Are you looking to open a few new doors in your personal life? A new adventure might be closer than you think. The world is full of stories of people who turned a corner in their everyday life and suddenly nothing was ever the same for them again. Some people blame this change on nothing more than dumb luck, but luck always seems to follow those who do these 5 things on a regular basis.
1. Begin With Gratitude
There’s an old saying “To be happy, don’t do what you like, like what you do.” This is more than just a trite idea. It actually works. Success experts agree that the best way to improve your current situation is to look for what good things already exist in your life. There’s a simple reason for this positive thinking exercise. Your subconscious mind is huge, weighing in with about 70 billion neurons, while your conscious mind has only around 16 billion. Your conscious mind doesn’t have the horsepower needed to convince your subconscious mind to make better choices. 95% of your choices will come from your subconscious decision making and only 5% are from conscious thought.
So how can that help?
Well, the subconscious mind is easily influenced by the things your conscious mind tells it. When you practice an “attitude of gratitude” in your life, consciously focussing on the good things around you, the triumphs, the wins you are experiencing, no matter how small, your subconscious mind begins to use that 70 billion neuron powerhouse in your favor. It starts watching for positive opportunities, figuring out problems faster and better, and making decisions that make you happier in the long term.
Practicing gratitude on a daily basis can get you the relationships, jobs, and life you want. It’s not an overnight fix, but if practiced daily it can be a permanent door opener for you.
2. Surround Yourself With People Who are Where You Want to Be
Association is one of the keys to getting doors opened for you. Are you interested in becoming a successful businessman? Then begin participating in business activities in your community. Success isn’t a club that they let you join when you’ve finally made enough money, success is a journey and most people on that journey are interested in seeing you succeed. By putting yourself in the vicinity of successful people, talking to them, watching the decisions they are making, and modeling their success patterns, you may see opportunities for growth open up in your own life.
We become who we associate with. If you’re looking to hide from life or get away from your problems you might want to find a new set of associations to help you face what is in front of you and who will give you the strength you need to tackle life head on.
3. Go the Extra Mile
This isn’t just sound moral advice, it’s also a guaranteed way to get ahead in business and in relationships. When you are generous with your time, both as an investment in learning and serving, and with your talents, to figure out new and better ways to accomplish your work, those who work with you are going to notice. Going the extra mile isn’t just about doing the job you’re already contracted to do, or fulfilling the personal promises you’ve already made, it’s about really searching for a way to improve the lives of other people through your efforts. This is the phenomenon behind technological, medical, and social advancements. When people are innovative, curious, and generous with the knowledge they’ve gained, the world is happy to pay back the favor.
No matter what you are doing in your life right now, do it well. Put your heart into it and watch for opportunities to increase your income and happiness.
4. Contribute Online
We live in the Information Age, and if you want to be valuable you’ve got to be sharing important information with others. Look for ways to share your unique perspective online. Discussions, blog posts, YouTube videos, social media commentary; all of it can get your name out in front of people who can help to open doors for you. If you choose to engage in online discussions and information sharing make sure that you are conscientious of your online reputation. Business professionals are looking to social media more and more to get a good idea of what kind of person they are hiring.
5. Cultivate a Professional Appearance
We have been told from the time we’re in kindergarten to “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but in the business world you would be foolish to assume that your appearance isn’t being judged. Professionals are looking for individuals who come across as secure, knowledgeable, well-groomed, and willing to listen and learn. We like stories of self-made men and women, but when it comes right down to it, most people want to work with people who make an effort to show up to work in top form and attitude. When you make an effort to be well-groomed it says a lot about your personal priorities and your attitude toward your work and colleagues.
Knowing others will be looking at your appearance doesn’t mean that you should be doing the same thing to others. Use that kindergarten advice to keep your opinions in perspective where other people are concerned. When you have the opportunity to work with a colleague, collaborator, or even business rival, be certain to avoid putting limits on that person based on what you think you know about them. Take the time to get to know them better, dig deeper than just what you see. Learning how to cultivate deeper relationships can be an amazing way to open doors to success.
Are you ready to walk through new doors in your business life? Try these tips and watch your dream life get closer.
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