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You are where you are today because of your thinking and your mindset. It is your mindset that will affect your decision, and your decision affects your action. And because of your action, you are where you right now.
Therefore, if you wanted to live a successful life and achieve outstanding results in life, you must first consider about adopting the thinking of the successful. Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Thoughts That Separates The Successful From Ordinary
If you want to be rich, think like a rich person – ever well before you actually are. If you want to be a great businessman or woman, think like one. If you want to be a leader, start by thinking like a leader. So here are the 7 thinking that separate the successful from the ordinary…
1. They Are Responsible to Their Own Life
This is one of the most important mindset that you need to cultivate. If you always blame and give excuses, you will never have the life you want. It is when you take full responsibility of your life, you will be able to take full charge of your life. Think about it, when things happen, and if you blame and give excuses, what are there for you to learn and to improve?
Successful people are successful because they take the responsibility for their life. If they don’t like their lives right now, they can choose to change. The world richest man, Bill Gates once said this, “If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.” You can choose to change and take full responsibility on your life.
2. They Know Their Purpose in Life
Successful people are always very clear with what they want in their lives. Look at all the great people who have accomplished outstanding results in the world. Look at Michael Jordan, he never gave up when he have lost so many matches. Look at Thomas Edison, the great inventor of our time who had invented the light bulb, he never lost his purpose even when obstacles were huge.
You have to understand your purpose in life only then you can perform better and achieve more. Without knowing why you are doing what you do, you will never stay for long. So what is your purpose in life? What do you want to achieve out of your life? Do you have a vision? Sincerely ask yourself and find out the answer before today end.
3. They Always Looking For Ways to Improve and Do Better
Leaders are readers. Great people are consistently looking for ways to improve and do better in their field. If you did not grow, you will be falling. Look at all the successful businesses out there, if they are not innovating and improving, soon enough they will get lack behind, lose the market share and may even get out of business.
Ford is the first company that mass produced cars, but Toyota has the highest sales figure. Motorola is the first company launched mobile phone and was once having the biggest market share, but where is Motorola today? There are many more examples out there. If you did not improve yourself and innovate your business, you will soon facing the same fate of being obsolete. So read more, learn more and keep improving.
4. They Think Positively Most of the Time
Thinking positive may never really get you what you want in your life, but it will be a very powerful tool when you need it especially in tough times. You see, when the times are good, everything will be easy and smooth for you, and everyone can survive this, some may even thrive. The problem is when the tough times come. Are you going to give up or are you going to stay positive and get things moving?
Positive thinking is important because it helps you to focus in your goals and prevents you from trapping in the negative thinking. When your business is slow, what should you be thinking? If you think about negative thoughts, most likely you will be having a tough time fighting it. However, if you think positively, the chances of positive things to happen will be higher. Your thinking affects your decision and action. Remember that.
5. They Practice Delayed Gratification
Great and successful people always put their goal as their number one priority. They know that other things which are not important or urgent can wait. Just look at your spending habit will do. If you make an addition of $100, would you spend it or would you save it for investment? Most people will prefer the first option; they would spend the $100 they receive, that is why the majority out there is not rich.
Delay gratification requires sacrifice. You have to understand what is more important to you. For example, if you can choose between watching TV at night or doing market analysis, which would you do? Watching TV is fun and great leisure, but it may not give you what you want in the long term. Doing your market analysis may not sound interesting to you, but if you look at it over the long term, it will definitely help your business or grow your company. So choose wisely.
6. They Are Action-Oriented
Successful people are action-oriented people. They always take action and acted upon their dreams. You have to be the same. Don’t just dream about your dream, take action and make it happen. You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect only to take action. You can do it right now and perfect along your journey.
Do you think that those extraordinary people like Steve Jobs, Jack Ma from Alibaba or Richard Branson knows what will happen in the future so that they take action? No, they are just like you and me, they don’t know what will happen and they just take action. Like what Sir Richard Branson said, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” So just get it started.
7. They Contribute
Yes, this is always in the minds of successful people. They are always ready to contribute and give back to the society and the world. They did not do this because they are rich. They do this from within their hearts. Money cannot change you; it can only magnify who you really are. If you are someone generous and kind, you will contribute more when you have the money. Conversely, if you are stingy and mean, you will be meaner when you are rich.
And guess what, you don’t have to be rich to contribute; you can practice this great habit now. Always start small and grow from there. It is easier for you to donate $1 than to donate $100,000. So create a plan and start to contribute back to the society and the world today.
These are the 7 thoughts that separates the successful people from the ordinary people. Remember, it is what you think that will make you who you are. So think like a successful and great person from today on.