Changing your mindset for success is not such a hard thing to do. It is the key to all of this life’s successes, yet many people will still choose to stay in the opposite state of a mindset of failure. Or is it that, they don’t really know that they hold the key to their own success?
Creating a successful mindset
This is the very first step towards changing your mindset for success. You may not know it, but your thought pattern influences everything in your life – your relationships, your confidence, your creativity, even your view about the world.
The difference between success and failure is your mindset. Simple. You may work as hard as you want, put in crazy hours, but if your thought pattern is not consistently in alignment with success, you will not see any worthwhile differences in the course of your life. It’s called stagnation. You don’t want that do you?
Do not think that it’s very hard for you, ten years from now, to find yourself at the same level you are at right now. The thing is, we all desire for growth, and we can have it, if only we take a few simple measures to change that.
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning” Benjamin Franklin
Steps to success
Do you have a vision?
Do you have a dream? not those that you get when you go to sleep at night, we all have those. I mean, a VISION about your life. What is it that you want out of this life? are you content with where you are right now? what is it that you would like to change about your life? is it your finances? better relationships?
All the above and more are important questions you need to ask yourself and answer them honestly. They constitute a having a vision.
You need to figure out what you really want and be very clear about it. Tony Gaskins said that…
“If you don’t build your dreams, then someone will hire you to build theirs”
You will follow and help fulfill someone else’s dream if you don’t create your own vision. You will cheer someone else on as they go out and make their dreams a reality. You will be their manpower, their labor, their personal 9-5 assistant so that they can cruise around the world living the life of their dreams.
Is that what you really want? Sadly, a very big population of the earth spend their whole lives knowingly or unknowingly helping other people fulfill their dreams.
Step 1 – Create your own vision board.
This is a list of goals that you want to achieve. You can write them down on a notebook. Write every little and big thing that you want to achieve and include the timelines that you want to achieve them.
i.e. You can have 3 columns – short term goals, medium term goals and long term goal – those that you think will take longer to achieve. Longer could be one year depending on what kind of goal it is.
short term goals – 1-6 months
medium term goals – 1-12 months
and long term goal – More than 1 year
Do not be afraid to dream big. You can achieve anything you put your mind to. You are not any different from Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerburg. You can achieve success in your very own way. Many people fail for wanting to be like other people. It’s called being a copy. YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL, DON’T DIE A COPY.
Do not be afraid of failure either. We learn through failures. Use them as lessons and stepping stones instead of letting them take you down. And when you get down, don’t remain there. Purpose to rise up everytime you fall.
–Alibaba.com founder failed at everything else before He finally found His success.
-Abraham Lincoln tried countless times and failed before He became President of the United States.
Step 2 – Start cultivating a positive mental attitude
To cultivate means to foster or to nature the growth of something. You have to start to deliberately plant positive thoughts in your head. For every negative thought that pops up in your head, counter it with a positive affirmation.
Start thinking YOU CAN whenever you think you can’t. Even if you don’t believe that you can. The brain does not really know that you can’t! it’s you who tells it what you can and cannot do! Start to trick it that it can, and soon enough it will believe that indeed, it can do anything for you.
Fake it till you make it
Start living, in your mind, the kind of life that you dream of. Don’t go into debt trying to fake a kind of life that is beyond your current means – your mind is there to do that for you.
Take your mind to places it has never been before. Beginning today, only watch or read only about anything that is in alignment with your dreams. Watch youtube videos of grand mansions and big cars if that is your heart’s desire.
The following quotes should leave you very inspired
“The future you see is the future you get.” – Robert G Allen
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.” – James Allen
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” – Greg Anderson
“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.” – Pamela Vaull Starr
“When you have a dream you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett
“What’s the purpose of living if you don’t go after your dreams?” – Samson Reiny
Step 3 – Start looking for inspiring connections
Do not also underestimate the power of a mentor or a role model. People that have been where you are and are now living out their life’s mission.
A mentor does not necessarily have to be someone you know in person. With the internet and social media, there are a lot of inspiring people that you can follow. Will share some of them below.
Drop ALL negative connections, and it doesn’t matter who they are too. Communicate less with them or write them off all the same. Anything or anyone that is a threat to the fulfillment of your dreams does not deserve space in your life.
If it’s a spouse you need to lay down the rules, in a nice way. Start inspiring them against negativity. Begin a new habit of reading positive quotes together. You may be holding the key to the change that is waiting to happen to them. Give it a chance.
What if you put in the time and effort and they don’t change? It is up to you to gauge and decide whom or what really deserves space in your life.
My final thoughts
No one should go through life without realizing their purpose or achieving their dreams. Unlike any other creature on this Earth, we are a unique creation with something even more unique – The Brain. It is the link between living the life of your dreams or not. And the best part about it? It comes free of charge, unlike a motivation book that you have to purchase.
Start utilizing this powerhouse beginning NOW and you will be amazed at the things you thought you will never achieve.
Have I left you feeling inspired? do you have any comments or questions? please share in the comment box below. I will be very happy to hear from you.