1 Skill Takes a Second to Learn, and Will Instantly Change Your Life

You'll be more resilient, more humble, and more prepared to take what the entrepreneurial life throws at you.

1 Skill Takes a Second to Learn, and Will Instantly Change Your Life

Posted Wednesday November 29th, 2017 by in Analysis + Strategy.

This article originally appeared in Peter Kozodoy's Inc. column.

My favorite topic to write about is how to develop a growth mindset, because I believe that the major changes we make in life actually happen instantaneously in our minds.

But although it can take less than a second to have a mental shift, that mental shift can have huge ripple effects over the months and years to come. I've seen and experienced firsthand that as soon as we commit to change, half the battle has already been won.

But there's one shift I've made in the past few years that has been more effective than all the others -- combined. It's allowed me to be more resilient, more humble, and better able to take what the entrepreneurial life has thrown at me.

If you want to discover a useful skill that you can learn in minutes and that will radically change your life, look no further than the simplest of all mindsets, and try gratitude.

Why this skill will change your life -- starting right now.

As silly as this sounds, I have come to learn that 99% of problems can be solved with gratitude.

Seriously.

For cynical me to say that is meaningful, but I've seen that it's true way too many times to ignore it.

Here's why gratitude can solve 99% of your problems, both in life and in business:

  1. Most problems are not problems at all; they're opportunities
  2. Most problems are self-inflicted (despite most people's desire to blame others)

If you think about what's going on in your life, you might see some of your recent challenges a bit differently.

If you can set aside any doubts and believe -- just for a moment -- that those two things are in fact true, it follows that 99% of problems are mental in nature, which also means that solving them is entirely within your control.

How to solve any problem, the easy way.

Here's the thing, though. Even if you believe that you can change your reality, you can't move forward into a better future unless you truly appreciate what you have now in the present.

Gratitude is like the foundation of a house.

At its core, adopting a mindset of gratitude means you need to first appreciate what you have, and then use that appreciation of the present to build an even better tomorrow.

Let me ask you:

  • Are you upset with your best friend? Be grateful for your relationship, and build upon that.
  • Are you angry with how much you make? Be grateful that you have an income at all, and use that as your starting place.
  • Are you confused as to why your new business launch isn't working out? Appreciate that you're brave enough to even try, and be grateful that you get to learn even more as you continue on your journey to success.
  • Are you disappointed with your health? Be grateful you're alive, then realize that because you're alive, you can make choices that lead to a different outcome starting right now.

If you don't start with gratitude, you'll move forward upset, angry, confused or disappointed -- and in that state, you can't possibly make better decisions to improve yourself and your life.

I used to think that gratitude was something you did. But once I realized that it was a state of mind, I realized that gratitude is a key to having the right mindset, and the right mindset is the key to staying focused, determined and satisfied on the long journey to success.

The best part: gratitude takes .00000001 seconds to adopt. Just simply decide to be grateful, and in an instant, you'll lay an incredible foundation for your own self-improvement.

So turn to your left and right today -- look around you, and appreciate everyone and everything around you.

I'm grateful that you read this post. What are you grateful for?


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