Have you ever had an area of your life that you’ve wanted to improve or become more successful at, believed you were committed to making the change, but then didn’t follow through? Why do you think that is? Chances are your circumstances and mindset were holding you back.
In fact, most success coaches would agree that 80 per cent of success in anything has to do with our mindset, and only 20 per cent with mechanics and circumstances. Most people know enough to get the job done, but they’re not doing it because their psychology is not in sync with their goals.
Here are 7 key changes you can make to create a success mindset and achieve those goals you’ve been longing for. For more advice, questions or help, consider a personal training and nutrition coach.
1. Know Your Desired Outcome
When it comes to getting on the path to success, clarity is power. The clearer you can be about your desired outcome, the easier it will be to take the actionable steps needed to achieve it. Don’t focus on what you don’t want, but focus on what you DO want, after all, what you focus on is where your energy will flow. Why send your energy towards things you don’t want? Instead, clarify for yourself what you do want and train your brain to notice things that can help you make it happen.
2. Make a Decision and Commit to it
Once you know what your goal is, undying commitment is what will get you there in the end. Passion for your goal is great too, but without commitment to see you through the challenging times, your chances of success will be limited.
Remember, you don’t have to start out by being an expert at a particular thing to achieve your goal. In fact, the opposite is true. Commitment is the one and only thing that will make you an expert over time. It’s pretty simple: The more you do something, the better you get at it.
3. Change Your Limiting Beliefs
Even if you’re clear on your goal, you might find yourself procrastinating, pulling back or even sabotaging yourself. The reason usually has to do with inner conflicts. They can often show up in the form of fears and doubts. For example, you may have a desire to achieve a goal but at the same time believe that you’re not strong enough, smart enough, or educated enough to make it happen. These are two conflicting thoughts that will see you stalling on your goal. You must work to uncover and resolve these inner conflicts for your best chance of success.
4. Positive Visualisation and Thoughts
If you can visualise yourself reaching success and feel what it feels like to get there, you are more likely to reach your goal. Take a note from famous athletes, many of who choreograph their moves in imagery before going into action. For example, champion skiers imagine themselves negotiating almost every inch of a slope, champion tennis players picture themselves executing successful shots, and ballerinas and gymnasts will practice their moves as much in imagination as in actual rehearsal.
Furthermore, positive thoughts will reinforce your chances of success. Thoughts precede moods so if you think unhappy thoughts you will feel unhappy. Self-talk is your thinking making itself known to you. Hearing somebody else talking negatively is bad enough, so imagine how much worse hearing your own negative inner voice is. If you tell yourself you are a failure, guess what, you will be! If you tell yourself you can succeed then you have a greater chance of succeeding.
5. Get Around the Right People
The people you surround yourself with matter. They generate the opinions, humour and points of view that your mind is continuously subject to, so it’s important to get around positive thinking people with goals and aspirations. People who are interesting, treat others well and celebrate the success of others. The more you’re exposed to the thoughts of successful, positive people, the more you’ll emulate their way of thinking, which will serve you well on your journey to success.
6. Take Care of Your Health
Successful people recognise the importance of recharging their batteries. They understand the need for balance and the fact that in order to operate at a certain level, they must take care of themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. If you are in bad health, you likely won’t be able to think about anything else. Constant pain, sickness, and other health problems are enough to overwhelm even the strongest among us.
One of the first steps in self-care is to learn how to say ‘no.’ Find a way to put yourself on your priority list. For example, plan to exercise on most days of the week, prepare healthy meals ahead of time and don’t let others derail your plans. To reach your goals, you must pay attention to your own needs and value your happiness as much as you do everyone else’s.
7. Take Positive Action…NOW
A sense of urgency is the one thing that you can develop that will separate you from everyone else in your field. Develop a bias for action. When you get a good idea, do it now. People with a bias for action focus on specific steps they can take immediately rather than talking continually about what they are going to do. They get good at moving fast and seeing small successes on an ongoing basis. This in turn gives them greater motivation to keep going, promotes higher self-esteem and in the long run, provides them with greater self-discipline towards success.