245: How Successful People Think

I don’t know about you, but I used to think that people who reached their goals simply had something I didn’t have.

They had more motivation.

More self-discipline.

Better genes.

Whatever they had that made them successful, I just didn’t have it.

I was wrong. And if you think that way, you are too.

In today’s episode, I want to talk about how successful people think. I want to look at how successful people respond to things that might be a real challenge to you – temptation, setbacks, frustrations – so that you can stop letting those things stop you.

Today is about figuring out how to turn your stop signs into starting lines.

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How Successful People Think

There are two ways to approach your choices:

  • You can blame them on other people and circumstances outside your control (work, time, etc)
  • You can acknowledge that you are totally in control of every choice you make

How successful people think: No matter what happens around them, they acknowledge that they are in control of what they choose and how they think

Everyone faces temptation. Whether the temptation is to hit the snooze button, skip your workout, grab a biscuit at the drive through or have the second glass of wine, we all have temptations.

When you “zoom in” on the temptation, locking in like a laser beam on whatever tempts you, you’re less likely to overcome it.

How successful people think: They “zoom out” when facing temptation. They see that there are two things – what they want most & what they want now. They ask an answer the question, “If I say yes to this, what am I saying no to?”

Everyone encounters setbacks. Things don’t go according to plan. You drop the ball. You don’t get the results you want.

If you focus on the setback, and you harp on what went wrong and how you’ve failed, you’re bound to feel defeated and far less likely to make progress & overcome it.

How successful people think: They look for the lesson. Instead of settling for the setback, they’re seeking a solution. They don’t focus on what went wrong but rather they look for the next right move.

Remember that if you aren’t getting the results you want, add more effort. 

You will get out of life what you put into it.

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