“Personal success” means different things to different people, but there are usually common threads throughout people’s personal definitions of success. Typically, most people have a massive enthusiasm for life and a positive attitude that they’ll continue to use on their journey forward.
Developing and improving your mindset takes a little work. You actually have to reprogram the way you think, and this won’t happen overnight so it’s important to stick with it. Making sure you have reminders for yourself throughout your day will be very beneficial. It’s easy to slip into self sabotaging and old ways of thinking, but you can resist this negative spiral by staying focused on the positive.
Here’s where to start:
1. Believe in the power of your mind.
Whether you like it or not, your subconscious mind pretty much controls all that you do. Even when you make a conscious decision to set goals for yourself, it’s your subconscious that determines whether you’ll actually take inspired, consistent action or not. Simply becoming aware of your innermost thoughts will help in the process of you believing in the power of your mind. You can begin this process by journaling about your strengths and writing out positive things that happen throughout your day. Most people tend to focus on the negative aspects of their day. Flip the script and work on focusing on the positive to change your outlook and start improving your mind to be more positive.
2. Define your own personal success.
What is your version of personal success? Everyone’s definition is different. Your own personal success is what makes you and your achievements unique. Use self-reflection questions such as, “What areas in my life do I want to succeed?” to evaluate what your own personal success means to you. These reflection questions can open the door for you to get specific on your goals, making them easier to achieve. Remember, these are your goals. Others cannot define your success for you. Evaluate yourself and put your goals, wants, and needs into perspective.
3. Boost your positive attitude.
It’s very easy to allow our actions to be ruled by our emotions. It’s a fact: negative thoughts and feelings have a detrimental effect on every aspect of our lives. Make a conscious effort to change the way you react and deal with difficult situations. Always work to find the positive, instead of focusing on the negative qualities of situations and people. A positive attitude can change every aspect of your life. If you feel better about yourself, other people will respond to you in a more positive way. Your positive attitude will boost your confidence and you’ll have a better chance of taking on whatever life throws at you.
4. Live with purpose.
Wandering around aimlessly each and every day has absolutely no benefit to you or the people around you. Feeling like you don’t know your purpose can leave you frustrated, sad and lacking direction with everything you do. If you don’t already know your purpose in life, take some time to reflect on what it could be, then make sure every single thing you do lines up with this purpose. Once you identify your purpose, you can focus on your passion with things you say, think and do. And if things don’t align with your goals and your purpose, learn to let them go.
5. Be open-minded and embrace new ideas.
When you have an open mind and are welcoming to new experiences, you can open yourself up to new discoveries everyday. In order to make it possible for you to embrace new ideas, you’ll have to start by motivating yourself to try new things. You could start with one small area to open up to new ideas, and then gradually include more things in different areas of your life. Start with small experiences to help you ease into having an open mind, rather than making a sudden, drastic change in your life. Less is more with this, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.