Do Your Actions Support a Strong Mindset?
It’s clear that life doesn’t divide up all good things evenly among all people. You can tell that just by people watching. Some people are better looking than others. Then there are people who are richer than their peers.
There are people who come from a good background. They have a great education. They’re intelligent, well-liked – and it appears the world is theirs for the taking.
Then, there are people who are average in looks. They don’t have all of the money they need, much less all that they want. They come from backgrounds full of various struggles. They may not have attended a prestigious college – or even any college at all.
Yet, so many times, it’s this second group of people who end up far more successful and enjoying more personal satisfaction than the first group. The reason for this is mindset.
Remember that someone who seems to have it all doesn’t always stay that way. And what you see on the outside – the nice car, the fancy clothes – doesn’t necessarily reflect inner happiness.
It’s not enough to wake up every day and tell yourself positive things. That’s a great start, but mindset isn’t enough to change your life. You have to have an active role in taking action to leverage mindset into a new existence for you.
It’s not your lot in life that determines what you can or can’t achieve. Being successful in life is something that can happen for anyone because the key to success in business or in your personal life is having the right state of mind to carry you forward.
There are two kinds of mindsets. One of these appears successful – but in the end, that success will stall out. The other mindset will pave the way to a life full of personal accomplishments, business achievements and deep inner satisfaction.
The first mindset is called a fixed mindset. This is what people have who rely on what they know, what they’re born with and what they believe they’re capable of currently to succeed.
They believe that they have everything they need within themselves. That sounds positive, and in some ways – it is. But they run into obstacles and because they sometimes don’t see anything they currently have to handle it, they falter and fail.
But with people who have a growth mindset, they believe that anyone can work hard. They don’t have quitter’s attitude toward achieving success. This attitude causes them to strive while others coast by and get stopped by roadblocks.
The two differences can be compared to the race between the turtle and the rabbit. This was a race between unequals. If anyone were to bet on success between these two opponents, they would have bet on the rabbit.
From the outside, he had everything. He was faster – because biology guaranteed that. Surely, he would finish the race with success because he started out equipped to win.
But as everyone knows, the story didn’t end up like that. The turtle was the victor because he wasn’t afraid to keep on going – despite the fact that the odds weren’t in his favor.
He didn’t have the speed or talent the rabbit had, but he was willing to stay in the race because he knew what the rabbit didn’t. He knew that while he didn’t have the ability to run that fast, he had the ability to go at his own pace and cross the finish line.
That race all boiled down to mindset. The rabbit also got complacent and didn’t even try to create a strategy because he, too assumed it was a given that he would win.
Your mindset has three parts that make it work – your IQ, the behavioral patterns you’ve learned, and your abilities. In those with a fixed mindset, they think that they have the talent and behavioral patterns they were given – and it’s set in stone.
They believe this guarantees them success because of their talents. And if there ever happens to be something they can’t do, they don’t attempt to push it because they don’t believe they’re capable of doing more than they currently can.
Though people with a fixed mindset can achieve some success – and many do – the level of success has a ceiling. The kind of breakout success that they want always seems to elude them.
And it always will, because they keep on doing what they’ve always done – relying on themselves and foregoing any chance to grow so they’ll know how to be the successful person they want to be.
But in people who have a growth mindset, it means that they’re highly teachable. They’re willing to learn what they don’t know. They believe that they might have some natural ability or talent in an area, but that it needs to be cultivated.
They realize that they can always improve on what they already know. They’re not afraid to try and fail because they understand it’s a common part of learning and achieving.
People with growth mindsets are willing to put whatever effort is needed to achieve success. They’re willing to take action that will propel them toward their goals and their dreams.
Look back on the past three months of your life. Think about whether you’ve had limited self talk that convinces you that you can’t go after something “out of your league.”
Have you quit on a project or partnership because you felt it was simply too much for you to handle? That’s a sign that your actions aren’t aligned with the positive mindset you’ve adopted over time.
Letting Go of the Wrong Mindset
If you have a fixed mindset, it doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with it. Being aware is half the battle. Your mindset is something that can be changed – depending on how you cultivate it.
First, you have to be able to identify the mindset that you have. You need to understand that your mindset can be fixed with one issue, yet be leaning toward growth on other issues.
This occurs because though there are two definable types of mindsets, you can have times where you cross the line from one to the other – and your mindset becomes a mixture of the two.
You can tell if this is what you’re experiencing by your inner thought patterns. If you feed yourself limited thoughts, then you’re in a fixed mindset. Fixed mindsets will often first focus on the negatives in any situation before they see the potential.
Fixed mindsets will close doors to opportunities while growth mindsets seek ways to open them. An example of being in a fixed mindset would be inner thoughts like, “You don’t have the right talents for this. You’re not intelligent enough. You’ll make a fool of yourself if you try.”
These fixed mindset thoughts keep many people from trying new ideas or venturing out on their own. If you’re not sure what pattern you’re in, keep a journal of your honest feelings to gauge where your head is at over the course of a 6-week period.
A fixed mindset can keep people stuck in a routine, such as giving them the fear of leaving a job they don’t enjoy – when they really want to start their own business.
If people with a fixed mindset decide that they’re going to make a change and reach for an opportunity only to have it end badly, they’ll hear a round of “I told you do” thoughts.
This leads them to believe that they’re not enough – that they’re better off not trying again. A fixed mindset can keep you trapped and prevent you from developing a strong success mindset unless you decide that you’ve had enough.
To change a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, you have to stop the messages that a fixed mindset feeds you. Instead of allowing yourself to believe thoughts like, “I knew I was a failure. I blew it,” you would switch that to something like, “I know I’ll find a way to succeed. Look at all of the setbacks others had – yet, they made it and I can, too.”
Understanding mindset so that you can let go of the wrong kind is one thing, but you have to know how to take action to support that mindset.
A Success Mindset Requires Action
Inaction is stillness. It means that you’re not moving forward in any aspect of your life. You know you need to make some changes and know you want to put them into action, but you never actually do anything about it.
A success mindset can be harder for those who struggle with self-esteem. Maybe you had someone who told you that you couldn’t do something that you always wanted to do.
Maybe you don’t have a strong support system in your life. Or maybe you’re the enemy of your own success. That’s what you are if you tell yourself that you can only accomplish so much and you shy away from bigger goals or dreams.
You believe those are for others. The others that you’ve convinced yourself deserve it more than you because you think that they’re more talented or smarter.
Or you might have the right self talk, the positive mindset, but fear paralyzes you into procrastinating on the actual action of making beneficial life changes. You have to plan for your successful outcome.
Begin what it is that you want to do – even if every move you make is screaming that it’s not going to end well. You want to do this because when you take action, your beliefs follow.
This is what trips up too many people. They think they must believe something before they take action, when it’s the opposite. Take action, then watch how much you’ll believe in what you can accomplish.
Every time you complete a task toward your goal, you gain self confidence in your abilities. This is how you develop a strong success mindset. It’s like working a muscle.
Action strengthens the belief. People who have a fixed mindset will often avoid taking action. They want to do what they know is safe – what they’re already good at.
Because if they take an action step and it doesn’t work out, it will make them feel as if they’ve failed. This is a hard thing for people with a fixed mindset to experience.
Some will never take that leap of faith again, while others will keep going because they want it bad enough. It’s action that takes someone with a fixed mindset frees them up to the potential lurking inside of them.
Using Your Mindset to Define the Action You Need to Take
Too many people make sweeping statements about what they want their success to look like. They follow this by coming up with goals that are vague and out of their control.
For example, if someone were to say, “I want to make a million dollars,” that goal, while one a lot of people have, is too broad. You can’t take action if the success you want is too generic.
Making a million dollars would need to be defined by how, when, and what actions you need to take to reach that goal. If you were to say, “I want to make a million dollars on the stock market,” then that gives your action a way to focus on the process.
You need your actions to be definable in order to develop a strong mindset that takes progress toward success. You would focus making your million dollars by learning all that you could about the stock market.
You would study tutorials, read books, and maybe even take classes. You would try to find a mentor. Each of these steps moves you toward what you’ve defined as your ultimate goal.
You would analyze where you are right now in your life so that you could clearly define the action steps needed. If you want to earn a law degree, but you didn’t finish college, you would define one of your action steps as finishing college before you could apply to law school.
What helps when defining action is not to look down the road at where you’re going to arrive some day. You have to stay focused on the here and now. By being in the present, it’s easier to continue taking action.
Like the turtle in the race, you focus only on the step directly ahead of you. You don’t focus on how many more weeks or months or years it’s going to take you to reach the success that you’ve defined.
The reason that you don’t want to focus on the broader single goal is because that can lead to a fixed mindset. You’re in a constant state of failure until that goal is reached.
If you’re achieving mini goals on a regular basis, then suddenly the world is wide open to you because you have a growth mindset – you can see evidence of your consistent accomplishments and it reinforces your belief in yourself.
7 Habits That Lead to a Strong Success Mindset
To get what you want, whether it’s in your personal or professional life, you have to learn to do what works. For most people, this means creating a habit. But a habit isn’t something that never changes.
A success habit is always evolving.
Habit #1 – Make sure what you want is really what you want.
Don’t do something just because you should. Check in with yourself every 30 days to make sure that the path you’re on is the one you want to stay on. Doing this prevents you from ending up with business models that don’t satisfy you.
Make sure you’re not abandoning something out of fear of failure. There’s a big difference between doing what’s right for you and doing something that feels easier.
Habit #2 – Begin every day with motivation.
These are things that work to get you to take the next step. For example, if you need to go for a run to clear your head and get some time to think, then do that. If you need to use specific habits every morning in order to get into the flow, then let those habits be what compel you to get into your day.
Starting off with motivational reminders is like eating breakfast in the morning – it helps fuel you throughout your day. You also want to spend a minute or two looking back over your day and being proud of what you did accomplish.
Habit #3 – Don’t chase success to the point that you stop dreaming.
Your success begins with an idea, a hope – a dream. If you go all out, driving hard, keeping your nose to the grindstone, you can reach the point where your mindset becomes fixed.
All you can see is the end result rather than the journey. Remember that on your way to getting what you define as success, you will never have these days filled with learning curves again.
Sometimes it becomes a chore to just blast through a task list – especially if you forget about why you’re doing everything. If your goal is to live on the beach in a nice home, make sure your routinely revisit those plans to keep you inspired with your action taking.
Habit #4 – Make sure you leave room to grow.
You need to have a success mindset that keeps you learning even when you feel you’ve made it. There’s always something else that you can learn. Seek out new resources online, book, new niche leaders who teach things from a different perspective – anything that helps round your education out.
Habit #5 – Answer to someone else.
You want to have someone in your life that you’re accountable to. Make time to meet with someone who can help keep you on track for reaching your success. You want this person to be someone who can tell you when you’re driving yourself too hard and someone who can help steer you around pitfalls.
Sometimes you won’t have a specific person in your life capable of doing that. You can turn to a paid life coach or even join a forum of like-minded, positive individuals all striving for their own success.
Habit #6 – Learn to trust yourself.
When you go after what you want in life, there will always be someone waiting to tell you that something is either a good idea or a bad idea. Everyone has a built-in alarm that will sound if something is off.
You’ll feel it as knots in the pit of your stomach or as a sense of unease. When you begin trusting yourself in these situations, it helps you develop a sense of self-confidence and strength.
Habit #7 – Understand that roadblocks are going to happen.
You have to determine ahead of time that you won’t give up – you won’t surrender a growth mindset to a fixed one. Roadblocks can often be used as character builders.
They can strengthen your resolve and help you learn to become more resourceful as you find another way to do what you want to get done. If you become too comfortable with your efforts, you often don’t achieve the ultimate success that you’re after.
Having a strong mindset in life, whether for your personal or professional satisfaction, requires a combination of positive thoughts and verifiable action steps.
Whenever you do something that you start to feel a bit of shame over (like quitting on a project), ask yourself if you’re doing it because you don’t believe enough in yourself to succeed.
If that ends up being the case, take the task and break it up into micro-sized mini goals that you can work on to see if you’re capable of making progress that way. Sometimes, it’s the simple fact that a project seems too big that ruins many of the best plans.
It’s also a good idea to surround yourself with action-taking, positive people. Take inventory of the kinds of people you’re currently surrounded with. Do they always complain about everything?
Do you find yourself commiserating with people stuck in the same boat as you? If so, jump out and swim to shore – because that boat is sinking fast, and you don’t want to be swallowed up by the pity party they’re throwing for themselves.
Seek out motivational experts whose thoughts align with what you find inspiring. Tune in to their messages or read their books daily as if you’re taking a vitamin designed to prevent illness.
Over time, you’re going to become someone who others look to for support, and you’ll notice they come to you with fixed mindsets. They’ll be attracted to the positivity you project. Make sure you turn their mind around, rather than letting their limited thoughts infect you.
Mastering Your Mindset
You want success, but you’re not sure what the key is to getting there. It’s actually quite simple. It’s your mindset. Your mindset is the attitude that you have toward something.
And your mindset is the deciding factor in whether or not you’ll actually achieve the success that you’re looking for. You can have a negative or a positive mindset.
People who have negative attitudes usually see the reasons why something can’t be achieved and these people are self-limiting when it comes to success. But people with positive mindsets see the problems in a task and look for ways to adapt around or through the problem to come up with a solution that works.
Mindset matters because with the right mindset, you’ll be able to tap into the potential that you have for success. Everyone has this potential, but not everyone reaches for it. Those who do will experience personal and professional growth.
Have a Clear Focus in Mind for Your Goals
If you ask people what they want, many of them will simply say they want to be successful. But if you ask them how they plan to achieve this success, they won’t have actionable goals.
If you have random milestones that are too broad, you won’t be able to reach those goals. For example, if you have a bunch of goals like wanting to be successful financially, wanting your business to grow, wanting to be able to level up in your business, those goals are so broad, so all over the place, that you won’t be able to reach them.
Goals have to be broken down into actionable steps. They can’t be so broad that they’re one-size-fits all. Those types of goals don’t give you a road map. They’re just contributing to your confusion and overwhelm.
If you say you want to make an extra $40,000 this year, that’s fine – but what are the steps that you’re going to take to get there. You don’t make $40K overnight. You make it by taking the smaller steps that lead you to that goal.
You need to define these smaller steps that end up feeding into your larger goal. So instead of having a goal of making more money overall, set a goal of how much money you need to make each day or each week to meet that ultimate goal.
If you want to make an extra $40K, then you would need to bring in about $3,333 a month. Break that down by how much you would need to bring in a week, which is about $833 or about $119 a day.
That’s what you focus your goal on because when you make that $119 a day, it feeds into the weekly goal which feeds into the ultimate goal. And it’s not so overwhelming.
If you have streams of income right now that aren’t moving you toward your goal, then you have to come up with a way to increase that income. You can offer an information eBook.
You can set up paid tutorials or start a members’ only forum. What you can’t do is sit down and think about your goal, plan it and then do nothing to move toward it.
Wishful thinking or hoping doesn’t lead to changes or results. When you set actionable goals, it allows you to have a clear focus and helps you have the mindset to reach them.
You need deliberate goals in order to have a sense of direction. It allows you to lead your life rather than to be led. Plus, when you have actionable goals, it lets you keep track of your success.
If you know that you have to make $119 a day and one day you make twice that, then you’re ahead of the week’s goal. And that will help if you have a shortcoming on another day.
You need to first determine what it is that you want. You can’t set goals until you know what you want. These goals should matter or mean something to you. They should be goals that you’re driven toward.
The most successful people have an underlying motivation to their goals. They want to be successful but many of them have a “because” in there. Such as “I want to be successful because I want to be able to spend more time with my family.”
Some people have an underlying motivation to be successful because they know what it’s like to struggle and they don’t want to live the rest of their life that way. Your goals should be narrowed down to specifics.
Name exactly what you want. Break the issues down so that you can keep track of the goals in smaller, actionable steps. It’s important that you have these goals outlined with a way to track them.
Use deadlines for yourself. If you know you want to make that $3,333 in a month, then this allows you to be able to break down when you know you have to have a product ready – or take a step to get something out that will work toward bringing in that money.
These goals should be ones that are within your reach. If one of your goals is to make a billion dollars in a year, odds are really high that’s not an achievable goal. So don’t set yourself up to fail right out of the gate with a goal that you won’t be able to accomplish because it’s not realistic.
When you create your goals, make sure that your mindset is positive. Don’t set self-defeating goals. An example of this would be a positive goal of “increase mailing list by 25%” rather than the goal that has a negative spin such as “find a way to make up for subscribers who are unsubscribing.”
Once you’ve created the goals that are going to move you in the direction that you want to go, you’ll want to reinforce them. Look over them once a day. Put them in front of you to remind yourself that even if you don’t see huge changes overnight, these changes are happening as you reach these actionable goals.
Isolate Yourself from Negativity
You might have heard how negativity is a bad thing when it comes to having the right mindset for success. It’s true. Negativity is one of the biggest things that can derail any attempt at success.
The reason that negativity can keep you stuck, holding you back from obtaining goals and changing any part of your life, is because negativity wipes out motivation.
It’s hard to feel motivated about anything when your head is full of negative messaged. What happens is that you’re fired up, ready to charge ahead with reaching success, when along comes someone who says that you don’t have the talent, the knowledge, the money, the support or the courage to make it happen.
Before you know it, that negativity has seeped all the way into your inner mind and you find that the self doubts are multiplying. You begin to believe they’re right.
You don’t have the talent. You don’t have the knowledge and the next thing you know, you’re not even trying to move forward any more. When negativity destroys your motivation, it destroys your confidence.
It’s not a matter of whether or not you’re going to encounter this negative response, but when. Because many people just have a damaging outlook and they spread that negativity.
It’s second nature to them, but it doesn’t have to be accepted by you. You can reject their negativity. Who’s destructive in your life? First, it’s usually always going to be family.
Under the well-meaning guise of trying to be helpful and not wanting to see you get hurt or fail, they’re going to try to persuade you that what you’re trying to do can’t be done.
Next, it will be your friends. Many of your friends probably have their lives already mapped out right through their retirement years and you can bet it doesn’t involve stepping out and running their own business.
Friends often play it safe and so they want you to do the same. It’s true that being an entrepreneur means there will be some risk. There will be long hours. There will be trial and error.
But that’s not a bad thing. It’s just part of the process and you can’t let friends influence you to give up. You’ll find on your entrepreneurial journey that there are even some fellow marketers who are negative.
These people whine about how difficult it is. They point out the pitfalls, they talk about the downside and it seems like they do nothing but discourage others and themselves.
They’re almost constantly griping about stuff and comparing themselves and you to success stories. They’ll even point out how they and you will never reach that same level of success.
If you really want to be a success, you have to isolate yourself from negativity. If you don’t, eventually, you will start to believe this negative feedback. As a result, your motivation will either suffer or disappear altogether and eventually, you’ll give up.
What you need to do is to surround yourself with people who are positive. People who look forward to challenges and see setbacks as opportunities to learn from rather than as signs to give up.
Being around positive people will be a support team for you and help you keep your motivation high when you do reach places that are hard as you try to build your career.
Learn How to Motivate Yourself with Mantras
Motivation is something that we all have with certain tasks, but it’s not always a given. The truth is that many of us can have our motivation wane. When motivation dwindles, it can be difficult to push yourself to do anything much less have the desire to strive for success.
Motivation goes hand in hand with achieving success, but you can’t always expect motivation to come from outside sources and you shouldn’t rely on that anyway.
Outside sources, such as a friend who cheers you onward and helps you feel inspired, might not motivate you the next time. What gave you a burst of incentive one day might not be available the next and that’s why it’s so important that you learn how to encourage yourself.
When you feel motivated, you’ll be able to find the willpower to keep on reaching for your goals. And when it’s within you, you can tap into a well of enthusiasm that will keep you going regardless of what you come up against.
The key to self motivation is to find a mantra that you can use. Mantras are words or phrases that you can repeat to yourself. What these mantras can do is they can help you keep a confident outlook.
Your mindset will be focused on the positives, which in turn help your motivation. In our subconscious minds, we’re not geared toward the positive. We’re not automatically geared toward success.
The brain and the body both want the path of least resistance because it’s a survival technique. We walk away from the things we view as mentally or physically difficult or frightening, especially if it makes us feel stressed.
With being an entrepreneur, your subconscious mind is one of your best tools to being successful. But if your subconscious is fixated on the negative or what hasn’t worked for you in the past, this can be a stumbling block.
Fortunately, your subconscious can be retrained to think differently, to have a success mindset – and the way to do that is with mantras. By using mantras, you’ll also feel better emotionally.
What you have to do is to pick a mantra that’s geared specifically toward success. Success mantras help you to be mindful of the positives in your life every day and it creates a mindset of gratitude.
Mantras can change your perspective and help keep you motivated through to an optimistic attitude. You can use mantras for , such as “My goal for success today is_____” or “I have the ability to succeed.” Mantras not only strengthen your outlook, but they also help you feel stronger and have a better self-esteem.
Spend Time Reading the Best Success Mindset Books
Your mindset can change your life. It can give you the success that you crave by helping you stay motivated to reach your goals. Sometimes though, if you’re stuck in a rut of always thinking a certain way, which is known as having a fixed mindset, then you can struggle to overcome that.
There are tools that you can use to reach the right mindset. These are also tools that you can use to help you maintain your motivation. These tools are books that focus on having the right mindset for success.
They cover problem areas and show you how you can overcome things. You don’t have to devour the books in one sitting, but you can digest a little of the books each day and you’ll notice a difference.
One of these books is Time Warrior: How to Defeat Procrastination, People-Pleasing, Self-Doubt, Over-Commitment, Broken Promises and Chaos by Steve Chandler.
This book can help you find motivation by showing you how to push past the fear and self-doubt that strikes many entrepreneurs. It covers helpful things like how you can handle life when you’re overwhelmed and how to succeed with your goals.
He also covers how you can live in the moment and take action. There’s a part in there that talks about failure and why it’s not necessarily a bad thing. You’ll learn how to see problems in a new light and how to overcome the things that prevent most people from being successful.
Another book you’ll find helpful is E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout. In this book, the author covers nine experiments authors can use to help shake themselves out of misinformed thinking.
This helps free the subconscious from rigid thinking that prevents motivation and success from occurring. There’s also The Power of Story: Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny in Business and in Life by Jim Loehr.
In the book, the author covers the assumptions that we make about ourselves and how these assumptions are essentially our story. But when the story that you tell about yourself to yourself is faulty, it can affect your mindset and how you achieve success.
The book touches on the pessimist as well as the optimist mindset and how the little voice inside your head can influence your life. He teaches how you can retrain your way of thinking to write your story with a successful slant.