What does it take to be successful in life?
There's no simple answer, but history has shown that there are practices that can maximize your chances of a productive, happy life.
Defining success can be tricky because it’s so subjective. Some people want to make a million dollars a year. Others want to make a good living and have three weeks of paid vacation time a year so they can travel. Then there are those with the desire to build something of their own, and still others who want to find ways to make money passively so they can spend more time on their hobbies.
Most people won't notice that you bought a new car or got a promotion, and you shouldn't be basing your happiness on their judgments any way. On the flip side, if they're showering you with attention, don't let it go to your head.
Everything that we repeatedly say to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts are an affirmation. The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a part of our brain that makes words that get repeated over time as part of our identity, positive or negative.
Just like sowing seeds in a fruitful garden. When we water and nurture the seeds every day, they will grow (most of them). That´s like repeating an affirmation. If you have a tomato plant seed…you plant that seed…water it (focus)…can you expect to get apples? No of course not. You expect to get tomatoes. That´s how our subconscious mind works. It doesn´t care if you want the seeds you plant to grow. As long as you water and nurture them (affirm repeatedly), they will grow.
Focus on your passion, not your paycheck. Freeman says he knew a man who spent his career amassing six figures in savings, but died of cancer before he could even touch it.
Do all that you can to understand the way things work, whether it be how your company functions or how your government is operating. But understand that no amount of knowledge can prepare you for the chaos that will inevitably hit you throughout your life. Always have a Plan B, and C.
Accept that the past can't be changed, and make the most of what's in front of you.
Surrounding yourself with like-minded people can limit your creativity, but if you seek out new perspectives, you grow faster and learn more.
Guard your reputation with all that you have. Make habits of being honest, reliable, and kind, and others will notice.
A knee-jerk reaction influenced by anger or panic can destroy a lifetime of work in one moment. Wait until you are calm before making a big decision.
TEDx Talks Published Cognitive Neuroscientist, Heather Collins, proves that what holds you back from happiness and lifelong growth is all in your mind, and so is the solution. Heather Collins, Cognitive Neuroscientist -- A cognitive neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and biostatistician, passionate about communicating science to the public