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How to Prime Your Mind for Greatness | Time

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Books are a great way to inspire your mind and turn ideas into strategies and realities.

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How to Prime Your Mind for Greatness | Time

How to Prime Your Mind for Greatness | Time

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Find inspiring people

You can draw a lot from great minds. Inspire yourself from the work of inspiring people. Learn to stand on the shoulders of giants.

Great quotes

Quotes are a fantastic way to trade mediocre thoughts with more empowering mantras.

Find quotes related to life, motivation, inspiration, happiness and more.

Amazing stories

Satiate your mind with success stories of ordinary people.

Watch Stan Lee’s Superhumans to really stretch your imagination, for example.

Vision board

What do you want to spend more time doing? Who do you want to spend more time with? What new things do you want to learn?

Use prompts like these to imagine what your future could look like. Find suitable pictures and create a collage of your ideal life.

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Procrastination

Procrastination is not just avoiding or delaying a task.

It also has to include an aspect that’s counterproductive, irrational or unnecessary.

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If timing is the issue

Many people are inherently more productive at certain times of the day. 

Work around these natural productivity ebbs and flows when you schedule your days. 

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Reframe or divert

The first step in approaching a negative situation with an optimistic outlook is to accept what you can’t change.

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Savor the good

Noticing and savoring the pleasant moments and thinking, "Wow, this is really great "can strengthen positive emotions.

In general, we tend to dwell on the negative side and not notice the positive things we experience.

Set reminders

Write yourself a message on a sticky note and attach it to your computer screen at work (an inspirational quote, a reminder to smile, etc).

Small reminders like these help keep positivity front and center in your life.

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