We are surrounded by success. Thousands of posts about success flood our social media every day. Billionaires of multinational conglomerates are seemingly always in the news. And they make success look so easy.
If success is that easy, why does it feel so hard to achieve.
The truth is that the real secret begins with you and your mindset.
Belief is the most powerful catalyst for change, and if you don’t believe in yourself or what you are doing, it is difficult, if not impossible to succeed.
“Mindset” is not a new concept. It is an age-old truth.
Here are a few lessons and strategies to set you on the path for success.
Lessons from the rich and powerful.
Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.com (valued at $200 billion), has been of great interest in the media lately. He is the twenty-third wealthiest billionaire on Forbes list and the twenty-eighth most power person (also on Forbes list). According to Ma himself, he has committed to creating 100 million jobs over the next 20 years. How on earth do you get yourself in that position?
Jack Ma would tell you, “Always keep in mind these three principles: be clear on what you want to do, be clear on what you should do, and be clear on “how long you should do it."
Jack Ma’s purpose in life is obviously different from ours, but his message is simple: be honest with yourself. You should understand your situation and be crystal clear on your goals. Here a few strategies to perform a Root Cause Analysis on your life:
Like Jack Ma, make the time investment for introspection and to write your goals down.
Are your goals SMART? Are your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time-bound?
Act on the information at hand to start creating momentum for your life.
Repeat often so you can keep up your momentum and keep your vision of your personal success relevant and front of mind.
Lessons from heroes.
Benedict Cumberbatch took us through quite a little adventure in 2016, about purpose and self-awareness in Marvel’s Dr. Strange (love it, or hate). What was the lesson in that? Just do it! Embrace your situation! Make the decision to take your circumstance and apply yourself 100% to either fulfilling it or correcting it. When you do that—when you understand that message—you will find the ability to act on your goals. More specifically, you will find: courage, strength, energy, ideas, passion, and all the traits required for you to achieve your goals. Since everyone now has Nike on the brain, Nike Inc. co-founder, Bill Bowerman, believed, “Everything you need is already inside.” Belief is just the key to unlocking it.
Lessons from the past.
Who doesn’t appreciate Sun Tzu’s Art of War and the wisdom that we can apply to the war of life? Sun Tzu lived over 2,500 years ago and his teachings are still alive and well today. Even in a more primitive time, he realized that victory, or success, requires the right mindset. He said it this way, “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” It’s elegant, yet powerful. Commit to your work, believe in yourself, and find success.
Finding success isn’t difficult when you make the decision to commit to your purpose. Follow the above and set yourself for achievement.
Jonn Hudson is an independent consultant who is passionate about helping businesses not only succeed, but thrive. Jonn has more than a decade of experience in Finance, Operations, Marketing, Analytics, and Strategic planning.