Having a growth mindset will make a huge difference to our self-confidence and the quality of our lives.
As we are beings programmed for growth, if we’re not growing, we won’t be at our best. This is why having a growth mindset is important.
What is a Growth Mindset?
A growth mindset is a commitment to be the best we can be and harness our potential. It’s our willingness to use our experiences to become the person we know we can be.
Not everything in life will go as we expect or as we plan. There will be challenges, disappointments and failures as we strive to get to where we want to be in life.
Having a growth mindset means doing what’s required to achieve what we want. It’s having a belief that with the right thinking, strategies and actions, we can succeed in what we choose.
A person with a growth mindset commits to learning what’s necessary to achieve results they want. A person who doesn’t have a growth mindset will not explore new options to achieve the results they want.
Those who don’t have a growth mindset have a fixed mindset.
A simple example is of a person who wants to develop a new skill. If they have a growth mindset, they know with dedication and constant practice, they’ll develop a certain level of competence.
If they have a fixed mindset, they may complain about how difficult the process is and will want to quit. Their internal dialogue is focused on the negative aspects of the process rather than the potential reward.
If we have a growth mindset, we can improve our lives in a big way.
Knowing how to take better notes can help us remember or reference things later to have more success.
While it may seem unimportant, learning how to take better notes is a useful skill to develop.
Why is it Important to Learn How to Take Better Notes?
Taking better notes is important because it will:
- Help improve our ability to recall and understand what we’re learning or want to remember.
- Lead to less stress especially when we have to reference something from the past.
- Improve our listening skills.
- Help our ability to focus on the present moment.
- Improve our creativity as we’ll learn how to connect topics or points discussed.
- Make us more productive, efficient and effective because we’ll have a system for capturing and recalling information.
Situations Which Require You to Take Better Notes
We have many situations where knowing how to take better notes can be a huge advantage. These include:
- Learning and studying.
- Brainstorming Sessions.
- Team meetings.
- One-on-one meetings and interviews.
- Educational settings such as conferences, seminars or training programs.
As we improve our ability to take better notes, we’ll gain more confidence to apply what we need. This will lead to more intelligent actions, which will help us achieve the success we want.
Having ways to develop your self leadership will make you a better leader and enhance the impact you can make.
We’re all leaders. We don’t need a leadership title to be a leader. The things we do and the way we behave makes a difference to those we interact with regularly.
How we lead ourselves will influence how we lead others. If we want to be a better leader, we have to give more attention to our self leadership.
What is Self Leadership?
Self leadership is our ability to be who we are and be congruent with our thoughts, actions and behaviours.
It’s knowing our values, standards and intentions to achieve what we want, while remaining true to who we are.
Why Your Self Leadership Will Make You a Better Leader
To have a strong self leadership capabilities, we need to have:
- High self-awareness.
- Strong self-belief.
- Immense self-confidence.
As we develop our self leadership, we’ll gain new awareness, have more self-belief and self-confidence. This will also help us communicate better and influence others in a positive way.
The more we influence others positively, the better leader we’ll become.
It’s encouraging to know we can make massive progress by making small changes to what and how we do things.
When we’re not consistently making progress, we don’t have high levels of enthusiasm to live our best lives. A common mistake we make is to make drastic changes, without preparing ourselves as best we can.
For example, people set new year’s resolutions because they want to change or achieve something. They may start off with a lot of excitement. If, however, they don’t have the right habits or a plan, they’re more likely to quit if progress is slow.
Why is Making Progress Important?
We’re all programmed for growth. If we aren’t growing, it means we’re dying. If we aren’t making progress in life, we will:
- Not experience true joy and happiness.
- Feel stuck or stagnant.
- Not express ourselves fully.
- Not challenge ourselves to dream big or take new risks.
- Stop believing in ourselves and what’s possible for us.
When we’re making progress, we feel alive and excited about our lives and what’s ahead.
Sometimes, small changes over time, is a smarter approach to take, as it can lead to massive progress. There is a Chinese Proverb which says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
We can make massive progress by making small changes and leveraging the power of the compound effect.
You may have heard you must be in alignment with your best self to create what you want in life.
While that sounds interesting, we have to know what it means and how we can apply it.
Knowing how to be in alignment with your best self is valuable to learn as it will bring many benefits.
What Does it Mean to Be in Alignment With Your Best Self?
Alignment is “an adjustment to a line; arrangement in a straight line.” It’s also “the proper adjustment of components for coordinated functioning.”
To be in alignment with your best self implies all aspects of ourselves are in harmony and functioning well.
We operate in different realms at the same time. We’re spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical beings at the same time.
When all aspects of ourselves are operating to serve our highest good, we’re in alignment.
Why is it Important to Be in Alignment With Your Best Self?
When we’re in alignment, we’ll experience:
- Greater levels of joy, self-expression and creativity.
- Less turmoil or chaos.
- Lower levels of stress.
- Higher self-control or self-discipline.
- More peace and satisfaction.
When we’re in alignment, things are effortless. We can also reach optimum productivity and performance a lot easier.
The ability to reframe a negative experience quickly is a valuable skill that will support having a healthy mental state.
When we have experiences that don’t go as planned, our well-being can get affected. Even though we prefer not to have negative experiences, sometimes we can’t avoid them.
It’s not about what happens that influences our emotions; it’s how we frame those experiences that determines our emotional state.
Things happen and don’t always go as planned, therefore knowing how to reframe a negative experience will be helpful.
What is a Reframe?
A reframe is a way of looking at things differently. It’s about using our perspective to give a meaning to an experience that will lift us up.
This is in contrast to giving a meaning to an experience that brings us down. Whenever we don’t feel good about something that’s happened, it means we’re giving it a meaning that’s not helping us.
Why is it Necessary to Reframe a Negative Experience?
As we develop the ability to reframe a negative experience, we’ll experience many benefits. They may include:
- Having better mental and emotional health.
- Maintaining a healthy or positive attitude even when things are unpleasant.
- Having more self-confidence to handle life’s challenges.
- Focusing on what we want to experience instead of what we don’t want.
- Staying inspired and motivated to carry out our responsibilities.
There are techniques we can learn to change our emotional state whenever we’re not feeling our best.
With our daily distractions continuing to increase, it’s important to prepare for better productivity to have great days consistently.
We all want to use of our time well and be as productive as we can be. How we use our time impacts what we accomplish every day.
What is Productivity?
Productivity is defined as “the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services.”
It’s the act of producing something or an outcome. It’s easy to confuse busyness with being productive.
If we’re always busy, it doesn’t mean we’re producing the right things to enhance our lives.
Why is it Valuable to Prepare For Better Productivity?
The ability to be productive doesn’t just happen. We have to give it thought to produce the results we want.
If we prepare for better productivity every day, benefits we can expect include:
- More clarity on what we have to do.
- Greater levels of focus or concentration when working.
- Faster progress by working less.
- More free time.
- Increased satisfaction with what we’re accomplishing.
If we don’t prepare for better productivity, we put ourselves at risk of getting distracted. We may also end up wasting valuable time on things or activities that aren’t important.
High achievers know how to use accountability to have more success. Being accountable is a key to their success.
What is Accountability?
Accountability is defined as “the state of being accountable, liable or answerable.”
When we’re accountable, we’re held responsible for doing or achieving something we’ve agreed to. Accountability is a powerful motivator.
Why Do We Need to Be Accountable?
We’re driven to gain rewards or to avoid a pain or a consequence. In an ideal situation, if we agree to do something, we should get it done. However, we know that’s not always the case.
Human beings are more driven to avoid a pain than they are to gain a reward. If there’s something we consider painful on the line if we don’t complete what we’ve agreed to, we’ll be motivated to avoid that pain.
When we use accountability to have more success, it doesn’t make us weak or unreliable. It means we’re serious and committed to achieving a particular result.
Accountability is a tool or a system we can use to challenge ourselves to be the best we can be.
The Benefits of Accountability
Using the power of accountability can benefit us in many ways, including:
- Staying focused and being reminded of the outcomes we want.
- Having someone we can talk to about what we’re working on.
- Receiving support and encouragement to keep moving forward.
- Getting new insights or perspectives when dealing with challenges.
- Celebrating our successes with someone who has been with us throughout the process.
When we learn how to use accountability to have more success, we’ll progress faster towards what we want.
Can there really be one key to lasting happiness and greater success? Is it even possible for us?
Our desire to experience higher levels of joy drives most of the decisions we make and things we do. We’re generally at our best and feel good about ourselves if we’re experiencing happiness consistently.
Yet for most people, happiness isn’t something they experience consistently. We all have experiences or moments that make us laugh and feel good in the moment.
If we rely on external things to experience happiness, it’s difficult to sustain those emotions. Genuine happiness comes from within us. It’s something we generate each day through our choices and actions.
Lasting happiness isn’t a onetime experience or moment. It’s how we feel and who we are every day.
Common Keys to Lasting Happiness
Throughout history, things suggested on how to find lasting happiness and greater success include:
- Staying healthy in mind, body and spirit.
- Being present and experiencing each moment for what it is.
- Knowing the motivation behind why we do the things we do.
- Practicing gratitude or appreciation daily.
- Having close or strong relationships and connections with people.
- Practicing forgiveness and letting go of resentments and judgments.
- Listening to our intuition.
- Giving up the need for approval or validation.
- Not being attached to things or outcomes.
- Being generous.
- Not relying on others to make us feel happy.
- Tapping into what make us great and sharing our greatness with others.
- Finding and living our life purpose.
My belief is these are true and should be how we live our lives, if we want to experience happiness.
However, there is an important key to lasting happiness and greater success. If we don’t know what it is, experiencing lasting happiness will be highly unlikely.
The ability to overcome internal resistance when setting new goals can be the difference in achieving them or not.
The better we understand what resistance is coming up for us, the more likely we can overcome them.
There are three levels of setting goals, based on:
- What we know we can do or achieve.
- What we think we can do or achieve.
- What we really want, which are our dreams.
If we set goals based on the first two, they don’t classify as goals because we won’t grow. The purpose of setting goals is to challenge ourselves to do something we haven’t done before. In achieving our goals, we’ll grow as a person and tap into resources within us.
What Can Hold You Back From Achieving Your Goals
When we set goals based on what we really want, that can bring up a lot of internal resistance. This is because we don’t know how to achieve them. We also may have thoughts whether we can achieve them.
These thoughts of doubt, concern, worry, uncertainty are all examples of internal resistance we must address.
Whenever we set goals, there is usually excitement and higher levels of energy initially. As time goes by, if we don’t address our internal resistance, our goals may become a grind. This can lead to delays in achieving them or us quitting our goals.
Our internal resistance can play out as excuses, justifications, blaming or complaining why we cannot achieve our goals. That’s the power they have over us, which is why we must learn to overcome our internal resistance.