“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for.” Socrates
I use this quote to stop you from wasting your precious time into searching for some magic solutions to change your life.
The success lies in practice.
So, how can you develop a successful mindset for growth and prosperity?
In this article, I share three mindset habits that many successful, confident leaders have in common with each other. Watch the video to understand how to develop a growth mindset.
When people talk about personal success and people who have achieved it (whether that’s success in business, or wealth management, or relationships, or career growth, or any of the many other areas of life in which we seek success), a common topic often comes up:
How did they do it?
We can learn successful people often hones in on the concrete skills or strategies that they may have used to get to where they are. They replicate what other successful people are doing and implement.
We might talk about business degrees or financial literacy or project management or productivity. “What did Bill Gates do every morning to boost his productivity?” you might wonder. “How did Steve Jobs cultivate his creativity and improve efficiencies at Apple?” you might ask.
And while all those things ARE factors in your ability to execute specific actions that may improve your success, truly confident, successful people start one step earlier.
You’ll be thrilled to know its the POWER of MINDSET
The stuff you DO flows out of the way you see and THINK, while you may attempt to adopt different trends or strategies that emulate the actions of successful people, you’re not addressing the underlying perspectives and focus that can either drive you forward or sabotage your progress.
“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it,” says bestselling author and life coach Steve Maraboli.
When you work on identifying the mindsets that you embrace, and invest time and energy in ensuring your mindset aligns with your goals of success. Your confidence and self-fulfilment soar.
The actions you make that arise out of this mindset are better able to build the momentum and growth you need to achieve true unlimited life of success.
Unfortunately, many people live most of their lives without understanding the mindsets they embrace. And in this state of conscious or unconscious oblivion, they miss out on ways to use the power of alignment to help them manifest their goals and achieve whatever it is they need to achieve in order to embody their vision of success.
Let’s explore this further!
The Crucial Importance of Your Mindset
When you change the way you think, you change the way you see. And when you see with new perspectives and with an eye on the prize, the actions and steps you take begin to change in conscious and subconscious ways to make your vision a reality.
“Your mindset is so influential because it determines how you think about and interprets situations, your emotional reactions, the decisions you make, and the actions you take,” explains psychologist Jim Taylor, PhD.
When most people think about mindset, they might think about cliches like “stay positive” or “visualize your happiness.” These types of statements or mantras can be valuable in staying focused on the mindset you’re trying to cultivate, but these little quotes and sayings also cheapen the depth and intricacies of mindset and its impact on your confidence and success.
“Your mindset isn’t just a bunch of touchy-feely psychology and relationship stuff either,” says Taylor. Its is the driver to your bigger successful life.
According to Taylor, there are a handful of core mindsets that directly impacts your confidence and success.
1. A Commitment Mindset
Commitment is the foundation for success. Most people think of commitment as some sort of internal or external motivator or prompt. But simply being motivated isn’t enough. When people are truly successful and confident, that confidence (and the ensuing success) isn’t because they were just “motivated” to achieve their goals.
It’s because those goals are innately tied to their passions, their skills, and the seed of opportunity planted within their soul.
Have you ever been in the room with someone who seemed to be living “in the flow”? Someone whose work, or hobbies, or lifestyle, fully reflected their vision and goals? When you’re in the presence of these types of people, you can feel a positive energy, and the purpose, and the excitement, in their every word and in the gleam of their eyes.
These people are confident not because they went through some sort of steps about increasing self-esteem or confidence. These people aren’t successful because they hammered down the template for business skills and productivity but because they are committed to their purpose.
2. An Accountability Mindset
It’s not enough to simply set goals. You must also stay on track, making sure every choice or idea moves the needle of your progress. You must be able to show results, beyond just brilliant ideas. That’s where a mindset that embraces accountability comes in. When you’re accountable, you fully own your decisions and the results. And when you own the results and take personal responsibility, the way you approach both situations and outcomes change dramatically.
“You must take on the role of owner in which you say, ‘I never assume that others are responsible, I am responsible for everything,’” says Taylor. “‘A failure by others is a failure by me.’ As an owner, you take the lead in all aspects of your company’s (or your team’s within the company) functioning and performance.”
3. A Performance and Vision Mindset
“It is almost a cliché, but also a truism that great leaders must not only ‘talk the talk,’ but also ‘walk the walk,’” says Taylor. “The most successful leaders and companies know that nothing but the best is good enough to survive in the current business climate. As a leader, you must talk about and demonstrate that ‘I’m constantly looking to take my performance to the next level.’”
A lot of this comes down to vision. As you take on a performance mindset and measure your growth constantly, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the day today. It’s tempting to get distracted by tasks and chores without analysing how it actually compares to what needs to get done in order to manifest success.
This is why so many people who are interested in personal growth and success ask questions that deal with more surface issues like productivity. It can feel like you’re being successful when you ramp up production and get more done in less time. And while those things are helpful, without a clear vision, you won’t know if those things you’re doing actually align with your success.
“In the fast-paced business world in which we now live, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily challenges,” warns Taylor. “The problem is that if you get so busy in the day-to-day machinations of corporate life, you forget to look ahead to see what might be coming up. What lies ahead may be a great opportunity waiting to be embraced or a multi-car crash that you need to avoid. In either case, if you’re not looking toward the horizon, the future will become the present without your being ready for it.”
When you have a performance and vision mindset, the two go hand in hand to keep you oriented toward your north star and your final destinations.
Take a moment of reflection and ponder over your mindset, where are you operating from?
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