It’s the start of a new year and you are determined to make it your best year yet for your career and education, however that cannot happen unless your mindset is right.
Life doesn’t just happen to you unless you let it, and your life will continually feel out of your control because you have chosen to relinquish control. According to the author of “Think and Grow Rich” Napoleon Hill, “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.”
Here are 6 key mindsets based on quotes from Ryan Holiday that could lead you to success in 2019:
1. Self-Discovery is a Process
Life and living is a journey, therefore understand the process and be patient with it. Don’t be impatient and rush through the different stages of your life. In the end, you will have missed a lot of what you shouldn’t miss and have too many regrets. Be open to explore the unknown and be strong enough to deal with, embrace and learn from surprises and bumps along the way.
2. You are Responsible for Your Life
You need to learn to take responsibility for your life. You truly begin to live when you decide your life is your own and you alone are responsible for the quality of it, with no apologies, no excuses and no one is to blame.
3. Not Everything Goes as Planned
Unfortunately, even though most people know this they often times forget. You need to understand that life isn’t perfect and things will not always turn out like you planned or imagined. This is why you need to learn to create safety nets and have back-up plans or measures in place to deal with these setbacks. Don’t let things take you unaware.
4. There is a Way Through, Under or Above Every Obstacle
Thomas Edison tried 1000 ways to create a light bulb. This man was resilient in a way that was almost ridiculous and at the 1001st try, he got it. Be like that. Practice persistence and resilience, understand that there is always a way out and don’t give up until you find it. What matters is not the obstacle but how you see it, react to it and if you keep your composure through it.
5. Done is Better than Perfect
It is important you understand that continuous improvement is better than perfection. Perfectionism is unhealthy primarily because it’s an unhealthy combination of high standards and brutal self-criticism. Truth is, the real world doesn’t reward perfectionists; the real world rewards people who get things done.
6. You Can Do It
Believe in yourself. Believe that you have what it takes to succeed, if you don’t, aside from a miracle, there is little that can help you succeed. Even if by some amazing stroke of luck you do succeed, it won’t last because you don’t have what it takes to maintain it. Learn to believe in yourself.