By David Joel Miller.
Think these 7 thoughts to have a successful life.
What you think tends to come true. You can’t accomplish things if you do not believe they are possible. Successful people do more positive thinking. Highly successful people make these 7 thoughts a part of their thought habits. To be really successful practice these thoughts every day until they become your default way of thinking.
1. Where I came from does not determine where I am going.
Your past may have put you were you where you are but you have choices on where you go from here. Having things in your past may limit some options but there are always more possibilities out there than most of us see.
Look for those options. Had a lousy childhood? Become your own parent and learn those lessons you should have gotten early on.
No education? Get back into school. There are a great many older students in college these days. Everyone needs to keep learning to keep up. Things change. Many of the students in the college evening classes I have thought were surprised to find they had far more ability than they thought.
Watch for an upcoming post on making learning fun and being successful at learning as an adult.
2. You only need to get up once more than you get knocked down.
Successful people keep getting back up. Life knocked you down? Get back up. Do learn from the things that happen to you. Change your game plan, your study routines or get more help. The truth is that most “naturals” became naturals by practicing over and over. You make the most progress at things by working on your weak spots not by limiting what you do to the things that come easy.
3. What you think about things is more important than what they were.
If you focus on what happened, why did that have to happen and why you, you can get stuck in the past. Learn from these experiences. I get that some experiences can be extremely painful, but if you want to have the rest of your life you need to see how you could do things that can make your life better.
Look at the future as another chance and good things just might happen for you. Find it hard to believe? Short on hope? Work on developing a group of supporters that can see the possibilities ahead even when you find them hard to see.
4. This is not fear – I am on the jazz.
Change, new experiences, can provoke anxiety. Some people, they look for all the things that could go wrong and the result is they stay stuck. Really successful people reframe those butterflies in their stomach as excitement. New experiences become their friends.
What possibilities could you get excited about? What novel situations could give you the chance to shine?
5. The best one to create my life is me.
Successful people think that they are the one to make things happen in their life. Getting the breaks and having a successful person recommend you or offer you opportunities is great, but sitting back thinking I can never do it unless someone else does things for me is a sure recipe for failure. Want to create your dream? Go out and do the work. Practice and learn. Once you become good at things others will notice. Most of those big breaks come after years of practice and study.
6. You need to make mistakes to learn.
Mistakes need not be catastrophic. Highly successful people make lots of mistakes. They learn from those errors. Do lots of things, some work some do not. Stop doing the things that do not work out for you. Put in more effort on the things you see that need improvement and see just how far you will go.
7. Aim high if you want to achieve worthwhile things.
Aim low and that is what you will hit. Aim high and even if you do not go all the way you will still end up a lot farther along. Have high aims and aspirations while accepting that if you are hitting every target the first time you are still not aiming high enough. Not missing the mark a lot? You are underestimating yourself and playing it too safe to ever go as far as you are capable.
There are seven principles of success that have shown up repeatedly in the literature on success and have been born out in the lives of those who achieve great things. Have you discovered other principles that you would like to share?
For more on this topic see these other posts on counselorssoapbox.com
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