5 Ways To Develop Your Mindset For Success

5 Ways To Develop Your Mindset For Success

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Top performers know what they want and take consistent action towards it. They focus on their most important projects. They continuously improve their abilities.Their resourceful minds create emotional states, motivations, and beliefs that lead them to success. Their mindsets direct them towards habits and actions that produce their desired results.

Here are 5 things you must do to develop a mindset for success:

1. Believe you’ll succeed

Our behavior is consistent with our beliefs. If you believe you’ll succeed, you take effective action that moves you closer to your goal.

You evaluate the available options in search of the most promising way forward. You persevere through setbacks because you’re certain you will surpass them and continue the journey towards success.

People react differently to similar situations based on their beliefs. When faced with adversity, one person understands it’s a normal part of the process while another person complains that “things never go right for me” and gives up. The first person cultivated a mental framework that leads to a productive response to the setback.

If you believe there’s an answer to a challenging problem, you send your brain on a mission to find that answer. You focus on the possibilities and solutions that will drive you forward. On the other hand, if you believe the problem is unsolvable, you direct your brain to find the best excuses available.

Beliefs guide our behavior. We can select beliefs that propel us towards our goals instead of beliefs that hold us back.

“We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not.” – Tony Robbins

2. Overcome one obstacle at a time

When we attach to the outcome, we mentally rush towards the finish line. In this frame of mind, we put tremendous pressure on ourselves to succeed. We obsess over all the obstacles we may face.

We don’t embrace incremental progress and growth. We want to fast track to the rewards of success. We can’t effectively handle ten obstacles at once. Our mind doesn’t know where to direct its attention. Our attention scatters and our productive energy dissipates.

We can overcome one challenge at a time though. We can methodically analyze each challenge from all angles. Then, we can develop strategies to attack the challenge in the way that’s most likely to succeed.

We commit to a plan and surge ahead. There’s a long journey ahead with many peaks and valleys. Yet, we don’t need to find solutions for problems until we face them.

Breaking down the goal and focusing solely on the next challenge is achievable. This mindset produces consistent action, which adds up to massive progress over time.


3. Only compete with yourself

Modeling the mindsets, strategies, and actions of those who have already accomplished what we’re pursuing is valuable. Through modeling, we avoid some of the mistakes others made on the road to success. We discover a proven blueprint that shortens the time it takes us to reach our goals.

While learning from others facilitates our growth, mentally competing with them produces detrimental consequences. When we measure ourselves against others, we look towards more successful people. This leads us to feel inadequate and doubt our ability.

When we shift our paradigms and compete only with ourselves, we zoom in on our path. We’re not concerned with what everyone else is doing anymore. We’re simply trying to improve from where we were yesterday.

We’re focused on improving our skills and equipping ourselves with the tools we need to achieve our goals. We measure success based on our personal benchmarks instead of how others define success.


4. Commit to the best options

As we become more successful, we have more opportunities and requests. Many of these opportunities are really good.

If we say yes to most options, we quickly feel stressed and overwhelmed by the volume of work and commitments. By saying no to options that don’t align with our most important goals, we give ourselves the freedom and space to fully commit to the great options.

It’s hard to achieve ambitious goals. It’s much harder to achieve these goals when we have too much on our plate. We make incremental progress on many projects without finishing most of them.

Going all in on a few big projects at a time until completion results in massive progression. When we finish them, we can move on to the next set of great options that are waiting. We can achieve everything we want. We just can’t achieve it all at the same time.  

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard Branson

5. Develop a growth mindset

Successful people believe in growth. They believe their skills will improve as they gain experience. They believe they will find road maps, strategies, and resources that will produce the results they want.

In this TED talk, Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, concludes that the growth mindset leads to greater engagement with challenges, perseverance, confidence, and willingness to learn from mistakes.

If we are confident that we will overcome these challenges, we learn from them and keep trying until we find a successful course of action. The traits associated with a growth mindset are a recipe for success.

When we choose the growth mindset over the fixed mindset, where we are today becomes irrelevant. The only thing that matters is where we’re going.

Which one do you think is the most important when developing your mindset for success? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
Jose Ramos helps people use winning habits and strategies to build their dream life instead of settling for average results and feeling stuck. Get his free guide to setting and achieving your awesome goals so you can boost your life to the next level, which could be getting a raise, losing 10 pounds, or traveling more.


  1. Jose,

    Great article here man. These are beliefs so in line with my mindset!

    I particularly like only competing with myself and not worrying about competition as much. Like Wattles says in “The Science of Getting Rich” we should focus on creation and not competition, because there is plenty to go around.

    Also when you know you’re going to succeed, you act like you cannot fail and you simply do what’s necessary to win.

    Keep up the great articles.

    – Evan

  2. Wow! Perfect timing on this one I find myself obsessed with obstacles and perceived adversity. I really have a problem organizing my thoughts .Figuring out which problems to devout my time and energy to.

  3. As for me, the # 2 – overcome an obstacle at a time – is the most valuable, because it is the reason why some people give up of their goals.

  4. I like this information very much and would like to print it to save for future reference. When I try to print it, though, on standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, sentences are cut off and the flow of meaning becomes jumbled. Is it the format you are using to send it out, or something I can do on my end to resolve ? Frustrating. Otherwise, very meaningful and helpful information.

  5. Love the last one in particular.

    I have tried to make it a habit of learning something out of any situation I’m given with. I’ve often found sometimes the most negative of situations, like losing someone important to you, teach you the most valuable lessons. It’s easy to let grief blind us from them, but when we are able to actually seek them out we can learn a lot that will stick with us.

    It was only a few years ago I finished my ‘education’ but the truth is this change in mindset has caused me to learn and grow far more than I ever had previously. The changes have been monumental.

  6. Hi Jose,

    Believe you will succeed is my favorite. I am breaking into making money online niche, if you can call it a niche. I often find that it is not the actions that one needs to take to build an online business, as they are relatively simple, but the mindset that causes people to fail. I have read somewhere that if you don’t want to keep starting over stop giving up.

    “I have never failed just found 10,000 ways that will not work.’ Henry Ford The only people I see in my business that fail are those that give up. Unfortunate because perhaps they were minutes away from success.


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