David C. Price,Alison Price

Introducing Psychology of Success

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    of their lives following a wake-up call. Researcher Jonathan Haidt, from the University of Virginia, is fascinated by what happens to people like Mike who suffer a major life trauma.

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    So having positive belief in our capability, even if they’re not strictly justified (not just yet anyway), can help us to achieve far better results than someone who has a negative or non-beneficial belief about their capability and doesn’t even try
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    The secret behind a self-fulfilling prophecy is that your positive (or negative) belief about a situation makes you take on a different attitude and display different behaviour to someone who has not got that same belief.
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    If we did all of the things that we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves
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    Lasting, fulfilling success requires that you balance enjoyment at the current time with payoffs in the future. Wherever you can, choose a path that leads to you enjoying both the journey and the destination
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    But what is absolutely critical is that you pick goals where you get genuine pleasure from working towards them, as well as from achieving them.
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    Many people are caught up in the rat race of life. They are prepared to trade their emotional wellbeing in the present for the opportunity to achieve so-called ‘success
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    He explains that success is not a moment in time when you ‘arrive and are happy’. True success is about enjoying the journey towards a destination that you deem to be valuable
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    Homemade’ burger: people who both enjoy their lives now and, through what they are doing, are building an exciting future.
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    ‘If money was no object, what would you want to spend your time doing?’
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    Secondly, wherever possible, set goals that include doing something that is meaningful to you
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    Firstly, it’s worth setting goals aimed at making your relationships as strong as they can be. Research shows that having focused, trusting social relationships makes us happy.
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    an increasing amount of research makes it clear that most people don’t understand the difference between what they think will make them happy and what will actually make them happy.
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    People who go to work in their overalls on the bus are just as happy, on average, as those in suits who drive to work in their own Mercedes.’
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    aware of the research that shows us that even when you are really successful, you quickly adapt to what you acquire and you simply want more.
    This is what psychologists call the principle of hedonic adaptation
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    Did you know that a study of the richest Americans revealed that 37% are less happy than the average American?
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    In the end, it’s not what happens to you that counts, but what you do about it. What matters is where you are going to take your life and how you are going to makes things better.
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    Adversity also acts as a filter – suddenly all of the petty and trivial concerns of everyday life become insignificant
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    Specifically, it helps people to sort out their priorities in life and causes them to do things that are important to them and that they have perhaps not made time for up to that point
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    make sure that you work out, as early as possible in your life, what will make you genuinely fulfilled
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