“My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no one’s doing but my own. I am the force. I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose; only I hold the key to my destiny.” – Elaine Maxwell
In almost every presentation I give, I tell people that everyone can pursue their Passionate Purpose and live the extraordinary life of their dreams.
But last week I had someone come up to me and say, Greg, you don’t really believe that everyone can be super successful do you? (He obviously didn’t know me well, yet.)
I told him, “Yes, I am positive this can happen for everyone. I’ve seen so many people do it I know it’s true. It’s also very exciting for me to think of so many people tapping into and using their gifts to live a life that matters and makes a difference. What saddens me is I know how few ever will.”
The problem isn’t that everyone can’t, it’s that everyone won’t. And the biggest thing that holds people back is their mindset. Do you have the success mindset?
Successful people believe:
- I am where I am in life because of my decisions, thoughts, and actions
- My future is determined by the decisions, thoughts, and actions I begin to take right now, it’s not based on my past
- Blaming circumstances or people does not help me become successful
- What I focus on I get more of, so I will focus on what I want – not what I’m afraid of
- My knowledge and abilities are not set in stone
- I can learn anything I need to become more successful
- The more I learn and grow, the more successful I become
- If I serve enough people, I’ll be rewarded with everything I want
- If I super-serve people, money comes easily, is good, and I will use it to do great things
- Money isn’t the goal; it’s one of the outcomes of a great goal
For many people, those ideas don’t make sense. Society has beaten into their conscious and subconscious minds a negative, depressing philosophy about life. They don’t believe they can ever live the life of their dreams. They spend more time being worried and fearful than working on what they want and whom they can serve.
What are you focusing on? Whatever it is, you’ll get more of it. What you feed your conscious mind is what your subconscious mind continually focuses on. It doesn’t care if your focus is negative or positive. It will focus on either one. We can program our subconscious to focus on what we want by filling it with positive thoughts.
So why don’t we?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
–Phil 4:8 NIV
I’m sure you’ve heard you reap what you sow. That’s true in more ways than just in actions like planting and harvesting, or hard work and rewards. It’s also in what you sow in your mind and what you sow in your heart.
If you never sow big dreams in your mind, how will you reap them? If you never sow wealth and success in your mind how will you reap it? If you never sow deep love in your mind how will you reap a great marriage and family?
There’s an old saying that seeing is believing. I agree with that, but there is more than one way to see. If you can see it in your mind so clearly that you believe it, then it’s just as real as seeing it in the physical world.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
– Napoleon Hill
That’s an imperative for the success mindset. You need to train your brain to make what you want so real in your imagination that you believe it as much as if you saw it with your eyes. When you do that, you’re on your way.
Remember, it is impossible for something to come from nothing. Everything that has ever been created was first a thought.
Spend some time thinking about the success mindset and work on challenging some of your core beliefs that are holding you back.
My next post will include the action steps to creating your success mindset.
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