Being happy and thriving in life has a lot to do with establishing the right mindset. We can not accomplish anything without the right attitude and focus. That’s what differentiates those who get what they want from those who do not.

There are five critical mindset shifts that everyone must make in order to thrive (this applies both personally and professionally). They are:

  1. Becoming Resilience-Centered. Life is challenging. There are a lot of ups and downs as well as changes, and you’ll be making many decisions along the way. Some things will work out and others will not. You must be able to bounce back quickly when they don’t and keep moving forward despite the setbacks. The more resilient you are, the happier you will be.
  2. Developing a Patience-Based Mindset. It will take a lot longer than you think to accomplish all that you want to. Be prepared to put in a lot of hard work for a long time before you see any sort of payoff. You’ll get there eventually. Keep working on your patience and grit. It will happen.
  3. Nurturing a Productivy-Focused Mindset. There are only so many hours in a day, and weeks in a year. It’s all about time management when it comes to thriving. You have to take control of your schedule and focus on the most important tasks (personally and professionally). As such, you must be smart with your time and limit distractions. Choose where you spend your time and effort carefully.
  4. Incorporating a Balanced-Based Mindset. We can all easily become overwhelmed and burn out. That’s why it is vital to ensure that you have balance in your life and are taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Allocate enough time for friends, family, and those who are important to you. Ensure that you are eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep. Spend time meditating and relaxing your mind. Don’t forget your fitness routine either. Balance is the key to thriving.
  5. Furthering an Innovation-Centered Mindset. In this world, you have to repeatedly adapt to rapidly changing conditions. Therefore, you must constantly come up with creative ways to pivot and adjust in order to thrive in the manner that you have set out to do. Dig deep when life gives you lemons. Don’t limit yourself to lemonade. Make lemon bars, lemon lollipops, and more.

~Charlene Walters, MBA, PhD is an author, business mentor, writer/ghost writer, corporate trainer, and curriculum consultant.