Your mindset is your filter for the information you put in and put out. It determines how your receive information and how you react to information. And having the right mindset is the biggest factor for success.
When you learn something new or experience change, you strip out the information that is most relevant to you. Then you develop the beliefs that are most helpful for where you want to go and how you want to be. This belief system is your mindset. In turn, your mindset affects the decisions you make. These decisions create habits that we tend to follow.
Do you want to make a positive change that leads you to productivity and self-confidence?
If so, let’s take a look at some common habits that hold you back and transform them into productive ones.
1. Stop Complaining and Start Taking Action
Life is stressful. And the most common way people handle stress is to complain. However, the more we complain, the more unhappy we get. The more unhappy we get, the more we complain. We start finding other things to complain that unrelated to the initial complain.
Complaining sends signals to the brain increasing our sadness, along with a real dissatisfaction with our lives. This also drains our energy and weakens our immune system.
The only to move forward and get out of the rut is to start taking action. You have to take control. Taking control gives you an excitement and a glimpse of reality of what your life should truly be about. It reinvigorates you to be more productive and to find solutions that work for you.
2. Don’t Assume, Confirm
Everyone’s heard the old saying, “When you assume, you make an a$$ out of you and me.” When you assume, you take guesses, which takes a lot of time and energy. One should always be sure of something so that the right action can be taken.
You have to ask questions to understand the situation better. And be ready to correct those actions if necessary. For some, this may be hard to do. They feel that others may think they are stupid or incompetent. However, when you ask questions, it shows your willingness to learn and that you are wise enough to know that you need help.
To move forward, it is better to confirm than to ponder the issue by yourself and take the wrong action. Confirming makes you more confident and productive because you know what to do and aren’t guessing what to do.
3. Don’t be the Victim. Be Responsible
It is easy to put blame on people and things that are external to you. It releases you from personal responsibility. Instead of being true to yourself, you are more willing to blame your sponsor, your environment or things you associate with when you are feeling bad. It may be not be easy to admit, but the problem lies within you.
You have to admit that your reality is based on the decisions you’ve made and the actions you’ve taken. If you are not happy with the way things are, start creating a plan to change things. It takes a lot of courage and requires the willingness to face your fears, experience failure and take complete responsibility of everything that happens to you.
You have no one else but you to make things happen. After you realize that and take responsibility, things start moving forward for the better.
4. Hardest Task First, Easiest Task Last
Most people tend to work on the easiest task first. You don’t have to stress about the task because it’s fun and you can accomplish it quickly. You feel more comfortable because you don’t have to push yourself outside your comfort zone.
However, you spend the rest of your time trying to accomplish your hardest task. Or you put off the hardest task, because it’s lurking the back of your mind that you still have to do it.
On the other hand, if you take action on the hardest task first, you’ll be prouder of yourself and this will give you a boost of self-confidence. By working on and accomplishing your hardest task first, a weight is lifted. You can fully focus on the other tasks that you need to accomplish. Your mind is free from dread and you are able to become more productive.
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