Our brains are powerful. REALLY powerful.
And it's 100% possible to train our brains so that we only see the good in every situation. And when we find ourselves in a ‘bad' situation, our minds go straight to solutions instead of dwelling on the problems.
This is the mindset that most ridiculously successful people cultivate.
But it's important to point out that it doesn't happen automatically. They worked at it.
Because today, it's never been easier for us to be distracted by emails, social media, text messages, etc. All of the “luxuries” provided by our technology can actually be invisible barriers to us achieving our goals.
DISTRACTION is our kryptonite. It's our Achilles' heel.
It is our weakness that can lead to our downfall. And it's a slippery slope.
That's why it's absolutely crucial to take control of our lives by training our brains to make us successful. Check out these three mind hacks that can make you so productive that nothing can stop you:
1. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing on every moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations. In the hustle-bustle of today’s society, it’s easy to become caught up in what needs to happen next, what happened yesterday and how it affects you today and how you can multitask to be as productive as possible right now.
However, refusing to place significant focus on the present moment prevents you from wholly enjoying life as it occurs. Practice mindfulness on a daily basis by regularly accepting your feelings, thoughts and environment without judgment.
As you eat, pay attention to the colors of your food, the flavors on your tongue, and the nutrients your body will begin to absorb after your meal. Avoid over-stimulating yourself during work or family time by putting away your tech devices and fully considering your surroundings, the people you’re with and the task at hand.
In an age when mindfulness has become so vitally important, there are an abundance of apps and websites that can help you practice mindfulness until you’re an expert at focusing on the present.
Personally, I'm a big proponent of the Omvana app by MindValley. It's great for meditation, which really helps with mindfulness.
But I use Omvana most often for productivity.
Try the “Focus” track on Omvana. It was created to help you effortlessly achieve laser-sharp focus by enhancing your brainwaves and putting you in a goal-oriented mindset, and quickly. (I'm actually using it right now…)
2. Identify one thing that excites you each morning
Every day is a brand-new opportunity to accomplish things and experience happiness — get excited about it! When you wake up every morning, try to identify at least one thing about that day that excites you.
It can be big or small. Perhaps you’re planning on cooking a delicious meal with your family that evening, or maybe you’re launching an experimental marketing campaign for your business. No matter what it is, that one part of your day will motivate you to push through the parts of your day that are a little less than exciting.
3. Cultivate a growth mindset
Those who think everything must be perfect are more likely to become discouraged when things… well, aren’t. Especially when attempting to accomplish something entirely new to you, you should maintain a mindset open to educational failure and change. Remind yourself daily that it’s okay to make mistakes, so long as you acknowledge and learn from each mistake before getting up and moving on.
If you struggle to find the positive in a negative situation, try writing down the goal you were working toward, the mistake you made when trying to achieve it, and how the lesson you learned from the mistake could possibly benefit you — or someone you know — in the future. An optimistic eagerness to learn will help you progress personally and professionally far more than a perfectionist attitude.
You can read more at Entrepreneur.
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