Written by: Vince Morales, Senior Level Executive Contributor
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Success is the objective of our lives. Nobody lives just to fail at everything. The goals and objectives we put in place are meant to be achieved; otherwise, why would we even bother? We all want to succeed in business, relationships, academics, or careers. The goals and objectives measure the level of success we set throughout life.
Some people are better at achieving goals than others, and this is attributed to their attitude and way of life. Yes, all people are created equal; however, individual attitudes separate us. We all can achieve remarkable success if we adopt the right attitude. If you have been struggling with meeting goals and objectives, chances are high it’s because of how you think.
Thoughts are extremely powerful; they turn into your life. Success begins in the mind. Goal getting is an attitude. Victory is formed in the mind and transformed into reality; it is all in the mind. If what goes on in your mind is not aligned with what you are working towards, you will never get there. Anyone can become successful; you just need to learn how to succeed. Success can be taught. Here are some simple but strategic ways to achieve success:
1. You must think right to live right
As mentioned earlier, thoughts are extremely powerful. The things you think about translate into your actions. You can think yourself into a huge mess, and you can think yourself into victory. If you wake up in the morning and think, “it is going to be a hard day,” – for sure, you will have a grueling day. Just by thinking like that, you have set your attitude to perceive anything during that day to be challenging. If you wake up and think, “I feel depressed,” – best believe it, you will be depressed all day. You must have the right thoughts to live an exemplary life. You will not find success until you start thinking in the direction of your goals.
2. You can never be more significant than what you think of yourself
Your mind is the only limit to what you can become and achieve. You become what you think. You cannot limit your goals and then expect to be given the world. Your mind is the key to your success. If you think big and positively, your attitude and drive will follow; you will find it easier to meet all your objectives and enjoy an extraordinary success-filled life. Maxwell Maltz writes, “You can never outperform your own self-image.” You need to chew on that one for a while. That is a powerful and thought-provoking quote.
3. Think of things that benefit you
Make your mind work for you and your objectives. You must develop a habit of focusing on thoughts that benefit you. Thinking power thoughts will help you unlock even the heaviest doors.
4. Prepare yourself for action by managing your thoughts
When you wake up each day, your mind prepares the rest of you for the day. By managing your thoughts, you can prepare yourself to take action and do things. If you have many tasks to do, start thinking about the best ways of attacking your tasks when you wake up. When you get to work, your whole body and attitude are ready for action. The more you do this, the more you will get accustomed to acting, and you will notice a positive change in your life. Your goals will be reachable, and success will become an everyday event.
5. Win the battle in your mind first
The mind is a battlefield. There is constant fighting between thoughts of doom and thoughts of hope, pessimism versus optimism. It is difficult to control and keep under control. But once you do, once you win those battles, you win in everything else you do. If you defeat pessimism, you will approach life with a positive attitude. Each opportunity that comes your way will be converted into fortunes.
“You can never outperform your own self-image.” – Maxwell Maltz, Psycho-Cybernetics
6. Talk to yourself
Self-talk is an essential tool for those who want to be successful. How you talk to yourself translates into what you do in real life. The subconscious always waits, transcribing your thoughts and words into attitude, personality, and action. If you want to condition yourself for success, you must retrain your mind. You can train the mind by repeating specific thoughts until they become part of your subconscious.
7. Make the decision to be successful
Where the mind goes, the man follows. If you wake up and choose to be successful, you will find success. Whatever you choose to believe will be your reality. When you decide to be successful, you are refusing to be the kind of person that fails, and that is precisely the kind of attitude that you need to achieve success.
8. Set up your mind to be content
In your quest for success, you must also learn to be content. Train your mind to face any situation, be it favorable or unfavorable. It is the only way you can handle disappointments and achievements. A well-trained mind will turn disappointment into a lesson and use it to improve things within your metron of influence.
9. Go through your day before going to bed
Athletes compete; after the game, they re-watch the match. When they watch a game they won, they are looking for mistakes they made that could have cost them the game just as much as they are watching the good moves to retain in the next match. When they watch a losing game, they are looking to identify the things that made them lose so they can correct them in the next match. This is precisely how you should approach life. Playback your day before going to bed and take note of the things to improve on and reinforce.
10. Think about what you can do for other people and do it
Success is not all about you. Learn to look out for other people as well. When you look out for other people, you can also receive the same courtesy. This can be immensely helpful in business, academics, relationships, etc. Take time to think about what you can do for the people in your life. Do not stop there; go ahead and do those things.
Vince Morales, Senior Level Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Vince Morales is a mindset, self-image, and resilience coach. In addition, he is skilled in leadership consultation and development. From April 2016 to June 2017, Vince was a homeless veteran in San Diego, CA. While homeless, he made a powerful decision to change his thinking and mindset, launching into life coaching. He developed a niche for resilience and mindset coaching. The growth of his business ultimately led to the end of his homelessness. Vince is the Founder of Validus Coaching & Consulting, formerly Zoe Transformation. His story has been featured in online articles and online news outlets all over the U.S. He is a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Trainer, & Speaker, as well as a motivational speaker. In 2021, Vince earned his Master's degree in Psychology of Leadership from Penn State University and is currently a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in Performance Psychology. He is a 2020 inductee into The National Society of Leadership and Success.