Success is only realized by those with the right mindset. It may be less concrete or perhaps the most overlooked principle, but the right mindset is what the brain needs to set the stage for anything successful in life. From a successful career, successful business to a successful relationship, there’s no way anything will ever pan out unless this one element is well-adjusted.
“So, what’s a mindset?”
The mindset, in a nutshell, is the summation of all the facts, beliefs, and thoughts accumulated from your personal experience with everything in life. It’s a mental attitude that filters the information you get, thus determining how you interpret and react to them.
And there’s more about the mindset than we can fully cover in a single article. But what’s more important is that the mindset is not a static trait. It can be developed. And so can it be lined up with your plans and personal goals. That being said, here’s a rundown of the 10 ways to improve your mindset:
Draw your inspiration from the best.
Look for the people who have made it in your field, and make them your role models. Assume their way of thinking by observing how they react to situations at hand. But of course learn to filter everything you observe, so you can only choose what’s best for you or your business
It may come off like plagiarism, but in the real world that’s what it means by having a role model. Look into the minds of the people you want to emulate, and then follow their footsteps, taking in every bit of advice and, more importantly, using their past story to assess your progress from time to time. For instance, if you’re planning to be a successful motivational speaker, you have the likes of Brian Tracy, John Assaraf and the rest to watch and emulate as you attempt to make it big.
Take a deep look into your current beliefs.
If whatever you believe in at the moment is self-limiting, you may want to do some culling. Start by identifying the possible roadblocks or anything that’s not in tune with your subconscious mind, after which you should line them up, discarding anything that appears to be off the track.
The best way to approach your beliefs is to look directly into the future you. Look at what stands between the current you and the person you want to be in future. After spotting the self-limiting beliefs, turn them around by building supportive statements around them. You can alternatively use affirmations to adopt new beliefs.
Use your visions and goals to line up your mindset.
Another pre-preemptive approach to reset your mindset is by looking at end results of all your struggles and hardship. This will help you break your vision into smaller goals, thus setting up targets that give you a feeling of smug every time you hit them.
Be protective of your mindset.
The world has all sorts of naysayers and skeptics. These are the people whose brain has been saturated with misguided information, or [simply] people with no purpose in life. And their mission is one—to drag you or any other person that appear to be focused down with them.
You confidence means a lot as far as your success story go. So if anyone does something that lowers it along the way, then you’re better off alone than with him or her. In other words, don’t involve them in anything unless you have a better reason to.
Make better decisions.
Every decision you make has a direct impact on your mindset. From the people you interact with to how you spend your time and money, you mindset is dependent on the outcome. Ask yourself how your choices will affect your vision and mindset. And if they appear not to draw you closer to your dream, you may want to consider otherwise.
Work on your self esteem.
People have a tendency of underestimating their abilities. They always rank themselves lower than they’re capable of. Start by identifying your own strengths and weaknesses, but most importantly learn to accept the outcome. The trick here is to develop a growth mindset, a mindset that strives to improve instead of trying to be the best.
Work on your relationships.
Some people like the feeling of control and power. As such, they’ll only look for those who kowtow to what they say or do, even if they’re on the verge of failure. This kind of relationship may be preferential to those with fixed mindsets, but in actuality it causes more harm than good to their personal growth and mindset.
To develop a growth mindset, however, you’ll need those who sees your faults and instead chooses to help you improve.
Don’t fixate about being perfect.
Perfection doesn’t make you a better person. All it does is make you turn a blind eye on the achievements you made so far, thus making you less appreciative of the far you’ve actually come. So instead of being obsessed about being perfect, work on improving. If the current piece is better than the last one, then you have every reason to push the boat out and shift your focus on the next project.
Learn to counter labels and stereotypes.
Both negative and positive labels have a tremendous effect on your mindset. For average minded people, they always see the need to protect positive labels as they’re afraid of losing them. And when they’re hit by a negative label, to them; it’s as if there’s no justice in that. They didn’t deserve it.
But people with a growth mindset don’t allow labels and stereotypes to affect their performance. Instead of fretting and giving it too much thought, they take them as an opportunity to grow and eventually stand out.
Focus on improving your company.
Most business owners are usually affected by a common disease—resistance to change. Since they once did something that stirred their success, they’ll always be clingy to that particular thing. To them, critics are better ignored and admirers, embraced. Short term strategies are better than long term ones, because they can lift the current status of their businesses right off the bat. They’re the perfect definition of myopic strategists.
But for growth oriented strategists, long term strategies are given the first priority. If the current approach is not in sync with the long term plan you have, it’s better off scrapped than embraced, even if it’s the best there’s for the situation at hand.
From the illustration, it’s worthwhile noting that the mind is a very powerful tool. If anything, it’s the only link people have between their beliefs and behaviors. Meaning, if your mind is dominated by negative thoughts, then nothing you do to succeed can actually pay off.
Fortunately this article does all the footwork for you to bring together all the 10 cruxes of developing a growth mindset. With these, you can build better habits, stick to your goals and, in the wake of it, reach higher levels of achievement.
So besides the 10 points we’ve listed, what else do you often do to develop a growth mindset?