10 resolutions to develop a successful mindset in 2022

Why are some people more accomplished than others? Pure talent aside, very successful people have a winning mindset that propels them to untold heights. Michael Phelps did it with swimming. Richard Branson with space travel. Simone Biles with gymnastics. Tiger Woods with golf. Meryl Streep with acting. But you don’t have to be famous to be successful.

Neuroscientists say Mother Nature wired us with a negativity bias for survival. The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive experiences. We regularly assess risks by making judgments about people and safety situations. To keep us out of harm’s way, negative events get more attention in our mind than positive events. You probably remember where you were on September 11, but not the following week. Forget the flowering azaleas by the side of the road. If you don’t focus on the car in the other lane going at ninety miles an hour, you get killed on the road.

Experts tell us that it takes three positive thoughts to compensate for one negative thought. No wonder it is difficult to keep hope and persevere in the difficult challenges where we are bombarded with the same bad news channel that protects us. We tend to overestimate the threats and underestimate the possibilities. Without realizing it, we are building a lens of negativity: the same lousy job, the usual inconsiderate neighbors, or the lackluster party that was nothing to write home about.

But here’s the good news: Grass grows through concrete. When negativity hits you can underestimate the threats and overestimate the possibilities with the same proven strategies that high achievers use to overcome obstacles. Studies show that optimists, compared to pessimists, have lower stress levels, climb the career ladder faster, have fewer health issues, and live longer. But you don’t have to be a die-hard optimist to realize that misfortunes are rarely as bad as your mind registers them. Here are 10 strategies for stacking your positivity deck and cultivating a winning mindset in 2022:

1. Focus on the bright side of a bearish situation. Every loss contains a gain if you are looking for it. “I have to pay more taxes this year than ever before” becomes “I made more money this year than I have ever earned”.

2. Identify the opportunity contained in the difficulty. Get in the habit of focusing on the good news wrapped around the bad news. Ask, “How can I make this situation work to my advantage?” Can I find something positive there? What can I manage or overcome in this case? “

3. Develop a growth mindset. See failure as a lesson to be learned rather than failure to endure. Ask what you can learn from difficult results or failures and use them as stepping stones rather than obstacles.

4. Expand your field of action. When threatened, your brain is designed to restrict and target the threat like a camera zoom. It limits your ability to see the big picture. Widen your perspective with a wide-angle lens that guides you beyond gloom and sorrow to greater possibilities.

5. Be risky. Take small risks in a new situation instead of predicting negative results before trying them. “I won’t go to the party because I’m afraid I won’t know anyone” becomes “If I go to the party, I might make a new friend.” “

6. Avoid blowing a negative situation out of proportion. Make micro-adjustments to your prospect and don’t let a bad experience rule your entire prospect: “I didn’t get the promotion so I’ll never reach my career goals” becomes “I didn’t get the promotion. promotion, but there are more steps I can take to reach my career goals.

seven. Focus on the solution, not the problem. You will feel more able to cope with the vagaries of life as you step away from the problem and think about a wide range of possibilities.

8. Practice positive self-talk. After a big disappointment, underline your triumphs and salute your “failures” instead of bludgeoning yourself with your “flaws”. Give yourself a punch when you hit a milestone or achievement.

9. Date positive people. Optimism is contagious. When you surround yourself with optimistic people, the positivism rubs off.

ten. Strive to see new beginnings contained in adversity. Failure is neither personal nor final. Treat disappointments as temporary and know that you can overcome them. Every time you get up and brush once more than you fall down, you are successful. Persistence increases the chances of propelling you to the top of the leaderboard.

Baseball great Babe Ruth, arguably one of the greatest baseball players of all time, said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” You can use Ruth’s wisdom in your pursuits by stacking your positivity deck and allowing setbacks to bring you closer to your goals. So keep swinging with that winning mindset until you hit your dreams out of the park.

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