A wise man once taught me that “Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy” and the truth is simple, the more focused you are on success the more likely you are to experience it. A few years ago everyone was talking about “The Secret” where they espouse the idea that putting out positive thoughts into the universe, and even being specific about those thoughts, will result in you getting what you want. If only it was that simple, however having a success focused mindset will help you achieve more success. But, if you’re not naturally predispositioned to think in terms of success, how can you develop a success-focused mindset?
Developing a success-focused mindset starts with developing three important aspects of yourself: the mind, body and spirit. If you can focus on all three of these, having a success-focused mindset will become second nature.
The power of the mind is amazing it can make grown men cry in fear or it can make them perform herculean acts. The mind is the part of you that makes you who you are, it enables you to reason and perceive the world around you. It enables you to feel emotions and lets you judge right from wrong. By taking care of your mind and training it, you’ll be able to think more positively and focus on success.
Your body is important because while your mind controls your body, if your body is not healthy no amount of mind control is going to help. Keeping your body healthy by moving around every day, eating right, along with getting regular check-ups, will help you keep your body healthy as well as allow your mind to focus on success. I myself suffer from this, I tend to get to work as soon as I can rather than go out for that walk or run, which I actually love to do once I get out there, however I wrongly perceive that I need to check things first. I’m purposely setting goals now to exercise just a little bit more and to try and look after this aging body, perhaps you could do likewise.
We’re not talking scotch here, we’re talking about an often touchy subject, the spirit is what you make of it. Perhaps you are religious, perhaps not. But think of your spirit as the part of you that either feels at peace or does not feel at peace. If your spirit is distracted it shows up in your mind as bad thoughts – intrusive feelings that keep you from staying positively focused on a success-focused mindset.
The trick to developing a success-focused mindset is to experience success. Start trying new things that help you feel successful or to put it another way, confidence comes from achieving small goals, and confidence built on confidence builds success.
The ability to look honestly at any situation and evaluate it without emotion is an essential part of turning your mind around to successful thoughts instead of thoughts of failure. For instance, don’t automatically concede failure if someone doesn’t return a call. There may be many reasons, including not even getting your message to start with. Assume a real reason before making up negativity in any situation.
You should read that again, many, many people automatically assume failure even when none exists… the mind can be quick to make such assumptions because it’s easy and the lazy way out, you need to train it so that it doesn’t and so that you can really evaluate a situation. Unless someone says NO make your mind assume YES… that small difference can make you have a positive mindset.
Many times when put under pressure we tend to have some go-to attitudes and emotions that we feel. Some of us automatically give up. If you’re one of those, tell yourself you’ll give something a particular number of tries before giving up. Adversity is a necessary component in life. Without trials and tribulations, what good is success? Think how sweet success feels when it wasn’t simple to achieve.
Try keeping a daily schedule for work, with to-do items listed in order of priority. As you check them off, you feel successful. The ones you don’t check off move to the next day and become priorities for that day. As you get used to feeling as if you’re accomplishing something each day, you’ll feel more successful and therefore automatically develop a more success-focused mindset.
Finally, it is important when trying to become success focused to maintain your focus on positive affirmations and thoughts. Turn each negative thought into a positive, flip it around in your mind, and move forward. Sometimes you only need a little modification in something to turn a sure failure into an outright success.