How Successful People Think | Do You Do This?
One of the key differences between wildly successful people and the average Joe is the difference in how successful people think. Successful people know it’s how they perceive and respond to experiences that matters far more than the experiences themselves.
This is evident in every situation where two people, faced with the exact same experience, go on to create wildly different futures. Our circumstances can either be the reason why we succeed, or the excuse for why we do not.
If you ask me, this is great news. Great because regardless of what circumstances you find yourself in, regardless of what experiences life throws your way, the person you become as a result is always up to you.
We cannot always choose what happens to us, but we can always choose how we respond.
This is called framing. And whether you’re aware of it or not, the way you frame your world is the way your world will become.
We see the world not as it is, but as we are. When we are optimistic, grateful and compassionate we see the world as a place of opportunity, full of blessings and love. When we become critical, judgmental and self-serving, we see the world the same way.
The market takes a turn in the wrong direction: you can choose to see it as an insurmountable obstacle, or as an opportunity for growth and/or change.
You grew up in a home with less-than-ideal circumstances: you can choose to see this as the reason you’ll never succeed, or as motivation to grow.
Your past is riddled with costly mistakes and mis-steps: you can choose to see this as proof that you’ll never find your way, or as lessons that will equip you for a more positive future.
One of the best and most famous examples of reframing is Thomas Edison and his refining of the lightbulb. With many unsuccessful attempts under his belt, when asked if he was discouraged by his failure he replied, ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
Edison chose his reality by choosing how to frame his circumstances. Rather than framing himself as a failure, he choose to frame himself as being 10,000 steps closer to his end goal.That’s how successful people think!
So how can you begin to work on the way you frame your world, setting yourself up for success regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in?
- Keep a gratitude journal: Gratitude is the root of joy. If you don’t believe me, just give this a try! When we consciously take time each day to reflect on what we are grateful for, we get more the same: more things to be grateful for! There are a multitude of reasons to be grateful for some of the most basic things in your life. When was the last time you focused on being grateful for hot water, a glass of iced tea, a warm blanket? When was the last time you focused on being grateful for the lungs that draw air into your body, or the heart that pumps blood to your fingers and toes? By focusing on and being grateful for the little things, life will bring you even bigger things to be grateful for!
- Affirmations: By reading affirmations each day that affirm your inevitable success, you start believing you are destined for it. Affirmations speak to our subconscious mind, telling it what to expect out of life. Each time you say, “I’m just so frustrated.” or “I just can’t find clear direction.” or “I just don’t know what to do,” your subconscious mind hears those words and says, “Okay!” then goes to work bringing you more of whatever negative emotion you’ve just expressed. The good news is it works in reverse… even if your current circumstances don’t reflect the positivity of your affirmations, your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference! By focusing on things you want as if they are already a reality, your subconscious mind goes to work bringing more of that thing into your life! If you’re looking for some great affirmations to start using, you can check out this post with 27 Affirmations for Success.
- Vision: Our vision creates our reality. When you create a crystal clear vision for the future you intend to create, much like with affirmations your subconscious mind goes to work, bringing the people and opportunities into your life that will help create it. Everyone has a vision… the question is, is yours positive or negative? If you don’t have a crystal clear, positive vision for exactly what success means to you, it’s highly likely that you’re working off a vision based more on your circumstances and past experiences than on the limitless possibility of your future! Creating your vision is a sure-fire way to start reframing your daily life to be full of possibility and opportunity!
Implementing these 3 simple steps into your daily routine can help you begin to reframe your reality and start thinking how successful people think. If you’d like some help creating your perfect vision, I’d love to send you a FREE copy of the “Your Perfect Day Workbook” — this book will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating a vision for YOUR ideal future… and it will even provide you with an exercise you can use daily to start reframing that vision to become your reality!
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