Did you know that your mind can impact your ability to succeed?
If you’re struggling to reach your goals, there may be something you can do about it. Business strategist and coach Dr. Shannon Irvine uses her background in neuroscience to help her clients train their brain for success.
She has 5 key steps to help you do the same:
- Use Your Failures
To start, it’s time to change your tune when it comes to defeat. Your inclination may be to avoid failure. But sometimes it’s just what you need to see the path ahead.
Failure helps catapult you to where you want to go next.
When things are running smoothly, it can be easy to fall into a routine that then leads to a rut. However, missteps keep you on your toes, and prime you for future success.
- Stop Comparing
Whether you’re ready to start your own business or vying for that promotion, achieving success takes commitment, time, and hard work.
Yet in today’s digital landscape, people often only show their highlight reels to the world. And when you’re somewhere in between hitting go and reaching your goal, it’s tempting to compare your journey with others.
Comparing where you are against others’ success stories can be an easy way to lose steam.
Turn off the noise and focus on your own journey in order to keep moving.
- Take Your Time
Did you know that 90% of your brain activity each day is similar to an airplane on autopilot? When you decide to rewire your brain to develop a new thought pattern, it won’t happen overnight.
Be prepared to take the time needed to meet your goals.
You may have heard it takes 21 days to break a habit or form a new one. This is partly true. Research shows that after 21 days of commitment to change, there’s a neutral space in your brain activity – the structure of your old network, or habit, is about even with your new network. That means your old patterns are still there, just weaker. But by days 45-67, the new pattern solidifies. Then your brain is on autopilot with the new network and you’re closer to your goal.
- Stop the Lies
Here’s another interesting fact: you see 9 times more of the negative than the positive in your life. It’s simply how humans are wired. For early man to survive, looking out for danger was more important than anything else. Today, physical safety is usually less of a concern, but those early instincts remain.
Your tendency to see the negative helps you feel safe and familiar. But it also keeps you from stepping out of your comfort zone. To find a balance, you lie to yourself about who you are and what you want.
The lies you tell yourself are holding you back from your true potential.
To stop the lies, try and tell that same lie about someone you truly care about. For example – “I’m not talented enough to sell my work.” When you use the same line on a loved one, you’ll quickly realize how silly it is.
- Don’t Forget Your Do
The biggest limiting belief for entrepreneurs is when they question their ability to succeed. Asking ‘Who am I to do this?’ is an easy way out of true commitment.
When your who and your do get mixed up, you may be tempted to give up.
Instead, make a true effort to remember your do. What is it you want to do? How are you going to do it? When will you do it? These are the questions that will help move you forward.