The majority of the people are stuck in the mindset that success is hard to come by. No wonder when you ask them to paint a mental picture of a successful person, they see people haplessly climbing a never-ending ladder leading to nowhere. With this kind of mindset, success may seem to be reserved for the lucky ones and for those who were born with a silver spoon. If you are an electrician longing to open his own company, for example, but you are stuck in this mindset, chances are, your aspirations will only remain a dream.
However, if you believe that you can do better than where you are currently at, half of the battle has already been won. While your thoughts are different from your actions, what you feed your mind will shape your future. Here are steps in changing your negative mindset into a positive one.
Acknowledge how damaging your current negative mindset is.
Before you can embrace a positive mindset, you need to get rid of piles of negative thoughts in your system. Think of it as raising your flashlight of awareness. The higher you raise it, the bigger and the more illuminated the ground is. The same is true for yourself. The more aware you are of your negativities, the easier it is to change these belief systems. From “no, I’m not worthy,” tell yourself that “you are deserving.”
Fuel your passion and cultivate the discipline to change.
After acknowledging your negative beliefs, it is now time to start changing them to positive ones. To do this, you need to supply two things — the burning desire to change and the discipline to keep pushing forward. Going back to the first example — if you are dreaming of putting up your own company, you have to have that burning desire to achieve that dream. Regardless of the circumstance and challenges, you have to keep your eye on the goal.
And since success is not always achieved overnight, you also need to have that discipline to keep going towards that goal on a day to day basis. This combination is so potent that you will be amazed at how far you have changed. You will never be the same person you were weeks or months ago. With passion and discipline, you can achieve anything you set your dreams on. You can have that company and more.
The enemy of greatness is complacency. You cannot achieve greater things if you rest on your laurels. The key here is after reaching your goals; you still need to improve yourself further to keep up with the changing times. Cliche as it may sound, but in this life, the only sure thing is change.
Maybe you have achieved your goal of owning your first company. Maybe your finances got better. Or perhaps you have already become a better person. You should not stop here. Aim for being a better version of yourself. The world that people live in is ever-changing, the economy and everything else changes with it. The only thing that can help you keep up and grow along these changes is always to aim to be better.
Being the best version of yourself may take an enormous amount of effort and discipline. Then again, if you can see the results of all your hard work, you can say that everything will all be worth it in the end.