Discover The Secrets To Bootstrapping Success Your Startup

 

Starting a business can be costly, especially in certain fields such as brick-and-mortar and retail. But there are ways to drastically reduce your startup costs, and to secure funding without giving away the rights to your company, or going into serious debt.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard entrepreneurs lamenting over the fact that they gave a huge percentage of their company equity away to get angel investors or venture capital, and realized later they could have done it on their own without giving up so much equity.

Discover The Secrets To Bootstrapping Success Your Startup

Let’s say you secure $100,000 from an angel investor in exchange for a 25% stake in your company. (Realistically, most investors ask for higher amounts, but we’ll use 25% for easier math.)

 

Now let’s say your company makes $1,000,000 in profit in its first year. This means your angel investor would receive $250,000 for that initial $100,000 investment, and that’s just in the first year! Over the years, this could add up to millions of dollars!

This is why it’s important to avoid seeking investors whenever possible, or to delay seeking funding as long as possible. (We’ll talk about the reasons for that later.)

 

In this guide, we’re going to talk about some of the best ways to save money, get profitable faster, and avoid having to seek funding before your company is truly ready. You’re going to learn how to start your business with the least possible investment, and how to manage your money until your company becomes profitable.

So, let’s get started.

 

Setting a Budget

According to a 2009 survey by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the average startup cost for a business was around $30,000. It might be a bit higher now, given inflation, but you can expect the average is still somewhere in that ballpark.

Of course, startup costs can vary dramatically depending on the type of business you’re trying to start.

 

Opening a retail business or a restaurant, for example, might cost a minimum of $50,000 or more, because you have to pay for the physical space, fixtures, product, licensing, employee salaries, and more.

But starting an online business focusing on digital products, affiliate marketing, drop shipping, or something similar might require as little as $25 to start. This is one big reason so many people start these types of businesses. There’s a lower barrier to entry.

Even $25 can be a significant investment for some people. If you’re already living on next to nothing, even such a small amount can seem like a fortune, especially when it comes to risking it with a potential for failure.

 

But entrepreneurs know that there’s no reward without risk, and only you know how much risk you’re willing to take.

So, the first thing you need to do (after you make the major decisions regarding the type of business you want to create and such) is figure out exactly how much you’re prepared to spend starting your business.

 

A lot of this will probably depend on how much you have to spend. If you don’t have very deep pockets, and most of us don’t, you will be limited in the amount of money you have available to start your business.

Some people don’t mind risk, and they’re willing to put more of their available funds into their business in order to try to extract profit more quickly. Others prefer to risk a bit less and grow more slowly. Either way is fine. It’s up to you to decide how much risk you’re willing to take.

This is why it’s important to set a budget and stick to it as much as you possibly can. If you have $20,000 in your savings account and you’re willing to risk half, then you need to set a budget that falls within the $10,000 you have available.

 

If you have no money available, and you’re starting with nothing, budgeting becomes even more important. You’ll have to find money somehow, and that’s not easy if you have no experience to prove your ability.

Determine exactly how much money you have to invest, and how much you’re willing to risk. Then sit down and total up every single expense you can possibly think of with regards to opening your business.

 

Don’t forget things such as:

• Product (either buying or developing it)
• Location (either a physical location or a website)
• Marketing expenses
• Employees or outsourcing expenses
• Office supplies and utilities
• Six to twelve months of operating capital

 

Take note of that last one. Many businesses don’t become profitable for at least the first 6-12 months, so it’s important not only to ensure you have enough capital to start your business initially, but also to run it until it becomes profitable.

Determine how much you are likely to need to run your business until it becomes profitable, and try to pad that number as much as you can in order to account for unexpected expenses.

Once you’ve determined your budget, you can start purchasing the things you need to open your business.

 

Sticking to Your Budget

Let’s talk about a few things you can do to make sure you stick to your budget once you have developed it. After all, a budget won’t make a difference if you don’t stick to it!

 

Using Credit

There may be times when using credit is absolutely necessary, but try not to use it unless you have to. Interest rates vary based on the type of loan/credit and your credit history, and can be as much as 30% or even higher for some types of high-risk loans. This kind of expense can destroy a brand-new company if it’s not managed carefully, so it’s wise to avoid using credit if at all possible.

The only thing you should use credit for is to obtain inventory, because it’s something you can sell for a profit, and then only if necessary.

 

For example, if you find a good price on inventory that is a limited time offer, or if you run out of stock of your best-selling item and you need to get it back in stock urgently and you are waiting for payments to come in, then you can float with credit.

If you do this, be sure to pay back the entirety of the loan as quickly as possible, ideally within 30 days in order to avoid interest. Most credit cards will not charge interest until they generate a statement, so if you can pay off the balance before your statement is generated, you probably won’t have to pay interest.

This isn’t true for loans, however, so be sure to check the terms of any loan to see just how much you’re going to have to pay back.

 

Remember, if you end up paying high interest on something, even product you intend to sell, you eat into your profits. This is especially notable if you’re in a field that operates on razor-thin profit margins, such as consumer electronics. Such interest payments could erase your profits completely.

You may also occasionally have emergency expenses that you must use credit to cover—such as an unexpectedly high utility bill or some other expense you couldn’t have anticipated. This is another valid reason to use credit, but try to avoid doing so if you can find any other option.

 

Don’t forget that you can often transfer balances from one card to another, so if you have a balance on a card and you know you can’t pay it off in time to avoid interest, you could transfer the balance to another card with a lower interest rate or to buy time to pay it off.

Also, consider getting business credit instead of using your personal credit. Some types of business credit can be obtained without risking your own personal credit score or your personal income, instead being opened in the name of the company using the company’s Federal tax ID number instead of a social security number.

Be sure to ask if the creditor requires a personal guarantee, also called a PG. If so, it means you could be sued directly if you default, and it can be reported to your personal credit report.

 

Keep An Eye On Cash Flow

In the early stages of a startup, cash is king. Cash flow is something that can easily get away from you if you’re not careful.

Be sure you carefully document your business expenses, including noting the date, amount, items purchased, where they were purchased, and keep receipts.

Not only will this help you stick to your budget, but you will need this information for taxes, because you will pay a huge amount of money in taxes if you aren’t able to claim deductions for your expenses!

Some expenses can’t be written off on your taxes, but save the receipts anyway. You never know when you may need them.

 

Tax laws can and do change sometimes, and not only that, you may need to prove expense figures if you later decide to sell your company.

If you have employees, be sure that anyone who has access to petty cash or to company funds knows they must clear purchases with you first. One of the biggest reasons companies go over budget is through employees spending money on items that aren’t in the budget.

It’s always difficult when you don’t want to micromanage employees. Just be sure to let them know that cash flow is tight, and that’s the reason they are being asked to clear purchases with you first. You don’t want them thinking you don’t trust them.

 

Saving Money

Now let’s take a look at a few ways you can save money on those things you do need to buy.

1. Don’t buy anything you don’t need. It seems simple enough, but you’d be surprised how many people waste money on things they don’t really need, such as decorative things for their office or renting a fancy space for their company. Buy those things once your company is profitable. Don’t buy them in the beginning!

2. Always shop around. Prices can vary from vendor to vendor, and from day to day, so take the time to do some comparison shopping. Even saving a few dollars here and there can add up. Before you buy anything that costs more than a few bucks, look for a coupon, discount, or better price. For example, you can search Google for “NameCheap coupon June 2018” to find a coupon for a discount off the purchase of a domain name for that month. And many hosting companies have deals where you can get your first month of web hosting for free or cheap with a coupon code.

3. Buy used whenever possible. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking they need to buy everything brand new, but sometimes gently used items make more sense. Why pay $500 for a brand-new desk for your office when you can get a very nice used one for $100? Sand it down and paint it, and it might look brand new at a fraction of the price.

4. Don’t be extravagant. It might be a nice gesture to hold a Christmas party for your employees, but wouldn’t it be much better to invest in additional marketing that will help increase your bottom line, so you can offer your loyal employees with regular pay increases?
If it doesn’t directly drive the company toward profitability, it can wait! Or you can make do with a cheaper alternative. For example, if you feel you must hold a party for employees, plan some inexpensive activities that can build team spirit rather than splurging on expensive food or renting a space for the party.

5. Don’t take a salary. I know it’s painful to hear, but one of the biggest mistakes startup founders make is taking a salary for themselves right from the beginning. I get it. We’re all in business to make money. Otherwise, why start a business at all? But when you’re just getting started, you need every dime you can get for startup expenses. Unless you’re incredibly lucky and achieve profitability overnight, hold off on taking any money for yourself.

6. Don’t outsource anything you can do yourself. You can learn to do most things on your own, such as setting up a basic website with WordPress and even designing your first logo. If it’s something you can do, you should do it yourself unless it’s so inexpensive to have it done that it wouldn’t be worth the time and effort it would take to learn how to do it yourself.

These are just a few ideas of ways you can save money, and you don’t have to use them only when you’re getting started! It never hurts to stay frugal, even when your company is making a good profit.

 

Reach Profitability Quickly

Everyone wants their company to become profitable as quickly as possible, but few actually do what it takes to make that happen.

One major reason companies take so long to become profitable is getting caught up in analysis paralysis. They spend so much time debating over this decision and that decision, and quibbling over tiny details that don’t really matter, that they fail to launch or expand quickly enough.

Yes, it’s important to make decisions carefully, but you also need to take action, and if you don’t, it will take you a lot longer to become profitable.

If you spend an extra three months agonizing over decisions instead of just getting your business open and making money, that’s three months of potential profit you lose, and three months of additional operating expenses you can’t recoup with profit.

 

Hiring vs. Outsourcing

In the beginning, you will probably be doing all or most of the work yourself. That’s one of the mantras of a shoestring startup. Don’t outsource a job you can do yourself, especially if you can do it relatively well.

Eventually, though, you’re going to come to a point where you need help. This means either hiring someone to help you on a regular basis, or outsourcing tasks on a job-by-job basis.

Hiring employees may seem like the right step, but it’s not always the best option. Remember, an employee must be paid whether or not the company is profitable, whether or not there is work for that employee to perform at a give time, etc. Once hired, they must be paid, period.

Instead of hiring a full-time or part-time employee to handle certain tasks, you might consider outsourcing the work instead, especially if you don’t believe you have enough work to keep an employee busy during their workday. Because many freelancers work on a per-job basis rather than hourly, you don’t have to worry about paying minimum wage or higher, or offering benefits, or filing tax forms. This can save you a lot of money when you’re just getting started.

 

In order to decide if you should hire an employee or freelancer for a particular task, as yourself these questions:

1. Can I handle the task myself? If you have the skills to do the task, and the time to do the task, you might as well do it yourself. Otherwise, you should hire someone or outsource.

2. Would it be more profitable for me to do the task myself? If the task can be outsourced so cheaply that you wouldn’t do the work yourself at that price, you probably want to hire someone else to do it.

3. Can someone else do it better? If your skill level isn’t up to par, it’s probably a good idea to get someone else to do it, especially once you reach the point where you can afford to invest a little more in quality. Just because you can do something, doesn’t always mean you should.

4. Is the task really necessary? If you think about it, you may realize it’s not even necessary.

 

Obtaining Capital

The purpose of this guide is to help you start your business with as little capital as possible, but there may be times when you need a little boost—just a little extra cash for something like buying extra stock, paying off an unexpected bill, or taking advantage of a really good price on something you need.

Remember, the longer you wait to obtain funding, the better position you will be in not only to get approval, but to get terms that will be more favorable.

If you’re a startup entrepreneur with no proven history or track record in business, you’ll find it nearly impossible to get funding. Even if you have a killer idea, investors aren’t likely to take a risk on you if you haven’t proven yourself.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can obtain funding for your business.

 

Angel Investors

Angel investors are more likely to invest in unproven startups than venture capital firms, as they are usually individuals, and they are usually investing not only for profit, but to help other entrepreneurs like themselves get started.

Angel investors typically invest smaller amounts of money than venture capital firms, as they are individuals and not companies or organizations. Investments are usually under a million dollars.

Most angel investors do want you to have a very solid idea, as well as a solid business plan, so be sure you have all your ducks in a row before seeking appointments with potential investors.

 

Venture Capital

Venture capital firms typically prefer to invest over a million dollars in companies, but they are much stricter on the companies they invest in. They want to see things such as a proven track record, profit and loss statements, and solid revenue before they will invest.

While it may be possible to secure funding with a venture capital company without all of this, it would be incredibly difficult. You’d need a big name and proven track record in business before your idea would even be considered.

For this reason, it’s advisable to wait until you have solid figures to show them before considering this type of funding.

 

Loans

Loans are a bit easier to get than investments, so if you aren’t at a stage where you can visit angel investors or venture capital firms, a loan can be a good option.

Keep in mind that loans do require good credit and/or collateral to obtain, and if you don’t have either you probably won’t have much luck obtaining one.

If you’re in the United States, consider checking out the small business loans from the SBA (Small Business Administration). They have connections that can help people get loans with less strict criteria than traditional loans.

> https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans

 

You might be able to secure a second mortgage to get your financing, but keep in mind that if you default, it puts your home in danger. A lot of entrepreneurs do go this route as a last resort, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are very confident that your business will succeed.

 

Conclusion

Don’t forget that bootstrapping is all about saving money, so be sure to use the strategies in this guide to pinch pennies and get great deals that will help you avoid financing—at least until you’re ready.

This guide is an invaluable resource for cutting corners, saving money, and bringing in the capital you need to grow your revenue quickly!

This concludes our guide on bootstrapping your startup. I hope you’ve learned a lot, and that you will apply what you have learned to start your own incredibly successful and profitable business.

 

Good luck!

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Your Complete Guide on How to Play Fantasy Football

Your Complete Guide on How to Play Fantasy Football

Are you a die-hard fan of football or if you want to have an entirely new experience of playing football, the one where ONLY YOU decide who is going to be in your team? You have landed to right place, a guide which tells you everything that you should know about fantasy football. So, what exactly fantasy football is? Well, it is a stat based game which is played on the basis of real life stats of NFL players for competition against each other. You are the ‘sole boss’and chose the NFL players for your team. In the beginning of football season, the performance of the players adds to their score to determine the winner fantasy team. You can also download the fantasy football app, to stay catchup with news and updates.

 

So, let’s begin how exactly you can play this game; remember you can get started with your fantasy football easily game at CBS Sports.

 

Determine the Size of Your Team:

Good news for the managers of fantasy football is you can decide to keep the size of your team as large or small as you wish it to be. The number of your team can range from four to even thirty players. A trick here to keep good layers on the list is to keep ideal number of 12 players in your team, but you can include more players to keep best players with you.

 

Method to Pick Players:

Most of the leagues in fantasy football select players through draft method. In this method, the owners or ‘general managers’ of the team take turns to choose players. There is another method to pick players is auction method. This method works the same way an auction does; teams begin with fantasy money to bid and nominate players turn by turn. The one with highest bid on a player, wins.

 

Determining the Schedule of the Game:

This game works similar to that of NFL season. There are also customized options for categories that owners choose to compare and determine the performance of the players each week during the fantasy football season. Each league has its schedule against the other fantasy team every week and the owners score based upon how the players perform in their real life football games. When the games of the NFL season go towards the end, week 13 or 14, the winning and losing team will be go towards elimination playoff, until one team is left, declared as the champion of the season.

 

Method to Determine Scores:

When the schedule is set, the next phase to see how the scoring method works. Scoring for each team depends upon the leagues, moreover, there can be a standard scoring system set by the platform through which the leagues play. In such standard scoring system, each player is awarded with points and touchdown which is increased or decreases according to the performance of the player. There are also bonus points set by leagues for the team when it reaches a certain milestone.

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How to Quiet Your Brain and Take Action

How to Quiet Your Brain and Take Action

The human brain is hard wired to overthink and nothing feeds it better than anxious or negative thoughts. Anxious thoughts can be overwhelming, and so can negative thoughts. Both can also lead to overthinking which in turn result in anxiousness and poor decision-making. Together these two make up for a perfect formula for a racing mind.

What that means for a lot of people is that they often over-evaluate and exaggerate the real situations, events, possible scenarios and even goals but never actually do anything about them. Pending decisions are often a cause for worry with the imminent fear of making the wrong decision and having to live with it for the rest of their lives.

And while thinking is nice, not doing anything about your thoughts actually means not making any progress. In fact, being an overthinker can actually result in becoming someone who stands still in life, because deconstructing things won’t let you move forward. It may also be the one thing most responsible for stopping you from taking action.

This is the trap that a busy mind can easily get entangled in. A mind that tends to overthink can make it very difficult for people to balance thought and action.

They get trapped in their thoughts and find it very hard to act. If you think that you are an overthinker, you will also know that it is very easy for you to get caught in a loop where you recreate an event repeatedly or try to analyze an idea from every possible angle. After hours of thinking and getting no sleep, you often get nowhere and are unable to move the process along.

Plus, when you overthink, your judgement gets cloudy and your stress levels elevate.

 

What Do You Overthink About?

 

Not all overthinking is the same. This may sound strange so let’s look at it a bit more closely. One type of overthinking means obsessing over a single thing or event over and over again. It could be something in your present that you can’t seem to let go of such as why your head hurts so bad? Could it be a symptom of something more serious? Perhaps even something deadly? Is that why you can’t seem to sleep well at night? And so on.

Another way to overthink is to regret a decision or action you may have taken. This one takes you back to your past and keeps you rooted there. An example may be choosing a career choice that didn’t work out as planned. Instead of trying to change their circumstances, overthinkers tend to get stuck in the “what if” phase ruminating over the past. This neither helps change the past nor improve their current status.

 

Then there is the scenario where you keep deliberating about a possible future and how things may pan out. Thinking about how bad the economy is may lead you to ponder endlessly on how your investments are going to be worthless, how you may lose your job or how you may never be able to send your kids to college.

In any of these scenarios, overthinking the situation means that you can’t think about anything else and it starts to affect your life in a negative way.

 

The Problem With Overthinking

Since overthinking seems to mostly revolve around negative or problematic issues, these can take hold of your mind and exert their power over it. It is very typical for most people to obsess over previous mistakes, present day stresses and future troubles and not do anything to improve their situation.

Here are some common problems associated with thinking about every trivial thing in life:

 

Overthinking creates problems which are not there

Overthinking about every little problem only magnifies it manifold. Also, thinking about the same thing time and again makes it larger and scarier than it actually is. Ever spent time ruminating why your boss didn’t comment on your presentation in a recent meeting? Was it because your presentation was bad? Did it make you look incompetent in front of your colleagues? Are you going to be fired for making a sub-par presentation? You get the idea.

The same can also happen when you overanalyze a good thing. Even in scenarios where you keep thinking about something over and over again can diminish its importance and make it appear insignificant.

Things like choosing what to wear for a job interview or deciding where to go on vacation are not difficult decisions, but being an overthinker can make these seem like life or death decisions. Ironically, all that thinking won’t help you make a better choice.

 

Overthinking keeps you from living in the present

When your mind is constantly worrying, thinking and analyzing, you miss out on a real chunk of the present. Overthinking stops you from living in the moment and lets you dwell in the past or a possible future in your mind.

When you are not in the present, your brain shifts into something called the default mode which is when the decision making part of your brain does not work well. Research also points to the fact that when in default mode, the brain expresses lower levels of activity when you are involved in a task and higher levels when you are not engaged.

This means that it works harder when you overthink which is not a good thing, since allowing the brain to be in a state of constant anxiety can lead to other behaviors like anger and depression which are all toxic to mental health.

 

Overthinking disturbs sleep

If you are an overthinker, then you already know you can’t sleep since your mind won’t turn off. Even at night, you are unable to rest the mind or turn off the numerous channels in the brain. The mulling continues and the brain becomes more exhausted than ever.

And even if you do manage to get some shut eye, overthinking will impair the quality of your sleep. You will be less likely to sleep well after you have been thinking about the same thing over and over again.

 

Overthinking impacts mental and emotional health

At some point overthinking becomes the mental habit of giving birth to ideas and thoughts that are not real. It is a nifty trick that plays tricks on your mind. If anything, it tricks you into believing that you are on your way to solve your problem. It offers protection against threats like failure, embarrassment and rejection by limiting your actions to the minimum.

As a chronic overthinker, you operate under the mechanism that thinking everything out will let you control every situation and find the perfect solution to every problem.

Instead, quite the contrary happens as overthinking can have negative effects for both mental and physical health. Unsurprisingly, the same can also lead to emotional distress.

 

How To Stop Overthinking

Prone to overthinking and overanalyzing, people waste a lot of time inside their own brains when they should actually be minimizing such thoughts and making them as productive as possible so they don’t get in the way.

The overthinking keeps most people rooted in uncertainty, fear and doubt keeping them stuck. Whether you have been putting off getting a house for a few years or because you can’t find the perfect one, or because you struggle to be productive as every choice you make takes up too much of your time, overthinking will drag you down.

However, you don’t have to be an overthinker for ever. Before you can take any kind of action, you need to stop yourself from overthinking.

There are a few different ways to go about this problem. And while these tips may not entirely quiet the mind, they will stop you from overthinking for a while. They can help slow down the mind and help you focus on the moment.

 

Recognize the problem

The initial step to quieting a frenzied mind is acknowledging that there is a problem. So to cope with overthinking you need to be aware of when it’s happening. A good way to start is to take a look at how overthinking is actually affecting your daily life.

For example you may be concerned about why your colleague hurrying down the hall didn’t make eye contact with you. If the thought bothers you and you let it go thinking you’ll ask that person if everything is alright the next time you see them, you’re okay. But if you start obsessing about why they were avoiding you, could it possibly be something that others know about and you don’t, and the thought sticks with you, distracting you from your work obligations, then you are in trouble.

In most cases, overthinking is brought on by the most basic of emotions, fear. With all your attention focused on the adverse things that may happen, it is not difficult to become helpless. So when you sense yourself spiraling in that particular direction, stop. If you have to think, then think about everything that may go right, keeping the positive thoughts up front and present.

 

Put things in a larger perspective

It is not at all hard to succumb to the lure of overthinking small events in life. And when you do so, just ask yourself if the thing you are thinking about so hard, will it even matter in another four weeks let alone four months or even four years? If you widen your perspective using this one simple question, you may well find that it is very easy to snap out of thinking too much and let go of the situation.

Changing the time frame may be helpful in shutting down overthinking.

 

Find a distraction

Sometimes when you can’t take immediate action, you can try to entertain your mind instead. You can look for a hobby, an activity or some other task that occupies your mind. Whenever you find a distraction, you stop overthinking and ultimately the wandering thoughts begin to disappear. An example would be to go out for a run or jog. Exercise is a great way to clear the mind of obsessive or spiralling thoughts. Exercise gets your endorphins and blood circulating with activities which trigger you to move and put you in a positive mindset.

Some people turn to meditation for the same effect while others listen to music or practice personal rituals. The important thing here is to involve the mind in activities which are totally unrelated to your worrying thoughts.

 

Making a decision

Not all decisions will affect you for life, so treat them as per their importance. If you find that making a decision takes forever, then set out a game plan first. For instance, if you don’t set a time frame for when you need to finalize a decision, then you will likely keep turning the thoughts in your head and be stuck with them for a rather long time.

Instead you need to improve your decision making skills and get into action by establishing deadlines in daily life. For smaller everyday things like whether to wash the dishes right away or after watching your favorite show, give yourself less than a minute to decide and move on.

For somewhat bigger decisions, give yourself till the end of the work week and decide how to go about it.

 

Single tasking

Single tasking helps you keep your focus intact and finish what is most important first. This eliminates the need to overthink things through while also pacing your day, giving you enough time to rest as well as recharge.

If you are not used to it, you may think that single tasking will slow you down. However, what it does do is set you up with a relaxed mindset with improved focus that allows you to concentrate with clarity and make better decisions. This also prevents you from avoiding ending up stressed and prevents overthinking. Single minded work also prevails because it allows you to reach the real depth of what you do, appreciate the action you took and enjoy it as well.

 

Minimize daily input

The amount of input you receive, whether at work, school, home, or through your social media clutters your mind. The greater the input the more you have to respond and the harder it becomes to keep things simple.

It is important to realize that you can’t and shouldn’t have to be part of everything. So stop trying to think everything through to deliver the perfect result. There is no way you can be in control of everything so step outside your comfort zone and take some action despite the risk of making a mistake.

Of course, this is not all possible in one go, so do it in small steps if you like.

 

Let go of perfection

Which brings us to the next point. Everyone aiming for perfection needs to become more realistic. Being ambitious is great but looking for perfection in everything is not only unrealistic and impractical, it can also be highly debilitating.

While everyone does overthink situations occasionally, those who are overthinkers are bombarded with a torrent of thoughts every day, all the time. Incessant overthinkers rehash every conversation they have and second guess each decision they make in search of perfection.

But the problem with this is that thinking overly about an issue often engages much more than words. In fact, overthinkers create different images in their minds and the overthinking stops these people from getting anything done.

How To Take Action

Creating a plan is the first step towards taking action and that often means pushing towards the thing that you would normally avoid. It is a step moving towards what is uncomfortable or what scares you.

What makes taking action so difficult for people who overthink is that fact that action typically goes against their impulse. What is easier is to simply mull over a plan for the umpteenth time and deceive yourself into “playing it safe” (which basically means not doing anything until you think you know what to do).

However, your potential to predict the future is quite slim. And it really is hard to see the possibility of success if all you have experienced is failure. Yet it is only after a number of failures that most people get a chance at success.

 

This fear fixates overthinkers into inaction. It convinces them into believing that inaction does not hurt. However, while you may play it safe temporarily, it is important to realize that inaction may not hurt you now, but it will hurt you for the rest of your life. And the longer you choose inaction over action, the harder it becomes to act.

Here are some ways to cut the cord and step into taking action:

 

Just do it

Nike got it right when they chose “Just Do It” as their slogan. This step will help you snap out of overthinking making you do what needs to be done right away. By now you know that you can’t really just sit around and think your way out of something.

But just doing it sounds a lot easier than going through with it, especially if you are an overthinker. This step also involves cutting ties with your thoughts and emotions. (Not all ties, but just the irrational ones holding you back). This means disregarding what your thoughts are babbling about and how your emotions are trying to hold you back. It is perhaps the best reminder to focus on the present and forget about everything else.

This however, does not mean that thoughts and emotions are useless. However, sometimes, and you often know when, they do hold you back. If you can disassociate with these temporarily, it becomes easier to act regardless of what others have to say.

 

This step can be particularly helpful if you are trying to establish a new habit, or quit an old one. Take the example of quitting smoking. By identifying less with your thoughts and emotions, you will improve faster and stick to your habit until it sticks to you.

Just doing it is also useful when you don’t feel like doing something. For instance, your new habit may be to exercise everyday but today you may not feel like working out. In this scenario, you can find a lot of excuses not to work out and slack off, but doing it without any regard for these excuses may surprisingly make you feel better.

 

Exercise is known for boosting mood so once you start, you may find out that you flip around mentally, and what felt like a drag before actually helped make you feel better and turned the rest of your day around.

 

Become result oriented

All actions work towards getting results. If you make this your motto, you may find that it becomes a lot easier to get the job done. Becoming result oriented is also a very effective mindset for productivity and one that scoffs procrastination.

When you take action to get to a result, everything else becomes insignificant. Only the result remains relevant and this mindset automatically puts all your focus into the action that you take.

 

There are also a few advantages to becoming result oriented as you work toward your target. First, there is the drive to action. And then there is flexibility.

For instance, if one action does not work as planned, then you improvise and get things done another way. Since the result is all that matters, you will change how you do things to get there. This promotes flexibility.

Here is an example of result oriented action: You have to do the dishes, but it is not the most exciting of chores. However, if you are result oriented, then you will look at the scenario as something like this- you want to have an organized and clean kitchen and you need to get the dishes done to achieve that. You will do so quickly without giving it too much thought since that will get you the result you wish for.

 

Hold yourself accountable

This is a good check to monitor your actions versus inaction. When you hold yourself accountable to yourself, you establish your own principles and standards of behavior. This is the first step.

But it is easy to cheat your way out of your own accountability, especially if no one else knows what you are up to. You may be tempted to rationalize your inaction to yourself and take a cheat day or two off. So another way to ascertain action is to tell others about your plans.

 

By being accountable to others, it becomes harder to not do something as promised. If a bunch of people know what you are going to do, you would not want to disappoint them by inaction or will have to face up to them the next time you see them. This tip can work well for some people but may not be for everyone. It may put some at risk for taking action only to avoid judgement and create pressure within themselves.

But if you feel that you can create accountability for yourself to your standards, it may be more helpful when taking action than the one you receive from being accountable to others. You may need to feel your way through both options to see what works best for you.

 

Lighten up

This may seem a little out of sorts, but it is important not to take everything so seriously. And people who overthink tend to do exactly that.

Taking things too seriously is perhaps one of the most effective ways to discourage yourself from being proactive. After all, there could be serious consequences and repercussions of the action you take, tells the mind of an overthinker to the person.

This possibility makes taking action feel too large, too difficult and too intimidating all at the same time. Having too serious a mindset is a one-way street headed to creating big problems and negative feelings from pretty much nothing.

 

But if you relax a little and ease off, you will realize that the issues and negative emotions wandering inside your mind are simply the mind’s own creations and nothing more. Without such a negative state of mind your projects will also appear lighter and seem less cumbersome to get started on.

Too often overthinkers fail to discriminate between what is of importance and what isn’t, since they think about everything. On the other hand, lightening up will also help you distinguish the important stuff from the unimportant leaving you more time and energy for what really matters in life.

 

Prepare a to-do list

If you pair the previous step up with preparing a to-do list, taking action can become even easier. When you have a to-do list on hand, it becomes a visual reminder of what needs to be done and where to take the action. Visual reminders are also a great tool to limit the wanderings of a rambling mind.

Plus, the list also acts as a filter to separate the important things from the unimportant. You (or your busy mind) need not worry about things that are not on the list.

When creating your list, do keep in mind to make it precise and limited. This is important as it is easy to become overly passionate when penning down what needs to be done. Or, you may end up making a long list that eventually starts to fill you up with dread, makes you feel weary and sets in the temptation to procrastinate.

Instead it is better to have a short list of just three to four items max, and everything else can go on a different list. A shorter list will be less frightening and make it simpler to take action and get the work done.

 

Get rid of the “what if”

The “what if” dilemma can really do a number on your mind. It can lead you to devote days, weeks, months, and in some cases even years just contemplating about what might happen should you take action.

A better suggestion instead is to redirect the focus from “what if” to “how”. Rather than let your mind meander over “what if”, think about the course of action you will follow to do something, solve a problem, or get to a goal. How you plan on achieving all of these things and what you must do to get there is a better and more relevant way to engage the mind.

Focusing on “how” to take action not only puts your thinking skills to better use but also helps establish a positive outlook. It replaces resolve with irresolution which in turn makes it quicker to take action in the absence of overthinking possible scenarios.

 

Conclusion

To sum up, quieting an on-the-go mind requires active participation on your part. You can only do so when you stop being a constant worrywart and put some kind of action into motion.

While some anxiety and worry are normal, overthinking everything takes it beyond the bounds of normalcy if it starts to affect routine life. Still, breaking the habit with a few simple changes can help to free your mind and become proactive to take action rather than be fixated in the negative.

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How To Shift Your Mindset To Obtain Greatest Success and Happiness

 

Every endeavor that we set upon starts with an idea. The invention of the wheel, the design of computers, the first trip to the moon. All of these started out as an idea before becoming a reality. This is why it is so crucial for you to have a sense of who you want to be in life if you’re going to find success and happiness.

The mindset that you embrace is more important than your people skills, more important than your abilities, and more important than any other competency you may currently have or that you may develop in the future.

Your mindset is what will allow you to achieve your dreams and accomplish your goals. It can help you improve your surroundings, allowing you to become a happier person, attracting more positive people and situations to your life.

Unfortunately, for many, as they strive to achieve their goals and dreams, they struggle, getting caught up in the moment or becoming stuck in their failures. They end up losing track of why they are doing what they’re doing and find themselves merely going through the motions.

How To Shift Your Mindset To Obtain Greatest Success and Happiness

You don’t have to continue to live this way. Once you start to shift your mindset, you will notice that everything else in your life changes with it and you will begin to find greater success and live a happier life.

According to Carol Dweck, a renowned psychologist and psychology professor at Stanford, the beliefs, thoughts, and ideologies that you firmly believe in are what determines your quality of life. Your mindset is a mix of these elements and is the traditional set of different attitudes you nurture, as well as those that shape the rest of your life.

Her research into the human mind also established that there are two different kinds of mindsets; growth and fixed. It has been determined that if you possess a fixed mindset, you have the opinion that you are born with a specific set of qualities that can’t be changed.
You believe that the traits that you possess are fixed, and there is nothing that you can do to develop them further or improve them.

A growth mindset, on the other hand, is one that allows you to think differently. When you possess a growth mindset, you believe that you can become better. You know that you can always learn new things, build new skills, and work on your shortcomings. With a growth mindset, whatever you want in life is achievable.

 

What many people fail to recognize is that these two mindsets aren’t mutually exclusive, but they are in fact complementary to one another. Everyone starts out with a fixed mindset; you have particular talents and skills that you already possess, that you may think are unchangeable.

To transition into a growth mindset, you have to ask yourself than to determine what you want to achieve in your life specifically. This leads to asking yourself how you are going to get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B,’ or rather, how you’re going to change your ‘fixed’ abilities to reach your goal.

 

Making this subtle shift in thinking begins to transform your mindset from a fixed state into a growth state. You have figured out where you need to change and take the necessary steps to actively work on those areas, allowing you to mold your thought process into something that is positive, productive, and evolutionary, giving you the capabilities to change your life.

The challenge for you becomes identifying your current mindset and determining a goal for yourself that will allow you to implement growth strategies in your life that you can work toward achieving.

 

Learning to Transition Your Thoughts into Actions

Now that you’ve determined the kind of mindset you currently have, you now have a mental roadmap of everything that you will need to do to obtain greater success and happiness in your life.
While you may have set goals in the past, there is a substantial difference between setting goals and actively pursuing them. This includes all the steps you need to take to reach your goals.

Change is a natural part of life, but actively enforcing it in your daily life is going to be a challenge. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, or even that you should be worried about making the appropriate changes in your life, it merely means that you need to prepare yourself for some hard work.

Change is a gradual process, that will take time. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t help it along a bit. Here are four different ways that you can help yourself implement change in your life.

 

Don’t Try to Change Too Many Things at Once

One of the most significant mistakes that people make when they try to make changes in their life is trying to do it all at once.

Unfortunately, this way of thinking only sets them up for eventual failure. When you try to change too many things in your life you can quickly become overwhelmed and disappointed when you aren’t able to achieve any real, lasting change.

 

This will lead to you losing the motivation you once had, abandoning the journey, and never successfully changing a thing in your life.

 

Change is a gradual process, so you need to pick just one trait or characteristic that you want to change and start explicitly working on that one thing. You have to focus your entire energy on improving that one aspect of your life.

When you focus on one specific thing at a time, you increase your chances of sustaining change by over 70 percent. So, when it comes to implementing changes in your life, you have to avoid trying to change too many at the same time.

 

Create Clear Goals That are Achievable

Every successful person has a habit of setting goals and reviewing them. The process of learning to set goals is what allows you to turn your desires and dreams into reality. When you learn to create clear goals that are achievable, you will immediately see an improvement in your life, your clarity, and your mindset.

When trying to shift your mindset, you have to have a definite purpose and desire. You must be specific about what you want out of life. Take the time to write your goals down, because the act of writing your goals out by hand helps to engage your brain and allows your subconscious to get a handle on your goals.

 

When it comes to writing down your goals, writing down a vague goal, like ‘I want to lose weight,’ will lead you to see vague results and ultimately fail to achieve the goal. The more specific you can be with your goals, the better your results.

 

Simply saying, ‘I wish to be rich,’ isn’t enough because you will have little understanding of how you are going to accomplish this goal. While you can keep your desire to be rich as a long-term goal, you need to create short-term goals that are actionable and that will ultimately move you closer to your long-term goal.

It is important that all of the goals that you set for yourself be actionable. You will never be able to reach your goals if they aren’t broken down into smaller, achievable steps.

 

You want to make sure that the goals that you set are challenging, and that will make something of you to achieve them. Making goals challenging is why you break them down into easily achievable steps.

While your goals should be challenging, they shouldn’t be so challenging that you aren’t able to achieve them. Try not to get in the habit of setting unrealistic goals that are too hard to reach, as this could result in you losing hope and ultimately failing to shift your mindset.

 

Make it a Habit

In order for you to realize your goals, you need to turn your actions into a part of your daily life. This means that the steps that you’ve determined you need to take to reach your goals need to become a part of your lifestyle.

While you can probably create a list of the many bad habits that you have, you may not be conscious of the good habits that you already possess. To reinforce these good habits and build better habits as you move forward in your journey to shifting your mindset, you need to pay attention to your good habits. Each habit has three parts:

• The trigger
• The behavior
• The reward

The event that causes you to start a specific behavior is known as the trigger. This can be something you see, hear, taste, feel, or think about that automatically starts your mind reacting, causing it to enter into autopilot to get the reward it desires. If you have a sweet tooth, a bowl of candy will automatically trigger you to reach into the bowl to grab a handful of sweetness for your taste buds.

 

The behavior in this example would be automatically reaching out and grabbing some candy out of the bowl without thinking. Making the reward the pleasure of eating the candy.
Our genetic ancestors developed this system of habits as a way to help us survive by making specific behaviors automatic. This allowed them to avoid having to think about what to do in a given situation consciously.

 

While you may think that your triggers come from external cues, your habits are more often than not, triggered by your thoughts. The thoughts that you have can trigger both positive and negative mental patterns.

For example, if you watch the news and see a story about another murder in the city, it may automatically trigger the thought that the city is a scary and dangerous place where only bad things happen.

 

Because the media continues to highlight adverse events, you associate big cities with danger, which triggers the habit of reinforcing negative thoughts. The reward in this example is that you feel safe where you are, away from the city.

The key to shifting your mindset is to recognize the triggers for your bad habits and turn them into good practices. This process can take a long time, especially if you’ve had a bad habit for a while because your brain is wired to jump into autopilot as soon as the trigger appears automatically. To counteract this, you need to become aware of your triggers and make a conscious effort to act differently.

 

For example, if you are prone to hitting the snooze button in the morning, and you want to change the behavior, then you need to find a way to form a new habit. To do this you may want to consider setting your alarm clock across the room, so you have to get out of bed and walk across the room to turn it off.

This will give you the time you need to consciously become aware of the situation, allowing you to counteract your habit of hitting the snooze button. At the same time, you want to think about what your new reward will be.

 

Once you’ve started turning your bad habits into good ones, it is crucial for you to remain consistent. It will take time for you to change your habits as your brain develops new neural pathways and begins to recognize the value of the new reward.

Longtime habits can take you months to change, and you will probably slip back into your old habits along the way. If this happens, don’t give up, remain persistent, and you will eventually turn your bad habits into good habits.

 

Be Accountable

The final step in your journey to transforming your thoughts into action is being held accountable for your actions, or non-actions. When it comes to enforcing change in our lives, we tend to take our time in implementing the changes we need to shift our mindset.

To help you hold yourself accountable, you need to enlist the help of your friends and family and bring them on as a transition buddy. Your transition buddy will be the person that you talk to about what steps you’ve taken on your journey and outcome of your efforts.

 

Learn to Say No to Negativity

Learning to challenge your current mindset and teaching yourself how to change your thoughts into action is the first step in shifting your mindset to obtain greater success and happiness. However, it will do you no good if you are going to allow negativity to rule your life.

This isn’t to say that being hesitant and weary about all the new changes you are making in your life isn’t normal. However, if you begin your day looking at all the ways that something could go wrong, you’ll end up feeling terrible at the end of the day because you spent your time and energy anticipating the worst to happen.

To combat this tendency, you have to learn balance. Negativity, or even positivity, alone is not the problem, it is their constant presence in your life that become problematic. It is up to you to find a way to even out these two mindsets so that your plans are realistic.

 

Admit There’s a Problem

The first thing that you need to do is to admit that you have a problem. Ask yourself the following questions:

• When you have an idea, do you automatically point out the drawbacks of the idea first?
• Is this done out of the fear that you’ll be too upset if you ‘look forward’ to it?
• Do you justify this habit by calling yourself a realist?

If you hesitated before answering any of these questions, then you have a problem, and you will have to work hard to get it fixed.

 

Recognize your Triggers

We spoke about triggers in Chapter 1, and just like with your habits, your negativity can be caused by a specific trigger. Negativity usually stems from fear.

When you have a negative outlook regarding a particular issue, the odds are high that you have an irrational fear that has become associated with that issue.

In order to rid your life of negative thoughts and actions, you need to identify your triggers and the concern that are leading you to engage in this negative thought process.

Everyone has their own vulnerabilities. The only way that you can move on from these is if you can consciously identify your weaknesses so that you can develop a better way to construct a more productive dynamic regarding your particular fears.

As you work toward changing your mindset, it is important to remember that negativity will cloud your vision. If you want to find success and live a happier life, you need to find a way to eliminate those things that are holding you back, including your fears and vulnerabilities.

 

Surround Yourself with Positivity

We are a lot like sponges in that we absorb everything around us. This includes our behavior patterns, thought patterns, ambitions, and traits, among others.

The patterns of your behavior that you’ve developed over the years are based on what you see around you. This is why it is essential to be careful in choosing who you surround yourself with.

Negative influences in your life might come in the form of a friend or family member who finds fault in everything. If you want to shift your mindset, you have to say no to this negativity and eliminate the toxic people that you have in your life.

Not only are they helping to shape your own negative thoughts, but they can drain your energy, resulting in you feeling worse about yourself.

It is vital that you spend time with positive people who enjoy life, make you laugh, and encourage you to grow into a better human being. You need to be proactive in making new friends and combating the negativity that you’ve surrounded yourself with.

 

Stop the Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk is like having an enemy by your side, continually telling you what a lousy person you are. It is the number one enemy of positivity and can quickly derail your drive and motivation. To get rid of all the negative self-talk, you have to become conscious of your thoughts.

As you become more aware of your thoughts, you’ll find yourself going into an endless stream of negativity, when this happens, stop what you’re doing and take a couple of deep breaths.

After you’ve calmed your mind a bit, clearly define the problem that you are experiencing and determine what you can do to fix the problem. Challenging your negative inner voice is a great way to fight your inner critic.

There are some simple things that you can begin to incorporate into your daily life that will help you eliminate negative-self talk from your life for good.

 

Meditation

One of the best ways to control your mind and eliminate negativeself talk is daily mediation. It requires you to focus on your breathing while being mindful of what goes in your mind without any judgment.

The latest research shows that when you meditate, you are actively changing the structure of your brain through what is called neuroplasticity. This process means that new pathways are being built, resulting in your mind learning how to relax when dealing with stressful situations.

Practicing mindful meditation for the long-term helps to increase the gray matter in your brain, which is what is responsible for allowing you to make better decisions that are more in tune with your emotions.

 

Journaling

Actively journaling helps you to look at your current situation from a distant perspective and know more about yourself in general. When you regularly write down the activities, you performed during the day and the feelings you had, you’ll learn to recognize what matters to you and what is trivial.

The more you write down your feelings and experiences, the more you notice patterns in your life, like negative thinking. Recognizing these kinds of patterns will allow you to make the necessary changes to shift your thinking.

 

Practice Gratitude

As you are writing in your journal, begin to practice your gratitude for the things that you have in your life that you are grateful for. The things that you are thankful for don’t have to be grand things, like owning a house or fancy car. They can be a simple as being grateful that you can put food on your table.

 

Find Ways to Give

When you are able to give to others, you experience a particular joy, and you begin to feel good about yourself, which generates positive energy. Spend time donating your time to help those in need and be grateful for what you have and find happiness in what you have contributed.
The more you do this, the more positive thoughts and energy you will have and the harder it will become to fall into the trap of negative self-talk.

 

Avoid Playing the Victim

Psychological studies have shown that learned helplessness is a strong reason for people to be pessimistic. If you start on the downward spiral of pessimism, and you feel like the world doesn’t care about you anymore, you need to stop and reflect. You need to determine what the problem is and take the responsibility to overcome it.

It is much easier than you may think to slip into a passively negative mindset. This is especially true as we grow older. As we age, we start to blame those things around us for all of our problems. This allows us to showcase ourselves as the victims.

Playing the role of the victim is dangerous in a couple of ways. First, it allows us to shirk all responsibility for our actions and our lives. Unfortunately, without accountability, we lose control of our choices and our lives.

 

Secondly, playing the victim is an inherently harmful role. When we think of a victim, we automatically see them as the subject of some sort of negative impact. This results in mentally telling yourself that your negative outlook on life is justified.

By addressing your negative mindset head on, you are already well on your way to resolving it and changing it into a more positive mindset. By overcoming the circumstance you’ve surrounded yourself with, you can become a more successful individual and more independent person.

 

Demand Discipline from Yourself

You should now be starting to see the bigger picture in life. You know precisely what is at stake, and you know that in order to get what you want you have to work hard. The only thing that you are lacking right now is a way to make sure you do accomplish your goals. This is where learning discipline comes in.

Committing to something is the easy part of shifting your mindset, the hard part is having the willpower and personal discipline to see it through. While you may think that you want to do something, and you may believe that you are willing to go the extra mile to do it, you are still just thinking random thoughts.

Discipline is not something that you can think about, mull it over, and just hope that it will grow on you, it is something that is demanded if you want to change your mindset successfully.

There are seven techniques that you can implement to help you get a handle on your self-disciplinary actions.

 

Substitute your Habits and Thoughts

When you are looking to gain a new skill, or change your mindset, you may tend to think about the outcome that you don’t want. You may tend to think about negative results rather than your dream. In order to develop discipline, it is essential that you change your thought process and begin to think about what you want. Focus on the outcomes you desire so your brain transforms and works toward finding a solution.

One of the main problems that people face regarding discipline is that they aren’t able to see any alternatives for their problem. If you’ve had problems with discipline in the past, it may be because by focusing on the wrong outcome, you quickly lose your motivation to make any real, and lasting change. If you want to obtain discipline, you have to replace your current habits and thoughts.

 

Eliminating Distractions

When it comes to gaining self-discipline, an absolute must is being able to remove distractions. Many people, tend to lean towards working late at night so they can get some peace and quiet, thinking that they will get more done.

However, given how productive people are during the day, the best way to maximize your potential is to work during the day. To eliminate distractions during the day, schedule specific blocks of time where you disconnect from distractions.

During these blocks of time, you need to turn off all electronic devices, shut your door, and focus on the task at hand. You can start off slow, by setting aside 15-minute blocks of time throughout your day, and gradually work up to an entire hour of distraction-free time.
It is crucial for you to remember that you are just as important as any of the dozens of interruptions you field a day, so start acting like it if you want to become more disciplined and achieve your goals.

 

Create Positive Affirmations

The idea behind affirmations is that you become what you think about. Your success or failure in any area of your life depends on how you program yourself. It has nothing to do with circumstances.

Unfortunately, we are continually receiving negative programming throughout our life and unintentionally absorb this programming, leading us to believe it is correct.
Recent studies have shown that, because of this negative programming, 77 percent of what we think is negative, and works against us.

Boosting your motivation and self-discipline is easy if you use positive affirmations. Starting today, begin to make a mental note of any negative words that you think or say and turn them around, rephrasing them in a more positive light.

 

Choose the words that make you feel good. When you need to accomplish anything, simply repeat your favorite words or motivating sentences to help permanently raise your mental state.
Your possibilities with positive affirmations are endless. They can help you to develop self-confidence, finish big projects, change your job, close big deals, be more creative, learn a new language, and change your mindset; the list of possibilities is endless, and can accelerate your success.

Observe Your Conditioned Movements

Most people will repeat their old movements and actions with the same bad results. This results in nothing ever changing in their lives. To succeed in shifting your mindset and finding greater success and happiness, you need to be able to recognize these damaging practices.

You will never be able to succeed if you continue to condition your life based on your past and repeating patterns that have convinced you that you can’t succeed. Repeating comfortable movements that kill your progress will only lead you to failure.

While some of the automatic movements in your life are necessary, like taking an umbrella with you when it’s supposed to rain, or like stopping when the cars in front of you are braking, the rest tend to be negative. The toxic negative movements in your life need to be changed if you want to find success and happiness.

One efficient way to break these toxic conditioned movements is to observe yourself and eliminate the obstacles that get in the way of your progress. Figuring out what leads you to participate unconsciously in these kinds of movements will allow you to become better at disciplining yourself.

Detach Yourself

If you’re like most people, you probably fill your day with things to do, without thinking about the time you need to consider and enjoy your inner self.
You want to live as fast as possible, doing everything you feel is necessary to lead a fulfilling life, but you never seem to be able to finish all the tasks on your to-do-list. No matter how much work you do, your to-do-list continues to grow.

 

Thankfully, there is a way that you can avoid this trap and recover your discipline by doing what matters and getting better results in the process. The method is harnessing the power of detachment.

 

In order to organize your thoughts and recover your discipline, you need to disconnect from the world on a regular basis.

Detaching yourself for a few minutes every day will help you to recharge your mind and become more disciplined. When you stop moving and taking in information, your subconscious mind begins to organize your thoughts and detect hidden opportunities.

To become more disciplined, take five minutes every day, or when you are starting to feel overwhelmed, and detach from the world. Let your mind reorganize strategies and provide you with a more precise vision.

See the Bright Side

A quick way to eliminate your stress and obtain self-discipline is to begin thinking that everything goes in your favor. Consciously try to see only the bright side. Look at the world and believe that everything helps you.

Replace every negative thought with a positive one and come to understand that in some way even the bad things in your life will benefit you.

Obstacles and setbacks will make you smarter and provide you with ways to reach your goals faster and prevent you from making more costly errors in the future.

When you chose to only focus on the good parts, you will quickly become enlightened after your initial discomfort. This will allow you to see hidden opportunities and develop new ideas for managing other obstacles in your life.

 

Changing your point of view, and seeing only advantages, will help you. They will make you smarter, stronger, and give you strategic vision.

You can’t force change. Change has to be gradual and organic. It is the only way that you can be sure that you won’t slip into bad habits. While it is critical that you make a conscious effort into your new lifestyle, it is just as essential that you do so in moderations to avoid losing your motivation after just a few months.

 

Find the Balance

When you are trying to improve your self-discipline, it is important to remember that it’s all about balance. Being able to find your balance is the ultimate technique that you will need to master if you genuinely want to change your mindset.

Changing your lifestyle isn’t an easy thing to do, so while you will want to see instant changes, and work yourself to the bone to accomplish this goal, it is essential for you to remember to cut yourself some slack and let the changes evolve as they see fit.

Change is a lot like falling in love, as much as you may want to, you just can’t force change.

 

Strive for Success

Thoughts are an extremely powerful tool when you are trying to shift your mindset. However, actions are decisive. The actions you take are the difference between an idea and the actualization of that idea. This is why it is so important to take time to focus on the activities that will help you achieve your goals.

While it is difficult to properly identify everything that the phrase ‘strive for success’ embodies, the best way to look at it is you have to be prepared. The act of striving in and of itself is about being ready to face every curveball that could possibly be thrown your way.

 

Unfortunately, life has an infinite number of curveballs that it can throw at you, and you won’t be able to avoid them all just because you are thinking positively. And what’s worse, is that any one of these curveballs has the power to completely obliterate your positive thought process if you’re not careful.

This means that you will need to put in just as much effort into striving for the things you want, as you do thinking about the things you want.

 

To help you learn to strive for success, you should start using this success mantra daily.
While intent fixes failures and insight improves innovation, it is integrity that sows the seeds of success.

 

Most people, when they read this success mantra daily, they are seeing three Positive Commandments, which help them to draw on lifestyle changes that allow them to help themselves.
Re-read the mantra and notice that each of the mantras have a secondary point that it is co-dependent on. For instance, the first point talks about intent, but in relation to fixing your failures.

 

Let’s take a closer look at the three points and their co-pilots to get a better understanding of how they can help you strive for success and change your mindset.

 

Intent is Everything

For some people, luck plays a factor in how they live their lives. However, it is important to remember that the most authentic achievers are those who naturally understand that their success isn’t merely a game of chance, but a purposeful calculation of the possibilities that are derived based on how far they have pursued them.

This means that your ability to succeed isn’t dependent on some finicky old woman named Fate, it all depends on you. Your success depends on what you are doing. You need to stop living in constant fear and anxiety over something you have no power to control. This is an extremely damaging mindset to have.

Instead, figure out the factors in your life that you do have control over and see how they add up, so you can finally start taking control.

 

How to Fix Failures

The one factor that has the most co-relation with intent is the notion of failure. Just about everyone is daunted by the idea of failure. Luckily, you don’t have to be a part of the pack anymore because you know exactly what you want and exactly how you are going to get it.

You are driven, and your willingness to commit is your most significant strength. Your drive and commitment are all manifestations of your control over the situation, and your ability to recognize your own power is critical. You know that the only way to fix your failures is by acknowledging that you have control over them.

 

Understanding the ‘I’ in Insight

When you were growing up, you were probably told over and over that the reason you need to understand the bigger picture when working as a team is that there is no “I” in team. This phrase is a childish way of explaining a fundamental ideology.

You see, there is an ‘I’ in insight, but that isn’t so you can sit back and pass judgment on those around you. Rather, it is so you can put yourself in another person’s shoes and see precisely what they see. The ability to truly understand what needs to change comes from understanding how other people see the situation as well as how you look at it.

Inspiring Innovation

The consequence for insight, according to the success mantra, is innovation. The mantra claims that once you can properly explore insight, you will become more innovative and creative as a whole. This becomes the truth because now that you have obtained all this new information about how your problems can be fixed, you can begin to think of ways to fix them.

 

Idolizing Integrity

It’s all too easy these days to get caught up in a web of lies, and easy way out’s in today’s pessimistic world. This is why it is vital that you hold yourself to a higher standard. Setting a higher standard for yourself will not only define the kind of person you will be but the kind of energy you will attract to your life.

You may find it difficult to hang on to your integrity, ideals, and trustworthiness all the time, but it will be well worth it in the end. It is also essential to keep in mind that you can never really succeed unless you are doing so with integrity.

 

Sowing the Seeds of Success

The final point in the success mantra is the correlation of success to integrity. The entire idea of sowing the seeds of success is a lot like gardening. The planting of seeds in the garden is the beginning of the process. The process is long and complicated, but with some patience, you will experience success.

If you really want to succeed, you will have to strive to achieve success, by taking the long way and eliminating shortcuts. While this is going to take a lot of hard work, it will be worth it when you are able to change your mindset and obtain greater success and happiness in your life.

 

Going After Your Goals

Cee Lo Green is a successful musician who can be quoted as saying, “You have to dream big, wish hard, and chase after your goals because no one is going to do it for you.” Through the last several chapters, you’ve learned that success can be cultivated, and your freedom redefined by changing the way you think.

The end goal is that you will be able to walk away more confident with a new mindset that will allow you to obtain the success and happiness that you’ve always dreamed of having in your life.

You are a smart and savvy person, and you know that in order to achieve this, you have to go after your goals. Achieving your goals and going after them are two entirely different things.

To turn your goal getting attitude into the proper mindset, there are a few things that you’re going to have to keep in mind. There are five things that you will need to keep in mind while you work on going after your goals.

When it comes down to it, the only person that has the capability to hold you back from achieving your goals is you. If you know what you want, and you know what you have to do to get there, then you need to take action and just do it. You need to believe in yourself and figure out how you can realistically accomplish your goals.

 

Don’t Keep Score

When embarking on a path of self-growth, it is a bit unrealistic to tell you not to keep score, especially since you, like so many others, tend to be your own worst critic. However, when it comes to achieving your goals, it is important to understand that it will take time to accomplish them.

If you are always obsessing over every little setback, failure, or progress that you experience on your journey, it will do nothing but slow you down and make you edgy and impatient.
Keeping score during your journey will only make it more difficult for you to move forward in going after your goals. You need to address your goals calmly and purposefully if you want to find success. While it’s alright to check in on yourself and measure your progress, it is entirely counteractive to your journey to keep score along the way.

 

Focus on Yourself

For our entire lives, our parents have compared us to our cousins and their best friend’s kids. It has been done so often, that we are now starting to compare ourselves to others in our lives. We look at other’s material achievements, comparing our current situation and possession, and obsess over the differences.

Unfortunately, when we spend time comparing ourselves to others, those comparisons begin to distract us from the progress that we’ve been making and brings us back to where we started.
Nothing good can come from comparing yourself to others, so it must stop now. You have to begin to realize that you are your own person who is making your own way in the world. You are no one but yourself, so it is high time that you begin focusing on yourself and stop comparing yourself to others.

 

Keep Your Head Up

No one likes to deal with failure. It has a tendency to overwhelm your consciousness and take over, burrowing deep down through your mental peace until the only thing that you can think about, day and night, is that one goal that you failed to fulfill.

Failure is something that is extremely hard to deal with. However, it is important that you know and understand that your failures do not define you. The same holds true with your successes.
So, if your successes and failures don’t define you, what does? The only thing that defines you as a person is how you react to and deal with your success and failure.

 

If you want to achieve your goals and finally find the happiness in your life that you’ve always wanted, you have to stop wallowing in self-pity every time you experience a failure; using them instead as tools.

Your failures can give you more than you could ever have imagined, so learn from them and own them. Never keep your head down over a defeat. Instead, learn to celebrate the fact that you have learned how to move past them.

 

Stop Dawdling, and Take Action

Everyone has experienced dawdling in their life. Have you ever had that moment, when you’re ready to sit down and tackle the mound of paperwork on your desk when you suddenly realize you need a pen? You go to get the pen and realize that your desk drawer is a mess, and it needs to be reorganized.

The next thing you know, you’ve lost hours reorganizing your entire desk, drawers, re-filled your printer, and organized your notes. This is what is known as dawdling.

Dawdling is setting about doing little shadow jobs that you believe are necessary, but that doesn’t amount to anything, letting your surge of motivation get used for trivial tasks.

To combat this issue, schedule out blocks of time to do specific tasks, and make sure you only spend that block of time doing just that one thing. If you begin to stop multitasking, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish throughout the day.

 

Remember Why

As you make your way through the hustle and bustle of changing your mindset and going after success and freedom, it is really easy to lose track of the reason why you are going on this journey. This is one of the most common problems that people face when they are on a self-growth discovery.

What’s worse, is how hard it is to come back from this and get back on the right track. As you start on your journey, it is essential for you to make a list of all the reasons why this particular goal matters to you and why you are going after it.

Sit down and pull from your memories and feelings, making sure to draw yourself a verbal picture that will be able to bring you back to the exact moment when you decided what goal you wanted to accomplish.

 

Take the time and care to complete this step because remembering is about more than just facts, it’s about the connections you have with the goal.

 

Conclusion

As you continue on your journey, it is important that you remember that your biggest strength is that you are capable of changing your mindset to help you shape your life into exactly what you want it to be. The most significant challenge that you will face is seeing it through.

Positivity is as much a choice of lifestyle as it is an achievement. It is a lifestyle choice that will allow you to build your way to a more important tomorrow, which is the entire reason you set out on this journey in the first place.

By taking steps to transition your thoughts into action, learning to say no to negativity, demanding discipline, striving for success, and going after your goals, you’ll be able to slowly shift your mindset so that you can obtain greater success and lead a happier life.

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7 Vital Steps To Changing Your Tomorrow, Starting Today

7 Vital Steps To Changing Your Tomorrow, Starting Today

The future is a manifestation of the present deeds. You can know your future by your present actions. You can transform you future by changing your present life. However, change is one of the most difficult things to experience. Many people cannot tolerate drastic changes in their lives. Because of the uncertainties that come with change, people are reluctant with it. If you want to change your tomorrow, you need to commence the changes today. Here are the 7 vital steps to help you bring a more fruitful tomorrow.

 

#1: You Are the Sum of the 5 People You Spend Most Of Your Time With

If you want to know your future, look at the lives of the people you are presently with. The people around you have direct influence on your life. You acquire some of their attitudes, principles and practices. You are like a small child that imbibes the practices of the adults around. When you go with dishonest people, eventually you alter your own values and acquire their dishonesty. However, if you go for honest people, their honesty reinforces your own personal values. The kinds of people you share your life with are very powerful personalities that affect your present actions and later own your future life. Because of their great impact in your life, it is very crucial that you know them very well. Once you know their influence on you, you will know how to take it to your own advantage.

The idea of being the sum of the people around you is often one of the most neglected parts of human psychology. Although this is not a novel thinking, people keep on ignoring the bearing of others in their lives. As a result, they just end up being like their detested character. This is all because they spent too much time with the person. The person you are with can elevate you as much as they can pull you down. The first step to change your future today is by knowing the five people from your core circle. In order for you to see their impact in your life, here are the steps that you can do.

 

Identify the Five people you spend most of your time with

Because you are the sum of the people around you, you need to be careful with the people you spend most of your time with. Although some of them are indispensable in your life, like your parents or siblings, try to spend as little time as possible to inevitable people with negative impact for your future life. Other people that you may frequently spend your time with are your friends, office mates or schoolmates and your special someone. Each person may have a different answer to the five people they spend most of their time with. But it will mostly revolve around these groups.

 

Identify the Qualities of these Five People

Once you have identified the five people in your life, try to assess each one’s personality. Look at them at every aspect of their life. Look at their family relationship, their dedication to work or school, their attitude towards problems and their outlook in life. Getting to know these people will help you know yourself better.

 

Identify the attitudes you share with these five people in your life

After knowing your core circle and their special attributes, try to assess your own life. What positive and negative characteristics do you possess? To whom can you relate your characteristics? When you are able to identify the major influence in that character trait, then you can do something about it. If you want to enhance a positive attribute coming from one of your core groups, then try to get closer to the person. The more time you spend with him/her, the better you can imitate that attitude. However, if you see mostly negative attributes to your core group, better reconsider your relationship with the person.

Every one needs a tribe. However, your tribe must exert a good influence in your life to benefit from it. If you are in the bad company, your future is at risk. Your choices today including your choice of company have a direct effect on your life. If you want to know your future, look at the lives of the people you spend most of your life with.

People You Spend Most of Your Time

#2: Find a Mentor

Everyone look up to someone, it may be an old teacher, your parent or elder sister or brother or your very own best friend. The person you admire may serve as your mentor. Because you adore him/her, most likely you listen to his/her suggestions and teachings. A good mentor provides new knowledge, and directs you to the right path. If you wish to change your life tomorrow, look for a good mentor who will bring you to the kind of life you wish to have. To whether your mentor is good for keeping, here are the ideal characteristics of a mentor.

 

Acts as a Role Model

You have to practice what you teach. To be an effective mentor, you need to do what you say. The best way to direct a person in the right path is by modeling a good example. As the cliché goes, actions speak louder than words. If your mentor is worthy of emulation, look at his/her life. Otherwise, you must find other mentors to relate your life with.

 

Willingness to Share

A good mentor is someone who is willing to share the secrets of good life. If your mentor is open to share his/her expertise and teaches you the skills to succeed in life, you can trust the person with your life.

 

Motivates Others

A good mentor can bring out the intrinsic motivation in a person. For your mentor to be a good leader, he/she must bring out the best in you. Some students or followers go back to their old ways when the mentor disappears. If you are one of these people, your mentor is not effective. An effective mentor naturally brings out the inner motivation in his followers. Even in his absence, the followers stay within his teachings without the need for constant supervision.

Find a Mentor Acts as a Role Model Willingness to Share Motivates Others

 

#3: Start or Join a Team of Like-Minded Individuals

A group’s effort is stronger than an individual’s effort. When you want to transform your life today, join groups or teams with the same interest as yours. Unlike when you are working alone to change some aspects of your life, a group effort is stronger and harder to disrupt. When you belong to a team, your conviction to better life is tougher and thus harder to break. When you reach a saturation point, your team can assist and support you along the journey. Contrary to working alone, the team with like-minded individuals can back you up when you lose your perseverance. Below are the advantages of working as a team.

 

Provides a Sense of Security

Working as a team gives you a feeling of security. When you have a group who shares the same interest as yours, you are sure of their support with any problem that may come. You know that there are people who stay with you and will guide you as you go along.

 

Increased Learning

As you work with people, you increase your knowledge with their experiences. Because you share common interest, you can draw wisdom from them. You do not have to experience personally things just to learn. By listening to their sentiments, you can learn a lot from the events in their lives.

 

Compensate to an individual’s weakness

Each person has his own weakness. When you work alone to change your future, even the small weakness can be deleterious to your goal. However, if you have a team, other members can compensate for your own weakness. They can assist you to deal with a weakness and teach you how to overcome it. You can draw strength from the team especially in your lowest situation.

 

Develop a Personal Relationship

Joining a team also provides you with relationships that are more personal. As you spend more time with your team, you can find friendship with them and influence each other. Again, in this case, we go back to the five people you spend most of your time with. Make sure that the team you will join will have a positive impact in your future life.

 

Increased Understanding of other people’s perspective

Because you are working with other people, you will have a better understanding on the way people think and act. You can use your learning to assess your own character and later on improve your self.

#3: Start or Join a Team of Like-Minded Individuals

 

#4: Get Into Business

Most people who want to transform their lives start with a business. If you notice, the richest people are not employees but they are entrepreneurs who took the risk to do things on their own. If you want to achieve a better financial status in the future, you can begin establishing your own business today. Here are the perceived benefits of having your own business.

 

Be your Own Boss

If you are an employee, you need to get along with your boss and your coworkers. There are too many people to work with. You need to adapt to their personality and whims. When you have your own business, you become your own boss. You do not have to adapt to anyone’s caprice. All you need to do is work hard and work with your future clients.

 

Flexible Time

Working in an office means spending 8 hours in the area. You cannot leave the workplace since sanctions are ready for implementation. When you have your own business, you can own your time. You have the final say about your day off, working hours and your break time.

 

Generate Unlimited Income

Because you work on your own pace, you can generate more income as you wish. Unlike when you are an ordinary employee, you only receive your paychecks twice and at a predicted amount. In business, you can generate millions within days or years depending on your own capacity.

Get Into Business Be you Own Boss

 

#5: Start a Bank Account for Investing Purpose

Starting a bank account helps you save your resources and invest for your purpose. Instead of keeping you money in your hands, having a bank account gives you countless of benefits. Here are the few advantages of maintaining a bank account.

Safer When you have your bank account, you do not personally keep your money. The bank holds responsibility to your money. Therefore you safeguard it from thieves and possible disasters like natural and man-made calamities. Even during a bankruptcy, your money have insurance to keep the depositor’s worry free.

 

Easier to Save Banks help you save money. Most people who overspend keep more cash with them. When you keep your money in the banks, you avoid too much spending. You also avoid withdrawing large amount of money in banks because of their existing withdrawal limits.

You Earn Interest With bank accounts, your money works for you. If you keep your money in your own safekeeping, the value is the same from day one up to the day you will need it. If you keep it in banks, it becomes your personal investment because you earn interest every month.

Starting a bank account helps you save your resources and invest for your purpose

 

#6: Time Management: How To Get More Time In A Day To Build Your Financial Freedom

Sometimes you can hear people say that 24 hours in a day is not enough to finish all their work and meet all the deadlines. If you are one of these people, you will hear answers like “if you cannot find time, make time.” With the busy society that you are in, it feels that you need to compress everything in 24 hours. The secret to meeting your set goals is simply by ceasing to complain and sit down and start doing the work. Most people who keep on saying time is not enough are the people who love to complain. Instead of using the time working, they spend two or three hours complaining and discerning how to start the work. If others can compress all their obligations in the time given to them, why cannot you do it?

 

Time Management

The key to keeping up with your deadlines is through efficient time management. With the right allocation of your time and task, you can meet your target and still find time to relax. Although time management is a skill, you can learn it as you practice it. Here are some of the proven beneficial time management tips.

 

Prioritize things

You can start your day by listing the things you need to accomplish prioritizing those that are urgent. When you have a to-do-list, you can keep your mind focused on your list and prevent straying away from this. You can create the list by writing down those that need your immediate attention. Once you finish the most urgent one, you can start doing the next in line and so on. By prioritizing things, you prevent sacrificing a task over another.

 

Know your most productive hours

Different people have different levels of productivity during the day. Although most people are more productive in the morning, there are also people who find the restful afternoons to work at their best. If you are a morning person, try to delegate complicated task in the morning. When you know your most productive hours, you can allot this time to accomplish difficult work and set aside the easier ones during your idle moments.

 

Start and finish your task

The problem with people who complains of insufficient time is leaving a task unfinished and starting a new work. If you want to adapt a good time management skill, finish all tasks that you have started. Otherwise, your day will be over with several tasks open and hanging. In the end, you do not accomplish even a small work and you will totally screw up everything.

 

Analyze your situation

If you feel running after the clock each day, it is time to sit down and analyze the whole situation. There might be problems on the way you handle your time. Find out activities where you spend too much of your time. Once you discover these, then you can be more watchful when doing them. If you waste three to five hours surfing social network sites, you can reduce this to one hour to make the remaining hours more productive.

 

Create a goal

A goal is your motivation to time management. When you set your goals, be realistic. Remember that you only have 24 hours in a day. Never set goals that are not feasible. Otherwise, you will end up frustrated everyday.

 

Delegate and outsource

There is nothing wrong in volunteering your services to people. However, be realistic. You cannot be a hero everyday. Learn to delegate other task to trusted people and let them take responsibility for it. Much as you would want to do everything, multi-tasking is often difficult. If you are not good at it, you will end up sacrificing some things over another.

 

Use your waiting time productively

Waiting is one of the most time wasting activities. You wait for your turn in the cashier’s line, wait for the food service and wait for a long line in the department stores. You can spend these hours of waiting productively. Instead of watching the next leaf to fall or the next person who will enter the door, you can bring a good book to read or check papers or bring any handy task with you. As you learn to do this, the number of tasks you finish during your waiting times can save you from many obligations.

Time management is learning to use your time wisely and to your own advantage. It is a skill that no one teaches you but you need to learn to survive the challenges in life. For as long as you are keeping your things well organized, you are in control of your time and your life.

How To Get More Time In A Day To Build Your Financial Freedom

 

#7: Focus On One Project At A Time!

Our brains are like computers. When you put several tasks all at the same time, the computer hangs and breaks down. Like computers, our brain can only fully accommodate one project at a time. Although some people believe in multitasking, the quality of product produced from multi-tasking is not as efficient as the project produced with full focus. This is because your brain can only focus on a single thought at a time. When you follow the concept of one project at a time, your output is superior and is more likely to be completed.

Staying focus on one project and closing your thoughts from other tasks is quite difficult. The presence of constant distractions in the environment and in your mind can easily divert your attention to other things. No matter how difficult the skill is, you need to master it to create changes in your life that will be beneficial for your future. To help you learn the skill, here are the tips that you must follow.

 

Break things into bite sized chunks

Do not overwhelm yourself with huge task. If you can break it into smaller tasks, much better. Split difficult task in several smaller and attainable projects. Instead of getting an overpowering project, try to divide it into divisions.

 

Remove possible distractions

You work best in a quiet environment; find a quiet room where you can focus on your project. Avoid distractions like noise, interruptions and other forms of disturbances.

 

Keep your goals clear

One of the best ways to stay focused in a project is by making your goals clear. When you have clear goals, all will direct all your effort to attain the goal you set. It is easier to keep you motivated when you have realistic and attainable goals.

Focus On One Project At A Time!

 

Conclusion

Changes do not occur in an instant. To create a longer lasting change for your future, you need to equip yourself with the necessary skills to ensure a successful future. Much as you would want to achieve your goals alone, this is quite difficult. The most successful people did not attain success on their own. There are people around that helped them be the person they wanted to be. IF you want to change your tomorrow, start acting today and look for people who will share the same sentiments that you have.

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