“If you want to change your life, you must first change your mindset.” – Chairman Joe
Sometimes we set big goals and get excited about them… but then we hit an obstacle and believe our dreams are doomed. Doubts begin to weigh us down and sink our confidence: There’s no way I could make that kind of money. There’s no way I could get that high score. I don’t have the experience to create a successful business. This negative mindset, better known as the dream-crusher, must be stopped at all costs and replaced with a positive mentality. But how do we establish and maintain a mindset conducive to success? How do we suffocate the self-doubt and sustain the self-confidence?
The first step is to BELIEVE.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
Think about this – if you were given a 100% guarantee that you would achieve your objective, there’s no question that you would fearlessly pursue it with confidence and intention. You would already know it’s happening, and negativity wouldn’t cross your mind. It’s like when you walk outside and look up at the sky – you know the sky will be there, and there’s not a flicker of doubt in your mind that it won’t. You just KNOW! So, even though the path to success may be speckled with uncertainty, create a belief so strong that it’s like you’ve already reached your goal. If you just believe, then you’re halfway there.
But how do we develop and maintain that kind of fierce belief in ourselves?
Words have power, and the words you feed yourself can define your reality. In this way, our minds are like gardens, and as such, they require care and cultivation. Positive affirmations are like the water and sunshine your mind needs to grow your dreams. It may initially seem silly to speak positive words to yourself, but once you begin, you’ll realize the significance of this practice. Replace negative doubts with positive affirmations: I am resourceful and can easily make money. I am smart, and good test scores come easy to me. I am qualified and create successful businesses. Speaking with intention, looking at yourself in the eyes, and practicing this daily, are all ways to make this process effective.
“Dreams are free, so Dream BIG!” – Chairman Joe
What does your ideal reality look like? What does success look like? What does it feel like? Who is present? What is present? Close your eyes and picture it – picture it as if it’s already happened. For example, if I wanted to achieve a certain test score, I would envision myself opening an email with my ideal test score results. How would I feel? So excited I could cry happy tears. What would I do? Call my friends and family to tell them the good news. Feeling the actual feelings helps create the ideal mindset for the desired result. It’s like priming your mind before painting it with success – your mind is already ready and expecting the success, so the success is naturally attracted to it. Begin feeling that your dream is already your reality. Make your vision so real and tangible that it feels like it’s your present instead of your future.
ONLY LEARNING, NO FAILING
“Failure is the condiment that gives success it’s flavor.” – Truman Capote
Your perspective determines if setbacks are learning experiences or failures. If you do encounter setbacks, don’t let them get to you! Failures are stepping stones that can lead you to your goal. Michael Jordan said it best, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Failure teaches us how to improve our methods or perspectives. Treating failures as lessons will help create a growth mindset and will propel you to success.
After establishing a mindset conducive to success, the next step is to TAKE ACTION! You’ve got this!
– Jesse Bailey
Jesse is the Viiva Senior Copywriter. She recently graduated Cum Laude from the University of Utah with a BA in English and a BS in Economics. She loves hiking, writing, eating cookies, and spending time in the sunshine with loved ones. She currently resides in Utah.