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It is said that
“We procrastinate when we seek higher-level needs. But, to overcome procrastination, we have to acknowledge, address, and fulfill lower-level needs.” We procrastinate if we feel like we don’t meet a lofty standard of needs.
Abraham Maslow came up with 5 Hierarchy of Needs. An individual should move upward, starting from level 1. It is how one can minimize procrastination habits.
5 Hierarchies of Needs:
Level 1: Psychological Needs
This is the basic and first level an individual needs to function well. It includes life-essentials like food, water, clothing, shelter, home, sleep, etc. Maslow suggests that an individual has to fulfill this basic-need first to move to further levels.
Level 2: Safety Needs
When psychological needs are met, individuals move for safety needs like a friendly society, safe/secure environments in work and home, medical care, financial security, a sense of freedom to express themselves, emotional security.
Level 3: Social Needs
If L1 and L2 are met, individuals feel comfortable to move to social needs like friendship, trust, acceptance, affiliations, and look for emotional-comfort and belongingness.
Level 4: Esteem Needs
Esteem-needs cover all important aspects like skill-developing, earn reputation through work, independence, respect from others, and the like.
Level 5: Self-Actualization (Top Level)
The need to prove themselves, fulfill their potential, being creative, developing interest are different ways of self-expressing. The interest to do what they like, to follow their passion, pursue what they desire becomes prominent at this level.
What we infer here
What we infer here?
Maslow suggests that “Procrastination will be “none to a minimum” in the lower-levels (since it covers necessities) than higher-levels (L4-L5)”.
Unless an individual address and fulfill L1-L3, they will be highly procrastinating in higher levels like L4-L5 which encloses your work, projects, education, business, etc.
Abraham Maslow's strategy of fulfilling needs plays a role in understanding the reasons for procrastination.
The way we are today and the life we live today is because of our success and failures. It shaped us and no one can deny that. Here are 5 real Thoughts that will justify why failures are needed for success! Go through them.
Thought 1: You learn life, people, places, and things when there’s a failure. You safe-guard your physical and mental self positively after life’s failures right?
Thought 2: Genuinely humble people we come across in life are the ones who have taken failures and came out of it. Have you noticed it?
Thought 3: Failures and embarrassments are the best teachers in life! Without them, what is left to explore in life? Have you thought about it?
Thought 4: Successful People, Life-changing inventions, and today’s technologies are not an overnight success but years of failure, right?
Thought 5: Truth is, there is no success without falling at least once. Maybe some people could hit it in the first streak. But those who fail will learn new angles, new data, and fresh experience to achieve success than others.
Why Failures are Difficult to Handle?
When there’s a failure, a man loses all his heart. That makes the failure more hurtful to handle than anything else. Just ignore everything you perceive about failures. Calm your mind and think to yourself “I would have done the same mistake over and over if hadn’t failed”. You will understand the genuine sense of failure which is; “Failures will pillar your success. And the success after failure will bring you more success”.
Still not convinced?
Remember, History fades, Geniuses fail, Men fail, Regimes Fail. Even our favorite superhero’s get hit and fail. Don’t you worry! Failure is a part of life. Learn the lesson. Build yourself. Move on.
Locke and Latham have given 5 goal-setting principles in their book "A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance." These principles help set achievable and motivational goals for you.
5 Principles of Goal-Setting by Locke and Latham are:
Locke and Latham suggested that if your goals are clear and concise, there will be no room for misunderstanding and misinterpretation. As a result, you will grasp what you want, what to do, and how to get it. Unclear goals lead to poor execution of your efforts and a waste of time.
Locke and Latham believe that if a goal is challenging, intriguing and inspiring, we are more likely to be motivated to accomplish it. Challenging doesn't mean we can fantasize about unrealistic ideas. Challenging goals should also be achievable and relatable.
Try to connect emotionally with your goal. Only then can you commit. To connect emotionally, you need to set goals that are true to your interest, values, and life. As a result, you will be convinced and agree with your goals. Once you are committed, you will become consistent.
Regularly review your goal progress.
Answer questions like:
- Am I going in the right direction?
- Are my goal-plans working properly?
- Why I didn't see any progress?
- How far should I go to reach the end-goal?
- Are my goals clear? Etc.
It helps you to see whether you are traveling in the right direction towards your goal.
6. Task Complexity:
Task-complexity can either be the "Not Clearly Understood." category or "It's a very challenging" category. Know the difference. Not all people can handle complex goals. Also, even highly motivated people can sometimes feel overwhelmed with complex goals. Point is, avoid too many complexities while setting your goals and don't overdo.
1. S – Specific:
The first step in goal-setting is being ‘Specific’. You should identify what you want to accomplish clearly. Specific goals will help you in making a better plan. You can take actionable steps. With vague goals, you cannot proceed further.
Poor Example: I Want to Be an Engineer.
Good Example: To become a genetics engineer by graduating from this reputed institution.
2. M – Measurable:
Your goal becomes achievable if you can measure its progress. It is like setting milestones that will tell you ‘how far you have come’ and ‘how far you have to go’ to reach the goal.
Bad Example: Have to get more visitors to the site.
Good Example: Have to reach 10,000 visitors before the middle of April.
Now, you can measure your progress easily.
3. A- Attainable/Achievable:
What is the purpose of your goal if it is un-attainable? Set goals within the reach and comes within a time-bound.
Poor Example: I want to become No.1 in this field by this Month
Good Example: Undergo a minimum of 6 months of internship in this particular field. I have to gain live industry-experience and knowledge in this field by working for 3-5 years in the field.
4. R – Relatable:
Your goals should be related to your values and objectives. Also, your goals should be realistic and challenging to motivate you.
Poor Example: Become a good fiction-writer in 3 weeks.
Good Example: I want to graduate in English and explore world-literature as I want to become a writer.
The goal here is realistic, motivating, and relatable to your values and objectives.
You will gain motivation to achieve your goal when there is a time-bound.
Poor Example: Increase my Blog Visitors
Good Example: Increase visitors by 5% before July.
Don’ts of Goal-Setting:
- Your goals should not be set to 'negatively' influence yourself and other people around you.
- If you are in a higher position in any field like business, education, etc. don’t follow the attitude of “Achieve this goal or you will lose your job”.
- Goals shouldn’t degrade people if they couldn’t achieve it.
- Don't set goals to please or impress people around you.
- Your goals should not favor short-term wins over long-term losses.
- Don’t aim to accomplish too many goals.
- Your goals should not distract you away from the end-outcome despite a lot of changes in the action plan due to unavoidable circumstances.
- Don't set goals out of compulsion.
Do’s of Goal Setting:
- Your goal should be understandable. This is the first step in setting proper goals in life.
- Goals should motivate you. When you set a goal, set it out of your inspiration, passion, and interest.
- Goals should be actionable i.e. your goals should give your ideas to make good plans, take steps, gather necessary resources to achieve it.
- Goals should be useful to you. You will be motivated to achieve the goals if you find it useful and valuable to you. If not, you will do everything to avoid it starting with procrastination.
- Goals should be time-bound. Only then, you will know when to start, and when to finish it. Time is important for achieving goals.
- Ask yourself “Is this what I want?”, “Is this what I want to achieve?” before you set your long-term, middle-term, and life-time goals. Don’t try to copy or imitate your goals based on others. Also, don’t compare yourself with others and set your goals. Different people have different needs in life.
Remember to follow these basic Do's and Dont's to set achievable goals in life.
What is a SMART Goal?
SMART is the key aspect and the best strategy to set proper goals. If you don’t know how to set goals, you can follow how SMART works. You will get the idea. When you set SMART goals, you will understand how to proceed in achieving your goals.
Why do you need to follow the SMART Goal-Setting Strategy?
SMART Stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Bound.
SMART goal-setting will bring out what exactly you want, how you want, and when you want. When you start following the SMART strategy, you will answer 5 important questions that will determine whether you can set the goal and achieve it.
SMART Goal-Setting is about:
Is your goal SPECIFIC?
What do you want to achieve? What type of Goal is it? Is it a short-term goal? What are your long-term goals? Do you have any goals or tasks that you like to do before you complete your education?
Is your goal MEASURABLE?
Can you monitor your goal’s progress? How will you know if you have achieved it or Not? What’s the Measure or scale you have fixed for your goal?
Is your goal ATTAINABLE?
Can you achieve your goal? What do you want to accomplish with this Goal? What end-results do you want to get? How the outcome of your goal should be?
How REALISTIC is your Goal?
Is your goal a realistic one? Is it practically possible? Can we get the resources needed to accomplish this Goal? Can you tackle the difficulties in achieving this Goal?
What TIME-FRAME will it take?
Can you achieve it in a week/month? What type of Goal you have, and how much time will it take? When should you complete this Goal?
SMART goal-setting is a high backed method to achieve our goals practically and objectively.
- Habits like good food-choices, active lifestyle, being good with people, managing both work and play are important routines for reaching your goals successfully.
- Prepare yourself mentally. Accomplishing goals takes determination and consistency. Train your mind to keep trying.
- Another key habit of achieving your goal is to wake up early. You will have extra hours of productive time to work on your goals.
- It doesn’t matter what types of goals you have. For everything, you need simple, clear, and achievable planning and process. Improve your planning habits.
- Spend time daily for your goals.
- Take breaks. Working on your goals every day will make the work seem tedious to achieve.
- If you have long-term goals break it to short-term goals.
- Be ready to improvise your goals when needed.
- Handle criticisms and demotivation sportively. Don’t become influenced by what others say about your goals. Successful people were once criticized for their goals and dreams.
- Enjoy the Process. Let your goals be the destination. But make your travel an interesting and happy one. All work and no happy times will make everybody dull. Enjoy your journey by accepting that ups and downs in achieving goals are natural processes.
- Identify what is stopping you? What habits you should change? What part should you improvise? Should you focus on planning more? Is your lack of clarity stopping you? Etc.
- Don’t procrastinate. Aim for doing at least some productive work every day related to your goals.
- Place your goals where you can see then daily.
- Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
- It is your goal. Believe that you can, and you will achieve it.
1. Stuck with a Goal?
“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus, Philosopher.
Feel stuck with a goal? Don’t worry. Only when we are completely stuck, we will gain the ultimate courage to get out of it. Don’t give up easily.
2. Do you feel like “Why should I Set Goals?”
“Goal Setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life.” – Jim Rohn.
Goals are important in life. Goals will help you make every day count.
3. Why having a goal is important in life for me?
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland.
Without a purpose, waking every day becomes meaningless and demotivating. With a goal, you wake up with a purpose to fulfill. You gain confidence in yourself and in the steps you take to achieve goals.
4. Do you ask yourself “How can I be happy in life”?
This quote will answer.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie.
If your thoughts, energy, and hopes are inspired by a goal, nothing can stop you from achieving outstanding things in life. Set an inspiring goal. Achieve it. You will end up happy.
5. Is accomplishing your goal the only purpose of your life? No.
“In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed.” – Sid Caesar.
Compromising your happiness for achieving your goals becomes meaningless.
1. Goals should mean something to you:
Your goals should mean something to you. If there is no meaning or personal value, you will not be internally motivated to accomplish it. Goals should make a person spend the best of their efforts. Meaningful goals add motivation and drive inside you to achieve it.
2. Be flexible:
Be ready to take whatever comes in the middle of your goal journey. Be flexible enough to adapt to changes that might happen in the middle. Take advantage of things and situations that might happen in the middle. Be flexible with your goals. Especially, with your long-term, middle-term, and Life-time goals.
3. Be Realistic:
Realistic goals will become achievable goals in life. Also, be realistic with the time to accomplish. Depending upon the goals, it will take time. Be realistic by accepting it. Don’t rush or don’t wait too long.
4. No outside influence:
Don’t set your goals because others are doing it. Don’t let people or surrounding influence you in setting goals or altering them. Set goals for yourself. Set goals you want and not what others want.
5. Get Support when needed:
Your goals may need another shoulder to carry forward for some time. Ask for help when you are struggling to achieve your goals.
6. You need good Balance:
Your Goals should not break your personal life, your family, friends, and people. You should be able to have happy times and also work on your goals. You need to balance.
7. Don’t lose Values over Goals:
Your goals should synch with your values and rightness.
8. Specific goals are achievable goals:
Set specific goals based on what you want and what you need. Achieving goals becomes easy.
1. Capstone Goals:
Capstone goals are processes and activities you need to achieve to accomplish your long-term goals.
Examples: Travelling to all the wonders of the world or buying an apartment in a serene place, or buying your dream car, etc. all come under your long-term goals. Or, it could be like becoming an engineer, a lawyer, etc. These goals would take some years to accomplish.
Capstone goals here would be: Saving Money, Clearing the Entrance Exams, Choosing reputed medical/engineering institutions, Interning at a good law firm
2. Lifetime Goals:
Lifetime Goals can give more satisfaction to people when accomplished than other goals. An individual’s lifetime goals will mostly come under Favorite Things to do or regarding personal interests. It also covers basic life goals like Career, Financial Stability, Education, Building a Family, your passion project, etc.
For Instance: You might have a well-paid job. Your life is all settled. Yet, you might still look for something to accomplish out of deep personal interest. Ex: Open a book-store, Open a restaurant, Own a pet, Move to different country/state, Write a novel, Meet your Role-Model, etc.
3. Provisional Goals:
Provisional goals are simple advancements. You can achieve them under a month or a few weeks. Provisional goals are independent. They don’t have to be linked to other categories of goals. Also, your Provisional goals need not be an extension or beginning of long-term, short-term, or lifetime goals.
Example: Painting your house, de-cluttering wardrobe, restocking the pantry, passing courses, completing a fitness goal, etc.
4. Foundational Goals:
Foundation goals are short-term goals. You can do it in a day, or a week. You can set foundational goals as the basis for long-term goals too. You can also set them as stand-alone.
Example: Getting your assignments checked today, join art classes, etc.
Your “Long-Terms” goals are things that will take some time to achieve. Long-term goals will need good preparation from your side, a consistent attitude to try, patience, and more time. In simple terms, tasks or targets that take over six-twelve months or more time can be categorized as long-term goals for you. Long-term goals require hard work and dedication. As a cherry on top, after achieving a long-term goal, an individual gains tremendous self-confidence.
Benefits of Long-term Goals for you:
- Long-Term goals will never fade away once you have set it. Deep down it will always remind and motivate you.
- Long-Term goals can become more personal to you like owning your favorite bike, buying your own home, etc.
- Long-Term goals are good motivating factors for us.
- Long-term goals will make you a good planner.
- Depending upon the nature of your long-term goals, you get benefits. For instance, if buying a new home is your long-term goal, you will start saving money. You cut-down lavishness. If you like to get a specific degree, you gain benefits like knowledge, exposure, career options to choose, excellent industrial training, visit new places, become more creative, spread your wings, etc.
- Setting and accomplishing Long-Term goals in education, finances, personal, career, business, knowledge-building, etc. can secure your life comfortably.
Examples of Long-Term Goal Financial Goal could be:
- Save money
- Invest in insurance that gives a good return
- Separate Money for education
- Save money to open my studio
- Save Money for my start-up etc.
Examples of Long-term educations goals could be:
- Join in this reputed B-School
- Get a double major
- Start my doctoral thesis work next year etc.
Achieving your Long-Term goals can become milestones in your life.
Tip 1: Solid Study Habit – When to Study?
The first step in setting an achievable study goal is to bring a study habit. You need to allocate focused study-time. Avoid other activities during this study time. Do something productive with it. After one week of following, it can easily become a habit for you.
Tip 2: Suitable Study Technique – How to Study?
Pick a study technique that you find helpful in remembering your subjects. Ex: You can use flow-charts, note-taking, doodles, stick-notes, drawings, mind-maps, etc. to study.
Tip 3: Identify Short-term and Middle-term goals – What to Study?
Here, ‘What to study’ depends upon your short-term and middle-term goals. Know them. Write them down.
Examples Short-term & Middle-Term goals could be:
- I want to improve my grades before mid-term
- I need to focus on thermodynamics more
- I need to finish my quarterly assignment-papers before this week
- Get A+ in my Lab, etc.
It brings a precise focus for you.
Tip 4: Plan– How to Start?
Now, you have short-term and middle-term goals with you! Write steps to achieve it.
For Ex: I want to improve my grades in the coming Mid-Term
Write your Plans like:
- What paper did I score low? Which part is getting me low-scores?
- Spend extra study hours in the weekend
- Take some sample online tests etc.
Setting clear process goals are important to achieve the study-goals you set.
Tip 5: Limit Distractions – What to Avoid?
Make sure no one or nothing disturbs you during your study time. Limit phone and internet distractions.
Tip 6: Consistency & Monitoring – How to Get Results?
Star executing your study-plans. Be consistent with it. Monitor your progress. Ask yourself, have you accomplished your short-term goals? Did you get what you expected?
“It’s never too early or never too late to work towards being the healthiest YOU.” – Unknown
Good Health and fitness are the foundation goals for a good life. It is the ultimate factor that improves your mind, body, and soul to perform well in all your endeavors. Without good health, none works in life. Compromising your health and fitness for achieving your dream goal is also not worth it.
Bring healthy food changes. Live an active life. Get enough sleep. Maintain good hygiene. Embrace more eco-friendly options. They are all basic health goals that you and I can bring in our life.
2. Mental Health :
“Positivity always wins…Always.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
Mental health should be your topmost priority. Instead of trying to control your surroundings or blame it, shift your attitude towards positivity. Realize that you cannot please everyone. Understand that we cannot control the way people speak or behave. But we can control our thoughts, actions, and behaviors. Start training your mind to positivity. Guard yourself against negative thoughts and behaviors entering your mind.
“Empower yourself with Education.” – Michelle Obama
Education instills empowerment, independence, and morality in every individual. Education is the basic goal to improve your life.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
Choose the line of education that you are passionate about. Despite initial struggles with different lines of work, always end up in a career that you like. This is a basic but life-defining goal you need to focus on.
“The Importance of good people in life is like the importance of a heartbeat. It’s not visible but silently supports life.” – Unknown.
Earn good people in life. It’s a fundamental goal we all need to achieve.
What goals do you want to achieve for your business set-up?
Do you have financial milestones to reach? Or, do you like to achieve goals like Increase Customer-base, Logistics to remote-areas, Lowering operational-costs, Testing/launching new products, etc.
Be specific about what you want to achieve and in which area you want to achieve. This is the key to setting an achievable business goal.
Next steps will be:
1. Convey your Goals:
Make your goals public to your employees. Gather opinions. Your employees should know what their company is doing and where it is headed. Also, be descriptive in your goals so your employees will get the entire picture.
2. Necessary resources:
Starting with the budget, Human-resource, backup plans, etc. you need to gather necessary resources to meet your business goals.
3. Review your benchmarks:
It will help you in setting the next appropriate goals for your current business scenarios. Benchmarks will help redesign failure into success models, bring fresh perspectives, and workable ideas for achieving your new goals.
4. Make a road-map:
In a business setup, Road-Map is like setting up apparent process goals to achieve your ultimate goal. How you are going to reach your goal is important in the business. Road-maps will guide you with where to start and how to travel.
Start working on finding workable, flexible, and achievable action plans.
6. Start executing:
By combining your action plans and road maps, optimize your resources, and get your employees on board and start. Your business goals will take the shape only when you get into action.
7. Set Deadlines:
We can see the progress of your business goals with your deadlines.
Celebrate even the little milestones you achieved from your business goals.
How to set achievable goals?
Step 1: Identity what type of Goals you have in mind
What type of goals you have in mind? Do you have goals to achieve every day or do you have monthly/weekly/yearly goals?
- An everyday goal can be: Drink 8 glasses of water, Walk a Mile, etc.
- Monthly Goals can be: Earn this target money, finish one online-course, etc.
- Weekly goals can be: complete 10 pages of assignments, finish the office presentation on financial-risks, etc.
Identifying what goals you want to accomplish is important. Only then, you can proceed further in setting achievable process goals.
Step 2: Write them down
The second step is to write all the goals you want to achieve in your journal or separate notebook. Personally, writing your goals becomes a powerful reminder for you. You can find a goal-planner notebook. Or, a simple notebook will do. You can separate it for days, weeks, and months for convenience.
Step 3: Write Process Goals
Under each goal, write down its corresponding process goals.
Weekly Goal 1: Want to finish office-presentation on Financial Risks.
Process Goals: Collect references from financial-dept., finalize the design-layout by Wednesday, etc.
Daily Goal 1: Drink 8 Glasses of Water
Process Goals: Carry own Water-bottle, place it nearby workspace, refill during breaks without fail, etc.
Step 4: Start
Now start executing your process goals for your day, month, and weeks. You can also prioritize it according to importance and convenience.
Step 5: Measure Progress
Strikeout once you have finished the process goals. The more you complete your process goals, the closer you get to reach your ultimate goal.
Set simple and clear achievable goals for yourself. Reaching your end-goal becomes stress-free. The quality of the outcome will be highly fruitful.
1. Goals give Purpose:
With purpose, an individual will easily move forward to different phases of life. For instance, Personal goals, business/work goals, financial goals, creative goals, etc. will help bring out the best of efforts in individuals.
2. Goals bring out Talents:
When we set our own-goals or when given a goal to achieve, we bring out all the talents to use and skills to experiment in achieving that goal.
3. Goals Give Determination:
Persistence, determination, and attitude to “keep trying” will come when there is a goal to achieve. Your goals will push you to learn new things.
4. You get Clarity:
A small or big goal is not an issue. What goals you intend to set will clearly show what you want in life and what you want to achieve every day.
5. Goal-Visualization is an Interesting Motivator:
Visualizing your goals, how to achieve it, what happens when we achieve it become interesting motivators for us.
6. Goals can bring back people:
People who have gone through a bad phase in life can get back on track with goal setting. Goals are psychological remedies to forget the troubles and move forward in life with a purpose.
7. Goals improve Self-Confidence:
You set goals because you know you can achieve it or at least try to see what happens. It is because of your self-confidence. But a ‘not-so-confident’ people will hesitate to set a goal and pursue it vigorously.
8. Goal setting improves Brain Function:
Even if it is a small goal, when you set it and finish it, your brain releases Dopamine, the Happy Hormones. This dopamine enhances positivity, keeps you motivated and content. With dopamine, you feel good physically too.
Set a goal. Achieve it and see your mind and body becoming highly positive.
What is Process Goals?
You need to set process goals to achieve larger and actual goals you have in mind successfully. The logic is, if there is a methodical process, reaching a goal becomes easy despite all distractions that come your way. An important aspect of goal setting is to define and set procedural/process goals.
Examples of Process Goals:
- If “writing 5000 words in 15 days are your larger and actual goal, your process goals should be “write 300 Words every day”.
- If “Increasing your grades” is the larger goal you have, set process goals like “spend 1 Hr. for study and 30 Minutes for revision/self-test” every day in the early morning hours.
- If your goal is to “Become a positive Person”, then your process goals here would be something like “I’ll think of three things I’m grateful for every night”, “try to help someone every day”, “I will lessen my anger every day” etc.
- If your goal is to start your own business, your process goals should be “study successful business-model every week”, “see what the other people in your area are offering”, “enhancing your business skill” etc.
By creating a process goal, it will incline you to do the activity based on a condition-mindset without procrastinating. But, if you just have a goal to achieve, various reasons can easily distract you.
Why I should Develop Process Goals?
- Having a goal is not enough. Same way, focusing on the end goal is also not enough. So what do we need? You need to focus on designing your process goals.
- By setting process goals, you get a chance to celebrate even small success to gain further motivation.
- Process goals are the logical ways to achieve the target goals you have in life and to handle everyday goals.
Mental Productivity in simple terms:
Mental productivity is a harmony of mind, body, and heart. If they are not in sync, they will impact your mental productivity. Also, mental productivity correlates to your brain functions i.e., Active brain equals active mental productivity. So, mental productivity is like syncing all your devices to one email. Your mind, body, heart, and soul are to be synced together.
For instance, you may be a tech genius. What happens if there is no balance between your body (health) and your heart (emotions)? There is no mental productivity.
1. Good sleep:
Good sleep ensures a healthy mind, body, and soul. Nothing delights your brain than a goodnight's sleep!
2. Do Sudoku/puzzles/crosswords Daily:
It improves your IQ, concentration, mood, and lowers stress levels. puzzles stimulate problem-solving, cognitive abilities, and critical thinking parts of your brain.
3. Change your routines:
Bring fresh changes to your usual routine now and then. Fresh changes will stimulate your brain and keeps it active.
4. Cognitive Advantage:
Improve cognitive-enhancing activities like watching positive things, enjoying nature, writing, doodling, drawing, painting, etc. It improves the brain’s productivity. Have good relaxation practices like swimming, music, yoga, etc. Use your tech/gadget levels to a minimum.
Bring the habit of reading wonderful books and literature to expand your mind. When an individual gathers wider perspectives over life and surrounding, they become mentally more active and productive.
Your brain lights up whenever there is a gesture of positivity. You need positivity every day to boost your mental productivity.
Learn one thing ‘new’ every day to be mentally productive. It stimulates your critical thinking. Ex: reading new articles from unique areas, exploring different genres of music/books, etc.
To boost your critical thinking, you need strong mental productivity. Follow these ideas to boost brain-functions.
1. No Time-Travel to Past:
Mentally resilient people accept that they cannot change or erase the past. They learn to live above them. Mentally strong people will let go of the past but not the lesson it taught.
2. No Self-Pity:
Mentally powerful people will avoid playing the victim or bring self-pity. They take responsibility. Self-pity is self-sabotage because it will never let you out of the false comfort zone. Real-life is out there, and somehow we have to face it. Mentally resilient people know all this for a fact.
3. No Resentment:
Others will never intimidate mentally strong people. And, they will never have resentment over other people’s success, money, power, and life. They don’t feel resentment because they value themselves and their life for what it is. Those who are mentally strong will know that focusing on their own life gives fruitful results.
Holding on to resentment, grudges, jealousy are fundamental behaviors that mentally resilient people avoid in life.
4. They don’t do Drama:
Mentally resilient individuals will cut the drama in their life and at work. They diffuse conflicts. They will not bring unnecessary troubles. They never show inappropriate and annoying attitudes or behaviors towards other people. Mentally strong people will avoid drama and like to keep things real. Same time, they don’t hurt people in the name of ‘being real.’ Point is, mentally strong doesn’t refer to being mean and stone-cold towards people.
5. No Negativities
All mentally resilient individuals have one thing in common. They surround themselves with positive words, positive attitudes, and positive people. They distance themselves from negativities of any form, both professionally and personally.
If you have any of the attitudes above in your life, it means you are already a mentally resilient person. Keep growing!
1. Performance. Not Emotions!
A powerful way to strengthen yourself mentally is to perform better than your emotions. Deliver a consistent level of performance irrespective of what you feel. When emotions interfere, it will affect work quality.
2. Be Thyself!
Be yourself! Don’t change to please others. This pleasing-attitude brings pressure, zero self-acceptance negates your positive self-beliefs, and kills your creativity. Mentally strong people are not people-pleasers.
3. Be Tenacious. Don’t give up easily!
Giving up is easy. But, ‘determination’ and tenacity to ‘keep trying and never easily give up’ makes people successful and mentally powerful.
4. Productive Core-Beliefs!
Choose positivity and productivity over negativity. Align your core-beliefs towards doing things that make you happy and gives the feeling of success. Let your core-beliefs align with a good moral compass. They all make you mentally resilient.
5. Be like a Tree. Let the Dead Leaves Drop – Rumi:
To be like a tree is to be like the Root. Root needs to be nurtured to grow stronger and deeper. And so are you. To nurture mental strength, fight against all the odds. Don’t break easily. Be like a tree that is strong, deep, yet humble. Extend yourself to others like a tree branch. Extend your brain to enhance your knowledge and skills. The negativities of life are like dead leaves. By being strong and humble like a tree, you are automatically dropping all the negatives.
6. Get Defeated to become Victorious:
It’s okay to get defeated. Only then will you know how to play the game and emerge victoriously. Defeats that you face in life are precious and practical lessons that will strengthen you mentally to a core. Don’t worry if you fall. You now know a conscious life-lesson of what to do and what not to do to improve your life.
1. They don’t give up easily:
Confident people will do what they can with their abilities to crack what’s in front of them. They keep trying and don’t call it quits easily.
2. They don’t Bully people Intellectually:
Intellectual Bullies don’t agree with anyone. They will never admit they are wrong. They have a blatant disregard for other's opinions and views. But confident people are not intellectual bullies. They accept when people or situations prove them wrong. They focus on “What is right” instead of “I am right”. It’s one of the defining traits of truly confident people.
3. They take Responsibility:
Confident people take responsibility for themselves, including their health and character. They take responsibility for the mistakes made. They apologize when needed.
4. Water Under the Bridge:
Confident people forgive and let go. They don’t hold on to grudges, judgments, negative criticisms, negative people.
5. They Listen:
Confident people don’t brag. They let other people express their thoughts and views. They show genuine interest in knowing and listening to others.
6. Not Intimidated:
Intrinsic validation matters to highly confident people. They don’t get intimidated by others. They don’t speak badly of others to make themselves look better. Also, confident people have a close circle of people who truly matter to them. They value and respect their opinions. They don’t worry about what others think.
7. They ask for help:
Confident people are not always “I can handle it all”. They will not hesitate to ask for help when needed. They don’t consider vulnerability as a weakness.
8. Live. Let Live:
Confident people are effortlessly cool and collected. They don’t show-off or make efforts to boast themselves. Confident people will let other people be themselves. Confidence flows even with their dressing and body language. They Live and Let Live.