New book teaches you how to see the world as a successful person

"Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World," by NYU professor Emily Balcetis, shares four essential tools that can help build an ideal life.
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the world. Called "Clearer, closer, better" and Rebecca Jarvis sat down with the author. She is back to tell us all about it. Reporter: Good morning. Yeah, it's really interesting when you think about this because you can get inside the mind of the most successful people. That's exactly what this is. Successful people literally see the world differently and this is a look at all the tools that they're using to achieve and find happiness and how you can use them and apply them to your own life. When it comes to success author Emily says perception is paramount. What we see has a direct relationship to our psychological experience. Reporter: Right here in times square a simple visual test reveals just how differently people can perceive the same thing. I'm going to show you this picture for a second. Tell me the first thing you see. I see a horse. I see a cat. Definitely a kangaroo. I see a seal. I see a horse. And a rabbit, a horse rabbit. I think this visual illusion exemplifies the fact that we can see one thing in two ways. These shifts in perception are the key to finding success in all areas of life. Something she writes about in her new book "Clearer, closer, better" chichi outlines four ways you can alter your perception for more successful outcomes. You might think of this like a toolbox for our own life. Four different strategy, four different tools that we might find useful at different stages of goal pursuit. Reporter: First up framing. Being aware of what we're looking at, what we put on the table, what we put on our desk, all of that has a much bigger impact on what we do and what we think than maybe we realize. Reporter: Second, narrowing the focus of attention. Realizing there are some moments when we might be better served by keeping the distractions at bay. So the third is the wide bracket. Taking a step back and seeing the bigger picture. That can be effective for helping us to find patterns in our own choices and behaviors, in fact, when my students practiced this thinking about the six things they needed to do this week and on Monday planning for the next seven days and slotting them in they were able to find 2 1/2 more hours in the week to work on their projects than when they took it day by day. Reporter: Finally, materialize. Write down the steps that are going to be required to complete in order to hit that goal. That's the power of the visualization. One other really interesting part of Emily's research is on failure. She says that in order to be successful, we need to incorporate failure into our thinking but she says that whole word failure is part of the instead she says we should think of those stumbles as an opportunity to reformulate and choose a new direction. This is all about our orientation, perception of if you think of failure as an opportunity instead of the end, you can keep moving. A love it. Great advice. Thanks, Rebecca. Clearer, closer better out get Emily's tips on our website.

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