The first step towards building a mindset for success would be to identify what it precisely means to be successful. Making goals for yourself will motivate you to take action and create a plan of approach to accomplish your aspirations, and provides you with a reference point against which to evaluate your progress. It gives you an ideal against which to measure your progression and adjust your plan accordingly. It helps you cultivate the character and attitude that are necessary to be successful in whatever you are trying to attain.
In this regard, having a positive attitude can go a long way towards achieving your success objectives. A positive mindset implies that you have a clear idea about what you want from life, as well as the means by which you intend to get it. You also develop and maintain an appropriate sense of self-worth, which is a necessary ingredient for creating a positive work life balance. If you do not have a strong sense of self worth, then the possibility of achieving your aspirations and of working towards your goals is unlikely. Similarly, having a healthy work life balance will make it easier for you to put your ideas into practice, as you are inspired by an inner belief that you will succeed at whatever it is that you are trying to do.
But having a positive attitude alone will not help you reach your goals unless you also employ the use of a successful mindset. For instance, even if you feel that you have achieved all of your aspirations, if you do not have a positive attitude, it is unlikely that you will remain motivated and driven to maintain your course. If you continue to harbor the view that you will never achieve your goals, you will soon lose the motivation to try. In order to make any lasting changes to your life, you need to address your failures, both individually and collectively.
The point of view that leads to comfort zone results in the perpetuation of negative thinking patterns. The comfort zone can only be sustained if you are perpetually in the up mood. This is why people who cannot seem to get things done, often find themselves in the “comfort zone.” They may feel that things will always be going right, and that they will never be able to fail to take advantage of opportunities. Without addressing failures at this stage, a person will forever remain stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts, causing him or her to lose the support of his or her inner core.
It is important to acknowledge and deal with your personal failures, if you truly hope to change your mindset for success. You need to discover why you became unable to achieve a particular objective, and use it as a stepping stone to further success. Most successful people around the world have at least one major failing that was the root cause of their success. You need to identify and resolve these issues so that you can stop repeating the same mistakes. As time goes by, you will be able to reframe your failures, and come up with new ways to approach and conquer problems.
A critical aspect of having a growth mindset is your acceptance of self-criticism or learning to forgive yourself when you make a mistake. People that fail to praise themselves are usually stuck in the “comfort zone,” where nothing seems to go wrong. People who embrace the praise they receive, and are constantly complimenting themselves, are those who see tremendous opportunities through adversity. If you are in the habit of consistently praising yourself and seeing everything through rose colored glasses, then chances are you may be stuck in a rut. A critical aspect of developing a growth mindset is that you are not afraid to accept mistakes, but you must also understand that you cannot allow yourself to be praised excessively for small things.