9 mindset traits that leads you to success

The world-over, there has been plenty of study of highly successful people and some repetitive patterns have emerged from their life stories. Understanding what worked for them helps us to emulate certain aspects of their mindset that led them to success. Having a success mindset is like a rock solid entity that never falters. Doubt, complacency, selfish motives have no place in this world. Unless one develops this rocksolid success mindset, success keeps eluding.This success mindset doesn’t come inherent in everybody. Our upbringing, the culture and the values of our families and society impact our mindset. If these are strong and positive, you’ve already reached halfway through. If they’re not, you need to identify what wouldn’t work and eliminate those attributes. Don’t inherit what is wrong. Replace them with what works. The attitude of ‘I am like that only’ fails to serve any purpose. These attributes of a success mindset don’t really change with times. They’re timeless. These are the same ones that worked for successful kings of the yore and the business leaders of today.

1. That display of Confidence

Much has been said about confidence but is still underrated. Successful people are confident about their ventures. Much of this confidence stems out of their capabilities and preparedness. A well planned, well assessed project, executed under able people almost always leads to success.

Lack of confidence shows in the way one walks and talks. It also casts a shadow on your decisions and your interactions with team members who unfailingly sense it. Play to win, not to avoid losing. The choice of words, the body language and the smile on the face speak for themselves. Use positive words. Negative feedback can also be given in positive encouraging words. Be consistent in your tone, demeanor and attitude.

2. All it takes is time

Each one of us has exactly 24 hours to use. Then why is it that some people manage to accomplish more in this time than others? That’s because they plan well. Great men understand the importance of time and hence try hard not to waste it. They sleep less. 

If you track the sleep timings of great political and business leaders, you will see that they barely sleep for 4 to 5 hours. They are early risers. They delegate a lot of work and know to say no to things that do not matter. This sieving of priorities takes some efforts but saves a lot of time.

3. Being Social Oriented

Businesses are a miniature version of life. Just like life poses new challenges every day, so also businesses require you to find solutions to new problems. Rather than harping on the gravity of the problem, try to find solutions. However big the matter at hand, there can always be a solution that works. 

If you do not know, ask around, consult, seek help, but find it as soon as possible. Don’t wait for the problem to aggravate which can result in a downward spiral many times. Train your team to spot problems in the bud and find solutions, however bizarre they may seem at first.

4. Running Behind Money

Ah! Those figures in the banks you dreamt of seeing fattening. Now that they’ve started to grow, all you can think of is more. Pursuing money never quite makes you richer. When your focus shifts on earning money, you start thinking on growth because all said and done, money makes a person greedy. 

Instead, pursuing solutions and focusing on goals results in money becoming the outcome, not the goal. Growth motivates such individuals.

5. Failures will be there

Setbacks too. Who has never seen the two? But those determined souls don’t get deterred by failures or setbacks. They are not full stops, just commas. Don’t stop at failures or get bogged down. Learn to love them. Learn from those who have faced failures with grace and risen stronger. 

Take Edison who tried 1000 times before he got the Tungsten filament right. Or Elon Musk who wants to put man on Mars but failed initially with his rockets till success greeted him. Mitigating failure is one thing, but when encountered, take it head on and overcome. A person must always be bigger than any problem or the problem overwhelms him. Embrace the failures with grace and move on. Introspection and the willingness to rectify flaws work wonders.

6. Take it give it

A true and successful leader always takes responsibility for his team’s work and outcomes. But the same person credits his team when it succeeds. Celebrate small and big accomplishments alike.  A team (read- company/ organization) is a fragile ecosystem that needs to be nurtured. 

Your respect has to be earned afresh every day. It’s your behavior in trying times, your demeanor under stress and the decisions that you take that are perceived as leadership qualities by your team. It is very easy to pass the buck but it takes a man of steel to own up. Allow your team the freedom to fail. CEO’s diaries will be full of times when they failed but were held a hand by their leaders who egged them on to succeed.

7. Share & let grow

Knowledge is the tool of success in today’s age. It needs constant sharpening to remain relevant. Add to your knowledge. Keep reading newspapers, journals, magazines, latest books and newsletters. Share what you’ve read with others so that whatever you’ve read is known by those who must know. 

Foster a culture of learning and sharing within your organization. The world wouldn’t have been what it is today had the people never shared what they found out. You can’t be the only smart person in your team.

8. Surround yourself with the right people

It is said that a person earns in the neighborhood of 20% of the average of what his/her best friends do. Spend time with smart people. Hire a team or make friends with people with varied interests. 

That lets you know about diverse fields and helps cross pollination of ideas. It always keeps you grounded knowing that you are the smartest chap on earth. Success requires a hell lot of smartness than you’d ever imagine. And it’s impossible that one or two people can manage everything. Don’t even try it!

9. Health Matters

In the pursuit of success and nurturing a business, many times we forget that our body needs care too. You cannot just exploit your body with long working hours, unhealthy food, lack of sleep and loads of stress. That way, you’ve laid out a red carpet to the troika of silent killers – Diabetes, Hypertension and Obesity.

Success needs a lot of hard work for which you need the support of a healthy body and a healthy mind. Gratitude keeps you positive and grounded. Laughing, sharing, caring, giving and smiling bestows one with the happy hormones. One cannot stress enough about the importance of exercise and workouts. When you care for your body in the youth, it keeps you driven for years.

What were the traits that you noticed in successful people that you have interacted with? What kind of impression did they make on you and how did they change your perspective? Drop a comment below and share your experience!

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