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.
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.
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.
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!
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.