Is Success a Mindset?
What makes one person successful and another unsuccessful?
Of course there are many reasons that lead to success and failure.
But besides external events beyond their control, what differentiates a success rom a failure is how the person thinks.
Your most important thoughts and decisions are being made on the unconscious level.
Better thoughts lead to better actions.
Better actions lead to better results.
People who get the results they want in life think in a certain way.
This article will explore that certain way.
You will be able to shift your own thinking process to be more inline with attaining success.
Let's dive in...
8 Ways How Successful People Think
1. Successful People Know What They Want
Successful people know what they want.
They don’t have vague ideas about what they might "do one day” or “what they would only do if…”
They know what they want and they’re willing to do something about it.
Nothing will come to them they know they have to go and get it.
Successful people think “I will have that” not “I wish I could have that”.
One is a stated fact. The other a wish.
You don't get what you want for free.
There's always a price you'll have to pay.
You'll learn, try, and fail. At that point you have a decision to pack up and quit or keep going until you have what you want.
It starts with being clear about what you want and why you want it.
From there you make your plan to get it.
When you have your objective and your plan you then need to do the most important step... Take action and get to work!
2. Successful People Think Proactively
Successful people think action.
They think proactively and productively.
Successful people usually wake up early with a sense of purpose.
They might not always feel like doing it. But they get up and do it anyway.
That's why they have success.
Unsuccessful people psyche themselves out with negative thoughts and self-talk.
That internal negativity deters you from doing anything well.
You doubt yourself and your ability to have a winning outcome.
Make the decision to start thinking in terms of action.
Talk's cheap. What will you do?
The longer you make a conscious effort to think this way the more automatic it will become for you.
In any situation that requires a result always ask yourself;
What can I do now that will make a difference?
3. Successful People Have a Healthy Self Image
People who lead happy and heathy lives generally like themselves.
They have higher levels of self-esteem and confidence.
Everyone has flaws. Being successful isn't about being perfect.
Success is about persevering despite your flaws and getting yourself to a better place.
Don't focus on your flaws and become obsessed with them. Don't let them define you.
Maintain a healthy self image by focusing on your strengths and increasing your value and capabilities.
Successful people have a healthy self-image and identity.
4. Successful People Are Optimistic
Successful people see their glass half full.
When they see an opportunity they take it with the expectation that it will work out for them.
Choose to lean towards optimism.
When you feel optimistic you think clearer and take more definitive action.
Being optimistic doesn't mean being naive.
You're well aware of the downside and associated risk to any one thing.
The interesting thing is when you proceed confidently with an optimistic outlook things usually work out for you.
Attaining success in any area shouldn't feel like drudgery. Optimism should be your default view.
Success isn't always a happy and joyful journey.
Just because you're optimistic doesn't mean things will be any easier for you.
But you will be better able to handle what happens around you and make the best of it.
5. Successful People Think Before They Act
Success is a result of good decisions compounded over time.
You don't know it's a good decision until you get feedback in the form of a result.
Luck definitely plays a role.
But the way you assess your choices and the factors you take into consideration before taking action effect your eventual outcome.
Successful people don't get overly emotional.
They keep a cool head and think it through before they respond.
Thinking before you act can be the difference between success and failure.
When you're under pressure to act, maintain self-control and a degree of clarity.
You think before you act.
6. Successful People Think Win-Win
Successful people want to win.
But they also know the best way to win is to help other people win.
There is a misperception that people living in abundantly are greedy or sneaky in some way.
Maybe they just know how to get things done.
A percentage of any population is unethical and unscrupulous.
But many more successful people are generous and fair and they've worked hard to get where they are.
They are empathetic to the people around them and go out of their way to listen and give value.
Most successful people are willing to give you some time if they know you're genuine.
Their time is valuable so they won't waste it on superficial things.
Time is the most valuable asset you have. Invest it wisely.
Add value. Think win-win.
7. Successful People See Problems as Opportunities
Successful people see problems as opportunities.
Whatever situation they're in they know there's a golden ticket.
This habit is closely aligned with having an optimistic mindset.
Think about your problems. How can you make them into an opportunity?
Don't complain about how unfair your life is.
There are millions of people who would kill to have the life you have.
As a successful person you see your challenge as an opportunity.
Problems aren't fun but they cause you to grow.
Most of your experience in life in a result of how you think about it.
When you see a problem as an opportunity your brain starts to look for opportunity.
Talk to any successful person and they will tell you that some of their best wins have come out of their biggest problems.
8. Successful People Make Logical Strategic Decisions
If you want long term success you need a superior decision making strategy.
Don't underestimate the power of your decisions. They can make you or break you.
People who succeed have a superior decision making strategy.
They think in a more linear and strategic way which leads to better choices and results.
When you have an important decision to make think it through.
What are the benefits and payoffs versus the risk involved?
Is there an opportunity cost involved and if so what is it and are you willing to sacrifice it?
Think through the best way to accomplish your objectives taking into account all the relevant factors involved.
Think and decide with your logic and not your emotions.
Things to Remember
There is a structure to successful thinking.
No two people are the same and there are countless micro decisions made everyday that produce an eventual result.
But if you can follow the structure set out here in your own thinking you'll move yourself closer to the success you desire.
- Know what you want
- Think proactively
- Have a healthy self image
- Choose optimism
- Think before you act
- Think win-win
- See problems as opportunities
- Make your important decisions logically and strategically
Best Quotes About How Successful People Think
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha
“The mind is a powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely.” David Cuschieri
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” Earl Nightingale
“It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you, if you allow it.” Leon Brown
“Focused mind power is one of the strongest forces on earth.” Mark Victor Hansen
“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” Marianne Williamson