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5 Tips on How Successful People Think

September 8th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

In my career, I have worked extensively with successful people and people who are striving for success. I have worked closely with individuals that make millions of dollars a year and those that are content to make a meager salary. That is two different ends of the spectrum.  What makes so much difference between these people that it creates such a profound effect on their earning capabilities? 

Successful people are, as the cliche goes, “a different breed of cat”.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  All colors and creeds.  Different ages and educational history with vastly different backgrounds. So, knowing all of this, what do they have in common?  Here are a few of my observances.

1.  They think different.  They practice possibility thinking with all of their challenges.  Successful people are not people who don’t experience challenges.  Most of the time, they experience more because of their desire for success.  They approach challenges differently.  They spend very little energy on things like chips on the shoulder, feelings of self pity or thoughts of “poor me”.  When faced with a problem they focus on finding and implementing a workable solution that advances their steps to success.

2.  They have a clear concise mental picture of what success means to them.  Their picture of success is defined.  Success does not happen to people.  It is planned.  Many successful people have failed miserably several times in their quest for success.  In spite of these failures, they cling to their defined mental picture of success.  They develop a credo of never seeing failure as failure, but as:

 a.  a learning experience,
 b.  the negative feedback that they need to change course in the direction they are going
 c.  the opportunity to develop their sense of humor
 d.  the opportunity to practice their techniques and perfect their performance
 e.  the game they must play to win.

Years ago, I ran across this Champion Creed:  “I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed.  And the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep trying!”

3.  They have “stick to-ed-ness” as my grandmother used to say.  They have persistency to work at their goals until they succeed. Their threshold for defeat is extremely high.  They work at success until they achieve it.  They may have to change the vehicle they are using to reach success if that path no longer works, but they never change the desire for success.

4.  Successful people have fears just like the less success people.  The difference is that they have a way of working through their fear.  Successful people use fear and defeat as a  experience rather than a life defeating moment.  They have developed the tools in their tool box of life to work with experiences that others let define their lack of success.

5.  Successful people’s minds are goal seeking devices.  They set themselves measurable goals and work at them until they accomplish what they set out to do. They discover a goal setting system and they stick with it.

Napoleon Hill, one of the original gurus of success, in his book “Think and Grow Rich”, said, “Truly, “thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire for their translation into riches, or other material objects.”

The beautiful thing about success is that it is not a closed ended system.  Anyone can become a success if they are willing to change their mindset.

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