Finding success, living out your success

Everyone has goals throughout their lives. These range from small tasks, like cleaning out the garage before the weekend, to life-changing achievements, like saving $20,000 in ten years.

By just believing in success, your mental power will shift to help you get the job done, and as a byproduct, you’ll create a support system by inspiring others to place confidence in you.

Don’t just memorise. In fact, do less of it, but increase your creative thinking capabilities

With fact memorization, you learn pieces of information and store them in the brain for recall later. But many of these remembered events end up like old boxes in a garage: you only access them when you need what’s inside.

Creative thinking, on the other hand, is focused on finding innovative solutions. This means crafting new, improved approaches for handling any problem or challenge.

Although memorising facts is important in its right, creative thinking gives us the ability to quickly and efficiently overcome any hurdles we encounter. Fact memorization makes our brains rigid; creative thinking makes our brains adaptive and flexible.

This means that successful people always focus on improving their creative thinking rather than merely trying to remember facts.

You can boost creative thinking with these three actions: be receptive to new ideas, take as many opportunities as possible to try new things, and devote ten minutes each morning to reflecting on the question, “How can I do a better job today?”

One way you can help promote these three actions is by diversifying your lifestyle. You could work on a variety of things that give you different exposure!

Keep quality friends!

You’re probably familiar with the phrase “you are what you eat,” which implies you should follow a healthy diet if you wish to have a healthy body. That same idea applies to your mentality: the way you think is influenced by what you see and hear. Your living space, your friends, what you read influences your thought processes.

For example, prolonged association with people who gossip will make you more likely to gossip. Conversely, prolonged association with people who only speak positively of others will cause you to do the same.

Make no mistake: you are affected by the company you keep.

Surround yourself with the highest quality of friends – those who not only have their ambitions but also believe in your dreams and believe you’re capable of achieving them. Having this support system behind you will keep you motivated along the long, sometimes daunting, path to success.

Keep a positive attitude!

One way to keep a positive attitude is to make sure you’re doing what you believe is morally right. When people do things they don’t feel good about – like lying to a significant other or taking from a friend without asking – it harbours guilt and erodes confidence. These negativities always show up with a bad attitude. Being happy and comfortable with your decisions, on the other hand, builds more trust and therefore sustains your better moods.

But most importantly, nothing provides a positive attitude like believing that what you’re doing in life is important and worthwhile. This will naturally become a perpetual source of confidence, and leave you little reason to ever feel doubt toward yourself.

Destroy fear.

The advice “fear is all in your head” is often given to help people overcome their hesitancy toward entering situations they’re uncertain about.

Just as our immune system needs proper nourishment to function, our confidence needs continuous support to ensure it’s as reliable and efficient as possible.

What is one of the best ways to build trust? Start acting confident – even if you don’t feel it.

At first, this will be difficult to sustain, but over time it’ll become natural. This is because you can manage your emotions by behaving the way you want to feel.

Accept failure as part of life

Successful people bounce back after setbacks. While failures are busy finding excuses for why they failed, successful people are dusting themselves off and looking for another way to try.

Every successful person has encountered the same opposition, discouragement, setbacks and personal misfortunes as failures – but the way they chose to handle these challenges made them the leaders of the pack.