I had Tom Ziglar (proud son of Zig Ziglar) on my podcast this week, and he quoted his dad about how to achieve the successful mindset. I can’t stop thinking about it.
It really stuck with me because of all the negativity in our society and how easy it is to feed on that every day. The news on the Internet, TV, and radio is almost all negative. The content of most movies and TV/streaming shows is negative. The conversation we hear at work – and even with our friends – is often negative. We are being fed a steady diet of mental poison. Is it any wonder most of us have a negative mindset? And how much harder is it to achieve your goals with a negative mindset?
The number one habit to achieving a successful mindset is to feed your mind with the good, the clean, the pure, the powerful, and the positive. Not just about the world, but about you. That helps motivate, encourage, and push you to keep doing the things you know you need to do to reach your goals.
Zig also said this:
“You are what you are and you are where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You change what you are and you change where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”
What you read, watch, listen to, and tell yourself can be toxic. It can suck the life-force right out of you if you let it. Are you seeing, hearing, and reading things like this?
“You can never be successful.”
“You don’t deserve that.”
“Rich people are greedy and exploit others.”
“The game is rigged against you.”
“Things are changing so fast, you can’t keep up.”
“You’re too old.”
“It’s too late for you to make money doing that.”
“Just keep your head down and do what they expect.”
“Other people can do that, but you can’t.”
“It’s just too hard.”
You can also choose to see, read, hear, and watch things that will create a positive loop in your brain. It will make it easier to think thoughts like these:
“You were created for a fantastic reason.”
“You are worthy of the extraordinary life of your dreams.”
“You can get everything you want in this life if you help enough other people get what they want.” (Zig Ziglar)
“Your hard work is paying off.”
“If someone else can do it, you can do it.”
The real question is: Are you eating mental food that builds you up, or tears you down?
Beware all types of mental poison. Avoid it the way you avoid drinking bleach. Feast on the most positive stuff you can find.
“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.” — Philippians 4:8(NIV)