As a young freelancer who has had the opportunity to run my own business, I’ve had numerous experiences. Some of them were really good while others were extremely challenging. Without them, I wouldn’t have the right mentality for success as I do now.
If you are still struggling with your business or just want to know how you can be successful, here are a few essential tips you can use.
The first thing I had to do to get the right mentality for success was to alter how I looked at my problems. In the past, I didn’t push myself hard enough whenever I got stuck. Instead, I made myself believe that there was nothing I could do to change the situation.
However, I found out that challenging myself during such times was what made me a better person. For me to succeed, I needed to challenge my own conclusions about myself and my capabilities.
Frankly, the only person who can stop you is yourself.
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I used to torture myself by spending a good amount of time admiring more successful and wealthier people. Whenever I looked at them, the idea that I could never be like them got instilled in my head.
It took me some time before I realized that this was not the right mentality for success. If I want to succeed, I have to help myself.
The first thing I did was to accept my limitations. I am still growing as a person and as a professional. It’s totally fine if I’m still not within their level. The more important thing is that I am making progress.
The most powerful skill I gained was controlling my reaction. Before, I tend to take a tit-for-tat approach whenever someone criticized my personality or my business.
If a client returned a work I did for revision, I’d look for faults in his original instructions. I lacked the capability to accept mistakes and admit that I messed up. I used to look for opportunities to criticize the other person.
This is a childish reaction and one that would get me, or anyone, nowhere. So I worked really hard to change it. Instead of finding a way to flip the situation, I learned to take all the criticisms and act accordingly.
I learned that when I’m calmer, I tend to find the solutions to my problems easier. I also realized that criticisms aren’t all bad for you. They actually give you the opportunity to grow and be a better person.
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I started listing down my five best skills within my personal and professional life. Before long, I could actually look and say “These are my skills!”
By listing my strengths, I realized that I wasn’t the failure I made myself believe. I also learned that the level of improvement I needed was far smaller than the achievements I have already made.
The path to success is shorter than the road to failure. All it takes is the right mentality for success.