Have you heard the saying, “Attitude is everything”? Attitude works hand in hand with your mindset and can positively (or negatively) affect your state of mind and thought processes. This adage reveals a time-tested truth: the perspective you take in any situation – positive or negative – ultimately determines the outcome of the situation. So if you desire to bring more prosperity into your life, it’s important to learn to think like a winner.
How can you acquire the mindset of a winner?
Try these strategies:
1. Acknowledge that you’re human. You’re fallible because you’re human. Rather than seeking perfection, strive to attain the abundance that presents itself to you. Practice being ready to accept positive circumstances by spending your time and energy preparing for THEM, rather than continually focusing on the negative. Yes, we must be prepared for things not to go our way, but whatever you put maximum focus and energy on is what will manifest!
2. Know what you want. Be specific about what you’re trying to accomplish, have, do or be. For example, if you’re running a marathon, perhaps your goal is to simiply complete a race; your next goal might be to finish and not be in last place. I’ve run several 5k races, and when I started, I only wanted to finish. Now I strive to beat my previous time – I’m racing against myself and my capabilities!
3. Aim high but not unreasonably high. Using the marathon example, if you’re running a marathon for the first time, you could aim to finish in the top half of the group, but trying to finish at number 1 in your very first marathon might be setting yourself up for a big disappointment.
4. Refuse to set yourself up for failure. Setting unrealistically high expectations is strategically not the best plan, especially if it’s your first time attempting the challenge. If you lack experience or expertise in something, rather than saying, “I’m going to be number one,” say “I’m so proud of myself for going after my dreams. As long as I complete this task, I’m a winner.” Know that with consistency, you will get stronger and have better results.
5. Embrace and adopt compliments from others. Do you shrug off kind words from others? If so, it’s time to recognize that most of us don’t go out of our way to praise another unless we’re quite impressed with something they did.
* When you prosper, people take note of it and often comment about it. Accept praise and compliments from others with open arms and keep up the great work!
6. Do a personal inventory. Take stock of when you’ve been the most prosperous in your life. Sometimes going over information like this will help to remind you of what you’ve accomplished.
* What are your major successes?
* What have you done well?
* What are you the most proud of?
7. Remind yourself of your positive character traits. Spend some time making the connection between who you are and the abundance you’ve already received in your life. Good things DO happen to good people – and people who work hard and are prepared to make the most of their opportunities.
8. Recognize prosperity comes in all “flavors.” Although money is a nice way to be rewarded for your stellar performance, you can also prosper in other ways. You might get more perks at work, access to more senior staff members, or be included in more ground-floor planning and implementation. Maybe you’ll be recognized in your field by getting an award. Perhaps you’ll become the “go to” person whenever people are facing a challenge. Be ready to recognize different forms of prosperity.
9. See the power you have in your own life. When you take responsibility to tackle and move through life’s challenges on your own terms, you’ll truly feel your own strength. You will prosper when you step up and make the decision to prosper. Realize that you DO have the power to make positive changes happen in your own life and then put action behind that power!
10. Find the successes in your daily actions. However a situation concludes, consider your actions and take note of what you did well. After a particularly challenging event, take some time to determine the positive aspects of the experience.
* For example, if you submitted a project plan to your boss, that, in itself, is something to feel good about. Consider all those who had a similar idea, but did not exercise their courage and actually implement a plan for consideration!
* Even if your boss ultimately went with a different plan, you gained work experience in the process. You stuck to something and followed through. Your boss will remember those things. Ultimately, you’ll prosper from the experience, and you’ll have more knowledge to apply to future challenges and opportunities.
What you believe about yourself and a situation before it occurs determines whether you’ll reap the benefits of that situation. So, prepare your mindset for prosperity by thinking like a winner. You’ll live the prosperous life of your dreams!