Change Your Mindset for Success

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When we have a fixed mindset, we tend to stunt our growth and stop ourselves from getting what we want in life. We have that little voice in our heads we listen to that tells us that we won't succeed, that something is impossible, or that we don't have the skills to get what we want. This kind of thinking keeps us stuck. We all want things, but to get them, you have to change your mindset for success.

Mindsets Can Change

Mindsets can change, but they do so slowly. Attitudes, on the other hand, have a short-term impact. That’s why they are easier to modify. Our mindsets are deeply ingrained in our beliefs, and it requires extra effort to change them. Your mindset predetermines your interpretations and responses. That is why you have to pick your mindset wisely. 

So What Is Your Mindset?

A fixed mindset is a belief that our qualities are fixed traits that we cannot change. People with this mindset believe that talent alone leads to success.  A growth mindset, on the other hand, is thinking that our intelligence can grow with time and experience. 

A fixed mindset limits our capacity for learning, whereas a growth mindset helps us reach our full potential. However, A negative mindset can amplify our negative feelings. That is how mindset affects success, either it limits our potential or frees it. Here's how to change your mindset to be positive for the success you desire.

Learn the Lesson

Many times we find ourselves stuck with no way of moving forward because we haven’t learned how to turn our failures into successes. Many people, when they experience failure, decide it wasn’t meant to be and stop trying to reach their goals. When someone finds success, it’s because they look at all the times they failed on their journey as lessons and spend the time to see what they could learn from them.

When you fail, and you fail big, it feels like the end of the line. It feels like everything you once hoped for and dreamed for is now completely out of your reach. It takes an emotional toll on you. It breaks you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Most of the time, we’re worried more about the fear of failure rather than the failure itself. We may question the views of other people around us, but failure certainly isn’t the end of the road.

Failure will either make you or it will break you. But it can’t make you until it breaks you. That’s the tricky part. While some have had to endure only a few failures before success, others have endured thousands. You shuffle things around to make room for what’s important. If success is as important to you as you think, then you begin to make the necessary adjustments.

Change Your Limiting Beliefs

Many of us hold tightly to our limiting beliefs. Carefully looking at your values and belief systems, and then comparing them to what they see as holding them back, will allow you to make the necessary adjustments. If you've realized you have been walking around with a particular belief since you were a child, just because that is what you were told, you need to start challenging it and change your mindset, especially if it is a belief that is holding you back from realizing your dreams.

To change your limiting beliefs, you should identify what they are. If you fear there may be multiple limitations, then start with the largest one and then repeat this step with each limiting belief. Recognize that your belief may simply be a belief founded on falsities. It is likely to be completely untrue and is just a belief, not a fact.

Choose something new to believe in, something that will help to improve your life. This transition may not be easy. Depending on how long you have thought and lived through what led you to believe what you believe, it may have created an extraordinarily strong emotional bond and rooted the belief very strongly.

Conditioning yourself to your new beliefs means creating the reality you want for yourself in your mind, visualizing the results you want to achieve. Visualization is a great way to create anticipation. You will mentally experience the results you want to achieve. With this, you will be sending congruent signals to your brain, getting closer to the mindset of success.

Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones

You may hear negative words from other people and may lead you to become less motivated to achieve your goals. Ignore your detractors and concentrate on your actions to be taken. Fight your negativity. This will be possible if you believe in yourself. Enhance your self-esteem and be prepared in any life’s battle. 

Remember that problems will not be given to you if you can’t overcome them. There is always a solution, a way to keep you ahead. Your self-doubt can be your biggest enemy, but yourself is also your most reliable ally. As long as you believe in your capabilities, skills, and confidence, you will no longer be afraid to persevere and keep going.

How To Change My Mentality?

Creating a positive attitude for yourself will create a significant effect in making things possible. Use daily affirmations to motivate yourself, read motivational quotes, check out the inspiring stories of the most successful people nowadays. Consistency in doing these will overcome your self-doubt, and you will be able to create wonders for your mindset.

Create Lists and Vision Boards

If you are a visual person, create something that places your goals, dreams, and wants in a position where you have to see them every day. Place a list of your goals on your refrigerator, or make a dream board and hang it over your desk. Be creative and specific and be extremely clear about what it is you want to achieve. Putting your thoughts, dreams, and hope out into the world to be seen can be incredibly energizing. 

If you want a vision board or list that works, the absolute best thing that you can do for yourself is to get clear about what you actually want. If you pursue things that you think you should want or what you’ve been conditioned to work for, your vision board will be useless and wouldn’t necessarily lead to success. Your mindset determines your tomorrow.

Find the correct images and words. You have to find images and words that resonate with your intention but don’t attach anything yet. You just want to focus on what captures your attention and what feels right based on the intention you set. 

You should find the ones that resonate with them, you are going to go through the images and words that you chose and see which ones actually invoke the feeling of what you really want. You want to select images that actually conjure your desired feelings. Perhaps that is images of a beautiful field of flowers, the ocean, or a lovely cottage in the woods.

Become Acquaintanced with Positive-minded People

Positivity and negativity are both contagious. That’s why if you want to shift your mindset from negative to positive, then you must surround yourself with positive-minded individuals. They can lift you and boost your confidence. They will inspire you with the things you may think that you are not capable of. 

When you learn that there are people who believe in you, it will be easier for you to have the right mindset towards success. Your life is as good as your mindset. You can also be inspired by them, But you should not envy the successful or other positive-minded people.

You might have already heard of the various inspiring stories of successful people. They can be coaches, speakers, or celebrities, others can be people close to you or members of your family. In these cases, you should not feel envious of them, but instead, use their stories to become a source of your inspiration. Being inspired by those you respect and look up to can help in encouraging yourself to unleash your potential.

Create Small and Manageable Goals

Take your large, overwhelming goals you want to achieve, and break them down into smaller goals that will be more manageable for you to accomplish. Every day work on completing the more modest goals, and before you know it, you'll have made a substantial amount of progress toward your broader goals. There is power in breaking things down and working toward them a little at a time.

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you'll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you've set.

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You'll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.

It doesn’t matter what method works for you, what matters is you actively work to change your mindset if you want to achieve success.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Williams is a partner at Side Hustle Startup, a company that helps entrepreneurs create and build their own side hustles. Matt has created brands for himself in the past and loves to help others do the same. He's married to Amy, who he met while attending college in Illinois. They have one dog named Leonard.
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Matt Williams is a partner at Side Hustle Startup, a company that helps entrepreneurs create and build their own side hustles. Matt has created brands for himself in the past and loves to help others do the same. He's married to Amy, who he met while attending college in Illinois. They have one dog named Leonard.
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