When I started my first business, I developed four key steps to ensure my success. They worked exponentially and have since enabled me to expand my physical therapy practice across the United States and create various other companies in diverse industries including apparel, commodities, real estate and hospitality.
Without first envisioning my success and then implementing my four key steps, I would certainly not be as successful as I am today.
In order for you to develop the momentum you envision, I’m revealing these four steps to ensure that you are on the right path to a winning mindset for whatever task you have in front of you.
- Using mentors to shape your mindset
By modeling what the pros (or the pros in your eyes) do, you start to adapt to their thinking and mindset. You must pick apart their daily actions and thought processes to exemplify what it is that you want to implement in your own life to provide inspiration and quality input.
There are many powerful people you can study from afar, or even in person. Take advantage of those moments and capitalize on them. You never know what may cross your path that delivers a gift: it could be a new friendship; a resource or even a reminder to refocus your mindset. Regardless of your circumstances, dissect the minds of those that are the best in your field. They may be able to change your mindset in the blink of an eye. You might be surprised how reading a book or going to a seminar taught by someone you admire can redefine your hour, day, week, or year.
- Digest the best and most applicable information only
These days, there is so much hogwash information out there via the Internet, the press, TV, etc., that you really have to streamline your focus to get what you want out of it. You absolutely must think critically about any information you receive—finding the information is not the issue today; selecting the right information from a credible source is. It’s imperative that you have sources that you trust.
Some great sources of information include reading excellent books and listening to credible podcasts and webinars. Other sources can require excessive amounts of time, and in the end, you may be left with little or no quality information.
Sources that I have found not to be credible are a lot of the online references and groups who claim expertise, yet don’t have the verified credentials to back up their premise or promise. What they deliver are typically non-credible people’s thoughts and opinions about a given topic. Blogs can also be bogus if they don’t come from a credible source. Find trusted bloggers with the credentials to speak on a given topic.
There is very little information out there that actually takes you further in your career, inspires you, and changes your mindset in a positive manner. You must develop this keen set of skills to decipher what information is specific to what you want, and what information leads you off the path of a focused mindset.
- Shaping your vision
A proactive approach to developing the right mindset is to have a very clear understanding of where you are going. To do this, you must have a very clear idea of your vision, mission, and goals so that your mindset can work in concert with them. If these are not aligned properly, how can you expect to believe that you are making progress toward any of them?
By actually seeing your vision, your mindsets off on a journey of intense focus and reassures your beliefs that you are on the right path. After you can clearly see your vision, your new task becomes breaking that vision down into achievable goals. This ensures that you and your vision stay on course so that neither become foggy.
- Protect your mindset
When your vision, mission, and goals are in sync, you are on your path to the proper mindset needed to become successful. You must be confident and embrace this positive mindset because, along your journey, there will always be the Debbie and Doug Downers that will try and rain on your parade. If you let this happen, you open yourself and your mindset up to rationalizing bad information and thoughts that will change the mindset you worked so hard to achieve.
As I’ve listened to today’s leaders share their stories and journeys to success, many of them state that they felt like an imposter, working toward a goal they didn’t feel qualified to achieve. But even through the doubts that many of us feel from time to time, they passionately believed in their message and what their product was meant to achieve. They used that vision to re-align their mindsets and found counsel in their mentors and others who had accomplished similar feats. This shift led them to their abundant success, and by implementing these steps, you will find success through your journey as well.