Dare to live without limits Week of 12/13/19

Bryan Golden

Lose the fear of failure and adopt a success mindset

Success must be visualized mentally before you take your first step. Successful people know they will succeed before they start. A college student begins their schooling with the intention of graduating. A chef begins preparing a meal knowing how it will turn out. A house builder knows how the home will look before breaking ground.
Success isn’t something you try to attain, it’s an objective you are determined to achieve. Success is a mindset which precedes your desired results. It starts with an unshakable belief in your abilities. Self-doubt interferes with success. Complaining repels success.
People with a success mindset constantly engage in positive self-talk by telling themselves everything they can, and will do. This process keeps your mind programmed to attain your objectives. If you think you can, you are right. Conversely, if you think you can’t, you are also right.
Determination is an essential component. Determination is the inner force providing the drive to solve problems, and overcome adversity. Even though you are visualizing success, unplanned challenges invariably arise. Determination prevents you from becoming rattled when dealing with the unexpected.
Successful people become expert problem solvers. They know there is a solution for every problem, and are determined to find it. Greater success is accompanied by bigger problems. Big problems are as readily solvable as smaller problems, so there is no reason to become overwhelmed by them.
Success requires a plan of action. This is what you intend to accomplish. Since you know your destination before starting, your plan of action denotes the specific steps you need to take. A success mindset allows for changes in your plan of action to accommodate unanticipated changes in circumstances. Since life is fluid, your plan of action must be also.
Taking the necessary action follows creating your plan of action. Without action, nothing happens. Procrastination is a giant roadblock which halts all progress. Any action step, no matter how small, propels you forward.
Continuous education is part of a success mindset. You are constantly seeking to grow and improve. There is always something new to learn. Learning from the success of others accelerates your own success. Building on what others have already learned is an efficient strategy.
A success mindset enables you to leave your comfort zone. Success requires taking risks. There are no guarantees in life, so don’t let fear of failure get in your way. Since failure only occurs when you give up, never giving up is part of the success mindset. Not everything you do will work out as planned. This does not mean you have failed. It does mean you need to adjust your strategy.
Your success mindset is focused on possibility thinking. What you can, and will do, is all that matters. What you can’t, or won’t do, is irrelevant. To support this approach, concentrate on what resources you currently have on hand. Fretting over what you don’t have is pointless.
With a success mindset, you think before you speak, or act. Only take action, or make statements, which are a positive contribution to the attainment of your goals. Avoid any behavior that distracts from your objectives.
A success mindset embodies good decision making. This is accomplished by analyzing all relevant information at hand before making the best decision possible. Good decisions are adjusted to accommodate changes in circumstances, and the acquisition of additional essential information. A bad decision is only corrected by making a better decision.
Review your current mindset. If it’s already a success mindset, stay on track. If there is room for improvement, make the necessary adjustments. A positive change in your attitude will lead to positive changes in your life.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.  2019 Bryan Golden


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