12 Tips for Developing a Mindset of Success
When it comes to explaining the difference between the rich and the poor, the haves and have nots, there are a few obvious things. Certainly, there are things that rich people do that poor people don’t. Successful entrepreneurs know how to successfully market a product, and how to run a thriving business. However, perhaps more than anything else, successful people have the right mindset – a mindset of success – that informs their every action and underscores their triumphs. The good news is that a mindset can be learned. It can be adopted. It’s not something that you’re born with, which means that anyone can be successful if you just know how. We’ll explore exactly that in this post.
Realize That Happy Thoughts Won’t Cut It
There’s been a lot written and posted about the power of positive thinking. I’m not going to argue with that, or the Law of Attraction, but I do want you to realize that happy thoughts aren’t going to cut it if you want to build financial success. However, I do want to point out that you’ll at least be happier without success, so maybe that’s something.
Explore New Situations
A mindset of success is built on self-confidence. Self-confidence is developed by overcoming challenges and hurdles. So, by putting yourself in new situations and getting outside of your comfort zone, you start building the mindset that you want. What sorts of new situations should you explore?
Really, almost anything will work. Go volunteer at a soup kitchen. Travel to a distant city and get around without using your smartphone or other gadgets. Take a business course at your local community college.
You get the idea. The point here is to put yourself into new situations in which failure is a distinct possibility. Going through it successfully builds your confidence.
Know What Success Means to You
Success comes in many different forms. For some, it’s a brand new sports car. For others, it’s dating a hot woman. For others, it’s building a business empire that spans a continent. Yet others go for personal fulfillment.
Before you can build a mindset of success, you first need to know what success means to you. Not only does that give you a starting point, but it provides you a goal to shoot for. It also allows you to measure your progress toward your ultimate achievement, which can help with motivation as you push forward.
The Right Habits Matter
As I mentioned in my post on the habits of rich people, the right routines make a huge difference in your success or lack thereof. You need to develop the right habits – get up early, read lots, exercise, and do more. Your habits will support you in the pursuit of success by supplying needed motivation.
If you were to look at a list of the differences between successful people and unsuccessful people, procrastination would be pretty close to the top. Simply put, if you’re willing to put something off until tomorrow, you’ll never be successful. You need a sense of urgency – whatever it is that you’re doing needs to be done today, even right now. Procrastination is a lie.
If you’re stuck in the doldrums here, find some inspiration to help propel you forward. There are plenty of places you can look for inspiration and motivation, too. Self-help books come to mind, but you might be better served by meditation guides, or spiritual texts. Find what speaks to you and then use it to keep yourself moving forward.
Celebrate Your Milestones
A far-off goal might be great for some motivation, but if it never seems to get any closer despite your best efforts, it can get dispiriting. Make sure you celebrate milestones along the path. After all, it’s the journey that counts, not necessarily the destination.
In reality, the journey toward your goal is what defines your success, not the actual achievement, since you could not have reached the goal without the journey. So, celebrate your milestones along the way and you’ll find yourself more motivated to continue.
Take It One Step at a Time
Building a mindset of success requires that you improve your self-confidence. However, that can be tough to do if you’re feeling overwhelmed by challenges and hurdles. Even the most confident person in the world will want to throw in the towel in that case. Instead, take it one thing at a time.
Choose the first hurdle to overcome, and do it. Success here will build your confidence. Then, take on the next. That will enhance your confidence, as well. By taking them one obstacle at a time, you constantly build your confidence and reaffirm your mindset.
Don’t Compete with Others
Most human beings are competitive. It’s how we’ve existed for millennia. In many settings, competition can be healthy, vital even. However, that’s not the case when it comes to building your success or finding a healthy mindset to support your growth. Don't compete with others. Realize that their success has nothing to do with your own.
This is not a zero-sum game – there is plenty of success to go around, so if someone seems to “get there” before you do, be happy for them, and then refocus on your own progress. Do not measure your progress by where someone else is on their path. Do not be concerned with what anyone else is doing in this area. Your success is yours alone and has nothing to do with anyone else.
Choose Your Opportunities with Care
As we become more successful, we find ourselves presented with more and more opportunities to build even more success. This seems great at first glance, and your natural inclination will be to accept as many opportunities as possible. That’s the hustle, right? Never sleep, never rest, just push, push, push. Well, you can go that route if you want, but don’t say that I never warned you.
Taking on too much quickly leads to mental and emotional overload. You’ll ultimately burn out before you really find success. You need to learn how to say no to some of those opportunities, and only accept the ones that really stand out from the crowd. Achieving a success-based goal is really challenging and overfilling your plate will just make that more difficult to achieve. Learn how to choose the best opportunities, and how to say no to the others. If you need a little hand to stay focused, try using the Qualia Mind Nootropics - I've been using this supplement for a while now and I can definitely say it's helped with not only my productivity, but also the ability to stay focus.
Realize That Even Failures Move You Forward
We’re accustomed to thinking of failures as setbacks. They prevent us from making progress. They hinder us. They stop forward momentum, right? Actually, it’s really all in how you look at the situation. If you see failure as a setback, then that’s exactly what you’ll experience. However, if you look at failures as lessons learned, you’ll find that they can actually help you in your progress.
Every experience in life has something to teach, even if you technically failed to reach your objective. Find the lesson in the failure. Discover how to apply that to your life so that you don’t repeat your mistake, and you will save time, headaches, and heartache down the road. Remember – those who fail to learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
Revisit Your Proud Moments
For even the most motivated of people, it can sometimes get hard to push forward. The weight of decisions and responsibilities can weigh you down. The fear of making mistakes can slow progress. The specter of failure can stop you in your tracks.
When this happens, revisit your most successful moments. Relive them – experience them again in your mind’s eye like they were just yesterday. That feeling of pride, accomplishment and success will help you push past today’s roadblocks.
Choose Your People Wisely
One of the most crucial tips on this list is to choose those you surround yourself with very carefully. Understand that positive people will build you up, and negative people will tear you down. It’s not always easy to tell the difference, or to cut negative people out of your life. You need to build your social circle intentionally, and make sure that everyone in that circle has a mindset of success.
This does not mean that you need to surround yourself with people who share your every thought – that would create an echo chamber. Instead, look at people’s outlook on life and success in general. Are they upbeat? Optimistic? Cynical? Pessimistic? Choose those who will help you push forward toward success, and eliminate those who are holding you back.
In the end, building a mindset of success requires intentionality in all areas of your life. If you’re content to just go with the flow, you will never really be successful. You’ll always be pulled by the whims of others and the vagaries of the world. You need to take control of your life – it’s yours, after all. Do what you want to do with it.
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