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12 Toxic Thoughts That Will Destroy Your Success

Source | Inc.com  |  BY:Lolly Daskal, President and CEO, Lead From Within 

It was Albert Einstein who said, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Every thought we hold creates our future. And since every action we take depends on how we think, we cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.

The essence of the successful mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks. And so we need to minimize the what and concentrate on the how.

Here are 12 toxic thoughts that might be taking up too much real estate in your mind–if so, a quick eviction is in order.

1. Comparing yourself with others.

When your thinking revolves around comparing yourself with others, it’s a battle you will never win. Look in the mirror for your only competition.

2. Trusting no one.

When you think you can trust no one–maybe not even yourself–it’s hard to move forward. Trust is a fragile thing, easy to break, easy to lose, and hard to get back. Trust begets trust, so you have to at least trust yourself before you can trust others.

3. Worrying about what others think.

As long as you think and worry about what other people think, you will be possessed by their thoughts. The unhappiest people are those who care about what other people think. To succeed, do what you want and give them a reason to talk about your success.

4. Allowing problems to overwhelm you.

Thinking too much turns situations into problems. The problem is not the problem; the problem is thinking you have a problem and allowing it to overwhelm you and spur you into overthinking. Let it go and let it be.

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