WILL Moore

One Easy Success Habit To Jump Start a Positive Mindset

 

Let Your Mindset Soar with One Positive Word

Use this Contagious Success Habit to Boost Your Mood

   

You know that feeling you get when you have a super important interview or really want to crush a test? Yeah, that’s stress baby. 

 

Fun fact: the word stress didn’t even exist until 1949 when Hans Selye invented the term. People didn’t really understand this widespread affectation at that time, but Selye was about to show the world just what stress was, and how developing success habits can help. 

 

Stress is just a little six-letter word, yet it holds a massive punch. By allowing yourself to build on the foundations of your stress, you’re adding more and more to the fire of negative momentum. But your brain is capable of taking that negativity and transforming it into positive momentum. It all comes down to focusing on your mindset core and success habits

 

And guess what: that starts with you. It’s all part of being a growth owner and taking charge of your happiness instead of succumbing to being a fixed victim and letting the world have it’s way with you.  Let’s start with a success habit to jump start a positive mindset.

 

The Success Habit to Change It All

 

A buddy of mine had a great little success habit for keeping his positive mindset. He had frustrating days just like anyone else, but if anyone asked him how he was, he wouldn’t mention his frustrations.

Nope, instead he said “I feel AWESOME,” as fervently as possible. After doing this for a bit, it actually began to make him feel better! He proactively reduced negativity by ingraining a success habit into his daily routine.

 

Changing Your Fixed-Victim Mindset

 

I know what you’re thinking: “But Will, just because he SAID he was awesome doesn’t mean his day was any better.” Maybe not at first, but don’t underestimate the power of a positive mindset! And even if his day didn’t change, just not letting it bother him actually did change how he perceived it. 

 

Life isn’t always fairthat means that things aren’t always going to go your way. But it’s all about rolling with the punches! Rather than getting down on yourself after a bad day, welcome it as a normal occurrence that will help you learn how to be the best that you can be. 

 

Take a lesson from my pal and start by creating success habits that will help you on your off days to still be the person you’re striving to be. Even if you aren’t having a good day, doing something small that brings you joy will build up your positive momentum. 

 

So, How Do You Begin to Be a Positive Growth-Owner?

 

The world has changed quite a bit since 2019. It can be overwhelming and frustrating to think about. But, instead of getting out of bed thinking “today’s gonna suck,” think “I’m gonna crush this day!” Just like my friend’s mantra of awesomeness, this is a success habit that can boost your momentum up, up, up!

 

This is a mindset I’ve tried to follow my whole life. Back in the day, this was called having some  “moxie.” The Cambridge Dictionary defines “moxie” as a steadfast sense of confidence and determination. 

 

5 Success Habits to Boost Your Mindset

 

The first step to having a bit of moxie in your life is believing you can do it and never giving up. 

 

To put a little moxie in your day, you’ve got to start building up success habits instead of failure habits. Still struggling? Here’s my top 5 success habits to keep on keeping on:

  • Stay positive. The first way you can bolster your happiness is to increase positive momentum in your life whenever you can. Wake up trying to see the world as a glass half full instead of half empty!
  • Don’t panic. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by bad days, but remember that after the rain comes the rainbow.
  • Be active. You can’t just sit around waiting for your life to get better. This success habit encourages you to go out there and get what you want.
  • Keep moving forward. Sure, you may have a lot of failure habits built up from the past, but this is all about the future. Keep pushing towards your success!
  • Fake it till you make it. I’m sure you’ve heard this saying before, but it’s actually true! If you’re having a bad day just smile on through it and things might just get a little bit brighter.

Extra Tip For The Week:

 

If you want to keep building up your success habits, start now! Throughout your day today search for different ways you can turn your frown upside down. As always, gamifying your habits is a great change agent! Make it a game to see how often you can spin negativity to positivity. Soon it will just be a habit that you don’t even have to think about.

 

Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (your five cores)? Take this two-minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.

Can You Rebuild Your Career to Create Your Dream Life Now?
passion and growth owner mindset

 

Should you Wait Until Retirement to 

Build Your Dream Life?

Hint: The Answer is Definitely Not

   

It’s a hard-knock life for us! Most people live really difficult lives, consisting of 8-hour workdays, doing the same routine over and over until the time comes to retire. Sadly, vacations are rare and mostly guilt-ridden, because why would you relax on a beach when you could be working on that pile of paperwork sitting on your desk? It’s grim. Like, thunderstorms-at-the-beach grim. 

 

It’s generally acknowledged that our work will ultimately lead to our happiness, but that happiness only comes after our careers are over. You have to sacrifice time with your family and pour your heart and soul into heartless paperwork until it’s time for retirement. Incorrectly, you’ve been told that the only time you’ll relax is when you’re well into your 60’s. 

 

Does that sound great to you? I gotta tell you, that doesn’t sound very good to me; Will needs his play time, which is why I’ve devoted so much effort into mastering gamification. Fortunately, this isn’t the way things have to be; you can rebuild your life to become everything you’ve always wanted.

 

But I Just Want to Get to My Retirement and Relax

 

Sure. And you’ll enjoy the quiet for about four days. But most people in retirement don’t actually want to become members at country clubs and rock in their chairs when their careers end. For example, singers retire, only to come “out of retirement” to release one more chart-topping single. People who have done 8-hour workdays their whole lives retire, only to start their own business of their dreams. Why is that?

 

I’ll tell you: your natural creativity is just itching to be set free. Beneath your 9-5 workday is a soul scratching at the surface, aching to create. You never really let go of achieving your dreams; hope is a powerful thing, and it’s sparked when you let go of the work that restrains you and you have a chance to rebuild your life. You have a passion to create, inspire, succeed and reach your goals on your own terms, if you have a growth mindset

 

But here’s the thing: You don’t have to wait until boredom drives you to start releasing your inner passion. Luckily, you can start rebuilding your life now and combine your passion with your career so you can succeed on your own terms.

 

Growth-Owner vs. Fixed-Victim Mindset

 

If you’ve read some of my other blogs, you may have heard me talk about people who have a growth-owner mindset vs a fixed-victim mindset. Following that, the growth-owner mindset group feels their passion and let it free. They undoubtedly live their lives following their own dreams instead of fulfilling others’ dreams.

 

However, not all growth owners jump right in; some slowly inch out of their comfort zone, but the point is they are taking the first steps, even if they’re just baby steps.

 

Their risk tolerance is high because they know they would rather jump and fall than never jump at all. And then they discover that combining your career and your passions is, in fact, possible; because the sky is truly the limit when rebuilding your life

 

“What if I fall?”

“Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” 

– E.H.

 

Take Shawn and Ian Murphy, for example. They left behind their office jobs to rebuild their lives and follow their dreams, starting by selling ties on the beach. Yes, they sold ties on the beach. They actually carried them in their backpacks and sold all 800 of them. Now they have several locations for their company Vineyard Vines. Talk about growth owners.

 

 How Do I Start Rebuilding My Life?

 

If you truly are passionate about something, it won’t feel like work. So, how do you create habits to become a growth owner

 

  • Cultivate your ideas and passion. Determine what it is that you really want to do. First, start a passion, skill, or problem sheet: What are you passionate about? What are your skills? What problems can they solve? And how can you turn all that into a career? Write it down and get creative!
  • Start small. Don’t quit your job just yet if you don’t feel ready; you can always start your passion as a side job or a hobby. It all starts with just a step. Rebuilding your life cannot be done all at once; it takes time, and as long as you incorporate your strengths and passions and develop a plan, you’ll get exactly where you need to be. Promise.
  • Be smart about it. Next, when you do feel ready to quit your job, make sure you have a well-developed plan to keep yourself afloat. It’s important to keep a balanced life; if you can’t keep the water running, you’re not keeping up with your five cores. If you do have a plan, and you’ve combined your strengths and skills with a solid problem to solve, then you can begin to rebuild and create a life of passion and contentment for yourself!

The opposite of being happy isn’t being sad; it’s being bored. There really is no light at the end of the tunnel labeled “retirement.” But your passion and skills can be combined to rebuild your life now; so don’t wait to start living. Gain momentum and movement through your well-developed goals and plans.  As Ben Franklin most eloquently said, among other wise things, “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

 

This Week’s Action Tip:

 

Are your time and effort going to your own dreams or are you sacrificing all your passion to make someone else’s dream come true? If it’s the latter, I guarantee that if you find your passion and your skills, and get started on combining them to create a reality, the rest will come easily. Just remember to always take it one step at a time.  Know that by taking the first step, you’re one step closer to achieving a rebuilt life full of passion and happiness. 

 

This week, I challenge you to take that first step. Beginning with reaching back deep into your mind, soul, and heart to find that one thing that drives you.  Then ask yourself how can you turn that passion into something tangible, something that could become a career for life! Next, write down your passions, skills, and ideas! Make all the combinations! As all growth owners know, the sky’s the limit. You can do anything you set your mind to.

 

Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (your five cores)? Take this two-minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.

Do You Share this One Habit with ALL GREAT Success Stories?
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Do you Share this One Habit with
ALL Great Success Stories? 

How Would You Define the Ultimate Adrenaline Rush?

   

For an NBA star, it’s making a 3-point shot in the NBA Finals; For a baseball player, it’s a grand slam at the World Series; For a lawyer, it’s winning a big high publicity case; And for a doctor, it’s figuring out a way to cure their patient  against all odds. 

There’s an undercover theme hidden in all of the above examples. You might not think of it this way, but each of these superstars set a goal and subsequently crushed it.  We think of that basketball player as just being really great at shooting hoops or the lawyer as being amazingly persuasive. But so much more goes into it than raw talent or luck. 

The Real Secret Behind Jaw-Dropping Success

A basketball player spends his life working out, running, and practicing. He trains, trains, and then trains some more. That baseball player that just hit a grand slam? He lives, breathes and dreams the game. A doctor goes to college, then med school, followed by a grueling internship before becoming a resident. 

The end result we see as an outsider is their victory. That feel-good moment when they achieve greatness. The moment their team huddles at the World Series in explosive excitement or rushes the court after the NBA Finals. We see the tears of joy, the hugs, and the glory. 

We sit back and we think “Man! That guy has all the luck! What I wouldn’t give to be in his shoes!” But the real underlying story is that it’s not luck. These heroes all have growth owner mindsets and use goals to leverage their success. 

How Do you Set Goals and Achieve Them Like a Pro Who’s Destined to Succeed?

Making sure goals are attainable is important for your mindset and your persistence at reaching your goal.

One method is called setting SMART goals. SMART stands for:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant 

Time-Based

In order to set and achieve goals using the SMART format, ask yourself are they: 

Specific  – This is the who, what, when, where and why of the goal. It’s the nitty gritty. Getting specific sets the foundation for ensuring the goals you set are attainable and measurable. Let’s say you’ve set a physical health goal of getting in shape.  What exactly does that mean to you? Is it when you’re thin? When you’re sporting a 6-pack? When are you in shape? This is one of those goals that, if not specific, could go on for an eternity while you lose just one more pound or firm up one more muscle. 

Measurable – Getting specific with your goal ensures that it’s measurable. Being measurable means having specific metrics in place to track your success. You’ll want milestones that help you see that you’re heading in the right direction. Getting in shape isn’t measurable. Losing 25 lbs or having a 7% body fat index is – but here’s the caveat – you have to have a way to measure it. 

Attainable – Want to drop 50 lbs in 6 weeks?  Think again. That’s the kind of goal that sends you right to the pantry to wallow in a bag of Cheetos. It’s not attainable so you’ve set yourself up for a not-so-fun failure loop

Relevant – Is there a reason you want to lose weight?  Do you even have any weight to lose? What purpose does it serve in your life? If you don’t have a relevant reason for setting the goal, will you be motivated to attain it? Or feel good about it when you do? It’s also important to make sure goals align with your core values.

Time-based – Goals with an infinite timeline are much less likely to be accomplished. A goal without a deadline is breeding ground for excuses. Having a timeline helps you prioritize the goal, as well as reassess how attainable it is. Timelines can be a great motivator too. Losing 10 lbs by vacation is much more motivating than just losing 10 lbs. 

Don’t forget to Gamify Your Goals for Motivation

Once you start setting and achieving your goals in a SMART way, you’ll be on your way to a growth mindset. You can make it even better by gamifying your goals and giving yourself rewards when you reach your milestones.  When you do this, the reward center in your brain gives you the dopamine hits that motivate you to keep going! 

For example, I have my long, mid and short term goals I’m constantly working off of. I review my long and mid every Monday, and then customize my prioritized to-do list based on these. I set goals for each week, and when I meet them, I’ll give myself a reward such as taking Friday off to hang with kids or play golf, treat myself to a massage, or order from my favorite Sushi restaurant (too expensive for regular thing, but that spider roll tastes so much better when I know I’ve earned it).  

These short term goals give me just enough dopamine hits to want to keep chasing that carrot that seems so far off. 

Now get out there and crush it like the super duper star you are 😉