The Effect of Your Mindset on Personal and Professional Achievement

Do you find yourself stuck in your personal or professional life? Do you struggle to overcome obstacles and achieve your objectives? If this is the case, it may be time to examine your mindset. Your attitude towards yourself and your abilities can have a big impact on your success and happiness. Having a positive mindset can assist you in overcoming limiting beliefs and realising your full potential. In this article, we’ll look at the importance of having a positive mindset and offer advice on how to cultivate one. You need a strong mindset to achieve success.

Keep an Open Mind

Changing your mindset is a difficult process that usually requires self-awareness, humility, and an open mind. Being aware of your biases is one of the first steps towards cultivating a more positive mindset. We all have biases, whether or not we are aware of them. Recognizing that you are not perfect, nor is your worldview, is the first step towards changing your mindset. You also have to recognize that your opinions may not be the only ones valid and be open to listening to other points of view.

Speak Less, Listen More

It’s easy to become set in your ways, but in order to change your mindset, you must be willing to embrace fresh thoughts and perspectives. Listening more and speaking less is an effective way to learn from others and expand your perspective. It’s also critical to recognise that your experiences and background shape your beliefs. By being aware of this, you can stop projecting your ideas onto others and start appreciating and respecting different points of view.

It doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything someone says, but it does mean you should be willing to consider their point of view. I have found that conversations with strangers with whom you may believe you have nothing in common can also be eye-opening. Open your heart to humanity and allow everyone the benefit of the doubt.

How Having An Open Mind Helps:

It helps you become more objective in your approach to life. “Nothing means nothing except the meaning you give to it.” Instead of automatically assigning meaning to situations based on our preconceptions, we should approach them with an open mind and consider various points of view so that we can see things more objectively.

Start Your Day by Listening to Positive Messaging

Listening to positive messaging in the morning is one way to prepare yourself for positivity. It could be a Christian devotional, motivational speech, or an inspiring podcast. Whatever you decide, the important thing is to focus on messages that promote positivity, self-improvement, and courage. Doing this can also help you develop a more resilient attitude, preparing you to deal with any challenges that may arise throughout the day. Moreso, intentionally setting time for yourself signals that you consider yourself worthy. You could do this while getting ready or on your drive to work.

My Morning Routine

  • On weekdays I listen to motivational speeches because my work life is tough.  I love Oprah, so I will find a motivational video on Youtube. Find a successful person you respect. Like an entrepreneur or thought leader.

Here are a few video links to get you started.

Oprah

Another Oprah (Because why not)

Jeff Bezos

  • My partner recently introduced me to a Christian devotional (by Joseph Prince) on the YouVersion Bible App. I like his perspective and the devotional can be completed in less than 2 minutes each day (which is great for creating that sense of achievement). I’d say give it a try. I personally want to improve my walk with Christ, so I’m sharing what might be another next good step to take in your life.
  • I pray later in the day. I think prayer works. My take is never to leave money on the table. So, if people are saying that God is in the business of answering prayers, don’t be close-minded to the idea of taking your requests to Him.

 


How Listening to Positive Messaging Helps:

One of my favourite quotes is, “we learn by watching others.” I believe that positive messaging helps people make positive actions.  We can learn from the experiences and insights of others and apply them to make positive changes in our own lives

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Surround Yourself with the Right Information

Surround Yourself with the Right People

Surrounding yourself with the right people can have a significant impact on your overall success and mindset. People you spend time with can influence your beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours as you process information from them to make decisions. So, it is critical to surround yourself with people who uplift and inspire you rather than those who bring you down.

Network with People With Similar Goals

Networking with others who are pursuing similar objectives can be an effective way to find encouragement and motivation. Connecting with people who have already achieved success in your desired field can be beneficial as well, as they can provide valuable advice and insights to assist you in navigating your own path to success.

Stay Away From Bad News

Stay away from negative news because negative news will affect your mental health. While keeping up with current events is important, it’s also important to recognise that not all news is created equal. There is no need to understand the complexities of every event taking place around the world, especially if it causes you to feel overwhelmed or anxious. Focusing on positive news and inspiring stories can help you maintain a positive mindset and stay motivated towards your goals.

How this Helps

Again, I believe we are shaped by the information we access. Negative news strengthens your bias against certain things and this ultimately influences what you do. At a crucial point in my life, I made a life-altering decision to enrol in an executive Although the school came highly recommended by some of my colleagues, attending classes required a five-hour round trip every weekend. I’d wake before 5 a.m. to make the bus that rode to the campus. Unfortunately, the city where I lived was not safe, and news reports of accidents, robberies, and murders were a constant reminder of the dangers. As a result, I became increasingly concerned about attending classes. I quickly realised that consuming negative news only exacerbated my fears, so I made the conscious decision to unplug from the negativity and focus on my goals.

Exercise

Physical exercise makes you more resilient. Personally, exercise improves my mood. I always feel like I’ve done something good for myself afterwards.

The benefits of physical exercise are well documented. By now, no one should contest the benefits of physical exercise.

You can take a small step by committing to  30 minutes of intentional physical activity which could be brisk walking other forms of cardiovascular activity or even weight training.

Try this exercise at home.

    • Leg-raises: 5 sets of 10 repetitions (reps for short).
    • Body weight squats: Perform as many reps as you can for a minute.  Do this for at least 2 sets.

Move Away from Home.

Our upbringing has a large influence on who we are today. Our family influences our beliefs, values, and actions. My background influenced me as well, positively and negatively. For example, my parents instilled in me a strong work ethic that has contributed to my success. However, I was raised in a household where children were not encouraged to be outspoken, so as an adult, I’m quite soft-spoken and tend to hold my opinions back a lot. Regardless, I’m working to improve my speaking skills.

Moving away from home can be a significant and transformative experience that benefits your mindset. It allows you to venture outside of your comfort zone, discover new environments, and gain independence. While moving away from home can be intimidating at first, the process can teach you valuable life skills and provide new opportunities for personal growth.

Read Why Travelling is Good: My Experience Relocating to Kano

One of the primary advantages of moving away from home is the opportunity to gain independence. Living on your own teaches you how to manage your finances, cook your own meals, and care for yourself. This can be empowering and instil newfound confidence in your abilities.

Moving away from home opens up new opportunities and perspectives. You may meet people from various backgrounds or cultures, which can broaden your perspective and challenge your assumptions. This can lead to personal development, increased empathy, and a better understanding of your surroundings.

Leaving friends and family behind can be difficult, and adjusting to a new environment can be stressful. However, by overcoming these obstacles and seizing the opportunities that come with moving away from home, you can develop a stronger sense of self and a more positive mindset.

 Take Action

You can’t improve your mindset if you don’t take action on what you’ve learned here. Life doesn’t happen overnight. So, be comfortable with failure.

As someone who has been blogging for some time, I can attest that success is not always instant. However, the skills I’ve gained as a result of this process have been invaluable, and I’ve been able to apply them in other aspects of my life.

Finally, it’s critical to recognise that everyone’s journey is unique and the most important thing is that you begin working on your own dreams. Instead of waiting for success to find you, dwell in possibility and take action to create the life you want. You will not only improve your mindset, but you will also gain a sense of purpose and fulfilment in life.


Olutobi

My superpower is creative engagement; whether working as regulatory affairs professional at a pharmaceutical company or as a fashion art director. Malcolm Gladwell calls people like me, "connectors".

I try to read at least a book a month, I have a green thumb (not literally) and my favourite quote ever is " remember to play after every storm".

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