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.
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.