We all dream of being successful, for some it is a luxurious lifestyle, for some it is a handsome salary or an authoritative position and for some it is just being contented with what they have. We all have different measure of success in life and that this urge of achieving something keeps us going in life. For some of you, it might be getting that software engineering job that you have been longing to have. For others, it is achieving that promotion they’ve been striving for a long time. One petty goal for someone, might be a dream come true for others.
We all have this ability to achieve and succeed yet only few of us are able to make their life extraordinary and live their dreams.
It is not because we are anything lesser or less luckier than our more successful peers. What makes some people exceptional and blessed with such achievements is the power of their thinking, or rather their mindset.
A mindset refers to our beliefs and thought process engraved deep down in our sub-consciousness, on the basis of which we observe the world including ourselves. In order to have a mindset which constantly keeps you focused towards your goals and reach the epitome of success one needs to train themselves accordingly and inculcate some healthy habits for the mind.
Here are seven ways to boost your thinking to develop a success oriented mindset.
1- Challenges: Accept them
The best way to make yourself learn something is to take it as a challenge. It is something that takes you out of your comfort zone, but leaves you with more wisdom. Instead of feeling defensive or threatened by them, take them head on. Flow with the process of learning from the challenge, absorbing each step one at a time. Even if the result is not what you planned, you will be a learned person at the end. This is a success in itself.
2- Mindfulness: Practice it
Being in the moment is the first step towards mindfulness. Majority of the negative emotions in our life come from regrets of past or worries about future. We need to realize that if we secure our present than there is no need to worry about future and past can never be altered. Meditation and prayer are great tools to help you develop a habit of being in the moment. If not these then any habit such as playing an instrument, reading, arts or anything that helps you get in the zone will work.
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3- Mistakes: Learn from them
No one climbs the ladder of success until they make mistakes. Wise is the one who learns from each of his failure. It is wither you succeed or you learn then there is nothing like failure in life. Next time you make a mistake: relax, analyze where you went wrong and do it again. That is what will determine your ability to be successful—it’s not your wins; it’s how you handle your losses.
4- Self-talk: Engage in it
It is very important to have a constructive and a strong relation with your inner self. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies, so it’s crucial to be vigilant about how seriously we take ourselves. Mayo Clinic proclaims that if you want to have a more optimistic outlook, you must have positive thoughts. Your results in the world all start and end with your thinking! Encourage, compliment and reward yourself at the same time stay realistic and grounded. It’ll help you stay focused on your journey and realistic about what you can achieve and how.
5- Small Goals: Stepping stones to your success
Take time to set small, realistic goals and then reward yourself in some manner after completing them. The best way to do this is to write out a big difficult goal, and break it into “mini goals” you need to hit in order to make that happen. Put dates next to those mini goals and focus on each step by setting aside non-negotiable, realistic blocks of time—work dates with yourself—to get them done. Eventually you will see yourself moving towards your ultimate goal by taking the little steps one by one.
The Bottom Line:
Developing success oriented mindset requires long term practice, developing good habits and good network while avoiding the negative thoughts and non-productive network. So, be patient, and work on yourself on regular basis.