I have been a student of Success Mindset for over ten years, ever since I read James Allen’s seminal work, As A Man Thinketh. I’m convinced that the way you think and feel about yourself guides and permeates every part of your life.
Creating a success mindset is the first necessary step to everything. It can either limit your potential or power your success. The way you think influences your self-esteem, your confidence, your creativity, your world-view and your resilience in the face of challenges.
It’s not a case of working longer or trying harder. Quite often the thoughts you think are the only thing that separate success from failure.
The right mindset can fire up your creativity, skyrocket your productivity, motivate and inspire you when the world doubts your genius.
It can literally change your results in an instant.
When I look back at what led to the biggest shifts in my life and my business, it’s clear that changing my mindset completely altered my reality.
But it always surprises me that success mindset rarely gets a mention in business. It is the most under-estimated and overlooked rule of success yet it’s the most powerful key to succeed in life.
Very few of us know how to create a mindset for success so in this post I’m going to share #3 ways to help you master your mind and change your life.
#1 Create A Vision
“If you don’t build your dreams, then someone will hire you to build theirs.”
Perhaps this quote by Tony Gaskins sounds absurd to you. You may be wondering why any reasonable person would squash their own dreams and desires in order to help others achieve theirs.
The sad fact is that many of us are sacrificing our greatness on a daily basis.
We may be trapped in a job we dislike or eking out a meager existence at the expense of living with passion.
Stop and think for a minute about what you really want out of life. Do you know what that is? If you don’t, then it’s highly unlikely that you will ever attract it.
So the first step in developing a Success Mindset is figuring out what you really want. If you have ever imagined “what if”, then now is the time to dive deeper instead of pushing it to one side.
Be clear about what you want
Create a list of goals, things you want to have, the people you want to surround yourself with and the dreams you want to realize.
It can be absolutely anything; a dream home, a successful business, your perfect soulmate, a wonderful family life or a combination of many different things. The key thing is that you want them.
One fun way to start this process is to create a vision board.
Don’t be afraid to dream big, now is not the time to be “realistic”.
Your dreams may seem larger than your current life but the bigger you dream, the more excited and inspired you’ll become, and the more open to new ideas and opportunities.
When you have a big vision that excites you, a strange thing happens. You become more committed to your goal, you’ll work harder towards achieving it and you’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen.
By creating a clear mental image of what you want, your mind will also help you find a way to make it a reality. As if by magic, things, people, events and other marvellous “coincidences” will start moving in your direction.
# 2: Cultivate A Positive Attitude
Having a success mindset means adopting a positive attitude towards everything including challenges. When things go wrong you’ll respond calmly and confidently instead of panicking or being a victim.
This may not be easy to start with especially if you are in the habit of complaining or are surrounded by negative circumstances and people.
Take one day at a time and start monitoring your thoughts.
How are you feeling, what are you thinking, could you have reacted differently in that situation?
Meditation is one powerful way to slow down an overactive mind and gain control over your thoughts.
As you become more conscious of what is going on inside you, you will start to train your mind to entertain happier, more positive and empowering thoughts. You will begin to radiate a positive energy that others will pick up.
Negative thoughts will also have less hold over you.
But if you do have a negative thought, don’t beat up on yourself. Just acknowledge it, let it go and shift your attention to your goals. Don’t allow anything to get you down.
#3 Seek Out Inspiring People
There is nothing worse than being surrounded by harsh critics and naysayers.
Especially when you are building a successful business or coming back from a setback or failure.
This is the time when you most need support and encouragement.
But you might find that the people closest to you just don’t understand. They may offer well-intentioned but negative advice that sows doubt, breeds fear and crushes hope.
Make a point of expanding your network and seek out positive, proactive people who inspire you. If you want to create a successful business, mix with like-minded entrepreneurs.
If someone tells you that you can’t do something, don’t pay attention. Just remind yourself that you can achieve anything you set your mind to and keep going. Focus on your goals every day to keep yourself motivated and inspired.
Don’t take disappointments and setbacks to heart. View them as an opportunity to grow, improve, learn and help you become a stronger person.
By adopting a positive success mindset, you will overcome any challenges that you may come across and you will ultimately get what you want, because you won’t quit. In reality, there is nothing and no one that can stop you – only yourself and your own thoughts.
Create A Success Mindset With A Mentor
A mentor can be a very valuable asset when it comes to creating a mindset for success in your personal and professional life. Remember, your best thinking has got you here, but it may not be enough to get you there.
For many years, I tried to go it alone. Even though I knew the importance of having a success mindset, I felt deep down that there was something standing between me and the next level of achievement.
Affirmations, visualization and meditation all helped but something was still missing. It wasn’t until I started working with my mentor and mindset coach, Sanjib Mukherjee, that I was able to identify and eliminate many of the self-limiting beliefs that were holding me back.
Sanjib rarely gives interviews and his 1-1 coaching always sells out. However, if you want to learn some powerful techniques on how to create a success mindset for yourself then I highly recommend his blog, My Wisdom Club.
I believe that cultivating a success mindset is extremely important if you want to live your life with passion and purpose.
The above steps and working with Sanjib have helped me transform my life from confusion to one that I am proud of and am designing consciously on a daily basis. With practice and persistence, you too can create a mindset for success in your life.
What are your thoughts about mindset? Have you used any specific strategies to create a Success Mindset? Please share and comment below.