I’m sure you’ve met at least one person in your life who is successful, motivated and self-empowered. This is someone who seems to always land on his feet and turn everything into gold. It’s like success comes his way quick and easy.
I’m also sure you have stopped to think about why such person is so energetic, driven and successful with no apparent struggle. You, on the other hand, seem to always have something getting in the way of your progress.
Success, first of all, is not a set of achievements or a combination of external factors. Believe it or not, it is a mindset. Success is an attitude that comes from a framework of powerful beliefs and empowering thoughts. There have been many books written about this, probably some of which you have read already.
In the ones I have read, there always seemed to be a certain partiality – an incomplete picture – perhaps biased towards financial success or some other area but not another.
In the following list of beliefs and empowering thoughts, I would like to present a rounder view of success. One that I hope will give you a clearer view of its true meaning.
1I am in charge of my life
Life does not happen to you but is a result of how you respond to opportunities and challenges. It is believing that you and only you are responsible of what you make of a given situation.
2I can make tomorrow better
The belief that you can change your future by your actions today. Some people are stuck in a fatalist (and dis-empowering) mindset where they believe they have little control over their lives.
3There is a lot of opportunity out there
Successful people have their mind set on abundance and opportunity and not scarcity and lack. Trust me, this makes a world of a difference. Believe that life, energy, positivity, love, opportunities, success, and happiness are abundant…because they are!
4I don’t need the approval of others to succeed
If you are always looking for others’ approval and consent, you will not go very far off and you will certainly not be self-empowered. Successful people follow their heart even when others are skeptical or do not consent.
5My intentions have effect on my reality
This is not to believe in magic where you can wish things into being. Most people are blind to this but successful people know, consciously or otherwise, that a focused and strong intention is indeed a powerful thing. It can make a lot of things happen and it can certainly get you to your destination faster.
6People are catalysts and not barriers to success
If approached in the right way and you network with the right people, you will leverage your efforts by a thousand fold. You will get things done faster by getting help from others.
7Positive thoughts are powerful and empowering
Successful people know very well that choosing to start a day with a positive rather than a negative outlook means having a successful day as opposed to a frustrating one. It’s definitely in the attitude.
8I am not separate from the rest
This is a deep insight which only the truly successful and wise ones keep at heart. Commonly, people believe that they are separate and cut off from the rest because they are individuals. True knowledge will tell you that everything is interconnected and success comes from acknowledging that you are not separate but one with the forces of life and the universe.
9How can I use this situation?
When life throws a bad streak at you or your plans go down the gutter, ask yourself “How can I use this?”
My life changed as I started doing this. You can always turn a situation around even by just observing, learning and sharpening your attitude.
10Hard work & perseverance are rewarded
This is a rule of thumb even if reward doesn’t always come immediately. Hard work pays off in the long run.
11My past can be reviewed and rewritten
Some people are locked in their past or think that their past circumstances determine their future. Successful people are skillful in the art of interpreting their past and reframing it according to their optimal advantage.
12There are forces and energies which can help me if I’m conscious
You might be thinking magic and fairies. Well, this isn’t exactly about that. We cannot perceive certain subtle energies but some successful people believe in positive and negative energy flows. It’s just like the ancient Chinese traditions that believed in the flow of the Chi (Qi) or life energy. You can make yourself aware of this but it takes practice.
13Failure is good
As in point 9, empowered people can turn a failure into success by learning from it and moving on.
14Don’t take it personally
Get out of the trap of taking life circumstances personally or you will end up enslaved emotionally. When you get rejections, criticisms or treated coldly, put them within an impersonal bracket. They are not rejecting you but they have an idea of you in their mind.
15Bad patches are temporary
We all pass through bad patches. It’s the cycle of life. We all get out of them unless we chose not to. Think outside of the moment.
16What I learn can be improved and refined
Self-empowered people have a very dynamic view on life. There is always space for change and improvement. especially on skills and lessons learnt.
17I am constantly developing and expanding new capabilities
Just like the previous point, empowerment comes from a non-static outlook where life-affirming mind states are believed to expand not contract.
18Things are impermanent
This is a Buddhist concept which successful people have learnt through experience. You might think that successful people are materialistic. I think the really successful people are those who have a richer view on life and know how to ride life’s waves without getting emotionally attached.
19Forget, forgive, rejoice
Don’t get stuck in resentment and grudges. Travel light without dragging an emotional baggage full of past disappointments.
20I already have all I need
Self-explanatory. The path to success is through self-discovery and not world conquest as some would believe. People who have made it knew how to uncover their skills and true potential instead of obsessing with possessing.
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21Author: Gilbert Ross
Gilbert Ross authors http://SoulHiker.com, a blog dedicated to sharing insights and helping people achieve positive life transformations.