As I approach my 27th birthday tomorrow morning (7/3/19), I am thinking more and more about my goals, where I am in life, and where I want to be 1/2/3/4/5 years down the road.
Here is an incredible quote I read the other day in ‘Miracle Morning’ authored by Hal Elrod.
“Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.”
Read that one more time: “Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.”
Profound and powerful statement.
Earlier this morning I had a very calming walk in a natural preserve area. Most people living in Florida in the summer wouldn’t consider a walk outside in 95 degree humid weather to be calming, but I have decided to think of it much differently. In life, you have two options, you can look at the glass as half full or you can look at the glass as half empty.
What 95 degree weather allowed me to do?
Well one, it allows me to be outdoors walking a natural preserve area with little to no distractions from others. Going outdoors to walk in a natural preserve area when it feels like 105 degrees outside is probably not the most appealing thing to do for most individuals. Good, more calm and peace for me. Secondly, it allowed me to be outdoors and meditate while listening to the birds, frogs, insects and wind blowing. All sounds around me were unobstructed by any cars, planes, or distractions from my cell phone. I turned off my phone, brought a book with me and a pen to write down thoughts and ideas.
15 minutes into walking the trail, this is where I ended up stopping!
What an incredible spot. Calming. Relaxing. Peaceful. Zero distractions.
How To Shift Your Mindset?
In this life you live, there are two options you have. You have the option of having an fixed mindset or a growth mindset. There are many books that explain this in great detail, but this is what it means to me.
Fixed Mindset: A fixed mindset, to me, means thinking things are the way they are and they can’t be changed. You have no impact on whether or not good things or bad things happen to you. You are merely along for the journey and can’t control the outcome. Hopefully good things happen to you, and if they don’t you will blame things outside of your control
Growth Mindset: A growth mindset, to me, means you live in a world of abundance. Not thinking there are limitations to your potential. Not thinking there are limitations to your personal development. Not thinking there are limitations to the relationships you can develop. Not thinking there are limitations to the amount of money you can make. Not thinking there are limitation to the amount of people you can have an impact on.
What I Promise Myself For The Rest Of My Life?
In the past, I will admit, I have lived with a Fixed Mindset. I think the main reasons are from how my parents brought me up and how their mindset is. They both have fixed mindsets and instilled that in me from a young age. Don’t take risks they would tell me. Don’t invest your money in things that are calculated risks. Go to school to get a stable job with a company that is well known. Trade your time directly for money and don’t have your money work for you.
Moving forward, I promise to shift from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset. I promise to think in terms of abundance and not scarcity. I promise to continue developing myself both personally and professionally. I promise to develop my mindset. I promise to give back to others. I promise to have a positive mindset and outlook on life. I promise to smile more. I promise to build stronger and more meaningful relationships.
- Be one with your thoughts. Take time to walk outdoors completely disconnected from technology and others. Be one with your thoughts.
- Understand the difference between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset. Think abundance, think positive outcomes, think you can have an impact on the things that happen to you
- One last time 🙂 “Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.”