I read an interesting article about success on Inc.com. It starts out stating that it is imperative to meet our basic needs before we can achieve any improvement in ourselves. Meaning, we need to keep up a regular habit of self-care before we can reach any level of success. For all the parents out there, this is mind-blowing. So often, we each find ourselves sacrificing (either consciously or subconsciously) for the good of others. It could be our children, spouse, partner, work, friends, or volunteering. Whomever it is, we are doing ourselves and others a disservice by neglecting our own care. The first place to start with self-care is our thinking. Change your attitude for success, embrace a shift in your thinking, and rock a new outlook on your business future.
So, a shift in thinking and habits is in order. Yes, we must go to work, care for our kids, be present in our relationships, and care for the dog. But we also want to improve ourselves, reach success in life and business. It all begins with our thinking. If you think and dream small, your mind will not seek anything better. You will want better but you won’t actually try to make it. Because you are subconsciously telling yourself it is impossible. You are already shutting doors and closing down ideas before trying.
Go Small, Go Home
Dream big. Have big ideas. Avoid thinking failure and what ifs. Instead, try to find your passion. Build your business around your passion and enthusiasm. Don’t buy into the impossible. Rather reach for what others say is impossible. When you start thinking big, your mind begins looking for solutions. Make those dream happen.
It’s In Your Future
The present is important. But to change your attitude for success, start looking at where you want to be. Look at where you want to go in the future. It’s all about visualizing a future for yourself and then making it happen. What to you see yourself doing and then take action. That action may mean going to the gym, starting a networking group, or establishing new business relationships.
Our worst critics are ourselves. And there is no escaping that little voice in our heads. It just pops up with opinion and comment at any old-time. Quite annoying, right? You are in the driver’s seat – change that thinking!
Stop the negative talk! You are your biggest fan, best cheerleader, and most support. Instead of saying, “I’m not sure I can.” say, “I can learn how to do that!”
Avoid being frozen into inaction. Think of ways you can start taking steps toward success. Start with small steps if you must, but get moving! Don’t allow fear to stop you from trying. The satisfaction of success usually comes from pushing through your fear, challenging yourself, and reaching beyond what you’ve previously thought you could do.
As Always, Goals
Yup, I’m going to bang on that drum again. You cannot know how to get anywhere if you don’t have goals. Big, small, personal, business, whatever they are – goals are an important, vital aspect of reaching success.
Imagine Bill Gates, would he have reached the level of success professionally and personally if he didn’t have some goals? Absolutely not! His goals most likely changed over time, his success was perhaps different from what he imagined, and how he achieved it may have taken a few turns.
But Bill Gates did:
- have goals
- he did think big
- he did challenge himself
- he did press through his doubts and fears
- he most likely used positive self talk
- he absolutely took action
Most successful people will tell you that they knew they were taking a risk, there was a degree of failure involved, and the unknown. On thing they all have in common is, they all took action despite the risk. They build their success despite the lack of support or negative response of others. They continue to focus on the goal of their success despite any outside pressures. Take action despite the risk.
I Have The Solution
Most of us give up too easily. Often it’s because we either don’t see a solution immediately or we just don’t want to make the effort. Successful people do the opposite. They are always looking for a solution to a problem. They poke and prod, ask questions, dig, and look for the answer. There is always a solution, you just have to look for it.
Those who wait for others to do for them, don’t usually find success. You must take action. Introduce a new product, enter a new market, even with social media presence. Don’t wait for the customer to find you. Take action with your business.
The Cup Is Half Full
Negative thinking will not lead to success. Always looking for the negative, expecting the worst, and looking down are not great tools for success. Sure, things go awry but these are opportunities to learn. Successful people are always looking at the positive, thinking of the next opportunity, embracing learning, and focusing on the good and not the bad. The cup is half full.
Want some inspiration? Success can come to us at any stage of life. Young, middle, old – doesn’t matter! This is a terrific inspirational piece about people who achieved success after 40. Often these people achieved it AFTER overcoming obstacles, failures, and loss.