Regardless of how much we strive, our skills, strategies and knowledge only get us so far. To go further and truly be great at achieving your goals – whether work related or personal—you need to have faith, stamina and a genuine belief in yourself. This holds especially true for those who have their sights set on higher achievements such as a job promotion or new project. Believe it or not, it´s your mindset — if you are optimistic, pessimistic, negative or positive — that makes a lot of difference. With an optimistic positive attitude, you will find yourself more likely to move forward and shoot for the stars.

According to Psychology Today, 75 percent of the thoughts people have on a daily basis are negative. Think about how often you have felt less than adequate, maybe not smart enough, experienced enough, or even old or young enough. Each of these inadequate thoughts truly does affect your ability to apply yourself to achieving your goals.

So, if you are part of the 75 percent of the population experiencing these inadequate thoughts each day, how do you begin to make your thoughts more positive? Well, it´s not nearly as difficult as you may think — going back to that thinking attitude of being adequate. To begin, take a deep breath and consider your current attitudes that are not serving you well by replacing them with attitudes and words that encourage you to take action to pursue your goals. Here are some ways you can get started:

Believe in yourself!
Other people won´t believe in you if you do not believe in yourself. Believing in yourself emanates an air of capability and confidence that others can, and will, see. This is very important if you´re seeking a higher job position. Showing others that you are worthy of a management position and capable of leadership — more so than anyone else in your office — will serve you well.

Your response
Learn to trust in the fact that you always have a choice. Empower yourself with the belief that you are in control. This means choosing what you want to focus on as well as the actions and decisions necessary to get you where you want to go. By choosing your response, you are taking responsibility for your actions. This is not the same as having the ability to control all the things that occur in any given day, but it does mean you can take control of how you react or respond to these unforeseen situations.

Always look for opportunities
Using your new belief system will take you a long way to avoiding discouragement or distractions by obstacles that come up. If you´re working on a large project and suddenly happen on unforeseen issues, instead of allowing yourself to become discouraged, ask yourself how you can turn this into a new opportunity and move forward. You may be surprised what positive things can arise from negative issues. Train yourself to look for opportunity in every situation, whether the situation is negative or positive.

Always remember that there is no such thing as failure.  Believing in failure will only hold you back. If you believe in failure you will always find yourself afraid to make decisions or to try something new out of fear as you anticipate failure. Instead of seeing something as a failure, look instead at it as an opportunity from which you can learn and grow.


Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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