How to Think Like the Successful
Have you noticed that some people consistently achieve big goals? Not one or two major life goals but, more like- everything they touch turns to gold.
I’ve heard others use words like: fortunate, ‘lucky’, smart, talented and blessed to describe these high achievers. Although those descriptions may apply to a certain degree- I’ve never been convinced that those things alone could account for this groups ability to consistently achieve. And guess what, BINGO- I was right!
Today I’m sharing some of the ways these achievers have been able to become successful and how anyone can learn the exact same thing.
Before I jump in- let’s make sure we are on the same page regarding ‘Success’.
My definition of success is not necessarily making a million dollars a day, being the most powerful person on the planet, or receiving accolades for being the most featured ‘beautiful person’ in the world. Success to me always includes helping others – either directly or indirectly, for the betterment of society.
I personally consider a serial starter of non-profits who impacts his/her community as far more successful than the guys on wall street who are banking millions annually.
After doing some research and finding across-the-board similarities in successful people, there are some significant habits and mindsets that these people have cultivated.
The great thing is that it is not always about being smart. The other great thing is that it is attainable by anyone. By mastering these positive mindsets and habits, you too can achieve more. So, what is it that makes the successful different? What traits, attributes and habits help them achieve?
1) They see and visualize the end before they get there. They always keep the end goal or achievement in mind. This little mindset hack keeps the successful consistently connected with their goal(s).
Because they have already visualized the goal(s), they already have an inkling of how it will feel to accomplish it. In a way, it’s pretty much already done in their mind. Keeping the end in mind is the high-octane fuel for achieving anthing.
2) They are very very clear and focused on what they want to achieve. These folks know what they want and their focus isn’t easily diverted. They keep the main thing- THE main thing. They may tweak the goal but, they do not get distracted by other options to pursue when things get challenging. This leads me right into my next point.
3) They have a stick-to-it attitude and are willing to put in the w-o-r-k! Let’s face it, true success and achievement does not happen on accident. The people who realize any level of achievement typically put tons of effort, time and lots of energy into it. Success doesn’t just fall out of the sky and drop into your lap.
You’ve seen the commercial with the tag-line, “It takes a licking and keeps on tickin’?” Well, the folks in this category keep on ticking.They could be turned down 14 times and remain unfazed. They don’t back down or give up because others don’t believe in them or won’t support them. They’ll tweak their method and then try for the 15th time– with the same amount of determination and zeal they had on their first attempt.
4) They do not embrace or allow room for negative self-talk. In fact, many of these folks have cultivated a really good confidence quotient. Road blocks and hindrances come. But, these folks just figure out a way around them.
They do not allow their temporary emotions to become a determining factor in their future success; often seeing setbacks as opportunities. Opporunities that allow them to better position themselves for a comeback. If they spend any time wallowing in any setbacks, it is very short lived.
5) They set ridiculous goals for themselves. The goals of the successful are typically ambitious and noteasily within reach; this is the super-skill of this group. They are accustom to stretching beyond their comfort zone and intentionally tread into new territory. They understand that growth requires pressure and are more willing to embrace all that this means. So, when you boil it all down, if you want to be the next Richard Branson, Mother Teresa or Jeff Bezos be prepared to take calculated risk.
If you want to become more savvy in this area, the goal here is to stretch yourself- not to set yourself up for failure. So, jumping in too deep initially is not the way to go. You’ll be more likely to give up.
Start off by learning to establish effective habits that will help you improve your productivity and help you to focus on developing your abilities. Then you can focus on working your way up to achieving goals that expand your comfort limits.
The great thing about all of these points is that none of them limit anyone based on IQ/intelligence. It’s not about how smart you consider yourself to be.
The other great thing is that most of these things are attainable by just about anyone. By mastering these positive mindsets and habits, you can learn to achieve more- no matter where you start.
If you want to acheive more success in your pursuits- try implementing these little nuggets one by one. Once you master one- move to the next.
So, are you ready to think like the successful? Decide what you will you initiate today!