Think Like a Winner: 7 Ways to Think Your Way to Success
Successful people think about what they want and how to get it most of the time.
As a result of their mental focus, they accomplish much more than the average person.
Unsuccessful people, on the other hand, tend to think and talk about what they don’t want most of the time.
They complain about their situation and blame others for their problem most of the time. They don’t understand why their life isn’t improving even though they’re working as long as others or even more. They don’t realize that their way of thinking is what’s making their situation worse.
In fact, Martin Seligman in his best-selling book Learned Optimism had summarized his findings from interviewing more than 350,000 men and women over a twenty-year period.
What he found was that the predominant quality of successful people is optimism.
Successful people tend to be more optimistic than average people. As a result of their positive mental attitude, they tend to live happier, healthier, and wealthier than the average person.
Optimism and positive thinking can help strengthen your immune system and raise your energy levels. It also allows you to think more creatively and move faster toward your goals.
This article contains 7 easy way to become more optimistic and think your way to success.
Ready? Let’s get started!
Positive thinking exercises.
As your muscles need exercise for you to stay fit, so does your level of optimism. The more you practice positive thinking, the more automatic it’ll become.
You’ll be then able to accomplish more and reach your goals faster.
#1. Think About The Future.
Successful people are future-oriented. They have a vision of a better future for themselves, their families, and their organizations.
Then they work hard to make their vision a reality in the present. This way of thinking separates them from the unsuccessful people who are either concerned about the immediate gratification of the present or regretting their past and what blaming it for their present situation.
If you want to become future-oriented, simply ask yourself “If my life was perfect five years from now, what would it look like?”Imagine that you have all the knowledge and experience you need, that all opportunities and possibilities are open to you.
Develop a dream list and write down everything you would like to have in your life.
#2. Create An Action Plan.
Once you have a clear vision of what you want in life, ask yourself “How do I achieve it?” Asking “How” pushes you to be not only future-oriented but also positive.
In fact, thinking about how to achieve your goals ignites greater energy and enthusiasm. You feel more confident and in control.
Eventually, you’ll have more insights and creative ideas that will turn your vision into reality.
#3. Commit To Excellence.
Excellence orientation is one of the reasons why successful people are good at what they do. The world doesn’t reward hard work, it rewards excellence.
Make a decision to be excellent at what you do and do something every day to improve. Keep moving forward. Learn and practice new things every single day to keep your momentum. Anyone who decides to become the best in his field and start working on that goal will reach astounding success.
By becoming excellent, you not only adopt a positive way of thinking, but you also raise your self-esteem and self-respect.
Ask yourself “What one skill, if you developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would help you the most in your career?” once you find out the answer, set this skill as a goal, write it down, make a plan and begin working on it every single day.
#4. Focus On Results.
Another attitude for optimism is result-orientation.
Successful people constantly think about the results that are expected of them and the results they expect of themselves.
Make a list of everything you have to do before you begin working. Organize this list by priority and value that can be added to your work. Select the most important tasks on your list and concentrate single-mindedly on working that one task until it is complete.
Make sure you make the best use of your time by focusing on your highest-value activities, the ones that contribute the greatest value to your work.
Delegate, outsource, or eliminate the rest and keep in mind that the worst use of time is doing very well what needs not be done at all.
#5. Concentrate On Solutions.
When you focus on what can be done and how can you solve the problem instead of what has happened and who is to blame, you develop an optimistic attitude.
In fact the more you think about your problems, the more negative and angry you become.
However, when you think and talk about the solutions, you develop a positive and creative mindset. Problems never end, as long as you’re taking risks and acting outside of your comfort zone, you’ll occasionally encounter problems and crises of some kind.
What matters is how effectively you face these problems. How good you are at problem-solving largely determines your success and how far you go.
The key to becoming a problem solver is to resist the temptation to blame others and make excuses when something goes wrong and instead talk and think about possible solutions for every problem you encounter.
Ask yourself what is the next step, how can you limit the damage, how can you prevent this from happening again, and where do you go from here.
The more you focus on solutions, the better you become at solving complex problems.
#6. Dedicate Yourself To Lifelong Learning.
When you get better, your life gets better as well.
Successful people are growth-oriented. They’re eager to learn and put into practice new ideas, techniques, methods, and strategies in every area of their lives.
Basketball coach Pat Riley wrote, “If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.”
Your mind is like a muscle. It needs constant exercise to stay in shape and develop. If you want to earn more, you must learn more, develop new skills, and add more value.
A powerful practice that can guarantee you success in your life, is to invest 3 percent of your income in yourself for the rest of your life. Investing in a single book or audio program or a workshop can pay for itself 100 times and even 1,000 times.
When you upgrade your abilities to think and perform at higher levels, you become able to increase your income faster. Make sure you read at least one hour every day in your field.
Listen to audio programs while driving from place to place or exercising. Attend every helpful course or workshop you can find.
These practices can change your life in a short period of time.
#7. Do It Now!
Successful people of every field of endeavor are action-oriented.
They have a sense of urgency in their work. In fact, everyone is impatient today. People are always seeking for the fastest services. This is why when you move faster, you gain a competitive edge.
The faster you move, the more energy you have and the more experiences you get. This allows you to learn faster and improve faster.
Remember that you become what you think about most of the time. If you want to become successful, you’ll need to think like successful people do. Start thinking and talking more about what you want and how to get it.
Always look for solutions to every problem you encounter and make sure you learn and develop yourself every day.
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