Gratitude is one of the lesser mentioned aspects of mindset, because we see gratitude as a spiritual thing more than a mental process. The reality is that gratitude is as (if not more important) than all other aspects of mindset.
One of the main reasons why is because, being grateful really brings into perspective how well your living in comparison to others around the world and when your constantly grateful for everything, you instantly become more positive and happy which is vital for growth mentally in every area of life.
When your grateful, you'll always feel positive because your being positive to yourself and others. When you show gratitude to others, it makes them feel good about themselves. In school, college or at work, when doing a group activity, showing gratitude to fellow team members gives them motivation. In a state of gratefulness, you're more easily inspired because everything you do and every result you come out with is always positive in some way, so if you don't do as well as you wanted, you'll work harder, and if you do well, then you'll want to do better.
Gratitude should be the driving force when it comes to happiness and success. Be grateful for what you have, and be grateful to everyone around you. by showing gratitude you encourage others to do the same. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~William Arthur Ward
Honesty is an integral part of success. When we think of mindset, we start to think about attitudes but we should remember that certain traits must be adopted to sculpt the most productive mindset and successful mindset. Also, unlike choices, honesty isn’t just a onetime issue, rather it’s a continues thing. It is something that you really need to get used to. Honesty in friendships and relationships is important because it allows you to understand one another, and often not being honest about things can lead someone being hurt. In this case, being honest helps you understand people, which means over time your ties will strengthen and you can help one another.
Honesty in the workplace is crucial, no employer wants a dishonest employee. The employer and employee relationship should be a strong one in which there is mutual trust, and as this trust builds up and you become more confident in your position you can make your way up the ladder.
The last but most important form of honesty is honesty with yourself. When it comes to ourselves, we tend to sugar coat criticisms of ourselves. In other words, we will criticise ourselves but do it in the softest way possible to justify our actions, but this can be counterintuitive in terms of long term success and growth. There will be times where you have to be harsh on yourself. Recently, I wasn’t going through the best times so I tried to hide from the problem I was facing, and to justify that I was doing things that just made the situation worse for me. In the end, I inevitably had to do what I didn’t want to do and that was be honest with myself. I had to be harsh and understand that the world isn’t going to stop turning just because I’ve had a bad day, so I got up and continued working, and eventually everything wasn’t as bad as it seemed.
Honesty a trait that every successful person has. Be honest in everything you do and with everyone around you. Especially yourself.
One of the many gifts we get with life is hardships. Hardships are always viewed as something negative, and that’s understandable because hardships often cause our journeys to become tougher and can hinder our progress, however, as bad as a hardship may seem, it is during these times that we truly grow. A hardship can make or break you as a friend once told me.
When a hardship befalls you, you have to make a choice. Are you going to surrender and give up hope? Or will you use the adversity to your advantage and fuel yourself with it? Most people surrender, and by surrendering they throw away their potential and live a life where they just about get by whereas the trait of a successful person is that he/she will use that adversity as fuel to motivate and push forward. You got fired from your job? Don’t just sit there thinking your rubbish, work harder, gain new skills and learn from your mistakes. The point is, just because a hardship comes your way, it doesn’t mean you stop your journey to success completely. You have to find a way to remove the hardship, find a way around the hardship or use the hardship as leverage to push yourself even further.
Hardships and adversities are a necessity for success, in a way it’s a test. If you really want something, you will find a way to achieve it regardless, but if you don’t really want it then you’ll stop working for it as soon as the first small hardship comes up. If you want something, make sure you want it as bad as you want to breath. Don’t fear obstacles, think outside the box and what you can and in time, the obstacle will become your aid with the right thinking and approach.
I once heard a man say, “the world is your mirror”. At the time I didn’t understand the meaning and depth of what was said until I pondered over this point for a while. When you look into a mirror, you look at yourself, what you see in the mirror is you. So, if the world is your mirror, then your perception of the world is actually a reflection of your mental state.
Often times, your perception of the world is actually a reflection of your mind itself, so if you view the world as a positive place filled with opportunities then that is what the world will be for you and that is what your mind will be, whereas if you view the world as a negative place with no hope and space for goodness, then you will struggle to find opportunities and hope anywhere because you predetermined that the world has nothing good to give you therefore, even when an opportunity does arise, you won’t pay much attention to it.
One vital part of a successful mindset is being able to see opportunities in every scenario. When you fail, don’t just quit and think that it’s the end. Instead treat it as a lesson and learn from it. Failure isn’t the end, its the beginning of a new route to success. It just means you have found a way that doesn’t work, so now try another route and see if that works and continue till you find one that works for you instead of giving up.
Optimism and a positive perspective isn’t the answer to all problems, but they are a very important part of the equation when it comes to growth and success, because when you are able to see things in a positive light and you allow yourself to find out new things and learn more than those with a negative outlook who believe that the world is and will always be a bad place. Everything can be good in some way…it’s all about how you look at it. Stay positive. Keep grinding. Find opportunities. plan and execute.
One of the most neglected aspects of fitness is stretching. Some may not stretch properly because they might think all they have to do is lift weights while others don’t really think they need it. Th reality is regardless of what route of fitness you take, stretching is a must. Especially when your bodybuilding and powerlifting.
One reason why its very important to stretch in sports where weightlifting is involved is because the muscles are being put under extreme pressure, furthermore, as you lift more and grow more, your muscles will become tighter if they aren’t stretched and this can lead to low range of motion and lot of injuries.
The first most important time to stretch is before a workout. when a muscle is tight, it can lead to cramps and even muscles tears. To prevent these injuries, always make sure you warm up all your body and stretch thoroughly before a workout. Stretching before a workout allows the muscle to warm up and loosen up giving you a good range of motion. when a muscle is tight, it can lead to cramps and even muscles tears.
Another important time to stretch is after a workout. This is due to the fact that the muscles are very tensed and tight. Stretching after the workout allows the muscle to loosen up and this means the tension from the muscle is released, also stretching the muscle means the muscle can grow more because it increases the muscles elasticity.
If you’re looking to improve your muscle mass or strength gains, then I would say that stretching in 100% necessary in every single routine you have.