Some people call it grit. Others call it perseverance. Whatever name you give it, a strong mindset is a trait shared by the world’s best performers – whether they are entrepreneurs, leaders, musicians or athletes.
Yet a strong mindset is more than simply refusing to quit. True strength of mind comes from a combination of awareness, focus and resiliency. A strong mindset is what allows you to stay focused on your intentions, instead of negative thoughts. It’s what helps you understand that struggle is impermanent and won’t derail your success. It keeps you from making self-destructive decisions.
So how do you cultivate a mindset that rivals the strongest performers on earth? You learn and adopt the same habits they use every day. Here are ten things that remarkably successful people do to develop a powerful mindset of success.
THEY USE THE POWER OF INTENTION
I recently met Randy Jackson, former host of American Idol and prolific business leader in the music industry, at The Human Gathering conference in Los Angeles. He mentioned that artists like David Bowie and Madonna had a mindset that produced an insatiable belief in their future success. They acted as if their success and fame was as real as gravity, even before they had it.
This is a great example of how successful people use the power of intention to build belief systems around the things they want to create or experience. Then they make them real. You can learn to tap into this power by using this list of powerful mantras that help build a mindset of success.
THEY MAKE TIME TO THINK
Successful people are certainly busy, but that doesn’t mean they’re constantly hustling with their head down. They also understand the importance of reflection and introspection. They take time to examine their progress and give their minds the space needed to notice new ideas or opportunities.
THEY LEARN TO DEAL WITH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
The best performers are aware of the negative thoughts that derail most people and they know how to deal with them in a productive way. Instead of suppressing negativity, they accept that negative thoughts are simply thoughts with no inherent power. They don’t attach to them, and in doing so, are free to look at the same situation from a new angle. Finally, they replace the negative thought with a new one that serves them well.
THEY DON’T LISTEN TO THE HATERS
When you play big, someone is bound to hate on your ideas or success. Winners do not give their power away by allowing hate and external judgment to affect their ambitions or self-confidence.
Meditation aims to calm your mind so you can become aware of your thoughts and emotions. While the techniques and tools vary, a meditation practice helps you get to know yourself on a deeper level while also lowering your baseline of stress and anxiety. Top performers know that moments of stillness dissolve distractions and stress – leaving them with the clarity to flow in the direction they want to go.
THEY WORK WITH COACHES
Even the most successful people hire coaches to help them stay focused, remain accountable to the process and hone their craft. They know that a coach is a key ingredient to pushing their minds and talents to the next level.
THEY ARE CONSTANTLY LEARNING
One trait shared by remarkably successful people is a dedication to reading and learning. Successful people are voracious readers. They know that learning is a key ingredient for a growth mindset. Here’s a list of great books for entrepreneurs.
THEY HAVE CLEAR GOALS
Successful people know what they want. They define their goals in specific terms and they write them down on paper. The process of writing them down makes them feel even more real. Also, many successful people use vision boards to keep their intentions in the forefront of their minds.
We all know that exercise is good for us, yet that doesn’t mean we actually make it a priority. Remarkably successful people know the connection between a healthy brain and body and professional success. The path to greatness includes physical and emotional demands that are more manageable when your mind and body are strong and healthy.
Everyone needs a release, and laughter releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemical, which enables us to let go of stress and negativity. People who laugh often are happier and more productive. Find time for laughter every day, even if it’s a quick video clip on YouTube.
When your mind is strong, you can handle the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey. When your mind is weak, you’re vulnerable to making bad decisions due to fatigue, fear and panic. Adopt these habits and build a powerful mindset that will lead to personal growth and professional success. ■