A Success Mindset: 3 Priority Keys for Action
A success mindset involves your attitudes, feelings, values, and beliefs about yourself. As a result, you are a success regardless of the current circumstances, wins or losses, victories or defeats. Success is not a cookie-cutter, once-in-a lifetime idea. It’s not about money, position, influence, or power. It’s not a journey or destination. We have seen many people with the high life in material things lead despicable lives. Furthermore, they treat others with disrespect and disdain. For example, what if a billionaire and person barely making ends meet walk by someone lying in the street in pain? But, the billionaire doesn’t even notice the situation. The other person stops to help and calls 911. Who really cares? Who really is a success in life?
Therefore, however you define it; keep the following keys in mind to cultivate your success mindset:
- state of being
- success system
A SUCCESS MINDSET IS A STATE OF BEING
Suzy stood in front of her kindergarten class for show-and-tell and declared, “Today, I’m not here to talk about a pet, a book or a story. I am here to tell you about someone I consider quite fascinating – myself.” Suzy believed in herself! A success mindset instills motivation to get up and act even when things are tough or hard. Could real success also be the positive belief that you are already an important and worthy person, no matter what? Above all, success is a state of being, something that enables everything else to fall into place. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Self-esteem is the first step to success.”
FIND YOUR SUPPORT
People are social by nature. That is to say, people need others. What would life be like without your spouse, family, friends or co-workers? In truth without others, probably not nearly as meaningful or fulfilling. The people around you are important. Their support will help you. Success requires support. Many professional teams with tons of talent fail to win when players don’t operate as a team. So, share your goals with others you can trust to build you up not tear you down. And do the same for them. Bob Conklin has stated many times, “To get everything in life you want, give enough other people what they want.”
Furthermore, Harvard professor, Daniel Goleman, studies the importance of emotional intelligence. He argues that two areas define success. First, personal competence (self-mastery) is the initial requirement. Second, social competence (people skills) is crucial. His work shows these are vital to a success mindset in our personal and professional lives.
USE A SUCCESS MINDSET SYSTEM
The system has always been simple. To clarify, start by knowing what you want. Set goals and a plan. Persistently pursue them. Then, keep learning and don’t quit. Consequently, all the research and self help gurus will tell you something similar. Most importantly, successful people master a system similar. Closely observe success people, and you will notice certain characteristics about them. Studies reveal that highly successful people in all walks of life are:
- Self-confident believers.
- Dreamers and goal setters.
- Action-oriented and persistent.
- Helpful, caring and cooperative with others.
- Happy, fun loving and joyful.
If any of these are missing people tend not to feel successful. Unfortunately, they tend to be selfish and self-centered egotists. In conclusion, a success mindset isn’t made of magic. Despite popular opinion, success is defined by who you are. It’s not defined what you have. Becoming successful at whatever it is, takes initiative to develop personal talents and abilities. You have to work at it. Yet, there is no self-improvement, only increasing in the ability to be all that you already are. Certainly, believe that and you are well on your way.
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