The Mindset of Success

Many people have a negative mindset because of fear (of failure or rejection) self-doubt, self-pity and failure to accept responsibility. Others are the opposite and have a positive mental attitude that helps them interpret and respond to situations in ways that lead to change.

Here are some to remember:

“No matter how good you get, you can always get better.” Tiger Woods

Always strive to better yourself by learning what you need to learn. Knowledge helps us to improve. We all came into the world with little or no knowledge so learning is key. As we learn we also become innovative, and inventive and are able is to improve our condition.

Keep learning by yourself and from others.

“I don’t like to gamble, but if there is one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.” Beyoncé

Be positive about yourself. Positive emotions encourage creativity and when you are positive you will find that you will always behave in a manner consistent with how you feel about yourself.

If you believe you are creative then you will behave in a manner consistent with being creative. And you will behave in a manner that will consistently make you want to do more. And be more all the while being your own cheer leader.

Be there for you every time. Be the first to tell yourself, you can. Bet on yourself.

“It is more important to learn from the lessons of failure.” Bill Gates

Failure can become a comforting thing that you can form an attachment to. Avoid this. Move quickly away from failure and make sure you learn from it.

Ask questions. Go through the problem, gather all the information and look at what would have been and why it did not happen. Also, stand back and consider the opinion of others. Asking others, especially those that have faced the same problem will give you a different point of view from yours.

Identify and list all the possible causes of the problem because many problems are solved simply by identifying the causes.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen” Michael Jordan

To succeed you must do. Just do it, do not focus on outcomes instead concentrate and focus on the doing. Make it happen by training, studying, selling or saving.

Doing it also means investigating all the possible routes. The positive and the negatives. The pros and cons. The stimulants and the dangers and then starting the journey.

Start by setting clear goals with specified deadlines for achievement. Could be be one year from now? Three years from now? Just set a specified future date and start doing the necessary every working day.


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