You hear it all the time: Success is a state of mind. Some would argue that success is a natural result of proper planning, preparation and focused action – and that viewpoint certainly holds a grain of truth. But there are also many exceptions to disprove that “rule.” Have you ever wondered how two people can attempt the same objective in the same way and only one of them succeed? Is it sheer luck? Timing? Tenacity? More often than not, it’s a person’s mindset that determines whether they fail or succeed.
What is a mindset, anyway? Typically, it’s your predominant state of mind from day to day. It’s what you think about, focus on, and expect from your daily experiences. Think negatively, expect the worst, feel pessimistic about your options and that’s exactly what you’ll seem to draw into your life. Likewise, think positively, expect the best and focus on a successful outcome and you’ll get it most of the time.
It makes sense, but how exactly does this work? Why is a Success Mindset so important? Take a few moments to read about three of the biggest reasons below.
1) A Success Mindset boosts your confidence and self-belief.
A lack of belief in yourself usually comes along with a sense of powerlessness and futility, which is the exact opposite of a Success Mindset. Lack of confidence means you see no point in trying to be successful because it won’t happen anyway. Obviously, this is a recipe for failure in any endeavor.
Having a true Success Mindset, on the other hand, means you believe in yourself and your capabilities. You acknowledge that you have strengths, experience and abilities that will contribute to achieving your goals and you believe you can succeed if you try – and that motivates you to give it your best shot. The more you believe you can succeed, the more confidence you build to move forward.
2) A Success Mindset strengthens your determination.
Without a Success Mindset, one failure is enough to convince you that pursuing your goals is a waste of time. A negative mindset will discourage you before you get started. If you don’t become a great success the first time you try, you may conclude that it simply wasn’t meant to be. Unfortunately, few things worth having are obtained so easily!
A Success Mindset, however, strengthens your awareness that a failure is not the end of the story – it’s just one more way that didn’t work out the way you planned. In fact, a true Success Mindset makes it obvious that the only true failure occurs when you stop trying.
3) A Success Mindset encourages fruitful actions.
Have you ever felt like you were wandering in circles because you didn’t know the best way to approach a specific goal? Perhaps you had an idea of the best course of action but felt intimidated by some of the action steps required. As a result, you may have found yourself in a cycle of ineffective tasks or activities that didn’t really move you closer to your goal.
With a true Success Mindset, you’ll be energized to find the most effective action steps that will lead directly to your goal. So, as you begin with a Success Mindset, develop confidence and move on to purposeful steps you’ll be well on your way to real success!
If I had to sum up how to develop a Success Mindset into a few words, I’d say this:
– Go for your dreams.
– Think positively.
– Believe in yourself.
– Believe you can do better.
– Learn, grow and develop yourself.
– Be willing to take chances.
– Expect the best in every situation.
– Be willing to fail.
– When you fall down, get back up and try again.
– Give it your all.
– Trust God for the outcome.
Keep doing that and you can’t help but become successful, from the inside out.
Dr. Linaman is a psychologist and executive coach providing counseling and professional development services to individuals, couples, work teams and organizations.
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