DECISION FATIGUE: HOW TO OVERCOME THIS SECRET PRODUCTIVITY KILLER
Mark Zuckerburg is one of the richest men in the world, yet he’s known for wearing the same grey t-shirt into work almost every day.
Aside from being one of the most revolutionary entrepreneurs of our time, Steve Jobs was famous for sporting his iconic black turtleneck into work every day.
And some of the last few Presidents of the United States have been known to limit their wardrobe to only two or three colors.
These types of habits from these high-achievers may seem odd. However there is a method to their madness, and it’s all based around decision fatigue.
In this article, we’ll dive into decision fatigue and discuss how it hampers your ability to make productive, rational decisions that improve your life. Additionally, we’ll dive into some practical ways that you can overcome it through some slight adjustments to your daily routine.
The Courtroom Study
Perhaps the most famous study involving decision fatigue was conducted by Jonathan Levav of Columbia University and Shai Danzinger of Ben Gurion University.
Assisted by a team of psychologists, Jonathan and Shai reviewed more than one thousand court decisions made by judges over a ten month period. The judges had been tasked with sitting through parole hearings and making a determination as to whether or not a prisoner should be released.
As the team delved deeper into these decisions, they made a startling discovery.
Prisoners who appeared before the judge early in the morning were granted parole 65 percent of the time, whereas prisoners who appeared before the judge late in the day were only granted parole 10 percent of the time.
These findings begged the question — why the drastic difference in parole rates from the morning to later in the day?
Being a parole judge means using a lot of brainpower. It requires thorough examination of case files, personal background, and several other factors that are vital to deciding whether or not a prisoner should be released.
Each day, the judges had to expend significant mental energy in order to make judgements about the fate of the prisoners. The researchers concluded that as their reserve of mental energy depleted, their decision making was negatively impacted.
In this specific study, denying the prisoners parole is simply the equivalent of taking the path of least resistance.
It turns out that after a long day of making complex decisions, your brain will naturally start looking for ways to conserve energy later on in the day.
- You’ll start to look for excuses to procrastinate on important work.
- You’ll avoid going to the gym even though you committed to lift weights earlier in the day
- You’ll opt for an unhealthy snack in the pantry because you don’t feel like making a healthy dinner.
In summary, you’ll tend to stick with the status quo because your brain is tired of making decisions.
What Is Decision Fatigue?
Decision fatigue is simply the slow deterioration of your ability to make rational decisions as your brain fatigues throughout the day
Studies like the one above highlight the fact that your willpower is like a muscle — it gets fatigued each time you have to use it. Just like your biceps fatigue after a set of curls at the gym, your willpower gets fatigued each time you make a decision.
The link between decision making and willpower goes both ways: Decision making depletes your willpower, and once your willpower is depleted, you’re less equipped to make decisions.
In the courtroom study, each judge started the day with plenty of mental energy to analyze each case on its merits. However, as their energy started to fade, sticking with the status quo seemed like the easiest option, so that’s what they did.
Decision fatigue is one of the main reasons why we procrastinate. It’s why we give into bad habits and make decisions that sabotage our long-term goals.
And while there’s nothing we can do to eliminate decision fatigue completely, we can significantly reduce the impact that it has on our lives.
HOW TO OVERCOME DECISION FATIGUE
Before we get into some practical tips, you must realize that it’s impossible to completely eradicate decision fatigue from your life. No matter what you do each day, your capacity for making rational decisions will decrease as the day progresses.
However, you can shield yourself from these significant decreases in willpower by implementing a few lifestyle changes which we’ll get into right now.
1. Set Your Clothes Out Before You Go to Bed
One of the first decisions that we make each morning is choosing the outfit that we’re going to wear for the day ahead.
If you take a few minutes the night before and lay out what you’re going to wear the following day, you won’t have to spend any time pondering the outfit that’s going to look best on you.
Instead, you’ll walk right over to the dresser and throw clothes on without even thinking about it.
For some of you, this might only save a couple of minutes each day. For others, this one time action may save you 5-10 minutes of indecisiveness each morning.
Regardless, removing a decision from your morning routine will help you conserve mental energy for the day ahead.
2. Leverage Time Blocking To Structure Your Day
Time blocking is one of the best ways to combat decision fatigue because it sets a clear agenda for the day ahead.
When you’re armed with an agenda for how you’re going to spend your time on any given day, you bring clarity and structure to your life. And perhaps more importantly, you remove the fuzziness that many people experience while going about their daily decisions.
Making plans requires a significant amount of mental energy. So if you don’t have one when you wake up in the morning, your brain will have to come up with these plans on the fly.
In other words, you’ll have to constantly make decisions about where to focus your attention at any given moment. And the more energy you waste thinking about what to do, the less energy you’re able to devote towards getting things done.
Time blocking will ensure that you don’t waste any of your precious mental energy making plans, and it’s actually quite simple to implement. Here’s a quick guide for implementing time blocking into your life:
- Open up Google Calendar/Outlook (whatever digital calendar you use). If you’re old school, then take out a sheet of paper.
- Starting from after your morning routine, plan out your day in 1-2 hour blocks and set a focus for each of these blocks.
- If you need to create a 15 minute block for smaller tasks that still need to get done, feel free to do that.
- Set a hard stop for when you will stop working and don’t schedule anything after that.
Just so you have a reference, here’s what my schedule looks like as someone who runs a blog while also working a full-time sales job.
- 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Blogging
- 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Find new accounts to prospect
- 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Check email + schedule out prospecting emails in advance
- 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
- 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Hold for client meetings
- 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: End of day admin tasks + prep for tomorrow
- 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Blogging
Now does this mean that every single day looks like this? Absolutely not.
Meetings get scheduled, laziness and procrastination kick in, fires come up that need to be put out, etc. All of that is beside the point.
The point is that at each moment of the day, I know exactly where I need to be spending my energy. I don’t need to exert any brainpower to figure out what to work on because my daily priorities have already been established.
So if you find that your days seem to lack structure and clarity, try to reduce the burden on your brain and give time blocking a shot.
3. Do The Hard Stuff First
Many times, you’ll hear people say that they struggle with knocking the high-priority tasks off of their to-do list. Usually, these are the tasks that require the greatest amount of mental energy to complete.
As a result, people tend to make the mistake of starting the day by knocking out minor tasks in order to get some quick wins under their belt. When it comes to maximizing productivity, this is a huge mistake.
Because usually by the time they get around to the high-priority stuff, they don’t have the same level of energy and willpower they possessed earlier in the day. Unfortunately, It’s been sapped due to the thousands of decisions that they’ve already made.
As a result, it becomes easier to choose the path of least resistance and procrastinate the stuff that needs to get done.
Remember the courtroom study from the beginning of the article?
At first, the judges were exercising their brainpower to make rational decisions about the fate of prisoners. As the day dragged on though, the judges started defaulting to the status quo because it didn’t require much effort.
Now for you, the status quo may not be denying parole:
- It might be binge-watching Netflix instead of working on the presentation that you need to get done
- It might be sitting on the couch checking social media instead of forcing yourself to the gym
- It might be checking emails instead of prepping for an important call that you have coming up.
The bottom line is that all of these activities detract from the kind of work that significantly moves the needle towards your most ambitious goals.
In order to combat this, you must put the tasks that you’re most likely to procrastinate at the very beginning of the day.
At the start of the day, your willpower and motivation are at peak levels. This means that it’ll feel a little easier to exert some self-discipline and complete your most cognitively demanding tasks.
Now what defines high-priority work is different for everyone.
For me, it’s writing content for my blog. That’s why it has a three hour time block on my calendar which starts immediately after my morning routine.
For you, it could be hitting the gym, or planning for calls with clients, or spending time educating yourself about your industry.
Whatever it is, get it done first. You’ll undoubtedly experience a surge of positive momentum that you’ll carry with you as you work through the rest of your to-do list.
Decision fatigue affects everyone, whether it’s Mark Zuckerburg or the janitor at your local high school.
We often underestimate the effect that seemingly insignificant decisions have on our willpower and motivation, but the truth is that they do have a compounding effect on our decision making.
Although you can’t eliminate decision fatigue from your life completely, the best way to combat it is by planning ahead. By applying the suggestions provided in this article, you’ll reduce the burden on your brain and find it easier to maintain focus as the day progresses.
PS – If you enjoyed this article on how to overcome decision fatigue, then you’ll certainly enjoy this supporting resource that showcases the keystone habits you’ll need to crush decision fatigue for good.
7 DAILY HABITS TO HELP YOU BUILD SELF-DISCIPLINE
Self-discipline is one of the most important life skills a person possess. It’s one of those traits that impacts just about every area of our lives. When we have it under control, it positively compounds for us; impacting our sleep, nutrition, habits, and our efforts. But, the opposite is also true, when it’s neglected, the negative effects will cascade to downward to every area of our lives. As such, it is imperative to learn how to build self-discipline.
Now, developing self-discipline takes thoughtful and intentional work. It requires a high level of focus that is essential for success in nearly every phase of life. That said, we’ve pulled together some of the best daily habits you can adopt today to make building self-discipline a breeze. So, if you’re ready to learn about these key habits, then let’s get right to it.
How to Build Self-Discipline
1. Set Small Goals Daily
Goals are different for everyone, some people have small goals and some have large goals. However, committing to and working towards goals can level up your self-discipline faster than almost any other method.
However, since small goals are more easily accomplished and get used to that feeling of accomplishment sooner. Things like sending an email to a client or changing your bed linen may be small or things you’ve put off. Making them a goal and accomplishing them will give you the feeling of success.
The small goals that you create daily should be in the form of a “to-do” list. When you have completed a goal, you are building discipline.
2. Keep Your Goals In Front of You
There are so many distractions in our everyday life. From smartphones and social media to television and radio, shiny objects are dangling in front of us at every turn. Having our goals in our face where we can see them daily helps keep us focused.
So don’t hesitate to write those goals on post-it notes, have them on your mirror, create an elaborate vision board, use your screensaver, or paste them to your headboard.
Whatever works for you, what you see daily is what you work to manifest. Keeping your goals in front of you helps you visualize and eventually manifest.
Related: Why You Must Write Down Your Goals
3. Learn How To Prioritize
What you have to do daily or even monthly all have a certain priority level in your life. Understanding what is essential and what is less relevant is essential to your success. When everything seems important, the number one tip is that you cannot do everything. Aside from that, some tips to prioritizing are:
- Deciding what’s urgent, what important and what you want to do but can wait.
- Get your job list out of your head and down on paper – create a “to-do” list.
- Group similar tasks together.
- Figure out how you will deal with distractions.
- Get to work.
4. Understand Adversity
Adversity is when we face hardship, difficulty, misfortune, or an overall tough time during specific periods in life. Sometimes trouble can get us off track or distract us from achieving goals. Everyone faces adversity at some point in their lives.
Understanding how adversity will impact us, can help us foresee what we must do, how we should plan for it when it comes. By thinking forward about our potential adversities and understanding how we’ll react when they come, will keep us on track when the disruptions inevitably come.
Related: Link Between Self-Control and Success
5. Remove Distractions
Distractions can be anything from your cell phones, your neighbor’s lawnmower to social media notifications. Understanding how distractions affect you and can keep you from performing your job are essential.
However, more important than recognizing distractions is removing them. If necessary, put your phone in another room while you work. If you are working from home, you can set a kitchen clock for the amount of time you want to work without distraction.
The trick is to remove the distraction or temptation long before it happens. Removing distractions is a habit that puts you in control of uninterrupted time to work towards your goals.
6. Know Your Weaknesses
We all have weaknesses. Sometimes they are self-imposed, temptations, and other times they are triggers. However, when we are honest about our weaknesses and the things we struggle with, we understand how to keep ourselves out of certain situations and create habits of self-discipline.
Learning how to build self-discipline helps those confronted with situations that may work against their goals. They are honest with themselves and continuously work towards success.
Related: Best Books on Building Discipline
7. Use An Accountability Partner
Accountability is taking responsibility for your life and your goals. Having an accountability friend is about more than someone to cosign all your thoughts and actions. They don’t just pat you on the back when you reach goals. An accountability friend brings positivity into your life with positive reactions. Other benefits of an accountability friend are:
Give a different perspective on your goals.
An accountable friend can serve as an independent eyewitness of your goals and how being self-disciplined guides your decisions.
Helps you stay motivated.
An accountability friend is like having your cheerleader. They encourage you to keep going.
Helps you strategize and plan.
Accountability friends are uniquely suited to help you strategize and plan out your goals. They allow you to understand how your plan to get from point A to point B is attainable.
Serves as a reminder.
An accountable friend is more powerful than a vision board. They are vocal advocates for your goals and will remind you why you are on a particular path.
Other Benefits of Self-Discipline
Self-discipline gives you the strength to persevere, helps you stay motivated, and keeps you from giving in to negative thoughts and feelings. It is that ability you have to make yourself do what needs to be done, even when you don’t want to do them.
There are numerous other benefits of developing and using self-discipline. Benefits like the following:
- You are more likely to achieve long-term goals.
- It promotes academic success.
- It helps you maintain focus.
- It makes you mentally healthier.
- You feel more resilient.
- You feel happier.
- It helps you make better decisions.
Bonus Resource for Discipline
Alright, here’s one last resource to help you build your discipline. It’s a short video that gives a handful of extremely helpful tips that will undoubtedly help you on your journey to master self-discipline. Enjoy!
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Final Thoughts on Building Self-Discipline
As mentioned earlier, choosing to build self-discipline takes thoughtful and intentional work that is essential for success in nearly every phase of life and has several benefits, among them promoting academic success, making you mentally healthy, and helping you feel healthier.
Related: Inspiring Discipline Quotes
While developing self-discipline is about more than just cutting bad habits, it is an attainable trait. There are many ways to develop self-discipline, but these seven daily habits are probably the best place to start.
These habits are setting small goals daily, keeping your goals in your face where you can see them, learning how to prioritize goals, understanding adversity and ways to deal with it, knowing your weaknesses, and getting yourself an accountability partner. Once you make these daily habits a part of your life, you will have achieved the discipline to knock just about all of your goals out of the park.
Till you reach your aims,
PS – If you enjoyed this article on how to build self-discipline, then there’s a good chance you’ll love this article on the link between self-discipline and happiness.
WHAT ARE AFFIRMATIONS & WHY YOU SHOULD YOU USE THEM?
Have you ever asked yourself, “What is an affirmation, or what are affirmations?” Or, have you ever wondered why you should use them, and how? If so, then this article is for you, as it will thoroughly cover what is an affirmation, why you should use them, and how you can use affirmations to actually improve your life.
What is an Affirmation?
So, if you are new to affirmations, here is the first thing you need to know about them — daily affirmations are to the mind what body-building is to the body. In short, affirmations are simply a method to sculpt your mind to your liking.
Affirmations are self-suggestions, self-suggestions that help your subconscious mind believe a certain thing about yourself and your world.
The origination of the word affirmation tells you most of what you need to know about them. The word affirmation stems from the Latin word affirmare, which simply means “to make steady, strengthen.”
As such, when you practice an affirmation — which typically involves reciting a phrase to yourself repeatedly — you are in essence fortifying and strengthening the thoughts and beliefs that you want your mind to have. That said, let’s dig in a little bit deeper with this guide to affirmations:
A HELFPUL GUIDE TO AFFIRMATIONS
So, who should use affirmations and why? Well, anyone who is seeking to positively improve a specific aspect of their lives should use affirmations.
Affirmations are magnificent tools to help you affect change quickly. In a sense, when you use them, it is much like changing the software in a computer. A computer’s capabilities are limited by its software, but if you change or upgrade the software, it can do more than it could before.
This same concept applies to people as well, except we change our software by choosing to change what information we put in our brains. And affirmations is a form of data upload that rewrites old thought patterns that no longer server your best interests.
So, what are affirmations? They are programming, personal programming. And you get to choose the program.
Ground Rules on How to Use Affirmations
Now, affirmations may be simple, but there are also a few ground rules you should follow if you want to get the most out of the affirmations you use.
The first thing you’ll want to ensure, is that you believe in the affirmation you are reciting. In short, you have to have a certain amount of faith that what you are saying is true, and/or that it will become true.
It is critical that you believe what you affirm is possible, because once you do, it becomes plausible. However, if you don’t believe in the possibility of your affirmation, you cement in that negative thought, which will guarantee an ineffective affirmation.
The good news is, if you faith is weak, you can use an affirmation to strengthen your faith in affirmations. And once you do that, well, then you world affirmations is your oyster.
That said, if you’re still on the fence about affirmations and if you’re wondering if they even work, then you may want to first brush up on this very informative resource: “Do Affirmations Work?“
The next ground rule you want to ensure you implement with your affirmations is that they are in the present tense. One of the best ways to do this is through the use of the words “I am” before each affirmation.
Here are a few examples of present tense affirmations:
- I am persistent and consistent.
- I am smart with my money.
- I am disciplined.
- I focus my thoughts and energy on being positive.
By using the present tense with your affirmations, you’ll have an easier time convincing your subconscious mind that what you are saying is true. In other words, it will minimize cognitive dissonance.
Using positive affirmations is the best way to get the most out of your affirmations. When you affirm the positive, i.e. that you are something vs. not something, it is easier for your mind to accept. However, if you use affirmations in a negative tense, they will shift your mindset towards negativity and become less effective.
Now, if your affirmations look like the sample below, they are in a negative tense:
- I will stop worrying so much.
- I will not over eat anymore.
- I will no longer accept less than the best for my life.
- I am not an insecure person.
Thus, if you want to guarantee the most effective use of your affirmations, ensure you recite ones in the positive tense.
Last but not least, affirmations require consistent use. No, you don’t have to apply them forever, but they do require consistency in the beginning to help your mind change it’s thought patterns.
So, how often should you use affirmations? Well, as a best practice, you should recite affirmations at least a few times a day. In the morning when you wake up is ideal, just before or after lunch time is a good practice as well, and just before you head off to bed.
Here’s a bonus tip on the best time to use an affirmation: You ready for it? You can and should use an affirmation any time you notice your thoughts drifting towards something negative. For example:
- Feeling a sinking feeling in your gut due to doubt? Recite an affirmation.
- Feeling nervous about something at work or in your personal life? Recite an affirmation.
- Feeling worried about a loved one? Recite an affirmation.
- Feeling depressed due to a particular circumstance in your life? Recite an affirmation.
One final thing to keep in mind about affirmations, is that you should notice them working to a certain degree after applying them for at least a week consistently. However, you’ll find them to be most effective after consistently and diligently affirming them for at least a month.
Quick Summary of The Ground Rules
Alright, we’ve covered a lot about how you should go about using affirmations. To help it stick, here’s a quick summary of the ground rules to ensure you get the best results from your affirmations:
- Suspend Disbelief and Believe
- Ensure Affirmation is in a Present Tense
- Ensure Affirmation is in a Positive Tense
- Be Consistent With Your Use (3 Times a Day, One Week to a Month)
- Bonus Tip: Use Affirmation to Crowd Out Any Negative Thoughts
Affirmations can truly help just about anyone change their life. They have been used by Olympic champions, professional athletes, high performance coaches, and some of the most successful people the world over. Don’t believe us? Here a handful of notable people who swear by them:
- Tony Robbins (High Performance Coach)
- Denzel Washington (Award-Winning Actor)
- Napoleon Hill (Best-Selling Author of Think and Grow Rich)
- Conor McGregor (UFC Fighter)
- Will Smith (Award-Winning Actor)
- Kanye West (Award-Winning Rapper, Producer, Designer, Etc..)
- Bob Proctor (Best-Selling Author & Motivational Speaker)
- Jack Canfield (Best-Selling Author & Motivational Speaker)
- Muhammad Ali (Greatest Boxer of All-Time)
With that being said, we hope we’ve convinced you on the merits of affirmations. But most importantly, we hope we successfully answered your questions as to what affirmations are, and why you should use them.
If you’re looking for a few solid affirmations to get you started on using them, be sure to check one of these out:
- Affirmations for Success
- Affirmations for Discipline
- Affirmations for Confidence
- Affirmations for Entrepreneurs
- Affirmations for Money
Lastly, if you found this resource valuable, please consider sharing it with someone who could benefit from the knowledge. The more people who know about the power of affirmations and use them the better. Because better minds creates better people, and better people create a better world.
Till you reach your aims,
PS – If you enjoyed our answer to the question about what are affirmations, then you’ll likely enjoy this post on the very similar and powerful practice of mantras.
15 SIGNS YOU HAVE AN ABUNDANCE MINDSET
Do you have an abundance mindset? If you’re not sure, but want to find out whether you have one or not, and how to develop one if you don’t, then this post is for you.
With that being said, it’s a common belief that the richest people in the world hold the most power. However, we’d like to challenge that thought. We believe those who an abundance mindset have the most power.
Why you ask? Because there’s always the chance that a rich person could lose all of their money. And, if they have an abundance mindset, they’d very easily be able to earn all back. Which is why true wealth and power lie in a mindset, especially an abundance mindset – as this can never be lost.
Essentially, having an abundance mindset is about seeing possibilities and plenty vs. limits and shortcomings. It’s a mindset that demonstrates how you attract what you focus on, and can create something from nothing. So, let’s take a closer look at the abundance mindset and see if we can inspire enough to develop yours.
What Is an Abundance Mindset?
The abundance mentality was first introduced in the book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey in 1989. Covey, an American businessman, defined it very simply – a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others. People who have an abundance mindset think that the world’s resources are enough for everyone.
The author contrasted the concept of abundance with scarcity. If we compare the abundance mindset vs. scarcity mindset, the latter implies destructive and unnecessary competition. In other words, it means that when someone else wins, you lose. Such people tend to think that there is no chance of all parties winning in a given situation.
Ever since Covey introduced the theory, fostering an abundance mindset has become recognized as a key component of spiritual and personal development. We can say that an abundance of health is a trigger of prosperity in all possible ways.
But, what kind of prosperity can abundance living bring? People with this mindset have a more meaningful life. They are satisfied by their means of living and aren’t caged by limits. When we say limits, we mean the subconscious barriers that people create inside their minds. Even though they aren’t real, many of us consider these limits to be real obstacles keeping us from achieving our goals.
Besides the absence of limits, those who live an abundant life feel confident, secure, and less anxious. With an abundant mindset, you believe that life provides opportunities for everyone – so there is no need for you to stress out.
Such beliefs impact one’s mindset and behavior. The latter is the consequence of the former. When you believe that opportunities await you, you are utilizing them. Therefore, those with an abundance mentality take full advantage of the chances that lie on their path.
Here are 15 signs that you may be a person with an abundance mindset:
15 Signs Proving That You Have a Mindset of Abundance
1. No Playing Snatch and Grab
If you hear about the possibility of a product shortage, you don’t panic. Some people immediately run to the supermarket and grab dozens of that product off that shelf – but not you.
You are sure that there will be enough to meet your needs and the needs of others. You are even willing to share with those who may not have enough! In short, you have those thoughts of scarcity and panic under control.
2. You Are Grateful for What You Have
Abundance mindset books state that such a type of mindset is wired for the feeling of gratitude. Conversely, those with a scarcity mentality typically have “wishful thinking.” This means they believe that other people are luckier and, thus, more successful.
But since you have an abundant mindset, you realize that life does not bestow luck upon people – we manifest our own dreams into reality.
3. You Always Share
In addition to being grateful for what you have, you don’t mind sharing your blessings. This makes generosity one of the key features of an abundance mentality.
With an abundance mindset, you believe that giving leads to receiving: the more you give, the more you receive.
4. Other People’s Success Is a Reason for Your Genuine Happiness
When somebody has a victory, you don’t feel a spark of jealousy. Instead, you feel true happiness for them. Other people aren’t your opponent. You don’t compete against humanity – you only compete against yourself.
In fact, you know you have an abundance mindset when seeing other people succeed and get rich actually inspires you. You get inspired, but remember that your true goal is simply to be better than you were yesterday, and that you’re making progress on your dreams.
5. “I Am” Instead of “I Will”
Even though you have ambitions for the future, you don’t ignore the opportunities and happiness of the present. With an abundance mindset, you realize that you already have all the tools you need for a wealthy and powerful life.
6. You Go With the Flow
When something doesn’t go according to plan, you don’t freak out. Rather than living in fear of things going wrong, you go with the flow. Life can be a funny thing, full of unexpected twists and turns.
Rather than being anxious over the unknown, you embrace it. This is one of the main mindset goals of abundant people – to overcome fear.
7. You Believe That You Are Worthy of Good Things
Part of living a fear-free life includes believing that you are deserving of a good life. If you believe that you are unworthy, then you will always be fearful of the rug being ripped out from underneath you.
But with an abundance mindset, you anticipate good things happening. You are grateful, but not surprised when you are successful.
8. You Are Ambitious
Speaking of success, you don’t just lie around and wait for it to happen. You set goals; you know your objectives. You dare to dream big every day.
That’s one of the most effective abundance mindset exercises for those who want to abandon the scarcity mentality. You have to forget about barriers inside your mind and open it up for big dreams.
9. You Are Not Jealous
Another facet of the abundance mindset is that you don’t become embittered by other people’s accomplishments. You understand that your goals will be accomplished, just as your peers fulfilled their own dreams. If you feel that envy in your core, that’s a sign that you are still operating in a scarcity mindset, rather than one of abundance.
10. You Focus on Good Things Rather Than Bad
Similar to a lack of jealousy, an abundance mentality excludes pessimism. Such people don’t focus on possible negative consequences or anything else that has a pessimistic tone. Instead, they have a positive attitude and a healthy perspective on life.
Here’s an example of a positive perspective: let’s say a person has an abundance mindset for dating. They have a date tonight, but – oh no! It has started to rain! Rather than being upset by the rain, a person with an abundance mindset will be excited. Perhaps the rain will deepen the romantic atmosphere. Maybe they can even dance in the rain. By focusing on a positive outcome, it will become a reality
11. You Enjoy the Luxury of Time
Some people are rich but have no time to enjoy their successes. They die rich, without ever having truly lived. We believe that you are wealthy if you can enjoy the luxury of time.
Savor every second of your time on Earth – this mindset is the key to a meaningful life.
12. You Freely Navigate Through Your Life
Part of enjoying life includes being open to trying new things and saying yes to opportunities. You know that life will provide for your needs, which is why you are open to making radical changes, exploring new facets, and creating unforgettable memories. You embrace the moment without growing anxious over negative consequences.
13. You Have Peace of Mind
This goes hand-in-hand with the previous point; you understand that life will always provide you with what you need, no matter which path you take. You are at peace knowing that everything will be okay.
This will lead not only to a happier life but also to better mental and physical health. Anxiety can manifest itself in physical ailments, so it is best to cut out anxiety at its core: fear.
14. You Are in The Driver’s Seat
While you understand that life will provide for your needs, you also take full responsibility for your own actions. If you come across hardships, you understand that it isn’t due to fate.
In fact, you don’t really give much of a thought to fate at all! That’s because you are in the driver’s seat, in full control of your life and success. On the other hand, people who have a scarcity mindset will blame others, their environment, and even luck for any hardships.
15. You Acknowledge the Power of Your Thoughts
You know that your thoughts are very powerful. You believe that they shape your present and future life; therefore, you don’t give negative thoughts a chance to survive. You take responsibility for your mind and thoughts and use them wisely to create a bright future.
For example, when you acknowledge the power of your thoughts, you’ll avoid worrying about daily annoyances, petty worries, or even more serious issues, like legal problems, cause you might just create a self-fulfilling prophecy.
How to Develop an Abundance Mindset
If these 15 points didn’t seem familiar to you, there’s no need to worry. It’s more than possible to develop an abundance mindset. Humans have the ability to shape their minds and thoughts. Therefore, it’s just a matter of time and effort.
As such, the secret to developing an abundance mentality lies in a mindset shift. And a mindset shift is possible for the person who is willing to actively work towards creating new healthy habits. With that said, here are just a few ways that you can begin building an abundance mindset for yourself today:
- Avoid Negative Thoughts – To fill your mind with positive, wealthy thoughts, you have to free up space for them. Therefore, it’s time to stop any pessimistic thinking and start taking responsibility for your life.
- Carry Out Regular Mindset Training – Work on eliminating the barriers you’ve set up in your mind. Dare to dream big. Dare to imagine the unimaginable. Develop a belief that you deserve the best, and life will give it to you, as well as to others.
- Try Abundance Meditation – Changing your mindset is hard, but meditation is an effective tool. This helps you connect to your inner self and unleash your inherent power.
- Use Affirmations – Affirmations can help you rewire your mind, and minimize self-defeating thoughts. Give them a try, and you’ll be amazed at the changes they’ll bring to your outlook.
Although it may take a bit of time to develop an abundance mindset, it’s worth it. Prosperity, positivity, and wealth are only some of its benefits.
So, give these practical mindset tips a spin, have faith in them, and then sit back and watch how things begin to dramatically improve for you.
PS – If you enjoyed this abundance mentality article, then you’ll love this resource that provides a handful of powerful ways to change your mindset, and you may even enjoy this collection of abundance affirmations to kickstart the process.
HOW JOURNALING CAN BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE & QUALITY OF LIFE
When you were a teenager, you may have kept a diary or journal hidden under your mattress. Many teenagers religiously manage sticker-covered notebooks with locks and keys in hopes their siblings, friends, or (God forbid) parents would never find them. Either way, you or some one you know has likely had some kind of a history with keeping a journal, either on paper or on your computer.
For many people, journaling on a piece of paper is the perfect place to face our fears and issues without the risk of punishment or embarrassment. Getting all those thoughts down to paper and out of your head can feel incredibly cathartic and liberating.
Unfortunately, most of us stop keeping a journal as we transition into adulthood. But we shouldn’t stop. We shouldn’t stop because regardless of age, there are immense benefits to journaling, especially when it comes to building our confidence. So, if you’ve stopped journaling, but you want or need a good nudge to starting journaling again, then let’s dive into these handful of benefits of journaling for confidence.
THE BENEFITS OF JOURNALING FOR CONFIDENCE
Note: We are not professional healthcare providers: So, if you struggle with mental health like depression, stress or anxiety disorders, keeping a journal is a useful idea, but it doesn’t substitute for professional medical care. So, if your mental health is severe, please seek the assistance of professional healthcare provider.
1. Positive Mental Health Impact
Let’s start with the most powerful, but the least obvious of the many benefits of journaling for confidence: it drastically improves your quality of life. Journaling lets you regain control over your emotions, which in turns give you much more stable mental health. Here are just some of the ways journaling helps keep depression or other mental health issues at bay:
- it lets you track your symptoms on a daily basis
- it improves mood
- it allows you to recognize patterns and triggers for your mental health issues
- promotes positive self-talk
- tackles negative thoughts and patterns through a more objective perspective
- drastically reduces stress levels
The highest impact on stress levels is boosted by the fact that journaling allows you to identify problems and patterns that repeat on a daily basis. You can use this knowledge to avoid or tackle these issues to reduce your stress levels. Journaling is, according to psychologists, one of the healthiest coping mechanisms for people suffering from high stress levels.
It’s also a great routine to introduce before your bed time. If you have issues with falling asleep due to intrusive thoughts that pop up in your head, journaling can significantly help you get some of those thoughts out of your head. You wouldn’t believe how easier and smaller a problem seems once you put it down to paper.
2. Benefits for Physical Health
It sounds crazy, but journaling can also improve your physical functions and make you healthier. According to a study that carried out a four-month period of expressive writing (journaling) showed that short periods of journaling several times per day lower blood pressure and can even improve liver functions.
Other studies have shown that journaling boosts the immune system, and can even help heal wounds faster. Plus, when you look better, and feel better about your health, you’ll exude a more positive aura, which will help you look and feel more confident (to yourself and others.)
3. Better Memory and Focus
Another one of the benefits of journaling is its impact on your memory and focus. When you write on a daily basis, it’s like a mental exercise for your focusing capacities. Journaling every day will keep you sharp and bright. You will be able to remember small events from your life much more easily.
Ultimately, you will learn how to remember the important things by separating them from the irrelevant.
It can also help you unlock the highest levels of creativity. Many first-time journalers are amazed at the expressive power they manage to exhibit when they find themselves in front of a blank piece of paper for the first time.
Related: Ways To Start Believing In Yourself
4. Journaling For Confidence
The majority of people suffer from low self-confidence. It’s a condition that has a seriously debilitating effect on everyday life. However, there’s a paradox here: no one can improve their quality of life if they do not believe they are capable of doing it.
This applies to all aspects of life. That is why writing a journal will allow you to increase your confidence. So, when you begin to increase your self-esteem, you will feel different in various areas of your life. You will probably feel that you have all the skills necessary to improve your quality of life.
On the other hand, if you do not respect yourself, then there is no reason to improve your quality of life. Here’s my tip. Go ahead, grab one of those cheap composition books, find a place where you’re at peace, and start.
Write where do you want to be and what are your goals. The next day, turn your journal to a new page and write how you feel in that exact moment. Spend the next few days thinking, feeling, and writing about the future and the present moment. Whenever you catch time, turn to a fresh page and continue writing. Over the next days, continue searching for your inner self-confidence, for the strength to do, believe, and speak. It doesn’t matter if it’s about small things or big things.
5. More Gratitude
What is important here is to include everything that had a positive impact on you. It is also a good time to remember those people who made you feel good. Write down a compliment that you get, or what positive action they had with you. You can also add things you have learned and enjoyed.
By writing down each of these experiences, you will be able to remember them and therefore enjoy them again in a certain sense. Without a doubt, these positive thoughts will improve your self-esteem. However, you can also write messages for yourself by writing about your best qualities. Each of the qualities you name will be strengthened as well because you will be recognizing them.
So, one of last benefits of journaling is that is also increases mindfulness and self-awareness. The act of writing things down allows you to be more aware of your life and behavior. Increasing the self-awareness of your emotions leads to more self-confidence.
Why? Because now you have a choice. You get to be in control of your actions instead of going through the motions without thinking about it. The result of all of this is a stronger self-confidence.
Journaling is good for you on several levels – the physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual. It allows you to tap into the best version of yourself and start building upwards from there.
When you keep a journal, you get to know yourself all over again, which will ultimately improve your confidence. These days, many of us form our opinions about ourselves depending on what the media tells us or how closet to us treat us.
However, it goes much deeper than that. In order to find deep and lasting self-love, you have to know yourself well. And there is no better way to do that than by keeping a journal. If you manage to keep one for several years, you will even be able to witness the progression of your character and all the events in your life from a bird’s eye view.
So, if you’re not currently journaling for confidence, go out and get yourself a journal and get started today. Your more confident future self will thank you for it.
Till you reach your aims,
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10 AFFIRMATIONS FOR ANXIETY THAT ACTUALLY WORK
Affirmations are statements you say to yourself to help shift your mindset towards a specific feeling, subject, or area of interest. If used correctly, they can be powerful tools that will not only brighten your outlook on your circumstances, but they’ll also help you improve your mindset, and as a result improve your life. That said, your likely here for affirmations for anxiety.
Affirmations for anxiety are especially needed in this hi-tech and fast paced day and age. And they can be especially helpful to you and many others in this moment in time. You could be experiencing anxiety due to the economy, job loss, a stressful job, a shrinking portfolio, or relationship and marital issues. Hopefully not all at the same time. Of course if that’s the case, then these affirmations for anxiety will be especially helpful to you.
Related: What Are Affirmations?
So, if you’re looking for some anxiety affirmations that really work, and your in the same boat as countless others looking to ease their mind and calm their nerves, then you’ll love these particular affirmations. If you’re ready to dive into these anxiety-busting affirmations, let’s dive in:
BEST AFFIRMATIONS FOR ANXIETY
Affirmation 1: This Too Shall Pass
This short affirmation may seem simple, but it is extremely powerful. It works, because more often than not, our anxieties are related to FEAR, i.e. false evidence appearing as real. As such, this affirmation quickly and effectively disarms those fears, as it helps you realize that whatever it is you are experiencing, it isn’t forever.
Affirmation 2: I Can Handle This
Anxiousness stems from panic, and panic can stem from you feeling like you won’t be able to handle whatever issue it is that is causing your worry. The concern could have some basis in fact and reality, but, more often than not, your assessment that is creating your unease is overblown.
So, use this anxiety affirmation to give you some room to think about your issue from another angle. Allow it to give you the confidence to believe their is a solution. You may just be surprised with your results.
Affirmation 3: I Release and Let Go Of All Negativity From My Life
A little bit of anxiety can be helpful, especially if it’s the anxiety we feel before a big game, event, or competition. In fact, in small doses, it can help you perform better. However, if you’re feeling anxious for long periods of time, it could be due to pent up negativity and anxiety.
This affirmation is perfect relieving some of the anxious tension you may be feeling due to negativity. So, give this affirmation for anxiety and spin, and see what happens.
Affirmation 4: I Forgive Myself As Well As Others
This isn’t your typical affirmation for anxiety but it is effective nonetheless. Sometimes, our anxieties are caused by our own stubbornness and high expectations.
That said, this affirmation gives you permission to let bygones be bygones with yourself and with others. It allows you to forgive and let be, and believe it or not, this seemingly small act can calm even the most uneasy mind.
Affirmation 5: I Breathe In The Good and Breathe Out The Bad
There are a variety of breathing techniques out there to help you calm your mind and reduce stress, and this anxiety affirmation is perfect to use in combination with them.
So, whether you decide to use those breathing techniques or not, you can rest assured that this affirmation alone, when combined with a relaxed and slow inhaling and exhaling tempo will work wonders for you.
Affirmation 6: I am Calm and In Control
Our mind can get the best of us at times. Especially when we give our doubting voice too much authority and attention. If that’s the case for you, then use this affirmation.
By affirming that you are calm and in control you let that chatterbox of a mind know who is boss.
Affirmation 7: Peace, Be Still
This affirmation is extremely powerful. First coined by one of the wisest, and arguably one of the most divine people of all-time, this affirmation is worth your time if you’re serious about taming your anxiety.
Give it a whirl and let it calm the storm that has been thrashing around in your mind.
Affirmation 8: I Have Faith In My Future
This next affirmation for anxiety is great because it can help you visually pierce through any mental clouds that you might be experiencing in your mind. There’s something about making a claim about your positive future, and seeing it before hand in your mind that is calming.
Affirmation 9: I Surrender to Peace and Tranquility
The tighter we hold on to our expectations, past hurts, and unsubstantiated fears, the worse our anxieties can feel. Holding on too tightly keeps pressure on.
However, sometimes, the best way to find immediate relief, is to just surrender. That’s right, just give up the thought, at least temporarily, that you need to bare those self-imposed burdens you’ve placed on yourself. Surrender to peace with this affirmation, and let all your pressures and worries fade into the past.
Affirmation 10: Serenity is Mine
You deserve a peaceful and serene life. And the more often you use this affirmation, the more you’ll convince yourself that a life of peace and tranquility can be yours.
You deserve a life of serenity. Take it, it’s yours.
We hope enjoyed our collection of affirmations for anxiety. It’s a short list, but your commitment to using them will bare fruit.
That said, if you’re looking for some other affirmation-related resources to help you improve your life, then you may just enjoy one of these:
- Affirmations For Confidence
- Affirmations For Discipline
- Affirmations For Money
- Do Affirmations Really Work?
Till your reach your aims,
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