Best Business Answers

Best Business Answers

What is the best way to develop a success mindset?

You can develop a success mindset just by making a few changes in the way that you thinkMost successful people are known for being open minded. They are learners. They treat each new experience as an opportunity to learn. They actively engage in conversation and debate in order to examine their opinions and ideas. They read about their main interests but also read widely in order to understand the points of view of others. They attend seminars and other learning forums. They are constantly seeking to develop and update themselves.

Conversely unsuccessful people tend to have closed minds. They are stuck with their opinions. They are averse to anything that is outside of their comfort zone. They become aggressive when their opinions are challenged. The idea of change in any shape or form is anathema to them. They lack daring, the courage to explore different worlds, new ways of doing things.

If there is one thing that defines failure it has to be a lack of adventure – unwillingness to explore. To look for ways to improve yourself, to see what the world has to offer.

The Success Mindset

Successful people are not necessarily more intelligent than others. Neither are they always more knowledgeable. What marks them out is that they are positive that they can make a difference, that they can achieve results – and they are prepared to put themselves on the line to prove it.

Successful people are always clear about where they’re going. They’re not just going to the races, they’re going to Ascot races.

They know the benefit that they will get from achieving their goal. This may be a feeling, or greater status, or an improvement in their reputation.

They have a plan for how they will get there. Yes, successful people are always planning and scheming to make their vision their reality.

To a successful person obstacles are just challenges that they must find a way around, over or through. The one certainty is that they will not prevent the attainment of the goal. They are prepared to change direction, if that is required. They’re even prepared to change themselves, if that is necessary.

The success mindset recognises that change is a constant in life. Hence they are always ready to change and adapt to new situations. For them this is a major reason why learning is so important. They must be ready for whatever shows up.

For the same reason they make sure that they are always closely connected to experts. They make sure that their network includes experts in many different fields so that they can always ask an expert when they are uncertain of what to do next.

Successful people work hard. And their hard work is purposeful, well directed.

How You Can Develop A Success Mindset

If you have been brought up in an environment where negative thinking is prevalent, or you are surrounded by people who express negative thoughts, you have to make a conscious effort to change your mindset. If you go on as you are now, you will always remain as you are now.

First you need to decide what you want to become. Set yourself a target. When Leo Burnett started the advertising agency that still bears his name, he set the target: “Create the best advertising in the world – bar none!”

Once you have decided what you want to be, make a note of the benefit you will get from being that person. (In Leo’s case this was the sheer fun of being able to produce excellent ads day in and day out.)

Then you need to notice what you do now. You need to watch your thoughts and listen to what you say. The moment you become aware of a negative thought or of negative speech, ask yourself: “what is a positive way to think about this or to say this?” When you do this constantly, it will become your habit to notice yourself and to change.

Finally you need to start educating yourself. Become an expert in your field of endeavour. Become an expert at using a Success Mindset. Read. Go on courses. All successful people start by getting themselves clear about what they want to become. It’s time to be 100% clear about what you want to become – join our Discover Your Passion 1-Day Workshop.

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How Winners Think

Discover how winners think and how you can benefit from thinking the same wayand why the way they think matters

Someone once told me, “if you want to be a winner, you’ve got to think like a winner.” Yes, but how do winners think?

It all starts with them asking themselves, “where am I going?” In answering this question they decide: what they’re going to be the best at. This could be business, TV personality, sport, comedy, medical research, farming or maybe even politics. Once they have chosen their field, they then drill down to something specific. For example: farming strawberries, hockey goal minder, technology company director, political foreign policy and so on.

Know Your Subject

Once a winners have decided on their area of specialisation they set out to learn everything they can about their subject. They research, they read, they watch videos, they attend lectures and workshops, and they write about their subject in order to deepen their knowledge.

They set themselves the standard of being excellent at what they do. Then they study how the best people in their area behave. In particular they watch how they behave in crunch moments when they really have to be at their best. Only when a winner knows what the existing best people do can they start to fine-tune their own performance to emulate the best in their field.

Be in the Present

Winners practice being in the present. They do this for two reasons. One, they realise that much time is lost worrying about what might happen in the future. They don’t want to waste their time in this way, so they focus on what is going on right now and on making things happen immediately. Second, they know that the achievement of excellence demands one hundred percent concentration on what they are doing. They practice mind control as a discipline because they know that when they are in charge of their mind they are also in charge of their feelings. Control of feelings enables them to channel their energy precisely where it is needed.

The Power of Wanting

You can want like a child wants a toy for Christmas. You can want by hoping that things will turn out for the best. These are just vague hopes that you will get what you want. Or you can fall in love with what you want – make wanting what you love a powerful driver of your thoughts and your behaviour. This attitude of total focus on wanting was summed up in a recent interview with Chris Froome, winner of the 2017 Tour de France and La Vuelta. He said, “For me the drive comes from wanting something so badly that everything else becomes irrelevant.”

How You Can Become A Winner

As you can see there is nothing particularly difficult about what winners do. What makes them different is the dedication, persistence, determination and desire with which they do it. Some winners have a talent for what they do, but talent alone is never enough. The pages of history are littered with examples of people with talent who squandered the jewel with which nature had endowed them.

To join the ranks of the winners all you have to do is: decide where you are going (make it specific), learn everything you can about your subject, study what the best in your chosen field do and how they do it, and practice focussing all of the time. Then just want it so much that everything else becomes irrelevant. You can learn a lot more about this from my book Create The Life You Want. or you might like to attend a Discover Your Passion 1-day workshop to help you clarify what you really want to do with your life.

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