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3 Mental Shifts Highly Successful People Make Right Before Their Careers Take Off

Prioritize "clarity over cleverness"

Nail down your life's "tagline," so you can prioritize around your ultimate goal in life, and so that other people know exactly who you are, what you do, and how they can utilize you.

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3 Mental Shifts Highly Successful People Make Right Before Their Careers Take Off

3 Mental Shifts Highly Successful People Make Right Before Their Careers Take Off

https://www.forbes.com/sites/briannawiest/2018/10/11/3-mental-shifts-highly-successful-people-make-right-before-their-careers-take-off/

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Assume radical responsibility

 ... for the outcomes of your life. This means that you accept whatever problem you have in your life as your own job to fix.

It does not matter if it was your fault. It does not matter if it is or isn't fair. It doesn't matter what put you into this situation. Reaching for reasons why you aren't responsible for the problem is how you justify not taking action.

Prioritize "clarity over cleverness"

Nail down your life's "tagline," so you can prioritize around your ultimate goal in life, and so that other people know exactly who you are, what you do, and how they can utilize you.

Give yourself permission to be successful

Most people do not believe they have to work on unconscious resistance to success, because they don't realize it exists.

But almost everyone has ways in which they are afraid to earn more money or elevate their status in life. A lot of this has to do with fears about worth, safety and being accepted.

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Don’t try to fix the difficult person

Accept them exactly as they are. 

Accept that they are unable to change, at least at this point in time. Unless you see real change — proof that this person is making an effort&nb...

Be present and direct

Try to avoid getting into a fight-or-flight response, which inevitably leads to becoming defensive

  • Be direct and assertive when you express yourself. 
  • Stay focused on how you respond. 
  • Know when the discussion or argument has accelerated to the point of no return. If it gets to this point, stop the interaction, and leave the conversation.
Encourage difficult people to express themselves

Let them fully state their point of view about the issue/conflict/problem without interruption. What do they feel people misunderstand about them? What do they want or expect from others? 

The idea is to remain as neutral as possible. Just listening may be enough to allow someone to feel like they have the opportunity to say what’s on their mind. 

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Read 1 book per week

Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning.

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Do something that terrifies you

But you don’t have to constantly be battling your fears. You only need to be courageous for 20 seconds at a time.

If you courageously confront fear for 20 seconds every single day, before you know it, you’ll be in a different socio-economic and social situation.

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