Most people’s time is spent serving or pleasing others and getting their needs met or making them happy. Often despite our best efforts we find that people do not appreciate what we have done. When we have tried hard to please someone we feel disheartened and upset.

However, if you shift to whatever you do is for yourself and never do anything just to please others things change. If you are content with the effort you put in, nor matter what you are doing, you will never be dependent on others’ recognition of what I have done. When you enjoy everything you do, you will be truly happy, fulfilled and successful. The more content you are the more others will start appreciating your effort and contributions.

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Most everyone desires some success of some form that is unique to them and based on their own life experiences and preferences. However, many people get in their way when pursuing their goals due to negative thoughts such as insecurity, not enough time, and fear of failure among others.

A common reference point for surveying general mindsets when it comes to pursuing success is growth vs. fixed perception.

Growth-focused mindsets are open to criticism, new perspectives, and believe that their ability to improve is wholly dependent on the effort put into becoming better. Conversely, the fixed mindset is more of the deterministic view that abilities are innate and your life experiences are largely dependent on your ingrained talents.

Where growth mindsets are open to improving and overcoming hurdles like failure, fixed mindsets can become distraught by setbacks and are prone to giving up in the face of adversity. In business and personal success, an open, growth mindset is what is taught by success coaches and prominent authors in self-motivation.  

A positive psychology and positive mindset is also encouraged, since what you think, and your perspective, whether positive or negative, can have both evident and unforeseen consequences on your pursuit of success or life fulfillment.

You are what you think, and as Henry Ford once said, “if you think you can or can’t do a thing, you are probably right.”

Research published in the journal Applied Psychology looked at how a positive or negative orientation impacted 246 entrepreneurs (143 women) who had been running their businesses for at least two years and were either married or in a stable relationship. The researchers from Poland and Italy were testing the hypothesis that, “more positive entrepreneurs may engage more strongly in personal goal realization thanks to higher resistance to stress and a greater availability of personal resources.”

The first thing they discovered was that people who are more optimistic also tend to feel better about their goals than individuals with a more negative mindset.

The second thing they found was that achievement has a direction. This is a significant and important finding.

The researchers discovered that having a positive orientation on its own does not necessarily and automatically lead to success and achievement. However, when looking at the entrepreneurs that do tend to achieve their goals, they found that they have a positive outlook (measured in terms of self-esteem, life satisfaction and optimism) and they place positive personal and family goals first. The people whose goals were mainly business success orientated, even if they were positive, were significantly less likely to achieve their goals than those who had goals around being a better person, having better relationships and providing for their family and as a consequence saw the fulfillment of these goals as being through their business goals. So, while a positive mindset was important, greater success was achieved when the focus of goals was family oriented.

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“We are the sum total of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river, those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.”
― B.J. Neblett

Life experiences are your best asset in your life.

We all have experiences in life, some good, some bad or unpleasant. Life is sometimes hard, and things don’t always go as planned. During those moments you have a choice to make, you can either give into the circumstances or use those experiences as a life lesson and overcome them. Using those negative experiences make you a stronger person. Our life lessons are one of life’s most valuable teachers, they show us ourselves, teach us about life, and show us our possibilities.

Move ahead and make sure that the life lessons, those things that you’ve learned, and the things that you’ve seen in your life are remembered as the teachers that show us path of who we can be. Reflection in our lives is something that shouldn’t be done once a year, if so we miss out on the opportunities those experiences bring us. Those stories that we interact with on a daily basis can be an inspiration and the groundwork for us becoming better human beings both personally and professionally.

Trying new experiences helps you connect with people. One of the most prominent aspects of your communication abilities is being able to develop rapport and deepen conversations with people you meet by identifying common interests and similarities between the two of you.

Trying new experiences is not only inspirational, they can make you comfortable with change and transition. If you do the same old thing week in week out you’re going to struggle to find inspiration more so than a person who goes to new places, explores the world and actively seeks inspiration in the form of experiences.

Inspiration is what gives us motivation, persistence and creativity. All great ideas are inspired from experiencing something. If you want to turbocharge your creativity and inspiration, start by trying some new experiences.

Trying new experiences expands your comfort zones. When you try new things, even as little as trying a new dish that you’ve never had before you expand your comfort zones, which makes other day-to-day challenges seem less significant or challenging.

Having expanded comfort zones will help you in so many walks of life, especially in your career as it allows you to comfortably manage what other people would be too afraid to do. You will be calmer around problems and issues because you will have developed a bigger perspective.

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Many of us limit ourselves with false beliefs about our intelligence, our talents, or other abilities. But the truth is, you don’t have to be born a genius in order to succeed. You just need to cultivate your individual abilities and the motivation to leverage and apply them. To do so, just identify your passion and purpose and use them to push you forward. And then, it’s a matter of choosing the most suitable among the many great methods of learning, focusing, memorizing, reading and thinking. That will make your potential truly limitless. Especially if you marry your intelligence, our talents, or other abilities with passion and purpose.

The words “passion” and “purpose” are often used interchangeably. Many use them to talk about something that ignites a fire within them, something they love doing more than anything else. 

But, in fact, passion and purpose are entirely different. Passion is something internal. It lies in your inner core; it is buried beneath other people’s expectations or assumptions about you. However, purpose, is directed at what’s around you. It’s something you can share or contribute to the world. 

For example, you might have a passion for cooking. But, possibly, your purpose is to teach cooking to others. 

If you want to achieve limitless motivation and energy, it’s essential to identify your passion, and then use it to find your purpose. They are the building blocks of success. They are also the seeds of inspired action.

Motivate yourself to change your behavior and your success by defining passion and your purpose. Then, go make a ruckus with both.

Watch the Your Brain Shift Podcast on “Passion and Purpose”