So far, we have become more aware of where we’re going, where we are now, and the individual traits that will help us get there in terms of our amazing existences.
Now we need to think success.
Now we need to think success.
Firstly, it is important to recognise this: that success is all mindset. Why? Because success is relative. Success means different things to different people; there is no one, true scale of success. In fact, success is defined by Encarta Dictionary merely as the ‘achievement of intention’ – with no indication of how ‘big’ that intention must be. So, if one of your intentions was to go to college and you have gone to college, you are already a success on that level.
Do you see? The important thing is not the success at all, but the intention (or dream, or vision etc.) itself. What is your intention? Perhaps that’s the big money question. If you change your intentions, you change your successes.
But the intention is often the easy part; most of us have an image of where we want to be quite fixed in our minds - we proved this in our earlier sketches. The hard bit is really believing we can achieve it; believing we possess the capacity for success.
If you want to think successfully, it is clear that you need to think confidently; with an unfailing certainty bolstering your intentions. But confidence is a challenge if we are relentlessly focusing upon our as-yet-unachieved-intentions, instead of the small successes we have accomplished. By only ever focusing on the things we’ve yet to achieve, we perpetuate a cycle of striving but not actually succeeding. Ergo, it’s time to start seeing yourself as a success in the present.
♥ Success is all mindset, because success is relative.♥ Change your intentions and you change your success rate.♥ Confidence will bolster these intentions, and we can instil this confidence by shifting focus to our existing successes.
Get sure of yourself as a success.
1. Write a list of five to ten things you have already been successful in, from the smallest exam, to the perfect interview, to cultivating an amazing talent or knowledge within a subject. Begin each line with:
I am/have been successful in...
By reminding yourself that you are already a success, the successful mindset becomes something far more tangible and achievable, and perhaps you see that it was yours for the taking all along.
2. Next, write down five to ten things that you strive to be successful in, from a precise skill, to abundant riches, to far-off travel, to marriage and kids. Write these as:
I will be successful in...
(Note: Be sure not to allow yourself more intentions than previous successes, as this sort of defeats the object of the exercise!) See my example:
Now, instead of just a list of intentions, you have a list of evidence of your existing ability as an achiever plus your intentions. Regularly review what you have been successful in, to spur on future success. Et voila! We are in possession of the successful mindset.