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Your psychology is perhaps the most important quality in your life. It controls what you do, how you do it, and ultimately how successful you can be. With the right psychology, the sky is the limit. With the wrong psychology, you might never reach your full potential or even come close.
Have you ever come across someone who seems to be less driven, less qualified, or less capable than you, yet is more successful at something specific? If it isn’t due to capabilities, intelligence, or some other innate quality, then what could their success over yours be contributed to? It’s likely their psychology.
Your psychology in this context is how you perceive both yourself and your surroundings. If you perceive yourself as capable, successful, ambitious, or positive, then chances are you are those things. If on the other hand, you perceive yourself as lacking, inadequate, incapable, then you probably are those things. Your psychology determines your thoughts. Your thoughts guide your actions, and your actions drive your outcomes. If you want to change your future, then start with your psychology.
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford
Your psychology is the guiding force in your life. Luckily, you have the power to take control of it and use it as you wish.
Leverage Your Psychology
Let’s look at how you can understand and leverage your own psychology to shape your thoughts, actions, and outcomes to ultimately engineer the lifestyle you want.
- Embrace your positive self-concepts. These self-concepts are the way and things you think about yourself. If you have the positive self-concept that you are driven and motivated, then embrace that. Use that self-concept to push yourself and achieve new heights in your life. After all, you are a driven and motivated individual. Continue to develop new positive self-concepts and use them to your advantage. You already have a ton of great qualities about yourself that you may not even realize. Maybe you are great at viewing the big picture or are extremely task focused, or organized, or encouraging, or a number of other things. Use these to your advantage. Remind yourself that you have a superpower.
- Recognize and understand your negative self-concepts. We all have some negative self-concepts of ourselves. If you can realize what these negative self-concepts are and then explore the root of them, then you can use them to your advantage. Awareness is key.
- Focus on growth, rather than contraction. A growth mindset can insight fear, make you uncomfortable, and force you out of your zone. By doing these things, you will grow and expand, achieving new heights. The alternative is to shrink, be comfortable, not expand and reach your potential.
There are a ton of psychology hacks, improvements, and thought exercises. By focusing on this area of your life, you are investing in yourself both now and in the future. Your psychology will play a huge role in the amount of success you have in life. Any thought exercise, investment, or time spent on your own self-psychology are time, money, and resources well spent.
There will be times when you have limiting beliefs creep into your mind. Don’t for a second allow these thoughts space in your mind. It’s only normal to experience limiting beliefs. If it weren’t for them, you would be recklessly taking on risks and exposing yourself to dangers. But at the same time, you can’t let them hold you back.
Invest in the best resource you will ever have – your mind. Develop and grow your positive self-concepts. With the right mindset, coupled with taking action, you can and will achieve anything you set your mind to. Grow, learn new things, take on new challenges, and force yourself to continually push your psychology to new levels.
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