How to Develop a Mindset for Success

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The definition of ‘success’ is open to interpretation and means different things to different people. For some, success can be measured by financial wealth, professional achievements and educational accomplishments or releasing weight. Whatever the personal definition of success one has, there are fundamental principles that apply to the process involved in achieving it. One of these principles is that, for success to manifest in the physical world, the mind needs a preconceived idea of what success means to the individual. A person’s mindset can have a huge impact on how ‘successful’ they will be in their pursuits.

Here are some tips for developing a mindset for success:

1. Create a vision.

Creating a vision of what success looks like for you is the first step towards developing a success mindset. A vision entails a detailed analysis and mental projection of your goals and dreams, the kind of life you desire to lead and the people you wish to associate yourself with. Creating a vision works like a magnet pulling the things you desire towards you and equipping you with the perseverance to pursue your goals. Goals should be ‘SMART’ i.e. broken down into small, manageable, achievable, actionable, realistic and subject to timescales. Goals also should be factored into your daily, weekly and monthly planning and reviews. The process of achieving smaller chunks of a bigger goal on a regular basis builds confidence and motivation. It also creates flexibility and makes it easier to adjust your vision in alignment with the ever-changing environment in which we live and our ever -changing circumstances.

2. Adopt a positive attitude.

Positive thinking means focusing on the brighter side of life’s events instead of dwelling on the negative aspects. It is vital to interpret events in a way that will positively enhance your life. In the face of a challenging situation, looking on its brighter side equips us with the tools we need to come up with workable solutions to handle the problem. Negativity, however, blocks channels of creativity and creates a sense of defeat. Positive thinking helps us overcome our fear of failure. A belief in failure tends to create events that lead to failure.

Developing a positive outlook is actually much easier than some people expect. An effective tactic for training your mind to think positively is accepting yourself warts and all, engaging in encouraging self-talk and being kind to yourself. Doing this daily will help to gradually replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Try commending yourself for your achievements no matter how big or small, and cheering yourself on when you find yourself in difficult situations.

Meditation is another powerful way to promote positive thinking. By calming the mind and repeating positive mantras, the subconscious is fed with nourishing thoughts which manifest as success in the physical world.

3. Seek inspiration.

Inspiration motivates us to pursue our goals and to keep moving forward. Sources of Inspiration are all around us, we just need to be open to them. We may take inspiration from others who have accomplished similar goals to our own. Thus, we choose to draw inspiration from their perseverance, resilience, and successes. Inspiration keeps us going when our energy feels depleted.

4. Study and learn from the past.

Part of our journey to success includes reflecting on our past experiences, considering the previous mistakes we’ve made. Acknowledging and learning from our past shortcomings provides us with vital information necessary for future success. This knowledge will enhance the quality of our future decisions and enable us to deal with similar situations more effectively. Former mistakes should be a reference point for decision making and for avoiding similar potholes. Doing so means that rather than developing a fear of failure, our past experiences and the lessons they taught us give us greater confidence and wisdom. Confidence empowers us to take the correct decisive action.

Learning to change your thinking patterns can have a hugely beneficial effect on your ability to succeed, so start working on your success mindset today!

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How To Set Smart Goals And Achieve Them

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After years of punching the clock and running the rat race, you may be ready for significant changes in your life. Perhaps you are ready for a career change, or maybe you are entrepreneurial minded, so you’d like to start your own business. In either case, the skills you have accumulated over the years are not enough to transition from the corporate world into a new phase. You need to set goals that are specific, realistic and measurable. Your goal may be to open a restaurant for example, but that goal will not manifest without following a series of steps that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be.

To accomplish your ultimate goal, you have to establish smaller intentions that are precise and clearly defined. Each one is a step of progression in preparation for your final achievement. The process of identifying those intentions requires that you employ the SMART goal setting system. This effective goal setting technique empowers you to seek clarity on what it is you really want, identify distractions and overcome obstacles to ensure you stay on track and avoid wasting time.

What Are SMART Goals

SMART goals are powerful tools that help you to organise, structure and achieve complex ambitions. They enable you to assess your skills and abilities while building your self-confidence and competence. While there are variants of the acronym, SMART stands for:

S – Specific (Significant)
M – Measurable (Meaningful)
A – Attainable (Action-Oriented)
R – Relevant (Rewarding)
T – Time-bound (Trackable)

How To Set SMART Goals And Achieve Them

The first step to creating a SMART goal is to develop a mental picture of the specific outcome you wish to achieve. In what direction do you want your life to go? What characteristics describe the kind of person do you want to become? How do you envision your life in 5 or 10 years from now? Write down the answers to these questions as they will reveal the bigger picture and help you to visualise it. They will also help you to define the set of actions that will get you there.

Second, disseminate your main goals into smaller actionable points that are measurable and achievable. Make a list of all the components that will lead you to your goal. If your main goal is to open a restaurant, then your smaller action steps would include securing a location, hiring staff, creating a menu and organising how the business will operate.

Third, measure your goals to determine if they are attainable and relevant to your bigger objectives. Whether or not you can accomplish these goals depends on the cost, time and resources involved. Opening a restaurant means that you not only have to have a location, but you need tables, chairs, utensils, plates and cookware. On top of that, you must market your business to bring customers through the door, which means you may have to consider the location of your restaurant to determine if it is accessible to your targeted demographic. And while entertainment could be a part of your game plan to make your business attractive and distinguished, you need to decide if planning your music selection and hiring a band are relevant to the immediate goal of ensuring the restaurant opens in time.

The final step is to establish a trackable time-bound line in which you will lay out the milestones you need to reach to accomplish your goals. Your restaurant opening needs to be set for a particular date, and all preparations will need to be carefully handled prior to this date. It could take 3 months to obtain your food and liquor permits which means that even if you were ready to open sooner, you cannot serve any customers until those licenses are in place. Setting priorities will help you determine a time-line that accommodates all your goals in the correct order.

Now that you can properly establish, execute and achieve SMART goals, do not spend too much time thinking about it. Take action today on the first step and allow the momentum to carry you through. If you find yourself feeling stuck or hesitant, regroup your thoughts by reviewing your SMART goals once more. Use visualisation and affirmation techniques to invigorate your subconscious with hope and assurance. You will be rewarded with thoughts of determination and resilience as your goals provide you with direction and inspiration to continue until you achieve them.