Your mind is your best tool. Unfortunately, most of us only believe the negative things about ourselves. However, Sarah Preston, Founder & Director of Bamboo Media Productions Ltd, believes that you are who you believe you are. If you change your mindset, you can change your life.
“Our identity and what we believe about ourselves drives our behavior, which then results in our life and what we're doing.” - Sarah Preston
Sarah is an actor and a writer. She went to study acting for three years in the Royal Academy Dramatic Art in London, and she’s been working mainly in TV and film ever since she left. She always wanted to be an actor, even at a very young age, and it’s no surprise that with a strong mindset, she was able to realize her dreams.
Your identity is your Mindset
Aside from acting, she also tried doing something else. But she realized that the further she got from acting, the less happy she became. Hence, she pursued her passion and ended up writing her own stories and building a production company.
According to Sarah, if you are not happy with where you are or what you are doing, you need to change your life. What you tell yourself matters. And if you tell yourself that you will not be able to achieve your goal, then you will never achieve your goal.
Work hard and work smart
But of course, you can’t talk yourself into success. There are no shortcuts if you want to achieve something. But aside from working hard, you should also work smart. Most entrepreneurs work so hard that they push themselves to the limit that causes burnout. That is not a sustainable way to work, and you need to reward yourself and take care of your mental health.
However, there are people who are struggling to work hard. It could be the lack of motivation or simply burnout. In any case, Sarah believes that it all boils down to creating a habit. Dissect your goals one step at a time and list it down to avoid overwhelming yourself.
It could be as simple as getting up in bed at a certain time, or doing any morning routine to help you jump start your day. Science says that it takes 90 days to rewire your brain and turn anything into habit, so consistency is key.
“If you're not growing, you're dying.”
Admitting when you’re wrong or that you don’t know something is a crucial part of being a leader and growing yourself for success. The common mistake that most people make is thinking that this shows weakness and vulnerability. But as a matter of fact, admitting your flaws takes courage and confidence.
The key to continuous self improvement is listening and being empathetic to what others think of you. You need to learn how to take people’s feedback in kind and improve yourself along the way.
It could be difficult at first, but one of the best things that you can do is to surround yourself with the right people. The people that allow you to be vulnerable and are genuinely interested in seeing you succeed is crucial to your success.