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The Importance of Having a Winning Mindset

The Importance of Having a Winning Mindset

by Dawn Ademokunwa
Every deliberate action we take starts with a thought. While those thoughts can be individual, they also are part of a system of belief that shapes and guides them. This belief system is created by our personalities, experiences, fears and desires. It typically operates at a subconscious level. We don’t usually think about the things that have shaped us— we just act them out.
A mindset is the more conscious and malleable aspect of our belief system. A mindset is a choice that is yours to make. Individuals who we consider successful have cultivated their thoughts and actions to achieve success. In other words, they’ve adopted a winning mindset. Those that have not achieved the success they desire have adopted a mindset as well, whether they realize it or not.
Some people who have not found success are okay to go in whatever direction life takes them. Many take comfort in giving up responsibility, but they are probably not content— merely pacified or numb. Going with the flow does not promote growth or success. Those things occur by happenstance rather than design. A winning mindset provides a blueprint.
Developing a winning mindset takes time, dedication and effort, but it is clearly not impossible. There are examples of winning mindsets all around from politics to entertainment and social media— even your friends and family. People that have achieved success in their lives have found a way to make their thoughts work for them— and you can too. There are four basic components to developing a winning mindset: belief, action, discomfort and perseverance.
Dawn Ademokunwa is the host and producer of The NaturalPreneur Business School Podcast. A resource for entrepreneurs in the natural hair and beauty niches, helping them to grow their audiences and successfully monetize their passions online.
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4 Daily Success Habits to Boost Productivity

4 Daily Success Habits to Boost Productivity

Choosing your success may sometimes seem like an out of reach goal.  You may even wake up many mornings lacking clear direction or purpose. Long-term success ultimately boils down to GOOD HABITS, practiced regularly over the long term. The trick is choosing the right success habits to ground you to each day, putting you on track toward achieving those goals. Take a look at these simple, achievable daily habits for some ideas on how to jump out of bed and jumpstart your day for success.

Wake Up Earlier
If you’re already a morning person, you know how precious those first few hours of the day can be. The hours before the world, your partner, and the kids wake up and email notifications start going off can be among the most productive.  Set goals, meditate, sit quietly and sip your coffee or just fit in a little moment of self-care. I often spend my early morning time, soaking in a hot bath, readying myself for the day ahead. Even as little as one extra hour to yourself can have a huge impact on your whole day’s productivity.
Prioritize Focused Thoughts
Whether you prefer prayer, reading, or gardening, spending some time each day, focused on a task that increases your sense of peace is essential to productivity. Not only does it train your mind in a way that helps your brain to better identify and achieve goals, it also helps sharpen your perception, problem solving, and decision making skills. If this isn’t already one of your regular daily habits, you can start with just ten to fifteen minutes each day. See if you can spend a whole hour without breaking your concentration.
Choose Your Own Goals
Goal setting is important. Well all do it. But when setting those goals, are you clear about what, why, for whom you are working?. Everyone has a different path, and it’s up to you to choose yours. After all, what’s the point of boosting productivity if the end result is something that benefits everyone but you? If you find yourself running up against a wall, or frequently feeling burned-out or feeling all poured out. It may be time to take a step back and reevaluate your goals and motives and choose you first.
Stay Healthy and Mentally Sharp
The body and mind are intricately connected, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that physical wellness is an important step toward mental health. Be sure to exercise regularly, get in your daily dose of fruits and veggies, and drink plenty of water. Of course, don’t deprive yourself of a treat every once in a while. You deserve it.
The Good Habits Team