7 Habits For Happiness And Success

successOver the years of reading self improvement books, success literature and blogs, biographies of successful people and just general real life experience I’ve found there are many habits that if adopted and sustained, have been proven to lead one down the path to happiness and success. I’ve compiled a few of them here for this post. This is by no means a complete list, and in this ever changing world we live in hopefully, we are learning more about what it takes to be successful and happy in life. The are some of the habits that have worked for me and others and I’m sure they will help you too.

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The Benefits And Keys To Setting Goals For Yourself

goal_settingMost people wait until January and the beginning of the new year to create their goals and resolutions. But really anytime is a great time to set goals for yourself. Setting goals and meeting them gives one a benchmark for their achievements and a sense of accomplishment. Having a plan of action to achieve your goal gives us a feeling that we are in control of our future to some extent. Here we will list the many benefits of setting goals for yourself as well as the keys to setting them and successfully achieving your goals.
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5 Inspirational Quotes And Pearls Of Wisdom To Live By

I love reading the quotes of people I admire and respect, whether they be currently with us today or lived far back in history. But it’s the historical quotes that carry the most weight with me because I feel as though they have stood the test of time. Although I could list probably dozens if not hundreds of quotes that have inspired me, I would like to put down five here that I have always come back to when I’ve needed some inspiration and wisdom. Good inspirational quotes serve as memes that we can recall as needed as if the teacher themselves were whispering their advise right into our ears.

 
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What’s Your Mindset? Growth Vs Fixed Mindset

mindsetWhat would you say is your dominate mindset? First of all, what do we mean by mindset and how is this a success factor? Dictionary.com defines your mindset as “a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations. An inclination or a habit.”

Your dominate mindset can go along way in determining how successful and happy you are in life. In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
– Carol S. Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University and a leading expert in motivation and personality psychology suggests there are basically to prevailing mindsets. The fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

 
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Top 5 Wayne Dyer Books – IMO

wayne-dyerWe lost a great man and one of my all time favorite authors recently – Dr. Wayne Dyer. Dyer’s first book, Your Erroneous Zones was the first self help, success psychology book I ever read. It fueled my interest in this field that remains to this day. In this book I was also introduced to Abraham Maslow and his hierachry of needs which has had a major influence on not only psychology but advertising, marketing and business management as well. Dyer listed Maslow as one of his mentors. Being a teenager at the time, and full of emotions I didn’t understand, Dyer in his first few books seemed to be able to cut through all the psychological babble and explain things in a very common sense way without ever talking down to the reader. He made it sound like he had found or realized something really unique and wanted to tell all his friends (his readers) what it was.

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Mindfulness – What Is It And How Can It Help

mindfulnessMindfulness is described as the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. It is also described as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while only acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. In layman’s terms it is a state of open consciousness where you are aware of things – thoughts, feelings, sensations – but from a distance. You are not judging and are just observing them. You are living in the moment so to speak. In my mind it is a close relative to meditation and they’re usually used together but can be separate. Research has shown that mindfulness has many benefits beyond just relaxing the mind.

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Using Positive Thinking And Self Talk To Enhance Your Life

positive-thinking Most of the time we pay little attention to the words we use when describing our self or our current situation when talking to ourselves either outwardly or inwardly. Science shows people tend to be much happier and much more successful when they are conscious of and control their self-talk.

The study of the positive effects of self talk go all the way back to the early 1900’s and the French doctor Emile Coue. He achieved great success by having his patients repeat several times a day a mantra of “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”. Coué thus developed a method which relied on the principle that any idea exclusively occupying the mind turns into reality and his patients benefited greatly by it. It later became know as the Coue Method.
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Contentment vs Striving

SysyphusI would honestly have to say that currently I am not satisfied with where I am in my life at this point. I think most people feel that way to some degree. Hats off to those lucky few who are totally satisfied and content with their current situation in life. I am in awe of those people.

While I was thinking about this and I have to admit, stressing out about it to some degree, I brought out an excerpt I took from a great book I read by former Navy SEAL Mark Devine called “Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency And Mental Toughness To Succeed At An Elite Level”. I encourage anyone to read it who is interested in succeeding in life. In it he talks about the 5 Mountains of Self Mastery and they are the physical, mental, emotional, intuition & awareness and the Kokoro spirit mountains. But the excerpt that really hit home to me was the following:

“In the context of everyday life choices , simplicity can mean to be content with your present situation. Though it is important to work toward the best possible future, remaining content at the same time keeps things simple. In fact, where you are now is a necessary step in your evolution, and it was created by you. It doesn’t help to beat yourself up if you aren’t happy with the current state of affairs. Keep it simple, and be content: obsessing about what you don’t have accomplishes nothing. Remain content with where you are while executing a simple strategy for getting to where you want to go.”

– Mark Devine – Unbeatable Mind

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