He has spent more than 25 years helping individuals control negative emotions and life situations through Eastern/Western behavioral modification techniques and is the author of “Maximize Your Potential with Powerful Tools… And No Stress”.
Dan is a long time member of my mentor group who wrote this for us over a year ago, but I wanted to post this article first as we start to develop one of THE most important foundational tools needed on the path to success- the mind. In my experience most ideas die and people fail before they even take the first step. Why? Because their inner voice or negative people around them decide “It’ll never work.”
In my experience of being in business for over 30 years & when coaching others, the vast majority of people who fail to fulfill their potential do so because of negativity. When in actual fact the only limit on your current and future income and success levels is what is between your ears. Easier said than done but we will deal with this in great detail as we proceed.
“Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.” Abraham Lincoln
Dan has kindly supplied a whole series of articles on the subject of how to reprogram your mind for success and you can find them in the diary area.
The Basic Psychological Mindset – Needed to Succeed in Life & Business
When I was asked to write this article, my immediate thoughts were to draw from my more than 25 years of experience as a corporate self-improvement trainer. By doing so, I intended to illustrate what the basic mindset needed to succeed in life and business would look like based on close observations of successful clients. Simply put, their actions were highly revealing with regard to their basic psychological mindset. They were:
- confident and positive
- open and ready to learn
- focused and action-oriented
- healthy in their attitude towards people
- comfortable with failures, as they believed that one can learn through errors
They believe in themselves
Do you believe in yourself? The majority of us do not. We lack the confidence to take action for fear of failure or what others would think. A healthy mindset incorporates risk taking. It is not influenced by what others would think. Otherwise, it would be contaminated with fear, prejudice, and enough negativity to pollute the environment.
These successful people possess a healthy mindset and know what they truly want. They are also focused and action-oriented. They do not suffer from paralysis through analysis.
Mindset For Success
They just do it. They are proactive. They do, test, and learn through trial and error. They are open
- They are eager to learn and to sharpen their tools. Have you ever heard of the tale of two lumberjacks in a contest to fell trees? The weaker, older man won! He felled more trees than his much younger and stronger competitor because he took time to sharpen his axe.
- My successful clients routinely sharpen their axes by acquiring powerful tips and tricks. They put their egos aside to become eternal students. They are ready to learn from the young and from the old. They learn the most from those who fail!
“There is no reason why you should not be happy when you fail!
You are sharing invaluable information that others can use to progress.
Think of yourself as a pioneer, an adventurer, a decision maker that others can admire through your own actions. Failure and success are nothing but results of ACTION! Individuals learn through action, thus leading to future success.”
They are focused and persistent
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent” – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States.
- They are extremely positive in their attitudes toward people
- They treat each person as a VIP! This does not mean kowtowing or being obsequious. What if you were sincerely treated as a VIP by someone? How would you feel? Would this person not have an impact on you? Would you not value that person as much as he or she valued you?
Mindset For Success
These were some of the behavioral traits that illustrate the basic mindset of individuals I know who succeed in life and in business.
- They are fighters, rather than passive onlookers.
- They have a mindset that is disciplined and focused.
- You know how difficult it is for many people to exercise discipline and focus.
- Having focus is one of the key assets of successful people.
So here is a small trick I want to share with those struggling with discipline and focus. I have found a simple way to remind you to bring your attention to the here and now.
Time and energy, your most precious resources, are often wasted through distractions triggered by subconscious preoccupations or other worries. The following technique will help to remind you to get back to the present and focus on what you have and what you can do with what you have – instead of getting tossed around aimlessly in the subconscious ocean of your thoughts.
More than 580,000,000 viewers have viewed it on YouTube. If you do not like it, find another song.
Heres the link: To Waka Waka
Put your headphones on and try to immerse yourself in the beat.
While listening to it, replace the lyrics Tsa-mina mina eh eh, Waka Waka eh eh, with Tsa-mina mina here here, Waka Waka here here.
If you listen to it often enough, this song will follow you intermittently throughout the day and gently remind you to be in the present. Try it, it works!
So here is the profile for success:
- Believing in oneself
- Accepting failure as a learning process
- Being proactive
- Being open
- Being focused and persistent
- Being positive towards people
Finally, we need to define what success means.
“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”
So, if you share this perception, all you need in life and in business is an abundance of enthusiasm to become successful in whatever you do.
If you do not agree with this definition, then what is success to you? What are the criteria? How do you know if you have the mindset to succeed? Get a piece of paper and start establishing your own criteria for success right now!
In the next article you will find The 10 Key Steps to Success
About Dan Low
A self-improvement and behavioral expert, Dan is also a corporate trainer. He has spent more than 25 years helping individuals control negative emotions and life situations through Eastern/Western behavioral modification techniques and is the author of “Maximize Your Potential with Powerful Tools… And No Stress”.
Main Areas: Behavior Modification, Self-Improvement, Corporate Training.
Best Sellers: Maximize Your Potential with Powerful Tools… and No Stress
Career Focus: Author, Speaker, Corporate Trainer
His seminars were initially attended by CEOs from multinationals before being extended to the general public and company personnel in 1993. Since then he has held more than 500 interactive sessions and given 150 conferences in Europe.
Dan taught the techniques of advanced management at the French University Paris Nord. He was formerly coordinator of the Management Group in an international networking association of professionals and alumni of major business schools.
He intervened at UNESCO, and ARFEC for top and senior executives, and currently trains managers at all levels, as well as engineers, heads of department and sales personnel.
His book ”The Art of Self-Combat”, initially published in France by Pearson Education was re-edited in 2007 by Lulu Enterprises Inc. under the title ”Maximize Your Potential with Powerful Tools… and No Stress”. It was published in Japan by PHP Institute.
The book has been censored in China. Low believes it is because the behavior modification tools/methodology are too revealing and empower the individual.