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6 Easy Mindset Hacks to Help You Pivot From Dark Days to Successful Outcomes



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There are few things all people have in common, such as having a terrible day every once in a while. Having the tools to pivot out of the annoying, frustrating, and even dark moments so you can experience more freedom, expansion, and relief is a non-negotiable when you have so much success ahead of you.

It’s normal to have negative feelings, even helpful at times. But the speed at which you process, pivot, and take the new path are the true indicators of how fast you’ll get to your goal. These mindset hacks are simple and straightforward, and if you use them, they can help you get out of a slump. Take what works for you and leave the rest.

Here are the 6 mindset hacks to help you pivot from the dark days to successful outcomes:

1. Dip & drop

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re familiar with the term mindset. On the off chance that you’re not, mindset is the way in which you think about yourself, the world, and your place in the world. As with all thoughts, your mindset is flexible, and keeping it limber is part of what keeps it healthy.

When you get stuck in one pattern of thought for too long, it’s much harder for you to think about things differently. Kind of like when you’ve taken a three year hiatus from working out and can’t figure out why doing ten push ups is all of a sudden difficult. The good news is that there are a lot of exercises that can get your mindset stretched out and strong again, so you can focus on continually growing instead of staying stagnant.

Here’s the trick though, not every mindset exercise is going to tickle your fancy. Some of it you’ll love and some of it you’ll hate. Some of it will be change-your-life effective, and some will be what-the-hell-was-the-point-of-that useless. Mindset exercises are just like physical exercises—some will work for your body and some won’t.

Stay open minded and explore all kinds of mindset exercises. Dip deeper into the practices that work for you, and drop the practices that don’t. Keep track of the real time results you get from the exercises you try, and build your personal mindset fitness routine to keep your mind flexible, strong, and pivotable.

2. Phone a friend

Sometimes things come up that will make you question your worth or make you feel like a failure. Those moments suck. It’s easy to go down the self-loathing spiral, rehashing every mistake you can think of to reinforce whatever negative feelings you’re experiencing toward yourself. One of the fastest ways to cut that noise out is to phone a friend.

Not the friend who will always tell you what you want to hear. And not the friend who needs their drama to be bigger than yours. Call the friend who’s happy to be honest with you—you know, the one who tells you when you mess up and also tells you when you’re being too hard on yourself.

This is the friend who will give you perspective quickly and remind you of the real wins you’ve accumulated in your corner. The friend who can hold the space for who you really are so you can process through feeling not good enough fast and get back to kicking butt. Keep that friend on speed dial.

If you’re a business owner and something happened with a not-so-great client that’s got you down, call your best client that loves you. These are the people who will help you pivot back into a healthy mental space so you have the clarity and the wherewithal to move forward powerfully.

“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.” – Les Brown

3. Inspirational idolatry for the win

Inspiration is a gateway for hope. In our darkest moments, it can feel like there’s no way out. You can’t see the light, you don’t know what’s next, and the only thing going through your mind on repeat is, How am I going to turn this around? It’s times like these that you need someone to look up to and be inspired by. Someone who has been where you are and made it through.

Some of the most famous dark-night-of-the-soul inspiration stories come from Colonel Sanders, Nelson Mandela, Helen Keller, J.K. Rowling, Oprah, Abraham Lincoln, Ida B. Wells, and so many more. Find the person who survived their dark night of the soul who makes you feel that glimmer of hope, and hold onto their story whenever you need some extra inspiration or strength.

4. Beat your drum

Your mind and body are connected. If you’re struggling to shift your emotions, move your body. Pick a song that fires you up, makes you feel ready to take on the day, play it loud, and move your body to it. The simple act of dancing to a song you choose and a message you believe in fills your body and mind with an energy that can carry you forward.

Make sure you don’t pull a teenage flashback and play music that keeps you in a negative loop. Music has a profound effect on the body, and you want to play music that will take you into the emotions you want to feel and out of the ones that don’t feel so good.

5. Disconnect to plug in

Have you ever wanted to call a time-out on life? This is your permission to take a time-out and pause life so you can get some perspective. One of the best ways to do this is to connect with someone who loves you and knows you deeply. This might be your grandmother, your best friend, your sibling, your cousin—your special person that when you’re with them, the rest of the world can fall away and you feel safe again. This is the person you can tell anything to, and the way they look at you won’t change. Disconnect from your current situation, and plug into their love for you.

When you take those moments to breathe and just be, the world seems more clear and focused. It’s easier to make a plan or feel like there’s space to move forward when you get to be in a place where you don’t feel the need to fight or be defensive. In the spaces where you’re most accepted are the places where you can find the reprieve you need to re-evaluate and get your mind back on track.

“The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.” – Criss Jami

6. Decision destruction

Have you ever wanted to destroy a situation you’re in? Completely dismantle it, take its power away, and build the experience you want instead? There’s a fast track way to do that, and it’s the most simple concept in this whole slew of tools. One of the fastest ways you can destroy a negative mindset or experience is to make a definite, unwavering decision to experience something better or do something different.

It’s so simple, it sounds stupid. But your ability to make up your mind so profoundly that there is no other choice than for things to go your way is the same energy that creates unprecedented change. It doesn’t matter if it sounds silly or outrageous. What matters is that you make a solid decision you believe in, and then take action that’s in complete alignment with that decision.

What advice would you give people who are feeling down and in a rut? Share your thoughts below!

Erin Addesso is a best-selling author, success coach, and sales consultant, working with business owners, companies, and corporations to develop a powerful presence, resulting in higher closing rates, more referrals, and increased profits, using the Hustle Playbook Method™. Erin’s consulting and genius is trusted by brands such as Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Loan Depot, MegaStar Financial Corporation, Coldwell Banker, and more. She uses her over 20 years of experience in leadership, sales, and cutting edge marketing techniques, to create more automated streams of income, develop a growing pipeline of highly qualified leads, and attract top-notch clientele, so you can increase your profitability and reach while actually having days off and not being attached to your phone 24/7.

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There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

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For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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