-person and online groups. You’re bound to find one that fits you if you look.

There are Meetups or groups in local business organizations. You can also check out Facebook groups.

These groups will give you a place to get advice or just a place to vent when you need it! If you choose the right group, the people are working through the same issues you are.

2.) Surround yourself with positive people
You are a reflection of the people closest to you. Make sure those people closest to you are positive people. Try to do this in both your personal and your work life. This will help you stay positive in the good times and help lift you up when times get bad.

3.) Alter or end toxic relationships
I’m not talking about getting a divorce or quitting your job. But there are some friends who aren’t good for you. If you find yourself in a toxic relationship (of any sort from romantic to work) do your best to turn it into a positive one. Don’t allow their negativity to influence you.

There may be some friends which you will see less often. That’s ok. Pray for them,

Finally, don’t let anyone cause you to feel depressed or “less than.” If there is someone in your life who says negative things about you, learn to shake those things off. Don’t drink the poison.

Forgive them and know that God sees you differently.

4.) Find a Life Coach.
Sometimes we all need a little one-on-one help to overcome our issues or figure out how to get around an obstacle. There’s no shame in seeking help. In fact, being willing to ask for help is one of the characteristics of a growth mindset.

So, if you need to, seek out someone who can help you. The rewards will be more than worth the time, money, and effort.

Try This Different Kind of Meditation

Try This Different Kind of Meditation

Let’s look at a different form of meditation from what most people think. Let’s look at Christian meditation. Meditating on words God has given you for your journey.

Joshua 1:8 This book of the Law (the Bible) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you will be careful to do all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success.

Stop and think about this passage and think about what was going on.

The Israelites had been supernaturally delivered from Egypt after 400 years of slavery. Then they faltered, doubting God could take them into the Land He had promised, so they spent another 40 years wandering around in the wilderness.

The generation of doubters had died, and Joshua was leading the group now. They were getting ready to go into the promised land and take it, and they needed all the faith they could muster. They also needed for God to be with them – accomplishing supernatural things for them.

That’s when Joshua was told to keep his eyes on God’s Word. To meditate on it day and night. And to speak it.

That’s the true meditation God has ordained for us as Christians. He wants us to move forward with His blessings on our lives. As we keep His Word before us, our faith rises and our focus stays on our mission.

My husband has a novel teaching about this. One of the meanings of the word “meditate” is to guard as a lion does its prey. My husband says that we are to guard over the word God gives us in that way. Hovering over it, and looking for anything which would try to steal that word from us. It’s our word and no one can snatch it from us!

So what do I suggest?

Take your Bible and get in a quiet spot. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you words for your meditation. When He gives you special words, those are more significant to you than any other.

For starters, if you are Seeking Word about Your prosperity:

Deuteronomy 8:18 (NASB) But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you the power to make wealth that His covenant may be established.

II Corinthians 9:8  (NASB) And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

Or Maybe it’s Your Children:

Deuteronomy 28:4 (NASB) Blessed shall be the offspring of your body.

Isaiah 54:13 (NASB) All of your sons (children) will be taught of the Lord; and the well-being of your sons will be great.

Or Your Health:

Exodus 15:26  (ASV) I am the God who heals you

Psalm 103:3 (NASB) He pardons all our iniquities and heals all our diseases.

These scriptures are just starting points. Get your Bible and sit with God in a quiet state. Think about His goodness and His love for you. Then ask Him to bring you word to meditate on.

Think about the Word you’ve chosen. Say it over and over out loud. Then think about it even as you ngo about your day. Allow God to build on that Word. This will increase your faith in what you are doing and your faith in God prospering you.

Meditating on the Word of God will change your life.

Focus On the Present Moment

Focus On the Present Moment

Do you stay in the moment or do you find yourself tuning out as you go about your day? Our challenge today is to take notice. Present focus is one of the hallmarks of a growth mindset.

That is, people who have a growth mindset tend to focus on the present moment rather than constantly dwelling on the past or dreaming about the future. Most people are the opposite, and the more of a fixed mindset a person has, the more likely they are to be fixated on the past or future rather than the present.

Which timeframe do you focus on more? Past, present, or future?

Think about it for a moment and answer honestly. See if you can come up with a percentage split of past/present/future. You don’t need to be exact -an approximation will do.

Chances are that it’s not the present moment. If it is, great -you can use the techniques here to improve your focus. But if not, you’ve got some work to do.

The best technique for beginners to use to learn to focus on the present moment is mindfulness practice. This is an easy practice you can do anywhere, anytime that will gradually ease you into focusing on the present more and more. It doesn’t require anything except a few seconds of your time and some concentration.

This is how it works. Sometime during the day, stop what you’re doing, whether that’s work, eating, or anything else. Close your eyes. Notice everything that’s around you. The feel of your feet on the floor. The itchiness of your new shirt. The smells coming from the kitchen.

Do this for about 30 seconds. Then go back to what you were doing. That’s it -no special time set aside. Repeat this several times a day. Gradually extend the time you spend to a minute. Notice what other people are doing around you. Really notice them -as people, not background objects.

When you’ve mastered this part of the practice, start doing it while you continue your tasks. Take notice of what you’re doing, whether that’s grocery shopping, typing on the computer, or cooking dinner.

Slowly extend the number of times per day you do this and the amount of time you spend doing it. You’ll gradually become more focused on the present moment all the time without even trying.

Regardless, learning to focus more on the present moment will help you improve your mindset and continue your self-development journey.

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Are Limiting Beliefs Harming Your Mindset?

Are Limiting Beliefs Harming Your Mindset?

If you’re having trouble improving your mindset, part of the problem might be limiting beliefs that are holding you back.

A limiting belief is a false belief about yourself, other people, or the world around you. A belief that limits you in one way or another.

These beliefs develop in your childhood and have to be overcome as adults in order  for you to grow.

Why does your brain develop these beliefs? Quite simply, it does so to keep you safe.

Your conscious mind isn’t developed until adulthood, which means your unconscious mind is in charge, and it can’t reason or rationalize. It only makes simple rules -good, bad, yes, no, this but not that -that are all designed to keep you safe and meet your basic needs.

There are many limiting beliefs out there.

A common one is “I can’t do X.” Whatever X is, you tried to do it or something like it as a child and got hurt, physically or emotionally,. So your brain created the limiting belief that you can’t do it. It sounds silly, and it is -to an adult. It’s a serious matter to a child, and your unconscious mind never progresses beyond that stage.

If a limiting belief is hampering your mindset, you’re going to have to overcome it to move forward. The first step is identifying the limiting belief. You need to put it into words. This may be easier said than done.

Do you think you can’t do something? Are you afraid of success (or failure)? Figure out what it is and write it down.

Next, figure out what benefits you’re getting from continuing to hold the belief. Your brain thinks it’s keeping you safe.

Safe from what? Write these down. Be thankful that the belief has helped you in the past.

Now it’s time to prayerfully move forward.

Ask yourself if the belief is true. Are you always unlikable? Are you always bad with money? Is every other person out to hurt you emotionally? Of course not.

Now, what is the emotion underlying this limiting belief? It’s often fear but can also be shame or embarrassment.

The next step is to determine what will happen if you continue to hold this belief. There are negative consequences to all limiting beliefs. Will you never get the promotion? Be single forever?

Finally, re-frame the limiting belief into something positive and turn it into a positive confession. Continue trying whatever you’re stuck on while repeating the confession. Don’t give up. Overcoming your limiting beliefs is hard but you can do it!

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