In the business of success there are two types of people – the one-hit-wonders who enjoy short-term success and those who achieve enduring success that sustains them for life.
The businessperson who holds the belief that they already have what it takes to be successful and that they already know what they need to know, approach success from a limited and closed mind.
They avoid change, have difficulty accepting advice or criticism and sidestep personal growth. This type of person can climb (or bully) their way to the top but their long-term success does not prove to be sustaining.
To achieve enduring success, adopt the mindset that success is determined by how much you grow and develop. You have to believe that the more you learn, the more successful you have the opportunity to become.
1. I can always improve
Success is built upon your ability to learn. Set your mind to viewing your teachers, coaches, colleagues, and bosses as mentors.
They are resources for you to be open to. If you go into any situation believing you already have it figured out, you stunt your ability to become more successful. When you are not caught up in proving yourself or showing off your skills and talents you are more relaxed and open to learn. Things are not frantic.
You’re open to listen and observe, which allows you to progress.
Believe improvement is always a possibility. Be ready and willing to stretch and expand yourself beyond what you currently know. If you are comfortable where you are, you are likely to stay exactly where you’re at. Long-term success, however, is grounded in curiosity. It is based in learning and paying attention to information that will stretch your knowledge.
2. Mistakes correct me
Success is a process, not an event. Set your mind to the readiness to make mistakes and to experience great challenge. These times will prove to be your greatest gifts. If you are wrong, you will likely be corrected. Take this in because it is an opportunity to learn and to do better the next time.
Each time you are corrected and you adjust your approach you are directly increasing your intelligence and trajectory for success. Each time you do not know the answer to something and you ask for assistance you are gaining the knowledge necessary to promote yourself forward.
Mistakes help you to adapt, grow, change, and become more knowledgeable and efficient. They help you to discover who you are through the learning of who you do not want to be.
They teach you to forgive, to let go of fears, to live life without regrets, to evolve and grow. They teach you resilience. Success is largely built upon your ability to be humble and learn from your mistakes.
3. There is no limit to what I can learn
Do you believe there is a limit to your capacity to learn? If so, this mindset will greatly interfere with your chances at cultivating long-term success. Set your mind to believe there is no limit to what you can learn, ever, and nor can you attain sustaining success being a one-trick-pony. Learning benefits your well-being in only the most positive ways.
As you are exposed to new ideas you stay engaged and inspired. Learning provides as sense of accomplishment and helps to boost your self-worth and fortitude.
There are always ways to learn new things and in doing this it opens up your world to new people, experiences and opportunities. If you are open to learning you will approach all of life’s situations searching for the growth you can get out them for your benefit and advancement. Never stop trying to be qualified for your job. Always continue learning and growing.
4. Challenge is a springboard
Open your mind to challenge; welcome it. Challenge isn’t something to avoid, it is the catalyst to success you must thrive upon. Challenge doesn’t just foster the growth of your skills or knowledge, it helps grow the belief deep within yourself that you can do it. The more you challenge yourself and succeed, the greater your confidence in your ability becomes to do it again next time.
Seek challenge. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the dare, the more you stretch. Hire a business coach who will push you past your comfort zone points. Take risks you wouldn’t otherwise take.
If someone tells you that you can’t, let these naysayers make you that much more interested in the growth you need to pursue to show yourself and them that, “Oh yes you can.”
5. My attitude and effort create my future
Set your mind to the understanding that effort is what makes you smart and talented, it is not the organic nature of your brain, where you were educated or the score on your IQ test. Time and again we see that hard work trumps intellect.
Most successful businesspeople get by on their character and grit, not through floating by on their sheer intelligence. Skill and talent can only take you so far. As you get to the top ranks everyone will be equal in both. It is the hard workers who end up leading the pack.
Believe wholeheartedly that if you put the effort in you will get the result you want. Be willing to do the things others may view as unnecessary, too time consuming or meaningless, as these details are often the game changers which determine who succeeds and who doesn’t. Shortcuts will only give you a short cut of success.
6. Successful people are helpful
Believe that other successful people are in your life to lift you up, not keep you down. Successful people are full of useful information which can help you to chart your own path to success.
Most are very willing to share with you how they were able to succeed at the higher levels. You are no different than they are; they are simply further along. This works to your benefit. Learn to do what they did to become what they have become.
Surround yourself with other success-minded people because they immediately add value to your life or to your business through their friendship, expertise and contacts.
7. I will never give up
Set your mind to thrive. Persevere no matter your circumstances. Let there be no language of giving up. There is no replacement on any journey towards success more sustaining than perseverance. Talent is not persistence.
There are a number of unsuccessful talented, skilled people in this world. Genius is not enough. The unrewarded genius is a legendary creature the world. Education will not get you to success, as the world is full of the uninspired, lazy educated.
Success is achieved through never giving up, having patience, persistence, a strong mind, and an unrelenting will get through all levels of frustration.
It is only perseverance and raw determination which are sustaining. When you are willing to learn you can change anything, improve upon anything, and remain open to everything.
As you set your mind to grow you increase your brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems in more innovative and effective ways. When you believe you can develop yourself, you are an open vessel to hearing accurate information about your strengths and weaknesses, even if they are not appealing.
To achieve enduring success, learn to identify the strengths of yours you can capitalise on and learn where you need more growth. In this way, success is vested in the willingness and interest to learn, grow, and transform. Success is all in your mindset.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
21 Inspiring Quotes About Success, Persistence And What It Means To Be An Entrepreneur
Leaders of companies big and small share the mindset it takes to achieve your dreams in the face of all obstacles.
True, being an entrepreneur can be exhausting, lonely, frustrating and terrifying. But it’s worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears when you are pursuing your passion, turning your dream into a reality.
In an ongoing series called Real Entrepreneurs, we pick the brains of founders and leaders about what it is like to have every decision big and small rest on their shoulders and have compiled their thoughts on what it takes to succeed on the long, sometimes crazy journey of an entrepreneur.
The Mindset Strategy From The “Rock Star” Coach Can Turn Your Beliefs Into Results
William Badenhorst, a Director of Global Strengths shares his mindset secret to ongoing entrepreneurial success.
William Badenhorst, a Director of Global Strengths, is a coach to the coaches. His “Rock Star” attitude along with the deep driving desire to help others find their true selves formed the fabric of a highly interesting and entertaining interview.
The rolling thunder of his voice brought forth quote after quote, quip after quip and wisdom after wisdom. As a “peak performance coach” to professional athletes, celebrities, entrepreneurs and corporate career orientated individuals, William believes that knowing who you truly are as an individual is the catalyst for lasting growth and useful change in business and in life in general.
His intense eyes and energetic hand gestures emphasized one of his core beliefs and that is that we all are nothing but our very own beliefs.
“Everyone is focused on Results”
Everyone is always focusing on the outcome – the results they want. But what creates results? Let’s do some reverse engineering. In order to achieve RESULTS we need to take ACTION. And in order to take ACTION we need to make a DECISION. To make a DECISION, we need to think about it – THOUGHTS.
The interesting thing about humans is that we do not create our thoughts, we can only control them. So what does create your thoughts? Your BELIEFS creates your THOUGHTS. So ultimately your BELIEFS creates your RESULTS.
“You don’t attract what you want, you attract what you are.”
It is our very own limiting beliefs, such as for example that “I am not good enough” and “I am not deserving” and “I’m not worthy ” that creates barriers to our own success in entrepreneurial ventures and in our lives. In order to reach our limitless potential we must find and remove the self-created barriers that hold us back.
Although he loves the interaction and benefits of social media he is quick to point out that it also has created a fantasy of who and what we should be. He advises to not to adopt such fantasy as your desired reality but to instead be who you really are as an individual and goes on to quote the famous Greek philosopher Socrates:
“Know thyself, Be thyself and Love thyself”
You always end up falling back on your beliefs -whether they are empowering or disempowering. The challenge with that is that a large number of your beliefs are unconscious especially when you have not put in the work to find out what your belief system truly is.
Through his vast experience as a coach he realized that a large number of people veer away from self-awareness as they are afraid of being judged for whom they truly are.
The conversation naturally evolved into the exploration of the true meaning of the concept of faith and William’s mind grasped at a Quote from the apostle Paul:
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”
He went on to explain that faith is evidence of true-self which creates certainty which in turn is equal to confidence. Confidence brings a certain state where everything flows. He calls it “Peak State”. He further advises to search for evidence of who you really are and gain belief in yourself.
Advice to young entrepreneurs
William’s thoughts on self-development for entrepreneurs are to get a Coach. If you are already in business and don’t have a Coach – get one! Begin with taking extreme ownership and responsibility of everything in your life. And when you do that you win.
Stop blaming everything and everyone around you. Stop complaining about circumstances. You are in control and it is up to you to make it happen. There are no un-resourceful people, there are only un-resourceful states. Go where you are celebrated not tolerated and love yourself unconditionally. Remove the very unrealistic expectations of what and who you should be and authentically be yourself. Believe in yourself and go all in on YOU!
Become the best form of yourself because as an entrepreneur you are the business. Play to your strengths and manage your weaknesses. You do not need a title to lead, have massive self-belief and others will follow.
Have an attitude of constant learning:
“If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room”
And then yet another quote rolled off his tongue that put me in a self-reflective mood:
“A person that shines from within does not need a spotlight”
William Badenhorst, the father, the coach, the entrepreneur and key note speaker left the author and the reader with a question of mesmerising depth:
“What if you woke up this morning with only the things that you were grateful for last night?”
Gratitude is everything!
How You Can Move From Your Potential To Your Purpose
“Value isn’t in opinion, it’s in perspective” – Wes Boshoff
Let’s face it, we all know that when wanting to achieve something different, you need to do something different. The challenge isn’t in wanting the different, it’s in doing the different!
Mark Twain said, “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why”.
I love that because it highlights the importance of knowing that you have a purpose, and that you need to find it or design it, then live it, love it and look after it.
You have heard it said or said it yourself…”that person has huge potential, if only they would…”. It’s great to have potential but potential doesn’t equate to purpose. They are like elastics, just sitting there on the desk, and it’s not much good to anyone just sitting there. You see there is a gap between potential and purpose and that gap is called ‘The Stretch’.
For that elastic to move from potential to purpose it needs to be stretched, and only once its stretched and put round a bunch of pens does that elastic really move into its purpose. We are a lot like elastics, we need to be stretched to move from potential to purpose. The stretch isn’t always easy because we tend to get twisted out of shape when we need to do something different. However, the stretch is not designed to change who we are, just change how we are.
Here are a few ideas to help you in The Stretch.
Think about what you think about – it’s all in your perspective
Things are achieved or not achieved depending on how we think about them. Do you focus on the obstacles or the opportunities? It’s easy to see the obstacles, the key is to choose which one you going to focus on. Obstacles will always get in the way of opportunities if you let them. So, remain attentive to the possibilities that opportunity brings.
That means you need to position yourself in the way of opportunity, get in its way – make something happen, don’t just sit there! There’s a catch to this one though, opportunity never travels alone, it always comes with responsibility. Do you have the ability to respond to the opportunity? Are you taking responsibility, often we are given it, but we don’t really take it! You need to take and own the responsibility to maximise the opportunity!
Beware of distraction
‘Dis’ – a prefix meaning reversal, or the absence of action and traction refers to grip. When you get distracted you lose grip and that’s dangerous. Imagine driving, suddenly, you’ve lost traction, you are heading in the wrong direction, you may even end up going backwards.
Make sure you stick to what you need to do, create daily productive habits that will help you achieve in the long term. Grow your capacity and increase your footprint. Gain traction by repeating what works for you, that way your practice becomes repeatable and your brand becomes reputable. Don’t stop moving, its easier to change direction while you are still moving, than it is to start moving.
Things don’t always work out
Employ the “What’s Wrong – What’s Next?” philosophy. When things go wrong with people, products or plans, we can get caught up in drama. There’s no time for drama, simply define what went wrong and decide what needs to be done next to fix it. Once fixed, then deal with the doer of the wrong, but deal with them in the right way too…you still don’t need drama!
“Value isn’t in opinion, it’s in perspective” – Wes Boshoff
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