Like many things in life, success is in the eye of the beholder.
It’s natural to want success. And for many of us, success is defined by prosperity and “making it” in life. Each year, Americans spend millions of dollars on self-help books, hoping to find the secret to it.
But the secret may be within us the whole time.
Regardless of how you measure success, there are ways to become successful – just by changing the way you think. Rather than thumbing through countless books and attending expensive seminars, all you need is an open mind and to start thinking the way successful people do about the following:
What Makes Massively Successful People Different:
Success may have a promising start with a hearty financial investment, but it won’t get very far or live very long without a can-do attitude. Successful people have confidence and can muddle through some difficult situations.
If you aren’t confident and believe that you can achieve the seemingly “impossible,” then you aren’t thinking like a successful person. One of the biggest stumbling blocks with confidence is that NO ONE wants to come across as being overly confident. That’s because it is often perceived as being a know-it-all or self-absorbed.
Being confident is an essential building block to success. It isn’t always easy to be a confident person, as it often requires ignoring the naysayers in your life. Sometimes it means that you might be your only cheerleader on that rocky road.
But if you can keep your confidence going, despite everything else, you’re thinking like successful people.
2) Saying “No” To Fear
Have you thought about starting a new business or venturing out on your own? If you’re afraid of failure, you won’t get very far. Failure happens several times throughout our lives – even to successful people. But it doesn’t mean we can’t win. Think of it as a learning tool.
It’s normal to feel scared and have a fear of the unknown. But if you only think about what makes you frightened, you’re likely to scare opportunities away. It’s important to explore the “what ifs,” just in case things don’t go as you planned. However, don’t let fear be in-charge of your thinking.
There are many ways to think positively about fear, such as using it as a motivator or a challenge. Are you afraid of success? Do you think it will change you? These are all good questions to explore.
Successful people are committed. If you want to attain and sustain success, you must be “all in”, despite any challenges, doubts, or setbacks. A successful business owner, for example, has to believe in the services or products that he or she is selling.
He or she must believe in every aspect of the business to thrive. Success is like a good, long-lasting relationship. In order to make it work for a lifetime, you must stay committed – no matter how hard it can get at times.
Along the same lines of commitment is responsibility. Highly successful people are responsible and are held accountable for everything, even if and when things go wrong.
Whether it’s quality check on a product or ensuring that employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, a responsible and successful person has many jobs. Even if the owner of a company hires others to do these roles, he or she has the responsibility to stay in the know.
5) Flexibility and Being Open To Change
It’s rare that successful people started with one idea and didn’t need to make any alterations to their vision. In fact, the initial idea may have been a flop. If you truly want to be successful, you need to be flexible and be open to change, even if that means listening to some of your biggest critics from time to time.
Accept feedback, good or bad, and learn from the advice that’s given to you. While you don’t have to take everything to heart, don’t be quick to shut all words of wisdom or critiques. Having the ability to have multiple perspectives can only help you out in the long run.
6) Less Talk, More Action
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
Brainstorming can be an important, early step of victory. But sometimes, people stall their success by spending too much time talking about it. The only way to truly be successful is do less talking and think about actions instead.
7) Never Stop Learning
If you see yourself as one of those people who have nothing left to learn, you’re wrong. A person who is truly thriving, continues to educate him or herself. Successful people are always thinking about how to further their education.
Does that mean you need to enroll sign up for community college courses? No. But attending a webinar, renewing certifications, reading books, and even networking with people of different backgrounds can inspire you to keep learning. It can even renew your purpose, especially when things start to feel a little stale.
8) Happiness is More Than Money
There’s truth to the adage that “money can’t buy you happiness,” even if success is often (and closely) related to wealth.
Success is more than people knowing who you are or living a comfortable and luxurious lifestyle. If you struggle to find happiness in what you do, or you lose that happiness somewhere along the way, you aren’t as triumphant as you thought you were.
9) Thinking Beyond Yourself
It’s easy for success to go to one’s head. But if you want to remain successful, it’s important to avoid thinking about how well YOU are doing, and start thinking about HOW you will impact others.
How do your daily actions affect others? Are you only helping yourself?
Successful people are givers. Whether it’s a generous financial donation or getting involved with the community, he or she thinks about others and gives back. And it’s not because they want to look like a more caring person, but because they want to be more caring.
10) Be Patient and Work Hard
We’ve all heard of the overnight successes. They usually got to where they are by a pure stroke of luck. Unfortunately, this is NOT how success typically works.
If you want to be successful for more than your “15 minutes of fame,” you need work hard. Hard work can include doing it all yourself, putting in overtime, and realizing that it may be a long and arduous road.
In addition to working hard, a successful person is patient. Patience can be painful and it can feel nearly impossible – but it can also pay off and be rewarding.
11) Not Abandoning Who You Are
Some of the most successful people never let success change who they are. Prosperity and popularity can make folks think they need to change. When people end up changing who they are and not being true to themselves, they end up being completely different.
Success comes from within and from who YOU are. Letting it change you is not only abandoning your accomplishments, but also abandoning your true identity.
Want to be one of the successful people today?
Success can come in different forms – and it’s different for everyone.
Reflect on the type of success you really want to achieve. How can you get there? What would you need to do or accomplish before then? In order to become one of the successful people, you need to start from within.
Change your mindset. Change the way you think – and everything else will follow.