There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe success comes from hard work, determination, and drive; and those who believe it’s the result of chance and outside forces such as luck and opportunity. If you’re the kind of person who believes in the latter approach, you may be in need of some cognitive restructuring to help train your brain to look at the world through a lens of success. The following five tips will help you do just that.
1) Understand how your brain works
The brain is an amazing organ that can learn and change. We need to train our brains like we would train any other muscle. That doesn’t mean we should expect quick or easy results. It means we have the power to take control of how our brains work and make them more efficient. As a result, your life will be better and your work will be more rewarding.
2) Set realistic goals
It’s important to set realistic goals and Commit yourself wholeheartedly. A realistic goal is one you know you can accomplish if you work hard. If your goals aren’t challenging enough, it’s easy to lose motivation.
However, if your goals are too lofty and aren’t something that can be achieved by following an average day-to-day schedule, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You must be able to see a realistic connection between what needs to be done and what is doable in order not only to stay motivated but also be certain that you’ll succeed.
3) Create a positive mindset
Positive thinking is the key to success. Many studies have shown that people with a positive outlook are more successful than those who are pessimistic. So, how do you develop a positive mindset?
The first step is to become aware of your negative thoughts. When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, stop and think about what caused the thought and why it’s not beneficial.
Next, change your thoughts by focusing on the positives or what you can do instead of dwelling on the negatives.
4) Visualize success
Visualize your success. Close your eyes and visualize yourself achieving your goals. Imagine the pride of accomplishment, the thrill of victory and the self-satisfaction that comes from working hard to achieve a goal.
Believe it can happen. Change your mindset so you believe it’s possible. The more you believe you can do something, the more likely it is you’ll be able to do it.
Focus on your strengths, not weaknesses. In order to get the most out of your brain, focus on your strengths rather than what you’re struggling with. Look forward rather than back: Every day has new challenges, but if you spend time dwelling on the past then it will limit how much energy and enthusiasm you have going into future opportunities.
5) Take action
Write down a specific goal you want to accomplish and post it where you can see it every day. Read your goal out loud every morning and evening, even if you’re the only one there. Create a plan of action and start taking small steps each day towards achieving that goal. Set up accountability by sharing your goals with someone else who will keep you on track when you need help or encouragement. Reward yourself along the way by doing something you enjoy, like watching your favorite TV show or listening to music.
By following these five simple steps, you’ll train your brain for success!