I have helpful exercises to share with you today about getting your head in the right mindset, which is a crucial component for success. These simple, yet effective techniques will afford you the ability to live the life you want with a ‘Success Mindset,’ as I like to call it.
I’ve learned these techniques from some insightful teachers, mentors and coaches – and from a lot of my own trial and error. What I’m about to show you works.
So today, we’re going to walk through these powerful exercises. I’m telling you, you’ll be amazed how effective this really is.
See, one thing that tends to slow down our success or get us off track is what I call our “busy-ness.” That’s everything that encompasses our lives… stuff that takes up our time like:
- Work/Business – whether you have a J.O.B. or you’re running your own business
- Family – of course, you want to spend time with and have experiences with your family
- Bills – these can pile up, which means you might have to spend more time working to pay these
- Recreation – your leisure time
- Everything else – and there’s probably lots of it (everything else, that is)
I’m sure you’ve felt this – we just get trapped in the busy-ness with too much to do.
But, after these exercises, you’ll be able to break free of the busy-ness and get to a point where you can enjoy your life much more.
The best part is that you’ll notice a difference quickly. You’ll be able to regain your time, be more productive and spend more time doing what you really want to do.
So, let’s not waste any more of your precious time… let’s get to it.
To begin, you’ll need to grab a paper and pen.
Now, to start us off with this first exercise – you need to move everything that’s in your head OUT of your head. This is the to key making this whole thing work. It is critical.
And, doing it is actually very simple.
But here’s what I really like about this technique – you don’t have to do it all in one sitting. (Who has time for that anyway, right?!)
Just take 10-15 minutes this morning and clear your head. Then this evening as your day is winding down, spend another 10-15 minutes emptying all the thoughts from your mind.
You’ve got to clear out that noggin of yours… a complete brain dump.
Here’s where the paper and pen come in…
Write down every single ‘to do’ that you can think of – even if it’s not related to your business. We’re looking for everything on your ‘to do’ list like projects and tasks.
Don’t worry about prioritizing it. Just write down one ‘to do’ after another – big or small. You’ll probably have a lengthy list of tasks like:
- Create a new direct mail campaign
- Follow up with 5 sellers
- Mow the lawn
- Schedule a doctor’s appointment
- And so on…
After you’ve done this first exercise you’ll surely see why I call this list the Brain Dump!
I’ll explain what we do with your list later, but for now, make sure you create this first list – today.
What You Want
Next, you must decide what you want.
So in this exercise, you’re going to list every single thing that you want in your life that you currently don’t have.
And I don’t mean only tangible things…
Maybe you want a new watch or a new car. Perhaps you want to move to another state. Do you want a better relationship with your spouse? Maybe you want to be more fit and healthier. What about wanting to spend more time with your family? How about wanting to take a week off every 2 months?
Whatever you want – write it all down.
Again, hang on to this list for later.
Eliminate Your Fears
Okay, we’ve arrived at the third exercise…
Did you know that fears are holding you back from achieving success and reaching your goals? You’d be surprised at some of the fears you’re harboring – and you probably didn’t even realize you were harboring – but they are there in your mind.
Look, we all have fears. And you simply have to face them. To do that, you just have to come to the realization that fears are normal. Hear me out…
To face your fears, we simply acknowledge that they are normal and we learn to cope with them – and then something magical happens. Those fears turn into something that’s not a big deal any more. When you admit that fear is normal and you deal with your fears, you take away the power from those fears so you can move on.
See, studies have shown that fears actually inhibit action. The more fearful you are, or the more power you give your fears and let them control you, the more they’ll hold you back and prevent you from taking action.
By releasing these fears, you can be more productive, your thoughts can flow better, you’ll be more creative and see progress.
Well, write down everything in your life that you worry about. Fears (and even phobias) like these:
- I’m worried I’ll lose my job.
- I’m not going to have enough money to pay my bills this month.
- I’m afraid of getting in a car accident.
- I’m concerned I’m not working out enough.
- I’m scared to fly in an airplane.
To help eliminate those fears, you have to think about the worst-case scenario…
So, next to the fear you wrote down, write the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen if that fear actually becomes a reality.
Let’s do this using my first example fear from above:
“I’m worried I’ll lose my job.” – I’ll run out of money; I could possibly lose my house.
Sure, that’s a valid concern and fear…
But if you think about it – that’s probably not going to happen. But if you do lose your job, you’ll likely be able to get another job. And if not, you’ll rely on friends and family for help.
Do this for every fear you wrote down – write and consider the worst-case scenario.
And that’s actually it for this exercise. There’s no magic here. And, there’s nothing to prevent your fears…
What this does is help you deal with your fears – you face the potential reality of your fears and the worst that could happen from them – and you’ll actually realize, it’s just not that bad. And in that moment of coping and realization – you’ll release the fear and remove its power so you can grow.
“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Okay, so now you have 3 lists: Brain Dump, What I Want, Fears.
Well, in my next post, I’m going to show you exactly what to do with these lists you’ve just created. You’ll see how all of this will come together – it has to do with planning, time management and prioritization.
Best of all, you’ll see how you’ll be able to implement actionable steps – right away – to begin organizing and enhancing your life and business, which leads to improvement, growth and success.
See you then.
What are you fearful of? Did you face that fear? Share with us in the comments section below.