I believe one of the most powerful ways to create success is understanding the link between happiness and success and your mindset. Your beliefs, choices, and mindset affect every aspect of your life. How do you view failure? What do you consider success? Your mindset shapes the world around you and how you react to it. A positive and successful mindset can kickstart success-making habits that set you on the path to achieving your long-term goals.
Here are my top 5 tips to change your mindset for success:
Use positive self-talk
If you know me, you’ve probably heard me say “sorry, I’m talking to myself” (a lot).
But did you know that the way you talk to yourself is the way you think about yourself? If you want to stay positive and achieve your goals, negative self-talk will hold you back. Replaying the old track of, “I can’t do it,” “I’m not good enough,” and “It’ll never happen for me” is the fast track to failure. It might feel strange and forced when you give yourself your first pep talk, but it will feel more natural with time.
Say it right now, out loud, “I got this.”
If that doesn’t sound like you or you need more ideas, try the many other self-affirmations out there.
Find your people
You’ve heard it before:
“you are the company you keep”
“birds of a feather flock together”
“you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with”
So, are you hanging out with successful, positive, and motivated people? Do your friends have a positive attitude or just plain attitude? When you surround yourself with people who are driven to achieve their own personal goals, you’ll get the extra push you need to work towards yours. Find your people at work and outside of work.
Jump your mental roadblocks
Oftentimes the thing that holds us back from realizing our full potential is us. What are some limiting beliefs you have? What is holding you back? Many of our mental roadblocks start in childhood when we develop filters and beliefs of how the world works. Maybe someone told you something limiting about yourself once, and you’ve lived your entire living believing it. What if it wasn’t true? It’s called confirmation bias. Once you’ve accepted a belief, the experiences you have afterward will often reinforce your already held belief. Time to shake things up by shattering your preconceptions and jumping your mental roadblocks. If you’re not sure what’s getting in the way, read this article on common mental roadblocks to see if any resonate with you.
Adopt a growth mindset
I grew up believing I could do anything (if I wanted to). Literally anything. I wanted to learn karate, I found a book and did it. I wanted to learn gymnastics, I found a book and did it. Piano, did it. As I got older, Google and YouTube videos replaced the books, but my mindset remained the same.
So ask yourself, do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?
A fixed mindset is a belief that our qualities are fixed traits that we cannot change. If you hold a fixed mindset, you believe only talent leads to success. On the other hand, a growth mindset believes our intelligence, ability, and experience can improve with time. This mindset encourages us to work hard, keep trying, and push toward our goals. Successful people understand failure is part of the learning process. They put in the work and continue to learn and try. Growth isn’t always comfortable but, it’s always necessary.
Implement new habits
If you want to change your mindset, you need to create new habits to support it. Start scheduling some personal development time to reinforce a growth mindset. Keep a gratitude journal, celebrate your achievements, and identify other ways to put your mindset of success into action. Do you want to be a successful mortgage leader? Do you want to be a better manager? What do successful leaders do? Research the habits of highly effective and successful people and start putting some into action.
Changing your mindset isn’t easy, but possible. It takes work. A lot of the ways we think and believe are difficult to adjust. But, with the right support, you can change your mindset and set yourself on track for success and happiness.