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10 Powerful Beliefs Of Incredibly Successful People

10 Powerful Beliefs Of Incredibly Successful People

Success is ultimately based on action. But your beliefs determine your actions. Successful people believe.  That’s their big secret for getting ahead. You might want to think it’s some unfair throw of the dice that makes them succeed where so many fail, but that’s not really it. Success is an attitude that comes from a framework of powerful beliefs and empowering thoughts. Their belief system informs and inspires their actions—and that’s what makes them successful.

1. They believe that they are in charge of their life.

Incredibly successful people believe that life does not happen to you, but that life is a result of how you respond to challenges and opportunities. This empowering belief, that you and only you are responsible of what you make of any given situation, allows them to take charge of their own destiny.

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2. They believe in their own abilities and potential.

Incredibly successful people have great self-confidence in the sense that while they might not have all the answers, they believe they can figure it out. They have full faith in themselves and their potential for greatness. They know that if you don’t believe in yourself and your abilities, no one else will. A successful person knows it never makes sense to give up on yourself or your potential.

3. They believe a lot of opportunity is out there.

Incredibly successful people have their mind set on opportunity and abundance, rather than scarcity and lack. And this makes a world of a difference. Where most people see obstacles, successful people see stepping stones to greater opportunities. Where others see dead-ends, they see possibilities to make a way. They are problem solvers and not mere complainers.

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4. They believe that strategy is important… but execution is critical.

Incredibly successful people execute what works—over and over again. They understand strategy is only as important as it informs execution. Develop an idea, make a plan, create a strategy, then execute. Eventually your strategy will need to be adapted and then executed some more. Only when you set proper systems in motion will you get desired results.

5. They believe they will win through hard work and perseverance.

Incredibly successful people understand that to succeed you need to have grit. Work comes first and the payoff comes later. When others quit and compromise their values, successful people keep going. They become victors in the end not so much because they are the smartest, better connected or more talented, but because they are the last person left standing when others fall by the wayside.

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6. They believe they can make tomorrow better.

This belief that the past can be reviewed and the future made better is ingrained in their DNA. That’s the reason why incredibly successful people learn both from their own and other people’s mistakes. Where others are crippled by past failures and disempowering thoughts that they have little (if any) control of their life, successful people are busy changing the future by changing their actions today. They are at the forefront of minor or major changes, even if only in their community or industry.

7. They believe in doing things no one else is willing to do.

Incredibly successful people do not shy away from risk. They try new things even if those things seem trivial or are simple. That’s because they understand that to be different you must act differently. You must be willing to try things others won’t. People will think you are crazy at first. It is likely that you will fail a time or two. Eventually your risk may pay off and people will think you are unique and ultimately they will think you are special—phenomenal even—for doing what no one else was willing to do. And when you do what others wouldn’t you will indeed be phenomenal!

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8. They believe people are catalysts not barriers to success.

That’s why incredibly successful people focus on making real connections. They are not just interested in growing their network in terms of numbers, but in making real human connections. That means connecting with people they care about, people they can trust, people they can help and people who care about them. Numbers won’t be there for you when you need help or support. People will. So connect with people by creating meaningful, reciprocated relationships.

9. They believe in uplifting others.

Because real connections and friendships are established by laying aside your own needs and focusing more on giving than on receiving, incredibly successful people are keen on lifting and uplifting others. They are not jealous or envious when other people succeed. On the contrary, they are happy when you succeed and will consistently inspire, motivate, and make you feel better about yourself than even you think you have a right to feel. That is why, as some have observed, you will follow them anywhere, not because you have to but because you want to.

10. They believe in giving back.

Giving back is one of the ways incredibly successful people show their gratitude for all the opportunities they have been given and all the things they have accomplished so far. It’s also a way to reconnect with their roots and origin, figuratively and literally speaking. Giving back keeps them grounded, humble and in touch with reality. It reminds them that they must keep working and playing their part to make this world a better place for all. Make it a habit to share the blessings in your life and you will be all the more happier and richer for it.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

“We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

1. Take a step back and evaluate

When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
  3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
  4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
  5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

4. Process your thoughts/emotions

Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

  1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
  2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
  3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
  4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

5. Acknowledge your thoughts

Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

6. Give yourself a break

If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

As Helen Keller once said,

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

  1. What’s the situation?
  2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
  3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
  4. Take action on your next steps!

After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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