What do people like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have that propels them to the highest levels of success?
The answers are complex, of course, but these and other successful people share certain smart mindsets–mindsets that any one of us can emulate, that will do us good no matter what level of success we aspire to.
Here are seven of the top examples:
1. Successful people don’t take failure too seriously.
They see failure as the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently. They know it’s not a defining event, and they don’t treat it as a problem unless it becomes a habit. They win as if they are used to it, and they lose as if they’re enjoying the challenge.
2. Successful people accept who they are and what they are about.
If you keep putting yourself down, there is no way for you to move forward. Successful people know the smartest mindset you can have is self-acceptance–refusing to be in an adversarial relationship with yourself.
3. Successful people set goals and work to achieve them.
Having a dream is great, but having a dream and goals is smart, because goals are how dreams become achievable. Goals turn the invisible visible; they let you structure your thinking to always be looking for something you can do to bring you closer to what you want to achieve. Goals lead you to ask every day, “What am I doing that will move me toward where I want to be and what I want to achieve.?”
4. Successful people don’t leave things to chance.
Instead of passively hoping for the best, they take control to make things happen. You always have a choice: Control your mind or let it control you. Refusing to leave things to chance shows inner strength, decisiveness, and a strong will. Incredible things happen when you decide to take control of what you can control and let go of the rest.
5. Successful people don’t let themselves get sidetracked by problems.
In a negative mindset, problems grow in strength to constantly pull you down. With a positive mindset, you think of problems as a reason to be creative and come up with innovative solutions. The biggest problem is thinking of problems as problems. Successful people know that focusing on possibilities brings greater opportunities.
6. Successful people are decisive.
The most successful people are deft decision makers. They don’t waffle or second-guess themselves. They take in the information they need, then clear out their mind and pick the best option based on what they know. If it turns out to be wrong, they learn from it.
7. Successful people are continually learning.
If you want to go far, borrow the mindset known in Zen Buddhism as shoshin, or learner’s mind. That means you don’t pretend to know it all but are open to learning and growth and development, with a mind that’s enthusiastic and free of bias. Experience holds lessons for us all, but you have to remain teachable to take advantage of them.
(Excerpted from Inc. Magazine)