Your beliefs, about yourself, others, and the world, have a profound influence on where life takes you and how far you go. Though your actions are what affect your destiny in an immediate sense; beliefs are the bedrock of wise actions that lead to success.
Don’t settle for anything less than the strongest, most positive beliefs, ones that have empowered countless highly successful people to do their best work. These 5 beliefs offer you some of the best ways to fulfill your potential and find the success that you deserve.
Adopt the mindset of abundance
“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer
You always have a choice whether you adopt a mindset of scarcity or abundance. A scarcity mindset convinces you that you are not worthy of success. It is driven by fear. Conversely, a mindset of abundance assumes that there is more than enough for everyone. Make a habit of some simple thoughts and actions to bring this mentality into your life. Offer words of appreciation to those around you. The positive energy generated will return to you. Appreciate any opportunities that come your way, no matter how small. Know that you fill find everything you need. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Don’t fear ‘failure’
As the story goes, Thomas Edison made 10,000 attempts before he perfected his world-changing invention, the lightbulb. When asked about his ‘failures’, he took it in good humor, stating that he had simply discovered 9,999 ways that did not work. Like many other successful entrepreneurs and business people, Edison valued ultimate success over perceived failure. Know that mistakes, if made in the process of a sincere effort, will only make your next step that much more certain.
Take the long view
As the saying goes, “Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end.” In the face of our greatest challenges, this can be a difficult attitude to internalize, however, the more you are able to do so, the more everything will fall into place.
Warren Buffett, one of the world’s most consistent and successful investors, is one of the greatest examples of what can happen when a person takes the long view. Many have wondered what qualities are responsible for his great success. No one earns $83 billion by accident. His common-sense approach and intelligent observations have taken him a long way; however, Buffett’s long-term thinking is key. He has never been fazed by short-term setbacks in the market.
Know that hard work will always be rewarded
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs
When we look upon the accomplishments of the most successful and innovative people, we usually only see their results. What remains invisible are the countless hours, difficult decisions, and moments of doubt – all unavoidable steps on the way to top. Elon Musk regularly put in 80 to 100 hour workweeks during the early days of his company. When asked about what enabled him to become so successful, he stressed the importance hard work, passion, and goals. He understand that you work hard because you care. The effort you put into your work, even if it’s behind closed doors, will be felt by your clients, customers, audience.
Remember that success is not a straight line
You path will rarely be a linear one. You may already have the end result in mind, but it’s impossible to foresee what you will encounter along the way. Think back to your past achievements. In retrospect, it’s easy to see how things fell into place. However, our memories tend to gloss over details. In fact, science shows us that memories are designed to simplify our past experiences.
Take the attitude of expecting that things will go wrong from time to time and know that no one can anticipate everything. When you are unfazed by the unexpected, you will gain tremendously from the experience.
Often your actions are a reflection of your beliefs and attitudes. By thinking long-term, appreciating your own hard work, and adopting a positive perspective, you’ll be setting yourself up for the best results.