“The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.” —Charles R. Swindoll
If greatness occupies your mind in a daily capacity, you are more likely to attempt something great yourself.
A disproportionate portion of the mindset we cultivate comes from the narrative we are telling ourselves. External conditions may or may not be favorable to you on any given day/week. But the story you are telling yourself will determine your disposition.
That is why it is so important to surround yourself with other positive and driven people who demonstrate that you can rise above your challenges too just like they did.
If you can learn to put envy aside, the world is your oyster. Thanks to the internet, you don’t even have to leave your room to find inspiring people doing really extra-ordinary things. If you just allocate a few minutes a day to observe how they work, how they execute, you will pick up amazing mental models.
Your mindset is the average of the 5 people you follow or think about daily.
This urge to mimic greatness is actually ingrained is us pretty deeply. In psychology, this phenomenon is called Mirroring.
Past studies have shown that people have a subconscious desire to copy the movements, gestures and speech pattern of people they are talking to - a behavior nicknamed “the chameleon effect”. “Automatic copying is controlled by a network of brain regions called the “mirror neuron system”. The system responds immediately to the sight of any action – often before the conscious brain clocks what is happening.“
When you already know there are these super cool mirror neurons inside your brain ready to mimic behaviors, why not choose to mimic the greats? Why not give greatness a shot?