Have you ever heard that “success is a state of mind?”
There are people who 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 mind-set that determines whether they fail or succeed.
What is a mindset, anyway?
Typically a mindset refers to your predominant state of mind.
It’s what you predominantly think about, focus on and expect from your daily experiences.
If you think negatively, expect the worst and feel pessimistic about your options, then that’s exactly what you’ll draw into your life.
Likewise, if you think positively, expect the best and focus on successful outcomes, then you’ll attract that most of the time.
Makes sense? But how exactly does this all work? Why is a success mindset so important? Here are three big reasons:
1) A success mindset boosts your confidence and self-belief.
Lets face it, 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 you think it won’t happen anyway. Obviously, this type of mindset is a recipe for failure in any endeavor.
On the other hand, having a true success mindset that means you believe in yourself and your capabilities. You believe that you can succeed at nearly anything you try, and that you’re willing to give it your best shot. Even better, the more you do try, the more confidence and self-belief you build. Keep doing that and you’ll become virtually unstoppable!
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. Tenacity and determination don’t exist in your world. If you don’t become successful the first time you try, you surmise that it simply wasn’t meant to be. Unfortunately, few things worth having are obtained so easily!
Having a success mindset strengthens your awareness that 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 found your mind spinning 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 you felt intimidated by some of the action steps required. As a result, you may have kept sabotaging your efforts as you searched in vain for an easier or less frightening way to your goal.
With a true success mindset, you’ll have a good idea of the most effective action steps to lead you directly to your goal. AND… by continuously moving confidently in the direction of your dreams, you’ll also have the inner confidence and determination to pursue them – which is a sure recipe for success!
To recap…If I had to sum up how to develop a success mindset into as few words as possible, 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.
- Give it your all
- Expect the best in every situation.
- Be willing to fail.
- When you fall down, get back up and try again.