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Tips for a Strong Mindset in 2021

December 30, 2020

Confidence is a state of mind and mindset is over half the battle.

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Are you as ready for 2021 as I am? It’s been a wildly unexpected year with a lot of ups and downs, and as we prepare for the new year ahead, let’s talk about one of my favorite topics: mindset.

I know you have big goals, you’re ambitious and want to make things happen for yourself.

But you won’t get very far if your limiting beliefs or lack of confidence get in the way. In fact, mindset is over half the battle to success. You may be the most impressive person on paper, but if you don’t have confidence, you probably won’t get very far.

In Episode 7 of Career Memos, I’m sharing 4 of my go-to tips to strengthen your mindset and set you up for a successful 2021.


Block the noise.

2020 was by far the noisiest year we’ve ever had. We spent most of our days social distancing, quarantining at home, glued to our screens, producing Instagram and TikTok content, and scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. It’s so easy to get distracted and caught up in everything that’s been going on around us.

I know you have big plans for 2021, so start blocking the external noise now. If you catch yourself falling down a social media rabbit hole, stop yourself!

Don’t compare yourself to others.

Comparing yourself to others is only doing a disservice to yourself. 

I get that it’s easy to do. People we follow on social media may have better jobs than us, nicer apartments, or take more luxurious vacations. But social media isn’t always representative of reality. That new business could have taken someone you admire over 5 years to create. That dreamy job that your friend has at the hot new startup may be making her miserable. You never really know.

There will always be hundreds, if not thousands of people out there who are more successful than you, or who appear to be more successful than you. That doesn’t mean you can’t eventually get ahead.

Stay in your lane and focus on yourself. That’s truly the best course of action here.

Focus on your goals and your choices. You are all that matters.

Always remember what value you have to bring to the world. What makes you unique? 

Set a timer for 10 minutes and write down a list of all of your superpowers and what makes you uniquely you. Are you a really analytical thinker? Are you incredible at giving presentations? Or creating a killer social media content calendar?

What makes you amazing?

The moment you start to shift away from your ideal mindset and into questioning yourself, pull yourself back into reality by focusing on this list.

Follow 1-3 people who inspire and energize you.

I love this tip, because the 1-3 people on your list may be people you don’t even know in real life! 

One of my go-to follows is Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx. Her resilience, grit and authenticity is magnetic and motivating. She does a great job of posting content – I even listen to all the podcasts she’s on.

Don’t follow the people who make you feel bad about yourself. 

The Career Memos Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts.

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Over the last 12+ years, I’ve done everything from work as a global human rights activist to lead marketing & partnerships initiatives at companies like Postmates and Apple. I’ve started businesses, lived in multiple cities around the world, pivoted careers more than once, and know what it takes to turn career goals into a reality. As a career coach & consultant, I’m passionate about sharing all that I’ve learned with you, helping you define tangible goals, and providing you with the tools and direct feedback you need to achieve them.

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