Take a look at some of the most successful individuals you can think of and try to find the similarities they share. What are some of the common traits between the world’s most successful individuals?
Odds are they weren’t born into wealth. Odds are they weren’t handed everything on a silver platter. Odds are they didn’t master their trait on the first attempt. In fact, they probably failed repeatedly for years on end.
So what is it then? How did the world’s most successful individuals find the success that they now possess?
The answer: through a strong mindset.
You can look at any successful individual out there – whether they are entrepreneurs, professional athletes, world leaders, business executives, or anybody who would categorize themselves as successful, and you will find that they all have one common characteristic… they all have a strong mindset.
It’s a free lesson that all of us can learn from. If you want anything in life, it’s already out there waiting for you to take ahold of it. But you need to keep your mindset strong, otherwise, you will be consumed by the chaos that exists around you.
You are the master of the very thoughts in which you allow to pass through your mind. It is your thoughts that will ultimately become your reality. If you want to change your reality, then you need to keep your mindset strong and follow your beliefs. When you feel like giving up on yourself (which you will want to do many times throughout your journey), remember these lessons from the greats to keep your mindset strong.
1. “Oftentimes, you give others the opportunity to create your happiness and many times they fail to create it in the way you want it. Why? Because only one person can be in charge of your joy, of your bliss, and that’s you.” – Lisa Nichols
Nichols reminds us that it isn’t about what other people want for us, it’s about what we want for ourselves. There is no one right or wrong desire to want in life. Everybody is different and we all have different wants. We can either go through life adhering to the opinions and judgments of those around us and to allow them to control the life in which we live, or we can find meaning and purpose in our own lives by looking within and realizing what it is we want out of life. This is the only life we get to live. Others have their own lives to live, so it’s time we take hold of ours and make the most of it.
2. “What you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.” – Oprah Winfrey
Is life perfect? No. It’s never been perfect for anybody and it is never going to be perfect. But there is still so much good in life – good that far outweighs the negatives. The reason negativity exists is because we choose to focus on it. We attract the negatives in life by spending our time and energy prioritizing them more than the positives.
If you want to keep your mindset strong, try focusing on the positives. Keep a gratitude journal and write down some of the things you are grateful for. Make it a habit to stop for a few minutes throughout your day, allow yourself to breathe, and inhale the scents from the world around you. You are living the greatest gift known to man. Be grateful for it and for each and every day that passes.
3. “Don’t look back – you’re not going that way.” – Mary Engelbreit
It’s incredibly challenging to not look back and wonder if there was something that you could have done differently. I struggled with this just last week. I held onto somebody’s opinion of me for a few days and let it eat away at my self-esteem.
But as hard as it may be to let go of the past, ask yourself when have you ever been able to change the past? Never. You are simply never going to get to relive whatever happened yesterday, last week, a month ago, or even a year ago. The best thing you can do for yourself is to let it go so that it doesn’t consume any more of your life than it already has.
4. “There is no problem outside of you that is superior to the power within.” – Bob Proctor
Mindset is everything. The successful individuals that you thought about earlier, they are no more special than you are. They do not have any superpowers or any abilities in which you lack. They just had a strong mindset, which helped them to find the success that they now possess.
You are going to experience problems, challenges, and obstacles in life. That’s just part of life. But there is no problem outside of you that is superior to the power that is within you. You can achieve whatever it is that you put your mind to. Just be willing to believe in yourself and never lose sight of all that you are.
5. “Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.” – Tony Robbins
Again, life is going to present many challenges and obstacles. Each and every single one of us has a choice to make in the presence of these obstacles. We can either acknowledge them and allow them to consume us, or we can acknowledge them but give our power and energy to a solution to overcome them.
We can’t control everything that happens in life or the actions of others, but what we can control is our perception and the power and energy we give to the solutions to overcome the challenges we face. This is the only way we are going to be able to overcome the challenges in which we face.
6. “You are only one decision away from a completely different life.” – Mel Robbins
It all starts today. Everything you want in life is out there waiting for you to achieve it. You just need to make the decision to finally take action towards achieving the goals and dreams in which you have for yourself. Success is never given, it is only earned.
Nobody is better than you. Nobody can do things in which you can’t. Start believing in yourself and in all that you are. You never know, the next time you decide to take action towards your goals and dreams could very well be the decision that will spark your success.
Before You Go
Learn from the greats and those who have already achieved success. Follow in their footsteps, develop the habits in which they have followed, and don’t forget to also be yourself. You are you, and that will always be your greatest strength.
Success isn’t limited to any one person. We are all capable of achieving any of the success we envision for ourselves. We just need to be willing to work for the success we desire.