There are countless books and articles that have been written about success and many of them tell the reader about the key ingredients that are necessary to experience some level or measure of success. What often happens is that these sources are read and then no change occurs so the pursuit of new answers or strategies continues. What contributes to the problem is that everyone has a different definition of success and it is not a constant state that is achieved and then remains fixed.
In order for self-help information to work it has to be internalized. This requires taking abstract statements and turning them into concrete plans. Even affirmations become ineffective when they are stated without any sense of connection or meaning. But there is another alternative and it involves making daily statements that can develop a mindset leading to success based upon whatever qualities or elements you've established are necessary to experience a sense of accomplishment.
I Know No Limits
As an educator I've learned that most students are capable of doing anything that they decide they can or will do, and any limitations experienced are self-imposed as a result of doubt and negativity. When you decide that there are limitless opportunities to learn and grow you are more likely to try something new or different. You may also surprise yourself when you discover that you are still capable of doing even more. It also means that you are unmoved by comments from anyone that would try to deter or distract you. The goal is to build momentum and continually evolve.
I am Not Controlled by Fear
Fear is a matter of perception and it is either based upon past experiences or anticipated future results that are real or imagined. If you experience symptoms of fear don't try to dismiss it and instead, acknowledge and work with it. A helpful mindset is learning to consider that fear is simply an early warning system alerting you to possible mental roadblocks and the best strategy is to use it as a personal self-check. For example, if you have a planned presentation or speech and you feel a sense of fear, use it to help you prepare so that you are at ease in front of the audience. When you release feelings of fear you become more in control of your thoughts, emotions, and attitude.
I Make No Excuses
One of the ways in which your ability to find success can be hindered is by spending time worrying about others and their acceptance of your decisions or disposition. Many people believe that approval of some kind is necessary before they can pursue their dreams. But what you want to do with your life or your career should only matter to you. How others feel about your path to success cannot be controlled. What I have found is that people who really know you may not always agree with your definition of success or the choices you make to achieve it; however, they will likely understand it is your decision.
I Accept Full Responsibility
This involves changing your perception about the locus of control in your life. Many people develop a sense of learned helplessness over time when they state that they are unable to experience success because the right conditions are not in place. It typically begins with: If I had a better... and concludes with words such as job, career, or any other number of factors. When you decide that you are responsible for every aspect of your life and the outcomes that are both positive and negative, this is how you are able to make lasting changes and peace with the past so that you are able to move forward.
I Take Inspired Action
One of the most effective methods of taking action that leads to success is to act not because you need to or have to, but because you want to. It is not done out of obligation but instead it is done with your best interests in mind. Sometimes inspired action will be strategically planned and at other times it can be simply spontaneous. Of course this does not apply to every situation -- especially when the action involves required work responsibilities; however, this is about taking steps on the path to personal success.
I Live with Purpose
When you live with purpose you have established meaningful goals and you are inspired to dream about the future. It also establishes priorities in your life so that you are pursuing what matters or what is most important to you personally and professionally. This is one of the keys to successful self-development because you are not allowing time to pass by and your days to become filled with activities that distract you from what you want to accomplish. A sense of purpose will lead to a feeling of accomplishment and general well-being along the way.
I Create My Own Success
Initially this statement can feel very liberating, if you are ready to take full responsibility, or it can be intimidating if your locus of control is externally based. What this means is you act now instead of waiting in anticipation of what if may happen. A success mindset means that you are developing habits that support your goals and progress. It is a continuous or ongoing state of mind that can change as your definition of success changes. But it requires developing a belief in your capacity to learn and ability to change.
These seven statements are designed to produce a realistic path that will lead you to success in whatever manner you want to define it. If you need additional affirmations don't simply repeat feel-good statements. Instead, list your strengths because that's what you will build upon over time. These statements can be internalized if they are believed and it is likely you can develop this state of mind because you're reading this article and searching for something to connect with. What will make these statements stronger is the added emotion of self-determination. Believe in yourself and what you are capable of and you can make your dreams a reality. Success is possible for anyone and it only waits for you to develop the right mindset.
Dr. Bruce Johnson has had a life-long love of learning and throughout his entire career he has been involved in many forms of adult education through his work as an educator, trainer, career coach, and mentor. Dr. Johnson has completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a PhD in Education, with a specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education. Presently Dr. Johnson works as an online college professor, faculty developmental workshop facilitator, faculty mentor, faculty peer reviewer, and professional writer. His first eBook, Appreciative Andragogy: Taking the Distance Out of Distance Learning, is available for sale now in paperback, and also available for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo devices. Learn more by visiting http://www.affordablequalitywriting.com.© 2014 Dr. Bruce A. Johnson
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