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The Top 10 Ways I Maintain A Positive and Successful Mindset

The other day I came across an interesting article that spoke about the measurement of success. The article spoke of the number of ways that success can be measured.

Materialistic success, the author suggested, might be a method that American might use to measure their success. “Money, fame, and power are often what we have been told make up success. If we don’t get it, we’re consumed with envy of those who do.”

I have one main measure that I use to help me define my success – it is “To positively impact 1 million households around the world.”

It is my belief that success need not necessarily be measured by financial terms alone. Your success might be related to your business or your family, the impact of your church or synagogue upon your community or even as simple as influencing the education of a young person.

Despite an upbringing that was less than positive, I have been known as go-getter. I regularly set and achieved my goals and managed to make progress. As I reflect upon my achievements, here are the Top 10 Ways That I Maintain A Positive and Successful Mindset:

1) Believe in yourself

Sometimes this can be the most difficult thing for you to do. We all have a self-image and for many people it can be quite negative. Irrespective of your background and the circumstances that you found yourself in, remember that you can write the last 10 pages on the book of your life regardless of what the first 360 pages say.

2) Learn from your mistakes

You are going to make mistakes, so you might as well learn from them. Rick Warren, author of ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ said, “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” Allow yourself the scope to forgive yourself of your past and to let go of the baggage that may be holding you back.

3) Surround yourself with smart people

Robert Kiyosaki, author of ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ is quoted as saying, “Finding partners is the key to success in anything: in business, in marriage and especially in investing.” Recognise your strength and surround yourself with people who can counter your weaknesses.

4) Ask questions

When I was a senior consultant in the IT & Telecommunications sector, I would often say, “I may not know all the answers, but I know how to ask the right questions!” I encourage you to keep an open mind and to ask pertinent questions that can unlock the potential of any situation you find yourself in.

5) Invest in yourself

When was the last time that you invested in yourself? I would encourage you to identify a conference that can help you to grow in either an area of your business or a personal skillset that can help you develop better leadership or communications skills. After all, you’re either green and growing or ripe and rotting!

6) Read books

I have made it a habit to read at least one personal development or autobiographical book a month. It doesn’t have to take up too much of your time – 15 minutes at night or 15 minutes in the morning is enough to read at least a chapter of a book. Before you know it, you have completed the book.

7) Select a mentor

Invest in a mentor. When you visit them, make sure that you address the following four phases:
1) Tell them what you asked them the last time you met
2) Tell them what you were told
3) Tell them what you did as a result of that conversation
4) Ask them permission to ask more questions

8) Set stretch goals

If you are a goal setter and you regularly achieve your goals, the chances are that you are setting the bar too low. When I worked for Vodafone, they used to talk about a BHAG – a Big Hairy Audacious Goal. What is your BHAG going to be?

9) Do something to help others

Every quarter, my church mobilizes our congregation and undertakes an outreach program into our community. Apart from helping those in need, there are many personal benefits of volunteering. You can increase self-confidence, combat depression and it can help you stay physically healthy.

10) Look at things from another viewpoint

Volunteering has helped me to view life form an alternative viewpoint. Seeing life from the eyes of someone who has nothing can be a sobering thought. The next time you walk by a homeless person begging outside of a fast food restaurant, offer to take them in for a meal and talk to them. You might be surprised by what you learn!

Whatever your measure of success is, use these 10 ways to help yourself maintain a positive and successful mindset!

Nsanz GSF