In his pioneering self-improvement book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill coined the phrase, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Mindset is arguably the most important element to success. It’s certainly more important than raw talent or education. The right mental attitude can carry us to the summit on powerful wings, regardless of the obstacles. A negative, doubting mentality likely dooms us to what-ifs.
Here are seven things successful people tell themselves every day. Make them part of your daily mantra and see if they don’t change your perspective for the better.
Why isn’t anyone doing that? It’s vital in business and career to differentiate yourself. Don’t follow the crowd. Look around and see what obviously beneficial things your competitors or colleagues aren’t doing, and do it.
That wasn’t so bad. Fear of the unknown can totally lock-up our minds. We put off new tasks and interactions because we worry they will be too difficult. But they are never as bad as we imagined. Try to get past this tendency by trying some new (and potentially scary) every day, even if it’s a small thing.
What is he really asking? Many people are hesitant to ask direct questions, especially of someone who holds power over them. Listen closely to what the people in your life ask, and answer the question they really want answered. An employee who wonders out loud whether she should sign-up for that MBA program is actually asking if you will consider her for promotion if she gets the degree.
How do you like me now? Want to get me motivated, fired up? Insult me, or just hint that I can’t do something. I’m not alone in the ability to turn slights into fuel. Competitive people all have this streak. That’s why football coaches post negative comments about their team in the locker room.
Why did it take so long to get started? As you smoke that victory cigar, take a moment to ask yourself why you took so long to launch this successful initiative. Was it fear? Disorganization? Lack of resources? Figure it out and be ready to avoid that problem next time around.
Why should I care what they think? Context here. Of course, we need to be mindful of our reputation and how we are perceived. But we should never allow what others think to create a roadblock to success. Do you think Steve Jobs ever stopped to think what other people thought of his ideas or prospects for success?
What more can I do? Hustle, hustle, hustle! You many not be the smartest, most talented, or best funded. But no one will out work you. And that’s a game-changer in every game. When you think you’re finished for the day, ask yourself what one additional thing you can do to move the ball another yard or two.