The greatest difference between the best and the rest is mindset

- March 30, 2023 4 MIN READ


The greatest difference between the best and the rest is mindset. The way one thinks determines their entire life’s path. The most successful people are those who don’t focus on the negative or obstacles, but instead focus on their vision, their strategy, and their goal. Thinking about your future or about your past will only hinder you from focusing on the present moment, writes entrepreneur and business coach, Hemi Hossain.

Every day, no matter how much you may want to give up, there are going to be some things you can’t control. The question is: Will you let that stop you or will you use it as motivation to achieve your goals?

A positive attitude makes all the difference. It can help you keep going when things don’t go your way, stay motivated during tough times, and stay focused on what matters most in your life. When you have a growth mindset, you believe that your skills and abilities can be improved through learning, practice and effort.

So, how do you start?

Change those thoughts over time! Start by identifying the areas where your thinking makes you uncomfortable, such as thinking: “I’m too old to learn something new”, “I don’t have enough patience for this”, or “I’m not good at anything”, then look for ways to gradually alter these beliefs.

6 ways to develop a success mindset

Your mindset is so important. The way you think about your life has a direct impact on how you live it. If you want to be successful, you need to start with the right mindset towards success.

Achieving goals isn’t just about hard work or dedication – it’s also about how you see yourself and what you expect from yourself.

Here’s six ways to develop the right mindset to set you up for success:

1. Accept challenges

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “the journey is more important than the destination”. And it’s true.

The secret to success is all about taking on challenges and learning from them, whether they’re big or small. By seeking out challenges, you’ll put yourself on a path to learn more lessons, take more risks, and achieve greater rewards than you would on the safest route through life.

Success is hard work and requires a lot of dedication. The first step to success is to realise that the journey is more important than the destination. If you want to succeed, you must be willing to take on challenges. Accept that there will be setbacks along the way, but don’t let them stop you from pursuing your goals.

As long as you’re open-minded and willing to learn from your mistakes, you can turn every challenge into an opportunity for growth.

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2. Set both long-term and short-term objectives

Start by setting both long-term and short-term objectives. From there, break each one down into simple steps that you’ll need to take in order to achieve your goal. This will help you build a well-organised plan for the journey ahead.

To help get you there, I’ve identified five steps that will help set your mindset for success. They are:

  1. Reflecting on the past
  2. Setting both long term and short term objectives
  3. Nurturing your confidence
  4. Making a habit of celebrating progress
  5. Avoiding negative self-talk

Remember, maybe it’s not possible for you to run a marathon right now but maybe being able to walk at least five miles each day would help!

3. Explore new things

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, so try new things! Just like you should seek out challenges, don’t be afraid to try new things. You rarely know which new interest could develop into a lucrative new profession, for instance.

You can allow yourself to grow by exposing yourself to new hobbies, people, experiences, and locations. You might feel like it’s too much work at first but remember that it’s all about the journey! Don’t just sit around when there are so many other options out there.

4. Enhance your professional and personal skills

You must constantly learn and develop if you want to be truly successful. Make an effort to acquire practical skills in both your personal and professional life.

For some people, this can mean establishing a morning routine and rising earlier. Others might decide to enrol in courses, get tutoring, or read a lot of self-help literature in order to achieve their personal development objectives.

5. Learn from failures

You know that the ability to bounce back is a big part of what makes someone successful. Admit your failures and learn from them; that’s the way to get better at anything.

6. Be surrounded by the best

Our mindsets are significantly influenced by our environment. We are social beings who are influenced by people around us, after all. Be in the company of smart people who can share their knowledge with you and inspire you to advance both personally and professionally.

The process of modifying your mindset is slow. Accept that it will take time for you to adopt a positive view on life. You’ll be able to push yourself more frequently and understand the advantages of going above and beyond the minimum level, if you have a growth mentality.

Think carefully about the mental adjustments you want to make. Once you’ve figured that out, continue by refining your abilities and saying “yes” to chances that push you to grow and challenge you. Encourage yourself along the way, and don’t forget to regularly take ownership of your progress.

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