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

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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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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