Personal Development

Training One’s Mind For Success

Written by: Susan Hang

It’s true that the mind is one of the most influential contributors to our successes, our failures, and our actions. And if you pay the slightest attention to those who embody any ounce of success around you, I’m sure you’ve found their happiness and energy contagious.

Have you ever wondered what catapults them forward – what kind of insanity goes on in those minds that keep them moving no matter the roadblocks or time of day? I’m no image of success, but through conversations and observations, I truly believe these are the thoughts we should start having to train our minds today:

#1 I am grateful for what I have.

They are thankful for the opportunities and experiences they’ve come across, but are even more thankful for the people who have supported them along the way. As a result, they express their gratitude and show appreciation often.

#2 I will try.

As the old saying goes – “if there is a will, there is a way”. And if insanity is truly doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results – these people are probably really insane. They try time after time and even if it doesn’t work out, they don’t give up.

#3 I have clear, achievable goals.

As life wavers, you won’t always know exactly what you want to do or what you want to be, but successful people always have an idea of what that end result might look like. Then, they make small moves to get there. Sara Blakely of Spanx is the epitome of this concept when she said

“I take mental snapshots of things that I want to manifest in my life, and they’re as clear as Polaroid pictures. I’m not clear on how I’m going to get there, but I’m 100 percent clear that I will get there.”

#4 I will learn.

They have an insatiable hunger for knowledge. They know perfection doesn’t exist so they’re constantly looking for ways to learn and grow both internally and professionally. Knowledge is an ever-evolving process; it doesn’t stop after school.

#4 I can succeed.

Successful people make time, they commit, and then they work damn hard. They don’t wait for the right moment or right people – no excuses here. It’s all in the mind: I can, I will.

#6 I will help others.

Back to point #1 – they know the value and power of people as they acknowledge the help and support they’ve received; therefore, they are willing to lift those around them as others have done for them.

#7 I love what I do.

They have it figured out. They’re passionate about their work so they do it with excitement and grace. This can fall into place once you’ve mastered the previous six thoughts and get to your happy place.


– Susan

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