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10 Kick Ass Lessons We Can All Learn From Albert Einstein

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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The word “Einstein” has become universally associated with being intelligent.  Although not all of us are physicists like him, the way he lived and worked has inspired people to have the same attitude towards life.

Here are just some of the things you can learn from the great and amazingly successful Albert Einstein:

 

The Top 10 Lessons From The Late Great Albert Einsten!

 

1. Don’t Be Afraid To Push The Envelope:

Even back as a teenager, Einstein wasn’t afraid to challenge other people’s views.  At school, he butted heads with the administration over how students were being taught; Einstein believed that critical thinking was important in learning rather than memorization.

Einstein wouldn’t have enjoyed his success if he backed down every time someone disagreed with his views.  Some of his theories weren’t immediately accepted by the scientific community, but he carried on and eventually changed the way the world looked at the universe.

 

2. Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously All The Time:

When Einstein became famous in America, people began to recognize him on the street to explain his theories.  He would humorously reply, “Pardon me, sorry! Always I am mistaken for Professor Einstein.”

Given the nature of his work (which was intensely cerebral), one would think that a world-changing scientist like Einstein wouldn’t have a humorous side.  However, Einstein’s quest for success didn’t require him to be serious all the time – and neither should you.

In fact, not sweating the small stuff and having just a bit of irreverence will preserve your sanity in the long run.  If Einstein took his work seriously all the time, he probably would have gone nuts!

 

3. Just Show Up To Do The Work:

Like everyone else, Einstein probably never felt like working all the time – we all have our off-days.  But his success and the incredible body of work he’s done proves that he still kept at it despite not feeling particularly motivated on certain days.  He understands that emotions should take a backseat to the overall purpose of what you’re doing.

 

4. Be Cool With Criticism:

Like all great minds, Einstein knew that not everyone will agree or appreciate what he did.  Even then, he wasn’t burdened by a need to please his critics.  Instead, he took it as a challenge to learn from their feedback and inspired him to work even harder to prove them wrong.

If you focus on pleasing your critics, you’ll end up wasting your time and energy instead of doing something productive.

 

5. Embrace Failure:

Physics may be an exact science, but no scientist ever got it right the first time around.  Einstein knows that success is a process of learning. The only purpose of his mistakes was to teach him so he could go back to the drawing board and try again.

One of the biggest things holding us back is the fear of failure.  In the long run, not trying at all feels a lot worse than trying but failing.  That’s because with the latter, you still made progress and learned what NOT to do!

 

6. The Small Things Add Up:

Reaching success feels like a faraway place for a lot of us – this makes some people not want to try at all.  Why bother if it’s going to take forever anyway, right?

Wrong.  Einstein solved physics problems by putting in the daily effort even if he didn’t get it all done right away.  He had the end goal in mind, and he knew that each step he took brought him closer to the eventual goal that was waiting for him at the end.

The work you put in at a given time might not seem like much, but remember that in the big picture, it contributes to the greater whole of your work.

 

7. Be Unselfish:

While Einstein’s success brought him worldwide fame and adoration, the point of his work was to help humanity advance as a species.  He didn’t do it with the intention of being rich or powerful.  Einstein put the common good of mankind at the forefront of his work and this motivated him to do what he did throughout his life.

It’s important to remember that we don’t only live for ourselves.  When we generously do things for other people without a heavy heart, it makes the world a better place and helps us become better human beings in the process.

 

8. March To Your Own Beat:

Einstein was famous for expressing his contempt for people who blindly followed others without thinking for themselves.

If we let other people tell us what we can or can’t do, then success will always elude us.  We may all have our share of naysayers, but that doesn’t mean we should let those people tell us who we are or take their opinions as the gospel truth.

We’ve been blessed with the ability to think for ourselves and go after what we truly want.  The world would have been a very different place if Einstein listened to people who once told him that he “would never amount to anything.”

 

9. Stay Hungry:

Einstein didn’t consider himself as having a special talent, but someone who was “passionately curious”.  When he came out with a new theory or scientific paper, he didn’t stop at that and call it a day.

All throughout his prolific career, he always sought new things to discover and learn.  Einstein was always committed to growing – adopting this simple habit in your own life guarantees you’ll consistently accomplish worthwhile things.  Never be complacent – the most dangerous assumption to have is that you’ve done it all.

 

10. Keep At It:

You’ll run into inevitable setbacks like anyone else pursuing their dreams.  But this isn’t a reason for you to pack up and go home.  It’s only there to test how badly you want to see your dreams through.  Above all, Einstein valued his ability to stay with problems longer rather than his intellect!

Bonus – 10 Albert Einstein Quotes To Live By:

1.Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein

2. “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

3. “The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

4. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” – Albert Einstein

5. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein

6.Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.” – Albert Einstein

7. “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Albert Einstein

8. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

9. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”Albert Einstein

10. “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” – Albert Einstein

 

Article By Joel Brown | Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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    Jan 14, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Amazing blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
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    a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like
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  2. เอเจนซี่โฆษณา

    Sep 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on albert einstein. Regards

  3. jasminejaiswal143@gmail.com

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

    thankyou for the great comment………

  4. Molson

    May 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Thank YOU Sir Curtis – your comment was an eye-opener. Not that I knew of if beforehand. However, reading it afresh JUST gave me the inspiration I needed right now to pursue something I had decided (wrongly) to put off or elude. So, thank you!

  5. sisterleadership

    Mar 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    A great list here – it’s so interesting to examine how such brilliant people work & live! I’ve been doing the same with Da Vinci over at my blog across several different posts. ~Cam

  6. ravi janardhan

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Learnt e=mc2 as a kid, nothing abt its significance.

    If only there is this post too alongside, it would have made a hell lot of sense!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome stuff.

  7. Curtis Carpenter

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    if you want to swim jump off a pear and see only two things will happen eathier your curcumstances will force you to swim and you will swim or your going to drown and are going to continue drowing until you swim. and that is what life is you will eathier sink or swim with anything its your choice and your choice alone you have to want it you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone and be willing to learn or belieave in yourself at the very least.

  8. daniel adjei

    Mar 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    more word

  9. Dianne McLaren

    Dec 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks Joel.. Great lessons,quotes and observations on the great man…

  10. KDEER

    Sep 25, 2012 at 6:02 am

    TRUE LINES….. GREAT WORDS GREAT THINKER…..

  11. Victoria Drake

    Jun 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Great words to live by! Gotta love Einstein!

  12. pam

    May 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    He was Jewish and a very spiritual man. I love his comments on the effects of the disconnect between science and religions. From the things that have been quoted from him the end result of his work in New Mexico (the atom bomb) was very devastating to him, even though it did end the war.

    Thanks for these, he was an incredible person.

  13. MaryAnn

    Mar 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

    It is always thought provocative to read the insight of those who have walked their path – even as they have passed on – they leave their brilliance here for us to observe, interpret, grow into and undertand on our continuing journey! Love it!

  14. michael

    Feb 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I know the feeling all too well. Thanks for the post, gives me the last bit of energy i need to cap off the year and get to the start gate…

  15. Paul Foster

    Jan 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    It’s interesting to me that a narrow mind would think of Einstien as a high IQ or analytically intelligent person. When reading the list, the points have nothing to do with IQ and more to do with practical intelligence (street smarts), creative intelligence and other qualities independent of IQ. I suspect his success more more to do with the above than high IQ. Thanks for the great info.

  16. Arthur R

    Jan 21, 2012 at 2:34 am

    albert einstein is king, one of the best to ever do it, love these lessons man.

  17. Damon Hauntas

    Jan 21, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Incredible Post. I will live by all 10 Lessons, love the quotes, love this site. thanks Joel.

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3 Steps to Overcome Your Brain Biases and Become a Better Leader

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If I asked you what time it was, you would likely look at your watch or a clock and read the time out to me. And if I were to ask you where you were, you would likely tell me the exact place, city, or state. If I were to then ask you who you were, you would likely identify yourself by your name, demographics, and perhaps a work description. On the surface, answering these questions correctly would indicate that you were not delirious. But are these answers technically correct?

Biological research indicates that superficial orientation to time, place, or person is actually far from accurate. Rather, leaders might benefit from tending toward a non-dual awareness of the world, or at least offer themselves the opportunity to see the world this way. For time, place, and person, the biological realities differ from what we might initially think.

1. Don’t let the past dictate the future

We are not ever-present in the moment, nor should we be. In the human brain, the past, present, and future are all represented at the same time. Although we consciously organize our experiences using this segmentation of time, each of these networks can intrude upon the other. In fact, what you remember can influence what you can imagine for yourself in the future as well.

As a leader, ensure that you frequently examine your memory for positive reminders and biases, take advantage of your presence circuits by incorporating mindfulness practices into your day, and use your “possibility” circuits to imagine or simulate future scenarios. In fact, in the brain, imagination is a lot like reality.

Using all three components at all times will help you to become aware of biases and could also help you escape traps or an impasse. For instance, when a possible solution for product development is vague, thinking in terms of what you want and then reverse-engineering this process to make what you imagine could be helpful.

Walt Disney saw great success after building Disneyland in Anaheim, California, but outside interests began crowding his theme park. When he decided to build another park in Florida, Disney didn’t let the experience of California dissuade him. He expanded his vision to something greater — a city of tomorrow. He created fake companies to secretly purchase acres upon acres of land near where Interstate 4 intersected with the Florida turnpike so his company could develop the area around the theme park.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

2. Think beyond your reach

We are not where we think we are. The notion of “place” has become increasingly irrelevant in a globalized world. With the increasing interconnectedness of societies, cultures, and economies, leaders need to be careful not to think of themselves too locally. When leaders are global in their thinking, they are likely to elicit more widespread cooperation from international markets.

Ask yourself, “What communities beyond my local community do I want to impact?” and “What communities am I impacting?” When you take this approach, it can help your advertising strategies, for example, become more congruous with specific or global markets. Also, leaders who think globally will be more aware of competition from afar and opportunities for collaboration, too.

Jack Ma can be credited with being a global thinker for founding Alibaba, allowing Chinese consumers to access domestic and international markets that they could not previously access. By moving into e-commerce, online banking, and cloud computing, Alibaba has expanded into India and Southeast Asia. Alibaba’s Electronic World Trade Platform has even enabled farmers in Rwanda to sell coffee in China. This is a perfect example of thinking beyond your reach.

3. Connect the body and mind

We are not what we think we are. We are made up of 50% human and 50% bacterial cells. And water comprises 60% of our body weight. So we are basically bags of water and bacteria — with a dash of human cells thrown in for good measure.

Also, though we might think of ourselves as being separate from other people and things, many people or things you encounter in your life are stored in your brain’s memory centers. Our brain tissue contains images, voices, and other attributes of people and things, too. We are not actually as separate as we think.

Take care of your bacteria, and they will take care of you. Having the right balance of bacteria is of paramount importance to effective functioning because the wrong balance can make you depressed or anxious. Taking a probiotic can help restore this balance. Understanding that you are part human, part bacteria can change the way you take care of your moods by essentially reminding you to take care of your gut.

Mindy Grossman, the CEO of WW International — formerly Weight Watchers — is a good example of someone who understands the mind-body connection. Grossman has led the company’s focus from strictly weight loss to wellness through healthy habits. Part of the transformation includes a partnership with meditation app Headspace to help members maintain a positive mindset.

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When you engage in non-dual awareness by recognizing that your brain fuses and connects time, places, and people, your leadership capacities might also be enhanced. As Warren Bennis, founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California, suggests, “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself.” And your “self” is more intriguing and mysterious than you might first imagine.

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3 Ways to Optimize Your Life for Success

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Welcome to the 21st Century! The era of the Internet and computers, lack of focus and superficiality. I know it sounds scary, maybe a little more exaggerated, but it’s true. We live in a world of short posts and 3-minute videos. We barely engage in deep learning, deep thinking, and deep focus to produce iPhone-level products or services. So, the majority of us are actually a failure, thousands of miles away from achieving our life goals and business visions. How do we turn things around? We need to optimize our lives.

Here are 3 tried and tested tips that will help optimize your life for success:

1. Upgrade your sleep

When I started my freelance writing career—about seven years ago—I was passionate and excited at the beginning. I’d fill my To-Do list with 6-10 items, worked until 12 am, set my alarm to go off at 3 am, and had my running shoes close to my bed before I went to sleep. However, I barely accomplished anything. I usually became weak and bored before noon.

I noticed that I was putting a huge strain on myself. I was sleep deprived, which is the primary reason why I didn’t have the energy and the drive to accomplish my tasks. Many studies have shown that sleep-deprivation affects productivity.

As soon as I began increasing my sleeping time from 4 hours to 7 hours, my whole life changed. I started producing a lot and earning a lot more than before while also improving my health. With more sleep, I get the emotional energy and willpower I need to read, learn, and optimize my career.

“By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away.” – Arianna Huffington

2. Read every day

I get it. You’re in the middle-class struggling to survive. You simply have enough to deal with. Reading? That’s not included on your to-do list. Well, if that’s you, then you’re not alone. The global literacy rates are at an all-time high at 84 percent, which means people don’t read as much anymore.

We already have enough on our plates. In fact, a study by the National Endowment for the Arts has found that the reading culture among American adults has drastically declined. That’s a big issue in our world.

Nothing can prevent you from reading, not even your plate that’s chock-full of other life’s priorities. If you want to produce more and impact the world around you, you’ve got to read more and learn more.

Take a look at the visionaries and business titans in our world. All of them are avid readers and avid learners. Bill Gates is a bibliophile and Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, reveres books. In fact, Knight customized his library to the extent that, before you enter into his library, you have to take off your shoes and bow.

So, what would you do next? Take Roald Dahl’s advice, captured in this beautiful line of the poem: “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray / go throw your TV set away / and in its place, you can install / a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”

3. Use Pomodoro to time yourself

You can’t go far in life if you can’t stay totally focused on a task. If you want to achieve your goals, you have got to stay laser-focused on a single task before jumping on to another. Why? Because goals are not achieved in one session, they’re achieved in a series of tasks, one after the other.

To install the focus habit in your system; therefore, you need to use a time-management kind of “system” that will keep you firm and attentive on a specific project. Pomodoro is that time-management tool that will help you stay focused.

It’s an excellent app that lets you set a timer for a particular task. You can set it for 30, 60, or 90 minutes and stop working when it goes off. I use it all the time, and I can’t imagine my work life without it.

“I know when I stay focused, good things will undoubtedly happen.” – Marc Trestman

Optimizing your life for more power, passion, and productivity is not about working hard late at night or running multiple projects at a time. It’s about maintaining your health and recharging your energy (having a deep, quality sleep), updating your knowledge (by reading every day), and staying focused on a project—until you accomplished it (by using Pomodoro technique to boost your concentration).

Of course, developing these sets of habits is not easy. You’ll fail and get frustrated, but as the productivity guru Robin Sharma beautifully puts it, “all changes are hard at first, messy at the middle, and beautiful at the end.”

Which one of these three ways to optimize your life resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts below!

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If You Want Your Business to Grow, You Need to Increase Your Capacity in the Following 4 Areas

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Every entrepreneur must come face to face with the reality that there is only a limited amount of time, money, and people that you can use within your current position. The question is how do we increase or maximize the things that we find limiting?

As we walk through our hectic and often over packed ten, twelve, or fourteen hour work days, one of the questions that we should be asking is “What can I do to get more, to do more?” Instead, we just put our heads down and plow through the ever growing mountain of work. We are limited by capacity.

Webster’s dictionary defines capacity as “the maximum amount that something can contain.” As an entrepreneur, we have to be a little more creative than the average person and find ways to increase our capacity.

Below, we’ll identify the four areas where we need more capacity and ways to get more with less:

1. Time

Every human on this planet is granted twenty-four hours a day. That is it. Your capacity is a total of twenty-four hours. Within that amount of time you must manage several different demands. Our goal is to buy back our time, when we can, and operate at peak performance when we are accomplishing our daily task list.

First, without staying in performance shape, you will lose the ability to stay at optimal performance levels. Our bodies are truly a machine with an amazing capacity, but when it is abused by lack of sleep, improper nutrition, and lack of exercise, you are reducing the capacity at which you are able to work and function. The closer you are to peak performance, the more you are able to accomplish in a shorter amount of time.

Second is our mental condition. Here is what my experience has taught me. If I am mentally rested, I can think and make decisions faster because I can reason more quickly in addition to understanding the circumstances and information at an extremely fast pace. 

When your brain is healthy, it becomes easier to absorb and process information at a lightning fast rate. Taking the time to allow your brain to rest will give it the ability to function at peak performance.

Third is our ability to train and delegate. So often, entrepreneurs are control freaks. No one can do it as good, as fast, or with the same passion as they can. While that may be true in most cases, you are only one person with twenty-four hours in a day. 

You’ve got to delegate and accept people’s help. If you add one person that’s willing to give you eight hours of work a day, you have now bought back hours in your day to focus on activities that will generate more income and grow your business. Why wouldn’t you want to add more hours to your day by delegating out the appropriate task to qualified individuals?

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar

2. Money

Money tends to be a sensitive topic. We all have beliefs that were formed through our childhood on the concept of money. With many different views and beliefs on this topic, let’s just focus on the fact that money is a tool that will either help grow the company or a tool that limits a company’s growth.

It is always amazing that the faster a company grows, the greater the challenge of money becomes, and this could potentially cause the company to implode on its own success. How do we then increase the capacity and have more money available to keep the company healthy?

Here are a couple of things to watch out for: 

  • Keep an eye on your budget and get accurate figures. 
  • Look at your Accounts Receivables. If they get too long, they could cause significant cash flow issues. 
  • Find investment opportunities. There are many private investors that are often willing to invest in companies that have true growth with solid foundations. 
  • Look at additional profit generators, products, or services that fit within your current business model. 

Each of these are ways to increase the capacity that money contributes to the growth of your business.

3. Space and Supply

I will never forget exactly where I was standing when I had a manufacture call and tell me they were unable to supply anymore products. They had sold us everything they had, and they weren’t going to have anything available to sell for at least another six months. At that time, we were selling customer printed t-shirts and had tens of thousands of orders that we needed to fulfill within the next thirty days.

Space and Supply are tied closely together. Space is often associated with the production. Do you have a space large enough to meet the demands of the supply? If production can only create 1,000 products a day and buyers need 5,000 a day, there is a conflict. 

A business needs to understand that challenge, and there are only 3 solutions to this problem: The business figures out how to increase production within the current workable hours, adds more workable hours with the equipment and space, or adds more equipment and space to increase production.

Space and supplies are assets that can be used towards the business advantage. Here are a few questions to ask when making decisions based on space and supply. 

  • Evaluate your supply channel. Are they able to maintain a solid supply of your raw product materials to match your growth as a company? 
  • Are there back up supply manufactures that can create a safety net for your raw products? 
  • Evaluate the amount of space you have available along with the time the space is usable. Can you run a second or third shift with the current space and equipment?

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. People

Your employees are likely going to be the most important way to create more capacity. We talked briefly about delegating to qualified individuals to increase capacity around your own personal time. The next phase is to create more capacity by adding additional, trained people. 

You need to create leaders of leaders instead of you being the leader of followers. Don’t miss this because the greatest of all companies focuses on increasing their capacity by training leaders of leaders and not just a loyal following.

Entrepreneurs tend to be a lonely bunch of souls. Too often, we are misunderstood and looked at with slight amount of annoyance. Others just don’t always know how to take someone that is passionately thinking outside the box. 

People skills are a must in order to have more than just yourself work to achieve that dream. As an entrepreneur, develop the social skills to work with individuals that are different than yourself.  

Here is a 3 step plan to have great capacity with people as your allies:

  1. Start by learning how to delegate your own tasks to buy back your time. Identify the tasks that are easiest to delegate and document how you do them. This will give you a specific job description, set achievable goals, and create a daily action plan that is now something that is teachable. 
  2. Use this system and apply it to the other things you are currently doing. I would suggest building out an organization chart and dividing the different tasks you do within the company. Then create a plan that will allow you to hire the right person and move you onto the next area in the organization that you will systematize. 
  3. Finally, create the culture. Culture is like a child, it will grow whether or not you pay attention to it. So be intentional. Learn what it takes to build a culture that attracts the employees that want to be there and grow with the company. 

Each of these four areas has an incredible amount of potential to increase your capacity, and allow your business to grow. Don’t attempt to tackle everything at once. Identify just one area that you will commit to grow within the next three to six months. Take action and implement. 

What is your next step? Share with us below!

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The Importance of Failure: Why We Should Fail Forward

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What Is failing forward? Will Smith said it best in a viral Instagram video that engaged the world. “You’ve gotta take a shot, you have to live at the edge of your capabilities. You gotta live where you’re almost certain you’re going to fail. Failure actually helps you to recognize the areas where you need to evolve. So fail early, fail often, fail forward.”

Failing forward is about using leverage on your mistakes and making a realistic assessment of the risks involved. It’s your ability to live with the downside, control your emotions and experiment with new approaches. When we fail forward, we need to look at the reason why we fail and understand that it’s all part of the process of achievement.

Here are 4 Reasons Why We Fail:

1. We Are Too Distracted

Distractions are everywhere. They can take us off course and could make it impossible to keep our mind on our goal or purpose. It’s important to be selective, strategic and supportive in our distractions. We all control certain aspects of our day, so be selective and prioritise tasks that are in line with your goals.

We should be strategic by understanding when we work best. Personally, I write more efficiently in the early mornings and late evenings. So that’s what I stick to. Try different things and see when you are least distracted. You’ll then be able to be supportive and generous with your time. Being supportive of others costs us little and drives our own success whilst boosting our health and happiness.

2. Lack of Self Belief

Lack of self belief runs differently from person to person. Our experiences, childhood history, genes, culture and life circumstances play a part in our self confidence. The truth is, we can’t alter the experiences that our past has given us. What we can do though, is change our thoughts to gain more belief in ourselves. Ways to increase our self-belief is to find out more about ourselves. We can do this by taking care of ourselves physically and emotionally. Giving ourselves a healthy support system and understanding our emotions are just a couple of ways to practice self-belief.

3. Fear of Failure

Failure often induces fear. When we fear failure, we allow ourselves to stop doing the things that can help us achieve our goals, help us move forward and open up possibilities we never thought were possible. We should have faith in ourselves and start to shift our inner dialogue from ‘not good enough’ to ‘more than enough’. If our inner critic takes the lead on self talk, then it’s more than likely we aren’t feeling good enough. It’s important to surround ourselves with positive people and positive thoughts.

4. Procrastination

Procrastination is a common reason for failure. It’s delaying or putting off a task or action to attend to at a later time. Procrastination is essentially giving in, to feel good. We prefer avoiding negative emotions and stressful tasks, which are the very things we procrastinate about. The first step to overcoming procrastination is recognising we do it.

We then need to understand why we do it and use appropriate strategies to prevent it from happening. We may not know that we are procrastinating and this can be damaging to reaching our full potential. With a solid understanding, we can get to the core of our reasons and make positive changes to fail forward.

Now that you know why we fail, here are the 3 ways you can fail forward:

1. Take Risks

When risks are taken, we generally overestimate the chances of something going wrong. What we focus on tends to magnify in our imagination and in return, causes us to misjudge an outcome of a situation. The reality is, the likelihood is often a far better return than we imagine it out to be. To take risks, we should not be afraid of failure.

2. Understanding Failure Should Be Your Motivation

It may sound comical but, be happy when you fail. We’ve been taught to believe that when we fail it’s because of bad attempts, bad judgment and bad luck at improving our lives. For example, we link failure with the colour red (to stop) and success with the colour green (to keep going). In reality, we are stronger and more courageous when we fail. It’s a sign of improvement, so we should recognise that failure is growth and if we’re not making mistakes, we are not really trying. Use failure as motivation and keep going.

3. Perseverance

Perseverance is the ability to recover from failure. Your chances of success is also dependent on your persistence and your willingness to persevere. You have two options when you fail: Become self-defeated or become resilient and encouraged. Perseverance requires a goal, a passion and patience. It’s important to set your own pace when persevering and not comparing your failures to others. In doing this, when we fail forward, we are more in tune with ourselves and more controlled with new approaches.

“Recognize that you will spend much of your life making mistakes. If you can take action and keep making mistakes, you gain experience.” – John C. Maxwell

Think of it this way. When we’re at the gym pushing ourselves in the weight room, the trainer would yell “One more rep!”. Our trainer wants us to succeed, but also wants us to fail. They want us to be uncomfortable to the point where our muscles fatigue. Why? Because of muscle adaptation. That’s where our muscle growth comes from. It’s the ability to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable. This concept doesn’t just apply physically within our muscles, it applies mentally and in our minds. In understanding this perspective, we can fail forward with more awareness and are in a better position to achieve success.

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