In our previous post, Do You Have a Success Mindset?, we suggested that a success mindset is one where you have an internal locus of control. Essentially, you believe that you create your own destiny, rather than have it determined by external circumstances. This success mindset is common of how the most accomplished people think.
Fortunately, if this isn’t your current perspective, we have some tips for developing a success mindset that will help you advance in your career, enjoy healthier relationships, experience better health, and improve virtually every aspect of your life:
Keep a Positive Outlook.
While at first this may seem difficult if you’re more accustomed to grumbling about your day, successful people don’t dwell on the negative. Instead, they try to see the positive, even when things don’t go exactly as planned.
Learn from Your Mistakes.
One way that successful people are able to view setbacks differently is that they choose to learn from them. Rather than dwell on failures, they view them as an opportunity for learning so they don’t repeat those mistakes in the future.
Remember that You Have a Choice.
People who view themselves as victims often have a mindset of “I feel badly because someone else did something wrong.” Let’s use getting cut off in traffic as an example. One person might get cut off and feel very angry, start cursing at the other driver, conclude that “most people are bad drivers,” and use this as an excuse to be angry for the rest of the morning.
This very same situation could occur to someone else who would view it with a very different perspective. While he might not enjoy being cut off, he could say something to himself like, “That guy’s probably running late to work. I’m glad we avoided an accident.” Then, he would shrug it off and go about his day.
As you can see, the second person viewed this situation very differently from the first. Rather than view this traffic incident in a way that would worsen his mood, he chose to view it as not such a big deal—certainly not something to ruin his morning over.
By remembering that you can always choose how you think about a situation, you’ll have far more control over your emotions. Furthermore, rather than viewing yourself as a victim, you start to feel empowered once you realize that your mindset—which is in your control—is one of the greatest determinants of how successful you become and how happy you feel.