Develop the Success Mindset to Achieve Financial Independence
Mindset For Success
What separates successful people from the average person? Is it luck? A gift from God? Some sort of secret society that only certain people are invited to join? What is the difference between success and failure? Do you believe you have been dealt more obstacles than opportunities?
The answer, according to successful businessman and entrepreneur Jim Rohn (1930-2009), is your mindset. You can have all of the strategies available but without the right success mindset, you will self-sabotage, and success will elude you.
However, if we focus on our goals and develop the proper mindset, we can reach any level of wealth and prosperity that we desire.
We all have access to the same opportunities and we’re given the same amount of time in a day. What sets apart those who choose financial success and those who don’t is their mindset: they see themselves as worthy recipients of wealth rather than victims or prisoners.
People with a success mindset understand that wealth is not a zero-sum game, where one person’s gain is another person’s loss. Wealth can be created through hard work, innovation, and adding value to others.
How can a person develop a positive mindset?
The first step to changing your mindset is recognizing that what you are doing now isn’t working for you financially and then making a conscious decision to change it.
Yes, it can be as simple as changing the way you think about what’s holding us back from achieving them now.
So how do you go about developing this success mindset?
Create a clear vision for your future
When it comes to creating a successful life, many people think that the first step is finding the right career. While this is an important part of the puzzle, it’s not the only piece.
Include what you want your life to look like both financially and emotionally
To make real progress, you need to have a clear vision for your future- including what you want your life to look like. Once you have a solid idea of what you want, it becomes much easier to take steps in that direction. So how do you create this vision?
Start by getting clear on your values and passions
What matters most to you? What do you enjoy doing? This means thinking about what’s important to us and what we truly want in life. Identify at least 3-5 things that are important to you and build your vision around those.
There are so many things to think about when it comes to our future. What do we want our lives to look like? What kind of careers do we want? How can we make more money?
Think like an Arrow
Arrows are usually looking for targets. It’s your life’s purpose: find your goals. Live with the right intent to stop distractions and get to your desired destination.
Most people fail in life because they do not know their goals or objectives. People live with vagueness without a unified vision. Some people are vague: “I want happiness”, “I have more money”.
Don’t live in vague terms
Make it a goal. Make plans. Once you have a solid idea of your goals, it will be much easier to make plans and take the necessary steps to achieve them.
Take action towards your goals each day, even if it’s just a small step forward.
Most people find it difficult to achieve their goals, primarily because they don’t take action towards them each day. However, even if you can only manage a small step forward each day, over time you’ll make significant progress.
Most people want to make more money but find it difficult to take the necessary steps to achieve this goal. Making more money takes time and effort, but if you break it down into smaller goals and take action each day, you can make progress towards your overall objective.
1) Define what you need and want in life. Money isn’t everything, but it certainly helps to be able to afford the things you want and need. Make a list of what’s important to you – both short-term and long-term goals.
2) Create a budget and stick to it. Knowing where your money is going is key to being able to save for the things you want.
3) Set aside time each week to remind yourself when it’s time to work on certain tasks related to attaining your goal(s) – whether it be reading articles online, reaching out to key individuals for their advice/feedback.
4) Always remember why it is that you want to achieve financial independence in the first place! Keep a picture or vision board near where you spend the majority of your time so that you can be reminded daily of what you’re working for.
This could be a picture of your dream home, car, or vacation destination. Whatever it is, make sure that it’s something that inspires and motivates you to keep going when things get tough.
If your success means something, it’s important to know what’s different. That’s precisely how it should be to be successful. If you follow the lead of others, you can get similar results as most of the people did. This means adopting their success mindset. It means daring to change things and a willingness to change something that is needed.
The reason for Apple’s success is its boldness in trying different things. The visionaries at Apple thought like innovators and challenged the status quo. Apple has released a new keypad for smartphones and tablets. Apple’s personal computer will become a smart smartphone. You’ll need to be different to differentiate yourself.
Focus on the Long-Term Vision
We all know success won’t happen overnight. It’s like Lionel Messi said in a commercial: “I had to take 17 years to become successful overnight. If we want to be successful we have a long-term goal. Those big success stories were all created within a few years.
In contrast, people with a negative mindset are impatient. They want to solve problems fast, they want immediate answers to problems that will never last ten or twenty years. That is one reason many people fail.
Think like a winner
You have to look like a winner if you want to succeed. Many people don’t have a positive attitude toward their goals. Instead of playing for victory, they play for not losing.
You cannot think like a winner while entertaining the thought of losing. Yes, you will encounter challenges, but your primary focus should not be on the negative thoughts of the consequences of failure.
If you wish to become like most successful people, you should consider yourself a winner and behave like one.
Adopt the Producer Mentality
If you’re interested in becoming wealthy, you should think of yourself as a producer rather than just a consumer. This is an important tip I learned from reading MJ DeMarco’s book The Millionaire Fastlane. We are all consumers. We consume daily via our reading, listening, eating, and purchasing of goods and services. The fact is that becoming a consumer is now easier for everyone. That song you like can be downloaded through an app. You’ll be able to enjoy movies at home anytime. Online ordering just about anything you fancy can take place within minutes.
The thing is, you cannot be prosperous unless you have a producer mindset.
Ask yourself, where is there a gap in a product or service. How can I help deliver that product or service to the consumer efficiently and at a cost they are willing to pay.
Abundance versus scarcity mentality
Once you develop the success mindset of abundance rather than scarcity, you will start to take actions that support your vision for the future. Having an abundance mentality means you’ll begin to see opportunities where others see challenges and you’ll be more likely to take risks because you know that failure is not final.
The future is bright. You just need to know how to get there!
Another crucial motivation to succeed should be optimism (positive thinking). You have to see everything from a positive and not a negative view.
Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba (an eCommerce platform for the business to business marketplace) and one of China’s richest people, said at one conference he believes successful people have great optimism about their future.
They believe the future will be better than what we have seen today, and so they continue investing and producing good products and services in their businesses.
Have a Growth Mindset
Successful people have a growth mindset as opposed to adopting a fixed mindset. The success mindset is a growth mindset. It is a belief that people can improve IQs by studying and practicing, and positive change is possible.
Many people remain stuck and fail to change their habits because of a fixed mindset. They are not willing to go down the path of self improvement. They prefer to not have to change and will resist any suggestions or ideas that do not fit their personal beliefs.
Notice in yourself if you have a thirst to learn new things, are naturally a curious person. This is a sign of having a growth mindset.
These might look easy, but the application is challenging. Another reason people can have extraordinary results is simply that they are in love with what they do. They love their jobs very much. And because of this desire, they continue to make more work.
It is all summarized in this quote from Steve Jobs: Your job will be an enormous part of your life and your only option for happiness is to get good work done. If we’re not happy with our lives, then we won’t be able to surpass ourselves.
You can’t get a lot accomplished if you don’t have the energy. The best way to be healthy is to be a healthy person. There are no good chances of producing excellent outcomes in the absence of illness.
It’s ok to not be the richest man in the cemetery. Likewise, make sure it keeps you healthy and nourished by exercising.
Successful people know whoever can give optimum energy always wins.
Many people start businesses and never attempt another one after experiencing a failure.
Do yourself a favor and read every biography of the most successful people in your industry. You will find their success mindset includes not taking failure personally.
A mentor advised me to “Fail fast, and fail forward”. If you want to achieve anything of consequence, you need to test your strategies. There is no failure, only feedback.
Successful people know they cannot get to the summit without taking action, and the necessary steps. They focused on the positive possibilities. It can feel slow and discouraging. But don’t give up, just keep going.
Extraordinary folks do not see things as they are. Most people see the challenge, the person with the success mindset sees positive possibilities. It is the goal that will overcome these obstacles.
Whatever industry your business is in is full of challenges and you will make mistakes. It’s inevitable.
The problem should be considered exciting and viewed as another chance to test your knowledge and skills in developing a solution.
Action determines what is possible
When it comes to achieving success, a lot of people think that it’s all about taking massive and seemingly impossible action. While this is true in some cases, more often than not it’s the small actions that we take daily that determine what is possible for us.
By consistently putting in effort and doing the work, we can create the life we want for ourselves. So don’t be afraid to start small – just keep taking action and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
Success won’t come to you overnight, but if you stay committed and put in the effort, you will get there in the end. Keep this in mind as you embark on your journey to success: action determines what is possible.
Choose wisely how you spend your time and energy because that is what will determine your outcome.
Remember – Rome wasn’t built in a day! Just start small and gradually build up momentum; before you know it you’re there.
Action establishes habits
It’s no secret that to be successful, you must take action. Taking action increases the chances that you will achieve your goals with fewer details and fewer mistakes in your plan compared to the plan itself.
However, many people do not realize that it is through taking consistent action that success is truly established. Through habits formed from taking action, consistency and productivity are achieved, which leads to long-term success.
So, if you’re looking to achieve big things in your life, start forming habits today by taking action and committing to being consistent. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!
Having an Inward-Looking Propensity
It’s like looking outward to yourself. A successful mind cannot exist if you lack self-awareness. Always focus on the best of any situation, particularly if things did not turn up as you expected.
Be the person with the growth mindset. Ask yourself:
-could I have made a change that could have created a better outcome?
-how can I improve on my own experience?
-what is my plan to grow from this experience?
The people with a success mindset continue to cultivate gratitude for success – your success and others’ as well. Celebrating success can seem easy. But it can be hard to recognize others’ successes.
When you celebrate success, be it your own or other peoples’ successes, it opens you to be gracious and serves as a reminder to focus on abundance instead of lack.
Think positively about money and wealth
Money has always been a hot-button issue. People either love it or hate it. Some see money as the root of all evil, while others see it as the key to happiness and success.
Are you someone who thinks negatively about money and wealth? Do you think that having more money would only bring more problems into your life?
Many people feel this way, but it’s important to remember that having money doesn’t have to be a bad thing. When used for good in the world, wealth can do a lot of good.
If you feel yourself thinking negatively about money, read the next paragraph!
Know that money can be used for good in the world
But what if we looked at money in a different light? What if we thought about it in terms of how we could use it for good in the world? When you think positively about money and wealth, you can open yourself up to new opportunities for growth and prosperity.
You may find that you’re able to achieve more than you ever thought possible–not just for yourself, but for others as well. So don’t be afraid to aim high when it comes to financial goals.
Think big, and allow yourself to be led by your heart as you work towards creating a life of abundance and financial independence.
Give back to others through charity or volunteering
No doubt giving back through charity or volunteering feels good—but did you know it also has some pretty impressive benefits for you, too? Multiple studies have shown that those who volunteer their time report feeling happier and more satisfied with their lives overall. They also tend to have stronger social networks and fewer instances of depression…not to mention, they often make more money down the road.
So if you’re looking for ways to make yourself feel happier and boost your career path, consider giving back in a meaningful way. You may be surprised at just how much you get out of it.
Know that when we help others we help ourselves
There are a lot of benefits to giving back. In addition to making the world a better place, helping others can also make us feel good about ourselves. Charitable work and volunteering can also strengthen our communities and help us meet new people. Plus, it’s a great way to learn new skills or use ones we already have!
Success is not a destination but rather a journey
What does success mean to you? Some people may say it is achieving a certain goal, while others may define it as being happy and content with their lives. The truth is, there is no single definition of success that fits everyone. What matters most is what YOU define as successful.
No matter what your definition of success is, one thing is for sure. It is not a destination that can be reached overnight. It is a journey that requires dedication and hard work, so enjoy the process!
Enjoy the process along the way
Keep in mind that there will be bumps in the road and times when you want to give up, but if you stay focused on your goals, you will achieve them. Success is within reach for everyone, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!