1. See events as a learning experience.
As Napoleon Hill said: “Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” Instead of focusing on things that don’t work, learn from them and keep moving forward.
Two famous and anonymous sayings describe the refreshing power of …mistakes:
- There is no failure – only feedback.
- Feedback is the breakfast of champions…
2. Remind yourself of your success.
Recall the times when you were successful and performed well and imagine yourself going through those situations again. Then regularly nourish yourself by imagining something you would like to do in the future and visualize yourself achieving it with the same feelings of success as these previous times.
3. Be thankful.
“Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth” –Ayn Rand.
When you focus on the “negative” situation you are accustomed to creating over and over in your life, you forget to value all that you do have. Just think…according to many surveys, most of the world’s population is much, much poorer than we are.
Think of what you have instead of what you don’t have. Be thankful for it.
See the people around you, the beauty of our Earth, the endless possibilities of improvement. When we feel grateful for what we do have, it’s not possible to feel stressed or fearful. Having an attitude of gratitude puts you in a very different and very pleasant state of mind.
4. Feed and clean your mind regularly.
So many people in history started with nothing – they were poor or lonely, or lost everything before achieving great things. Stay away from the constant stream of negativity in newspapers for one week and feed your mind with inspiration instead. Read an inspirational book, learn about strong, successful personalities like Albert Einstein, Ayn Rand or Richard Branson, take a dance class, spend time in nature, discover yourself. Remember to keep your FOCUS. It is essential.
5. Set goals and take action.
When you realize what the key to life’s joy is, keep going. The key lies in the self-aware, self confident you. You build it by setting small goals, achieving them and than repeating this action again and again until you attain your dream. You realize your goals by taking action here and now.
It is also the people who surround you that move you forward or slow you down. Your teachers have the possibility of speeding up your process of change by passing on to you the experiences that took them years to build up. Use somebody else’s experience to speed up your own learning processes. Use teachers and mentors and learn from the best.
“You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act
in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve“
…and do not forget to have fun!
Tips to remember:
When you know where you want to go, you know where to direct your efforts. It is only a matter of time to get there. By setting smaller goals on the way to your ultimate destination you make yourself more sure of your inner strength. And then you can use your feedback and build your way towards your desired success . And this is when you start to see your problems as the equivalent of taking a cold shower…refreshing and enriching.