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I have been out travelling for the last 4 months, having a lovely time. Spending some time on my own, my mind easily gets occupied with dreams and how to improve my mindset to reach them. I really feel like sharing my perspective on some of the most powerful mindsets that I’m enforcing every day to live my dreams.
I’m certain it can be useful for other people, but more importantly, writing them down will help me to imprint them in my own mind even stronger.
Please leave a comment below and let me know one of your most powerful mindsets!
1. Cultivate your passion, because it skyrockets your productivity
Without my passion in what I’m doing, I’d be nowhere. Partly because I’m in nature a very lazy person, and I don’t do things I don’t like doing. So not doing what I love, I’d be digging my own grave. My current life style allows me to be as lazy as I want, but I always take responsibility as for where I route my time.
Moreover, I think it’s powerful being able to do something enjoyable, because even if your results sucks, you enjoyed yourself. And usually the results don’t suck, because passion makes your productivity super high.
People who don’t know me are asking questions like, “how can you work on a Saturday evening?”, or “how can you work on your vacation?” The secret is, it’s not work when you enjoy doing it. I actually ask them the reversed question.
Plus, it allows me to float in a turquoise bay in the Caribbean sipping a pina colada while other people are waiting for the bus in the snow storm on the way in to the office. On a Tuesday.
But I always remind myself, if money being the only motive, it might eventually become problematic. The chase of paper is endless. More and more in work and life, I try to do more things that are fun and cut out things that are not.
One interesting question to ask yourself: If there was no money in the world, would you still be doing what you do? Money is and will always be a motive to do things, but shouldn’t dictate where majority of your time is spent.
Benjamin Franklin said: some people die at 25, and aren’t buried until 75.
2. Realize the power of the mind and visualization
First of all, know that thoughts doesn’t create anything. I go to the beach almost every day, swim in the waves, and think about my dreams and how I can live in more alignment to them. It doesn’t give me more success directly, but it helps to keep me in the right mindset.
I suggest everyone to reflect over your dreams as often as you can, and make sure you even know what they are. It has helped me tremendously.
I was about 15 years old when I watched a video about the law of attraction. Back then, I was thinking to myself, what a load of crap. Another example of people trying to make money out of fairy tales.
The more time that passes, the more I realize how empowering it is to understand how it really works. It’s not about believing in that the universe will magically send you the stuff you want, there is no magic involved at all, but realizing that your subconsious mind is leading your life, routines and making most of the decisions.
Therefore, it can be powerful to train it and make it work for your benefit. In a nutshell, you would want to build up every day routines that serves you in the long run and brings you closer to your dreams.
What happens when you say: “just wishful thinking, it will never happen”, or “it’s just a dream”? You tell yourself it’s not going to happen, and you’re right. The paradox is that you think living your dreams is impossible, so therefore it becomes impossible.
But tell yourself it can happen, and it will happen, and your mind will start finding ways to make it your reality, because it’s far more powerful than you think.
I know, it sounds like something a motivational speaker would say, but it doesn’t make it less true.
3. Promote what you’re good at, instead of attacking your lacks
If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.. well, then you’re just stupid. Even trying to teach the fish to climb a tree will be pointless.
You need to start focusing on what you’re good at, and put less focus on the things you’re not as good at, and also seeing this in other people such as your employees and partners. We’re not all born with the same set of skills and talents. We need to embrace whatever talent we have, and it will grow stronger.
I’m not good with cleaning. I accepted it, and moved past it. I let someone who enjoy it more do it. On a serious note, life’s short, why do stuff you hate?
4. Don’t be afraid of failure, realize overcoming the challenge will set you free
Do the things you fear the most, and it will boost your confidence to the skies. The most liberating feeling in the world is when you just did the impossible.
If you fail, you’re one step ahead of everybody who’s still back at being-scared-shitless-stage. Because you know a way that doesn’t work. That’s what has helped me a lot.
I see it like a game, where you gain a level for every time you fail, and the goal is to become this high level character who can take some shotgun bullets, knife wounds and exploding grenades and still stand strong. Because you just have too much HP.
What also helps me whenever I’m having doubts, is looking at the alternative. Be one of those people who says: should have been, could have been, would have been in every other sentence?
I understood at a young age that analysis is paralysis. Preparation doesn’t help you much. Stop speculating, planning, having meetings, drinking coffee and eating cookies. Do something, see where it takes you!
You don’t have to attend business school to start your own business (luckily for me, because I would still be back in school failing those exams). Having the belief that you need to prepare yourself will only limit you from actually doing something. Sure, education is always good, but it won’t be your salvation.Honestly, making shit happen is more important than anything.
5. Perfection is a trap
I try to get rid of the idea of perfection. Easy to say, but harder to do. Perfection itself is not bad, as creating the best work we can is always optimal, however, most times, perfection is holding us back from doing anything at all.
I always strive for perfection, but at the same time, I realize it doesn’t really exist, as my perfection is not your perfection, moreover it is forever changing. My today’s perfect won’t be the same tomorrow. Spending hours trying to get something perfect today, would only lead me swearing tomorrow when I realize it was not really as perfect as I thought.
I think too much focus on perfection can take the fun out of creating stuff. I don’t think this blog post is perfect, but I’m going to publish it anyway.
6. Never let any excuse hold you back
There is a football game, one team wins, one team loses. Does it matter why?
Are you going to spend the whole week inside, feeling miserable and doing nothing just because the weather is not optimal? Dress up, put on a coat. This attitude alone can take you far. There are no valid excuses. Now you’re thinking about a really rational excuse. No, not even that one.
Just knowing that, there are people without limbs swimming perfectly fine, you could probably rethink your little excuses. I try to see that for every excuse I make, I take a step backwards in my own evolution.
If you have no capital, you can get capital.
If you are in the wrong business, you can get in the right business.
If you don’t know how, you can learn how.
If you are in the wrong location, you can get to the right location.
There are winners and there are people making excuses.