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15 Ways to Become More Intelligent in Life

What is growth? What is learning? How can we become more intelligent in life to know more, be more and do more? Being smarter, being more intelligent, and knowing more can help us reach out goals and dreams faster. How can we do this? In this post, you will learn 15 ways to become more intelligent in life.

What if you could easily solve any problem you encountered? How would it feel to know more, and be able to navigate difficult situations with ease? What would you do if you were smarter and more intelligent?

Becoming smarter and more intelligent in life has many benefits.

Whether you are trying to reach a specific goal, or just looking to become more well rounded in life, becoming more intelligent will help you on your journey to success.

Being able to comprehend complex ideas, understanding how things work, having the ability to show empathy, and having a good vocabulary are all parts of being smarter and having a higher level of intelligence.

All of this is great, but, how do we become more intelligent? What is intelligence? Why does being smart matter?

In this post, we will talk about what intelligence is, why being smart is important, and you’ll learn 15 ways to become more intelligent in your life to improve your chances of becoming successful.

What is Intelligence and Why is Being Smart Important?

First, let’s talk about what intelligence is, and why being smart is important.

Intelligence can be defined many different ways.

To me, intelligence is the ability to learn, the ability to understand, the ability to problem solve, and the ability to grow.

There are many types of intelligence, and some common ones could be described as practical intelligence, creative intelligence, emotional intelligence, and analytical intelligence.

Practical intelligence is “street smarts” or “common sense”, creative intelligence is “abstract thinking”, emotional intelligence is “handling the emotions of yourself and others”, and analytical intelligence is “book smarts”.

Why is being smart important?

This might be obvious, but being smart and being intelligent:

With this in mind, let’s now move on to the 15 ways you can become more intelligent in your life.

“Your level of success is rarely exceeded by your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” – Hal Elrod

15 Ways to Become More Intelligent in Life

Do you want to become smarter? How can you become more intelligent in life?

Growing, improving, and learning are all pieces of becoming more intelligent.

However, there is also a mindset shift that must happen if you want to become smarter.

Through this mindset shift, you will start to change as a person, change your daily habits, and grow – not only your brain, but also as a person in many ways.

Becoming smarter will help you unlock new avenues and opportunities in life, and bring success as you get to your full potential.

Below are 15 ways to become more intelligent in life. If you want, you can click on a link below to go directly to the section with that step, or you can scroll down to read them in order.

  1. Stand on the Shoulders of Giants
  2. Redefine Learning
  3. Become Curious in Everyday Life and Ask Questions
  4. Get Enough Sleep and Rest Every Night
  5. Spend Time Exploring a New Place
  6. Conduct Experiments and Get Outside Your Comfort Zone
  7. Do Something Creative Each Day
  8. Exercise
  9. Eat Healthy Foods to Give Your Brain the Necessary Energy it Needs
  10. Surround Yourself with Books from Different Eras and With Different Topics
  11. Do What You like and Try to Get Better at it
  12. Learn a New Language and Learn in that Language
  13. Live Intentionally and Take Responsibility for Your Life
  14. Teach Others How to Do Something
  15. Make Learning a Part of Your Every Day Life

Let’s dive into the details of each of these steps to become smarter below.

1. Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

First and foremost, if you want to become smarter, it’s important to recognize those who have came before us who have achieved great successes.

The quote above from Isaac Newton refers to the fact that when we are just growing up and becoming more knowledgeable, we are like dwarfs – we aren’t very tall and we cannot see very far. This is similar to when we are kids – we don’t know much and have much to learn.

However, if you stand on the shoulder of a giant, you can see for miles. If we read from those who were successful, we can gain insight into how we can become more successful in our lives.

If you want to become smarter, read about some of the amazing people of our past and present, and you can gain a piece of their experience for yourself.

For example, a few years ago, I read about Jeff Bezos and some of the story of Amazon. 20 years of events, information, and thoughts were condensed into a book which I read in just a few weeks.

Before, I didn’t know anything about the inner workings of Amazon and how Jeff Bezos thought on a short and long term basis.

However, after, I now understood more about their business and what it means to become one of the biggest and most influential companies in the world.

For you, if you want to become smarter, it’s time to read and learn from the giants of the past.

2. Redefine Learning

“I keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had – every day I’m learning something new. – Richard Branson

What is learning? Is it something you do at school? Is it something that stops after college? Is learning something that needs a textbook, or is it anything that stimulates our brains?

To me, learning is something anyone can do. Learning does not require a book, and certainly continues after school.

The most successful people in the world are continuously learning – they are constantly reading, coming up with new ideas, talking with other successful people, and growing.

To become smarter, you need to redefine learning.

First, learning is not something that need a teacher for and you definitely do not need a book to learn. Learning can happen anywhere and at any time!

Second, learning is a process that will bring both successes and failures. Learning is not a linear path to becoming an expert.

Rather, learning is the process of going from not knowing a lot to becoming knowledgeable and proficient in a certain area. Learning takes time, but, through experimentation, you can become more intelligent in a subject.

3. Become Curious in Everyday Life and Ask Questions

One of the first steps to becoming smarter is to realize that their are gaps in your knowledge and improving your understanding of various things will be beneficial for you in the future.

Being closed minded and living in an echo chamber is not helpful for achieving your goals.

It’s okay to say “I don’t know” and look to answer the questions you have.

Having a growth mindset and looking to learn a little bit each day is critical if you want to become more intelligent.

You cannot know more if you don’t poke around curiously for the answer.

Realize that in each interaction you have, you can learn something or pick up a new tip. If you stay doing the same thing everyday, that’s all you are going to get.

If you change things up, you can start to make improvements and correct the mistakes you’ve made in the past.

Even if these questions are just clarifying a situation, they can make all the difference in your understanding and lead to becoming more intelligent as you now know of more of the full picture.

4. Get Enough Sleep and Rest Every Night

Getting enough sleep and rest each day is a key part of growth and learning.

Just like your muscles, you need to allow your brain a rest and time to grow.

There have been many studies looking at learning, memory and the quantity and quality of sleep a person receives.

When we get enough sleep, we are able to perform at a higher level, but if we are sleep deprived, we are more forgetful and do not perform at our best.

When trying to learn, it’s important to get enough sleep – whether this is 6 hours, 8 hours, or 10 hours is up to you to figure out.

The point here is that your brain is just like your muscles. You need to mix it up and give it a rest to see optimal gains.

5. Spend Time Exploring a New Place

When you were a kid, did you ever go to a new place and have the best time of your life? Exploring, making new connections, and discovering this new place were some of the best times and always very fun.

As an adult, I’ve done this as well from time to time in my own city and state, and think it’s still as exciting and stimulating as when I did it as a kid.

Going to a new place and just walking around, exploring, and leaving all expectations at the door can be freeing. Doing this can allow your brain to make new connections and exercise in different ways.

I’ve also experienced this by going to new stores or restaurants in different areas of the city I live in. For example, just going for a coffee at a different coffee shop (pre-COVID) and sitting there watching those around you interact can be something different and new.

The point of learning is to give you brain new stimuli and to allow it to grow over time.

With exploration and experimentation, you can will challenge your brain to grow.

6. Conduct Experiments and Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

Here’s something to internalize: the only way you are going to grow is by getting outside your comfort zone.

Testing your assumptions, making mistakes, and correcting your errors will lead to more successes over time.

However, without those experiments, you will not have learned what to do in situations that require change and adjustment, and for this, you will be lacking intelligence in that area.

What do I mean by conducting experiments?

Conducting experiments could be as easy as reading a book about communication and testing some of the greetings in the book on people in real life to see their reaction.

Maybe you read about a new way to say “what’s up” (this is a dumb example, but it’s still an experiment!)

You say this new way to say “what’s up” and the person talking to you lights up with excitement and proceeds to tell you about their life.

This would be positive feedback to your experiment and if you want to continue to see success, you can keep using this phrase.

Again, this is just an example. However, for you, you should figure out which areas of life you want to improve in, start experimenting and learning, and over time, you’ll become more intelligent in those areas.

7. Do Something Creative Every Day

Becoming smarter involves activating different parts of your brain. As mentioned above, intelligence comes in different flavors, and creative intelligence is one of those different flavors.

Doing something creative each day will help you become smarter and more intelligent.

Whether that’s:

all that matters is you are activating and exercising the creative part of your brain.

8. Exercise

Just like diet, exercise is another important piece to becoming smarter.

For me, I try to do a little bit each day. I enjoy doing bodyweight exercises, biking, walking, rock climbing, and playing basketball with friends.

I don’t have a gym pass, and don’t subscribe to the thought that you need to be a meat head to be getting the full benefits of exercise.

Instead, doing a little bit each day, 30-60 minutes of activity will be good for your health and wellness.

Getting your blood pumping will help with brain activity – and through this, you’ll allow your brain the necessary stimulation to help you with your learning goals.

9. Eat Healthy Foods to Give Your Brain the Necessary Energy it Needs

Have you ever heard of the saying, you are what you eat?

Putting garbage into your body will result in having a garbage physique and mental state.

If you want to become smarter, giving your brain and body the proper nutrients and energy it needs to very important.

Getting your diet right is a piece of learning because food is what fuels you to take action on your goals and to continue to improve in life.

Everyone will be different in what kind of food they can eat, but getting your diet right involves eating healthy foods and drinking a lot of water.

For me, eating healthy means eating a high fat, high protein diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables mixed in.

Also, for my health, I’ve experimented with fasting and do intermittent fasting, and also I’ve had to figure out if there was any additional supplementation that I needed to obtain the proper mix of vitamins and minerals.

Eating right will help you get to your peak performance in learning and action, which will in turn help you become smarter and more successful.

10. Surround Yourself with Books from Different Eras and With Different Topics

Would you rather be an expert in one subject, or a jack of all trades?

Some of the smartest people in the world are so smart because they can pull from their experiences in a wide range of situations and apply a different solution to the current problem.

Reading both fiction books and non-fiction books with different topics will expose you to different ideas and help you become more intelligent.

I’ve found that some of the best life messages came from books where I didn’t think I’d get much value out of it before reading the book.

With this, it’s important to not live in an echo chamber and read about things outside your usual area of expertise to fill in your gaps of knowledge.

11. Do What You Like and Try to Become Better at it

I have a question: would you rather spend time doing things you like, or do things you don’t like?

The answer is clearly that you would rather do things that you enjoy doing…

Becoming smarter can be done if you approach the things you like doing with the thought of “how can I get better at this?”

For example, I love playing golf. Over the past few months, I’ve been researching how I can hit the ball straighter wen I want to hit it straight, or how I can add spin if I want the ball to curve.

This has taken a lot of practice and time to learn how my body can affect the swing of the golf club, but over time, I’ve become more self-aware of my hands, arms and body when I swing, and I’ve improved.

While I’m still improving, I’ve become smarter in golf and now I’m better than I was before.

What do you enjoy doing?

If you love cooking, how can you make your food taste better? If you love running, how can you get faster, or run more without causing injury?

Through answering these questions, you’ll become smarter in what you are doing, and become more intelligent.

12. Learn a New Language and Learn in that Language

It has been proven that bilingual people are smarter, and through learning a second language, you will challenge yourself to use your brain in different ways.

However, if you learn a new language, and then learn in that language, you will be stimulating your brain in two different ways at the same time!

Over the past year, I’ve learned how to communicate in Spanish. After 2 years of high school Spanish 10 years ago, I didn’t have much of a base of knowledge, but through dedication, studying and practice, I’m now able to discuss many topics in Spanish comfortably. I’m not perfect, but my Spanish is very good for a non-native speaker.

It has been a lot of work, but now, I watch videos on YouTube in Spanish to further practice, but also to learn more about different subjects.

For you, even obtaining a level of A2 or B1 on the CEFR scale can be achieved in less than a year, and after this, you will continue to grow and build upon your successes.

13. Live Intentionally and Take Responsibility of Your Life

Taking responsibility for your life is one of the fastest ways to become smarter.

If you don’t know something, who’s fault is it?

If you think it is your fault that you don’t know something, then that is the first step to knowing it.

Once you make the decision that you are going to learn a subject, and you start learning, you are on the way to becoming smarter.

Living intentionally is better than living unintentionally, and once you make the decision to live intentionally, your life will change for the better.

14. Teach Others How to Do Something

It is said that true proficiency in a topic is when you can teach someone else how to do something.

When you are able to teach someone something, you are showing you have the knowledge and skills to back up that teaching.

Think for example of a time when you taught someone something… were you able to make sense of the problem or situation at hand, and guide them to a solution?

If you didn’t know the topic or situation at hand well enough, you wouldn’t have been able to help them.

Instead, you had the knowledge and the information in your brain, and with this knowledge, you were able to help them.

Teaching can come in many forms: tutoring, blogging, creating a course, volunteering, etc.

The point here is that the more you teach, the deeper your knowledge of a subject becomes, and through this, the smarter you become.

15. Make Learning a Part of Your Everyday Life

“I don’t believe anyone can be “improved” by buying and reading a book. They can only be “improve, if that is the word, by their own actions.” – Felix Dennis

Becoming smarter is not something you can accomplish just by saying you are going to become smarter.

While yes, in theory, you can start making smarter decisions from this moment on, but changing the way you think and your mindset towards life will take some work.

Learning needs to be an part of your life everyday; you need to turn into a learning machine if you want to become more knowledgeable and smarter in life.

Consistent efforts and action will be key on your journey. Reading a little bit , answering unanswered questions you might have, listening to podcasts, and watching instructional videos each day will add up over time.

Through these efforts, you will be able to accomplish your goal of becoming more intelligent, and you’ll be on to amazing things.

Will You Become Smarter this Year to Help You Achieve Your Goals?

Decide today that you are going to become better in life, and decide today that you are going to become smarter.

Whatever the reason, the decision to improve in life is always a noble one, and through your actions, you’ll set yourself up to do amazing things.

It might not happen tomorrow, it might not happen next month, but over time, by following the steps above, you will become smarter and you’ll be on the path to achieving your goals.

I know you can do it and I know you can reach your full potential in life.

Readers: which steps will you take first to becoming smarter? What’s your favorite book? Who have you learned more from in your life?

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11 Simple Ways to Change Your Limiting Beliefs Today

Many people want to find a way to create a success and live the best life they can live – a life with success, money, strong relationships, or some other dream. Getting on the path to your dreams sometimes requires a shift in mindset, and one such shift is removing limiting beliefs. In this post, I’ll share how you can change your limiting beliefs and mindset to help you get on the path to living your dream life.

Having control of your mind and living with a positive outlook on life is so helpful on the path to success. Working on your skills and abilities is important for success, but having confidence in yourself is equally, if not more, important.

How to you become more confident and how can you have confidence in yourself?

One thing which always limits us is our limiting beliefs. Do you believe you are enough? Do you believe you can do it? Or, do you think you can’t do it?

If you believe you can do it, then you’ll be in a better position to accomplish your goals. Having confidence in yourself is so important, but it’s very hard to grow confidence when trying to reach a huge goal.

So, how can we overcome our limiting beliefs and achieve our goals? First, what are limiting beliefs, and how are they holding us back? How can we grow and reach success?

In this post, I’ll answer these questions and by the end, hopefully you’ll have an action plan to gain confidence and overcome your limiting beliefs.

What are Limiting Beliefs and How Do They Hold You Back?

The realization that it is your subconscious that contains all those memories, is what helps you to have a greater consciousness and to make a change in thoughts and behavior that prevents our false beliefs, negative emotions and self-destructive behaviors from directing our destiny. Our destiny is now determined by knowing each other well enough to take effective action in our daily lives.

These negative ideas translate into limiting beliefs, which are those things that you inadvertently say to yourself to justify what is happening in your life, to stop yourself from making a change or simply to settle for what you currently have. This is all an internal dialogue, something now called the inner critic or your negative inner talk.

Most of these limiting beliefs begin with the phrases “I can’t” and “I’m not.” They are based on our dreams, emotions and relationships. Limiting beliefs are irrational and prevent us from living our lives better! Do you want to live that life that you admire and dream of?

11 Simple Ways to Change Your Limiting Beliefs and Create the Life You Want to Live

Creating the life you want and deserve is not easy. I’ve been trying to create a life for myself that is full of success for many years and still am in search of what is right for me.

However, creating a life which is fulfilling and full of promise and hope is easier with the right mindset.

Getting into the right mindset can be done by changing your limiting beliefs, using the power of positive thinking and affirmations to affect change in your life, and living intentionally.

Below are 11 simple ways and strategies you can use to change your limiting beliefs and create the life you want and deserve to have. You can click on the links below to go directly to a detailed section of the strategy on this page, or continue scrolling to read the sections in order.

  1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
  2. Change the Way You View Errors
  3. Believe in Yourself
  4. Love Yourself
  5. Drop the Victim Mentality
  6. Stop Blaming Others
  7. Replace Negative Thoughts with Positive Thoughts
  8. Recognize Your Strengths
  9. Set Goals for the Future
  10. Pursue Your Goals and Dreams with All Your Might
  11. Understand Failures Will Happen

Let’s dive deeper into each of these steps to change your mindset and limiting beliefs.

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1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others and Start Appreciating Yourself

It’s human nature to look around and compare ourselves to our peers. One of the most common beliefs is that you need to keep up with your peers, and if you aren’t, then you are failing at life.

Comparison is a theft of happiness, and constantly comparing yourself to others is a recipe for disaster.

This habit of continually comparing yourself to other people arises from low self-esteem, from not knowing your own worth, and from lacking self-confidence. These constant feelings make us fail to recognize our true potential, and make us feel defeated even before starting the race.

One of the things that can help you eliminate this belief is working on yourself, developing a confidence in yourself that prevents you from constantly comparing yourself to others.

Realize that everyone is on their own path and you are able to write your own story. You can create the life you want, and it will be different than everyone else.

Start celebrating yourself!

Remember all the things you have accomplished, focus on your own successes and on your own path. Regardless of whether or not you are celebrated, the most important thing you can do today is to start celebrating yourself.

Accept and celebrate your own achievements, successes and even your own failures. When you are happy with yours, you can be happy with the success of others.

When you are happy for the success of others, you won’t be worried about comparing and you will be able to continue to improve and go down your own path.

2. Change the Way in How You View Errors and Mistakes

One of the worst things you can do is to tell yourself you are a failure. Thinking you are a failure based on something that happened in the past is one of the simplest ways to take away the power to create your life as you wish.

We are humans, and humans are not perfect. Mistakes will happen – it’s part of the process of growth and accomplishment.

How you view mistakes and errors will determine how you proceed – are they barriers and the end of the road, or are they just a speed bump?

We need to see mistakes as opportunities to grow. Making mistakes is something we should avoid, but if they happen, it’s time to take advantage of the situation to analyze what went wrong and what went right.

After an error, give yourself the opportunity to find out if there are things you can do to change or take advantage of that event.

It is this reflection where growth happens because you will know that after this mistake, you’ll be back on the right path.

3. Believe and Trust in Yourself

When you say “I can’t,” “I’m not capable,” “It never works out for me,” “I never can…”, “I’m not meant to be happy or successful…” you’re limiting yourself to everything you can do. You are telling yourself who you are and that you are not capable of being, doing or having.

These negative thoughts are affecting your subconscious mind, and they restrict you from getting to your goals.

If you instead replace those negative thoughts with positive thoughts, you will start creating a persona within who accomplishes everything in life.

What you say about yourself and what you think you can achieve is what you constantly see in your life, because you are constantly creating it. The moment when you justify and accept that you cannot stop making the effort to change your situation.

Don’t let these limiting beliefs run your life and keep you from achieving what you really are capable of.

4. Love Yourself Because You Deserve Love

I firmly believe that the relationship you have with others is a reflection of the relationship you have with yourself.

If you don’t love yourself, you can’t expect others to love you. If you don’t respect yourself, the others won’t.

We cannot go through life looking for love on the outside, when it’s first very important to love yourself deeply. After you love yourself, you can then share that love with someone else. Through this self-love, we create healthier and deeper relationships with other people.

The only way we can free ourselves from this limiting belief of not loving ourselves is to work on personal development and growth.

Through working on yourself, you will develop love for yourself and begin to affirm that you deserve love, you deserve respect, and you deserve the best that life has to offer.

5. Drop the Victim Mentality

Here’s a belief I have which I will never let go of: I’m in control of my life and I’m the only person who can make positive changes for myself.

The government, my boss, my friends, my family – no one can change my life for the better. I can ask for advice, I can ask for help, but these actions need to come from ME and from believing in myself.

I’m responsible for my life and I need to be the one out there taking action. I’m choosing to be the VICTOR, not a VICTIM in any moment.

When you put yourself in a victim role you take away the possibility of solving or changing your life. Personal development is about accepting that you have the responsibility

You are responsible if you decide to suffer, you decide if you want to stay in the situation you are in right now. No matter what happens to you in life, remember you always have total control over how you feel, how you react to the situations that arise. When you accept this power, you discover that your outlook on life will change dramatically.

People are quick to blame others for their misfortune. They tell themselves that they cannot do something because of an external condition.

For example, they say “I can’t get a job because companies aren’t hiring.” This is simply blaming other conditions on your own sad situation. This is a limiting belief that quickly becomes a habit. The way to eliminate it is to stop it at once.

Take responsibility for your situation and if you don’t like it, do something about it.proactive behavior

6. Stop Blaming Others for Your Failures

Sometimes in life, accidents happen. Unfortunate situations arise where we had nothing to do with it, and now we have to clean up the mess.

In some cases, you have to suffer for something due to the action or inaction of someone else.

This leads to another very common false belief – “It’s not my fault – it’s everyone else’s fault!”

While it might not be your fault, how you deal with the situation is completely on you.

Constantly thinking that someone else is to blame for something that happens in your life becomes a habit that takes away the power to make a change.

No one else can change your situation, no one else can decide for you. Only you have that power.

7. Replace Negative Thoughts and Beliefs with Positive Thoughts

The way we think affects the way we see the world. Any limitation in our mindset and thoughts results in limitations in our reality.

The way we think is determined by our past experiences, but it’s completely possible to rewire and realign your thoughts to drive results and accomplish more.

Doing affirmations, practicing positive self-talk and celebrating your successes are all ways to think in a positive way.

Saying “I’m a success”, “I can do anything”, “I can learn to become more”, “I can do better”, are all great first steps in positive thinking.

Mindset is everything and you can do it.

Be brave enough to chart your own path and you will find your fortune there.getting a promotion

8. Recognize Your Strengths and Work on Yourself and Abilities

What are your strengths? What are you good at? Are you an expert in anything?

We are all good at something.

The problem is many times, we want to focus on our failures and weaknesses.

While it’s important to improve the things we aren’t good at, we need to celebrate and work to maximize the time spent doing what makes us great.

If you paid more attention to what you like, what you are capable of doing and all your skills, you would be able to feel much better about yourself, feel confident and sure of yourself.

Being more self-aware is very important in life, and while it’s good to work on your weakness and become more well rounded, you also have to understand that your strengths are what will take you the farthest in life.

9. Create Goals and Live Intentionally

Living intentionally is how you will create change and become the person you want to become in life.

First, it starts with asking yourself a number of questions:

After figuring out what you want in life, it’s time to set goals and start working on your dream.

There are many people who simply don’t have the life they want because they don’t know it or don’t want to. It is as if they are afraid of being disappointed for not achieving it, or for fear of being rejected and then they get used to not asking. This results in a life where you are not satisfied with yourself or with life.

Make a habit of asking yourself what you want, what you want to achieve right now. Set objectives and goals that gradually open up the horizon for you.

10. Pursue Your Goals and Dreams With All Your Willpower

Once you have your game plan, it’s time to attack it will all your willpower.

Are you going to be average, or are you going to be great? Are you going to be a victim, or a victor? Do you have what it takes?

The answer to these questions is YES – you can accomplish your goals and dreams.

You have the energy, power and potential to do anything you want in life.

If you don’t give it your all, you are letting yourself down. If you don’t go for greatness, you’ll be settling for average or worse.

Accepting mediocrity affects you deeply, because inside you know that you want to be, do or achieve something else in your life.

Eliminate this belief by being aware that your dreams can come true, of course you will have to do something to achieve it, change your beliefs, believe in yourself and motivate yourself along the way, but trust that you can achieve it.

If you fail, if you fall, trust that it is part of the way. No matter how long it takes you, just chasing your dreams will make you feel much more fulfilled than if you stayed where you are. Failures are only part of the process. When you fall, you get up again, and try again with even more desire. This is how we reach the goal.

Give it your all and you’ll be closer each day to your goal.simplify life

11. Understand Failures Will Happen, But You Can Bounce Back

Without failure, there is no success. If you achieved success in everything you did, where would the growth be? How would that be a great story?

Failure and struggle is part of human nature, and overcoming that struggle is how you grow and become better.

Being honest with you, setbacks happen and they suck. I’ve had injuries in sports where I had to sit out for some time – it sucked and it made me thankful for the times I was able to play. It made me reassess my game and be smarter with my head.

However, when I recovered, I was rested and ready to give it my all, and I started playing better than before.

You can bounce back from any mistake and get back on the road to success. You are capable of achieving anything and it’s important to understand that failure is temporary.

Get on the Path to Success and Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs

Do you want success in your life? If you are like me, you do and you will be willing to work and grind for your goals.

Gaining confidence in yourself is one of the steps to achieving these goals and to do this, part of it will be overcoming your limiting beliefs and replacing those beliefs with positive thoughts.

You are enough and you are capable of doing anything you want in life.

I hope this article has given you some good food for thought and has given you a game plan for improving your mindset.

Readers: what are some limiting beliefs you have? How are you overcoming those limiting beliefs? 

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7 Steps for Breaking Through Mental Barriers and Having a Strong Mental Game

Are you mentally strong, or do you have doubts that you can achieve more? Are you able to break through barriers, or does your mind let you down? In this post, you’ll learn how to break through mental barriers, how to improve your mentality, and how using these new superpowers of mental strength will help you achieve anything you want.

Wouldn’t life be easy if you could achieve anything you set your mind to? How would it feel if you could attain any position or receive any reward you set out to receive?

The questions above are pretty interesting, in that I’m guessing you would love to achieve many things in life.

For me, I’d love to go full time as an entrepreneur. I’d love to workout every day and attain a physique like a model. I’d love to become better at rock climbing, golf, and other hobbies I have. It would be awesome to travel the world, learn new languages, and learn more about other cultures.

However, as I start to dream, plan and get on the path to crushing my goals, my pesky inner voice starts to intervene.

“Are you sure you can make it as an entrepreneur?”

“You don’t have good enough genetics to become super fit.”

“You aren’t talented enough to become better at your hobbies.”

“Do you know how much time it takes to learn a new language? What are you thinking?”

Maybe you’ve had the same experience with your inner voice.

During these times, and times when you are on your journey to getting what you want, having a strong mental game is incredibly important for staying on track and not getting stressed.

Being able to take these negative thoughts, and turn them into positive, motivating thoughts is critical and a skill you can develop.

Saying “Yes, it’s hard to achieve X, but I can do it by surrounding myself with the right people” or “Talent can be beaten by hard work and I’m going to work as hard as I can to reach my goals” can make all the difference when we get discouraged.

Getting through tough times and setbacks requires grit and determination, and in this post, you’ll learn how to better control your emotions, understand your powerful brain, and develop a strong mental game for success.

Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.

Your Mental Ability is Highly Critical for Success in Life

In sports, often times, the difference between the winner and a loser will be the winner’s ability to block out distractions, focus on the task at hand, and stay positive through adversity.

Cultivating a strong mental game comes from many hours of practice and preparation, and helps us build confidence in ourselves.

What many people don’t realize is that outside of sports, having a strong mental game is equally as important.

In the workplace, being able to get through stressful periods successfully can help us overcome any obstacle and lead to promotions, more responsibility and a higher salary.

At home, if you are constantly getting upset and not being able to resolve issues, you’ll become frustrated and angry.

But, being able to bounce back, communicate if someone has hurt you, and move on to spending quality time with your partner, everything can be back to normal and you’ll be happier.

As we have discussed briefly here, having a strong mental game is important, but what are some of the differences between being mentally tough and mentally weak? How can we become better mentally?

Let’s dive into those questions now.

The Differences Between Being Mentally Tough and Mentally Weak

There are a few differences between being mentally tough and being mentally weak.

In particular, I want to focus on a few situations where the difference between being mentally tough and mentally weak are apparent.

Situation one is being happy vs. sad. In this case, I’m not talking about clinical depression – I’m talking about in a game, business or around the house. Mentally tough are able to move on quicker from a setback and get back to being positive about the situation at hand. Mentally weak people dwell on the current situation and let it affect their energy and day.

For example, if the boss comes to you with negative feedback on a mistake you made, a mentally tough person will take the feedback and work on doing better next time. They don’t waste energy on things they can’t control (the past), and welcome the challenge of doing better next time.

A mentally weak person might blame themselves, blame someone else, be afraid to take the next assignment, and become discouraged at work.

Another example is with relationships. I’ve hard to learn this one the hard way many times, but sometimes two people are not meant for each other.

There have been relationships in my past where I spent weeks and months getting over an ex, but as I became more mature, I’ve learned that sometimes people aren’t truly perfect for each other, and everything happens for a reason.

As I’ve become more mature and mentally strong, I’ve been able to move on and not waste time on feeling sorry for myself – I realize that even though it didn’t work out this time, there is someone else out there who I can make happy and can make me happy.

Now, let’s get into the 7 steps for you to work on to break through mental barriers and improve yourself.

7 Steps to Breaking Through Mental Barriers and Improving Yourself Mentally

What are the steps and things you can do to becoming better mentally? Like any skill, you can take a number of steps and actions to improve.

Below are the 7 steps you can take and try to break through mental barriers and improve as a person mentally. You can click on any of the links below to go directly to the section, or continue to scroll down the page.

  1. Realize the Importance of Mental Strength
  2. Practice with Intention
  3. Do Affirmations
  4. Visualize Success in Your Life
  5. Do Breathing Exercises to Manage Stress
  6. Read about Exercises to Improve Mentally
  7. Realize that Setbacks Will Happen, but You Can Overcome Anything

Let’s dive into each of these points in greater detail.

1. Understand that Mental Strength Will Get You As Far As Any Other Skill

As discussed above in the opening few paragraphs, your mental strength and fortitude will keep you going and get your farther than any talent or ability alone.

The ability to stick with something, to be positive, and to continue to work until the job is done is more important than having the talent to do something.

Mental toughness is the gasoline which fuels your actions and abilities. Without gasoline, it doesn’t matter if you have a 500 horsepower car or a 50 horsepower car – you aren’t going anywhere.

With gasoline, and with a strong mental game, anything is possible.

Understanding that mental strength is something that you need to work on and is a skill that can be improved is s

2. Practice with Intention to Gain Confidence in Yourself

Deliberate practice is a great way to improve your skills and grow as a person.

Instead of going through the motions, using deliberate practice for improvement can help you become mentally stronger.

Over time, through practice, you can gain confidence. This confidence will work to your advantage when you get into situations where you need to be at your best.

In sports, the best players don’t worry about taking the last shot because they have practiced thousands of times for that moment.

For them, it’s not the first time they have done that, and as a result, they have the mental fortitude and confidence to perform to the best of their abilities.

Practicing and making sure you are doing the best you can do in any moment will lead to confidence, and through confidence, you’ll have the belief in yourself to do whatever you want in life.

3. Do Affirmations to Tell Yourself You are Enough

Our minds are incredibly powerful and can quite literally create its own reality.

Using positive thinking can manifest itself in living the life you want to live.

Telling yourself you are a positive person will result in you becoming a more positive person.

You are what you say you are.

Saying, “I’m a negative person who can never accomplish anything” is a reinforcing trap. Saying this sort of thing will result in you being a negative person who will never accomplish anything.

Likewise, telling yourself, “I’m a positive person who can accomplish anything” will lead to accomplishments beyond your wildest dreams.

Using positive thinking can help guide you on your path to becoming more mentally strong.

4. Utilize Visualization to Live the Moment Before You Experience it

Similar to affirmations, you can use visualization to experience your desired outcome before it happens.

When you visualize a situation, you are tricking your mind into thinking you’ve already experienced it, and with each visualization, you become more confident.

Visualization helps you activate your subconscious into working it’s magic and helps you build your internal motivation to do your best when the time comes.

Sit in a quiet room and think about your goals and future situations you want to find success in. Try to think about all of the possibilities and try to fully experience the moment before it happens.

See yourself succeeding with that important speech, in the test to help you gain a new qualification, or winning the race you’ve been training for forever.

With visualization, you can gain confidence in your abilities and when the time comes, you’ll be ready to rock and crush your goals.

5. Learn about Breathing Techniques to Help Relax when You are Stressed

Slowing down and focusing on our breathing has many benefits.

Breathing relieves anxiety, stress and tension in the body. Also, breathing can help our mental state by helping stop panic attacks, freezing or choking under pressure and lowers our stress levels.

I try to do deep breathing a few times a day to keep myself centered and focused on the task at hand. It’s helped me a lot in keeping my cool, and has served me well.

Here’s a link for 10 breathing exercises to try: 10 Breathing Exercises

6. Read Books about Mental Strength and Overcoming Adversity

Reading books from experts in mental strength can help you develop habits to become better mentally. Having an edge in your ability to overcome things will help you achieve any goal you set, and help you separate yourself from the rest of the world as a world class individual.

I love reading, and some of the books I’ve read on mental strength have been eye opening. Reading about Olympic Gold medalists and top performers is interesting, but at the highest level, mental preparation is what separates the gold medalist from the bronze medalist.

In particular, I’ve read and reviewed the following three books which I think will help you with working on your mental game: With Winning in MindUnbeatable MindThe Slight Edge.

Learning from experts is always great – we need to stand on the shoulders of giants to be able to see far!

7. Realize Mistakes Happen, But You Can Bounce Back

Without failure, there is no success. If you achieved success in everything you did, where would the growth be? How would that be a great story?

Failure and struggle is part of human nature, and overcoming that struggle is how you grow and become better.

Being honest with you, setbacks happen and they suck. I’ve had injuries in sports where I had to sit out for some time – it sucked and it made me thankful for the times I was able to play. It made me reassess my game and be smarter with my head.

However, when I recovered, I was rested and ready to give it my all, and I started playing better than before.

You can bounce back from any mistake and get back on the road to success. You are capable of achieving anything and it’s important to understand that failure is temporary.

Are You Going to Become Mentally Strong in the Next Few Weeks?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on mental strength, and I hope that you are now interested in pursuing some of the exercises above to become more mentally strong and crush your goals.

Improving in any skill takes time, but with consistent actions and intentional practice, you can get to a point where it’s automatic and you are a rockstar.

You are on to living your best life and through these actions, you’ll be closer to your goals each and every day.

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Fresh Life Advice – Know Your Blogger Series

Know Your Blogger Series

Fresh Life Advice

Learn tips on how to increase your savings with Fresh Life Advice.
Each week at Personal Finance Blogs, we publish interviews from amazing bloggers from the personal finance space. This week, we are featuring the blog, Fresh Life Advice.
During these weekly features, we are hoping to provide a way for you to interact and learn more about different blogs in the personal finance space.
Below, you can read more about the story behind Fresh Life Advice, learn about the author, and learn personal finance tips from Fresh Life Advice to help you improve your financial situation.
A big thanks for Fresh Life Advice for this interview! Now, we will turn it over to the author for this interview.

Tell us about Fresh Life Advice

Fresh Life Advice has a lofty goal to help 10 million people achieve financial freedom. We want to make it the new norm!
As the writer of FLA, I am currently employed at a full time job as an engineer. However, I truly enjoy finance, music, movies, and sports as hobbies. I thoroughly enjoy accumulating wealth and promoting the concept of delayed gratification. I’m an avid learner, always curious to grow and improve to be the best version of myself possible.
Fortunately, I can assure you that you are already in a great position if you too are seeking financial advice. You are being proactive about your situation by even reading this rather than reactive. Kudos to you!
There is no perfect idealized way to make the most money possible, but I’m here to fail, learn, rinse and repeat until I reach F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence Early Retirement).

What Makes You and Your Blog Unique?

Well, simply put, I’m here to put a fresh perspective on money and make it as easy as possible for the Average Joe to learn how to handle finances responsibly. Fresh Life Advice not only will open your eyes to how attainable financial freedom is but also make you laugh and keep you entertained along your journey.
If a 20-something can save more than half of his income annually, then you certainly can too! Everyone has the potential and willpower to increase his or her savings rate – it just may take some motivation and/or automation to get you on the right path. I’m here to help!

What does “being good with your personal finances” mean to you?

While experts and the finance community could argue on this definition for days, FLA defines “being good with your personal finances” as being out of debt, continually making investment contributions, and diversifying your income streams. At the very heart of these concepts, Fresh Life Advice mainly advises you to save more than you spend. It’s a lot simpler than Wall Street makes personal finance out to be!

What are three articles people should read to get to know you and your message better?

5 Foolproof Steps for Early Retirement – I’ve spent years developing habits and routines to optimize my retirement portfolio via trial and error. When your life is already working well, it’s hard to avoid getting set in your ways. I always make sure I have a plan, so I recently outlined some steps to help the average Joe retire early or achieve financial freedom.
September Side Income Report | 2020 – Most people assume they can only make money from a full time job. FLA is here to bust that myth! Here, I show you how FLA makes money on the side. Keep hustlin’!
5 Scary Halloween Spending Facts That May Spook You – With every Fresh Life Advice article, I like to put a fresh take on each issue. This article conveys that sense that we should all be having fun along our financial freedom journey. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and this is a fun way to talk about money with the holiday.

For someone looking to improve their financial situation, what’s your best advice?

The most basic advice FLA can give is to increase saving and decrease spending. It really is that simple! Everyone thinks they aren’t making enough money, but the truth is it’s a lot easier to save more money than it is to make more money. Saving even a few percentage points more will rapidly increase your early retirement date! Stay the course and make consistent investments, especially with your 401k if available.

What’s an area of your life which has benefited from improving your personal finances? Have there been any areas of your life which have suffered?

I believing the compounding effect not only applies to investments and interest but also to each of our lives. Once one gets his or her personal finances in order, the other aspects of your life seem to fall into place. It’s quite a magical concept.
The difference between a successful high performer and a slacker often boils down to habits. Humans are creatures of habits, but it’s imperative to make sure you are practicing productive habits.
And what’s the point of money if you’re not using it for things that make you happier? FLA suggests you spend your money on things that buy you back time – valuable time that can spend with friends and family.
Many also make the mistake of sacrificing sleep and time with loved ones for more money. Your health should be prioritized over money if you want to live a long life. Never forget the reasons why you are working so hard! Life is short. Always remember to enjoy the journey!

In your opinion, what should you do first? Pay down debt, or invest?

I’m naturally an optimizer. I believe you can do both simultaneously and effectively. Set a monthly amount with 50% allocated to the debt and the other half allocated to an index fund. Here’s where opportunity cost comes into play. Is your money better off getting you out of the hole or making more money for you to get out of the hole later? It’s a personal question everyone needs to ask themselves. Thankfully, I’m out of debt but I know this isn’t true for everyone. I’m grateful for the opportunities presented before me, but I also know how stressful debt can be.
No matter what, put your money to one of these noble causes instead of blindly spending it on materialistic items that do not provide you with long term happiness.

In your opinion, what’s better? Focusing on increasing your income, or focusing on decreasing your expenses?

As aforementioned, it’s much, much easier to decrease your expenses rather than increase your income. It’s something every single person can easily do. Trim the fat from your budget. And if you don’t have a monthly budget, take 10 minutes to outline one. It will set precedent and help you tremendously in the future.
There are many ways to supplement your income, and that’s one of the most common traits that millionaires use to their advantage.

What’s a non-money related interest you have and what do you love about it?

I love walking. I think it’s one of the most underrated forms of cardio out there! Walking in the woods and along nature trails allows you to realize the beauty on this planet. There’s no doubt that life can be overwhelming and stressful, especially in corporate America. This outdoor activity not only provides you with natural vitamin D and fresh air but also gives you a calorie-burning workout without even breaking a sweat! I would recommend walking to everyone that still has working limbs. It’s something we all take for granted.
Just get out there and get moving!

Why do you believe learning about money and caring about personal finance is important?

Whether you like it, dislike it, agree with it, or disagree with it, money does make the world go round. Whether you think money is evil or not, you’re in a far better position if you obtain enough money to provide with yourself with freedom to enjoy your time on this planet. When you have a large sum of money, you can do whatever you please; you can keep accumulating or you can give it away to noble causes or people that you think need the cash.
Like we touched on earlier, personal finance will not only help your wallet, but also provide security to your family, enhance your opportunities, and even allow you to enjoy the finer things in life.
Jason Bateman’s opening monologue from the pilot episode of the hit Netflix TV Series Ozark really drives home how important it is to learn about money:
“Half of all American adults have more credit card debt than savings. Twenty-five percent have no savings at all. And only 15 percent of the population is on track to fund even 1 year of retirement… Money is, at its essence… The measure of a man’s choices.”

How You Can Contact Fresh Life Advice for More Information

You can learn more about Fresh Life Advice at https://freshlifeadvice.com/, like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FreshLifeAdvice/, and follow them on Twitter at @FreshLifeAdvise.

Thank you for reading this interview, and thank you, Fresh Life Advice, for providing us with some great personal finance tips!

About the Know Your Blogger Series

Each week, Personal Finance Blogs features a personal finance blogger for you to learn more about who is behind the different blogs in the personal finance space.

These interviews also provide different viewpoints and tips for improving your financial situation. Check out a couple other recent interviews below, or see them all of the past blogger features here.

It’s Not Your 9 to 5
Come read about the great personal finance blog, Have Your Dollars Make Sense.
Have Your Dollars Make Sense
Come read about the great personal finance blog, Have Your Dollars Make Sense.