Distractions are everywhere, especially on the Internet. In order to learn something new, you need a clear focus. It’s tough to shut out all the noise but there are some ways to effectively reduce it. One is to establish working time, learning time, and non-working time.
During your working time, ask yourself of everything you do, ‘how is this getting me closer to my business goals?’ If it’s not, save it for one of your other time slots. During your learning time, ask yourself, ‘how is this getting me closer to my learning goals?’ Not relevant? Put it in your non-working or working slots. During your non-working time, indulge in all of your distractions to your heart’s content.
Fear of Failure
You may be scared to act because you’re afraid your efforts will fail, but this is the biggest barrier to learning. You must realize that failure teaches us the best lessons. You fail, you survive it, and you take away from it a valuable lesson. These are the ‘hard knocks’ that teach you through experience. In fact, to really cultivate the success mindset, erase the word ‘failure’ from your vocabulary. Replace it with the word ‘lesson.’
Fear of Success
Strangely enough, it may be fear of success that’s holding you back. This comes from a deep-seated belief that you don’t deserve success. You feel like, ‘it’s not me.’ The truth is that if you work hard, you deserve the fruits of your labor. As you work your way toward your goals, you’ll become more comfortable seeing yourself as the successful person you want to be.
Know You’re Going to Make It
Adopting the success mindset doesn’t involve taking on anything new; it involves losing the things that are holding you back. As you identify these barriers and remove them, go forward knowing that you’re going to be successful. This self-confidence that borders on stupidity is what’s going to help you beat all the obstacles that stand in your way. Not feeling self-confident? Fake it! Sometimes just pretending to act a certain way makes it become reality.