Having a successful career starts the same way that any other type of success does— in your mind. Your mindset is the core of your behaviors, which are what will lead to success in both your career and your life. Here are four key mentalities and strategies that you should consider adopting.
- An abundance mentality
It’s tempting to think in terms of scarcity and believe that you need to scrape for what’s yours. In this mindset, you see everyone as competition and anyone else’s success takes away from you. It’s nearly impossible to cheer for others when you see them as potential threats.
The antithesis to the scarcity mentality is the abundance mentality. It’s the belief that there is more than enough for everyone and that success is better achieved together. You can see an abundance mentality when you look at successful business owners who are sharing all of their “secrets” with new entrepreneurs. Think of success like you do sunlight, then you’ll realize there’s more than enough to go around.
- Embracing failure
The fear of failure can be paralyzing. But you can overcome this by changing your mindset. Stop thinking of failure as the opposite of success and instead think of failure as a pitstop on the road to success. No one succeeds without failing. We all start at the beginning of our journeys making mistakes and learning from them. That’s how we improve and that’s how we ultimately find success.
If you don’t learn to embrace failure, you’ll never improve. Imagine that each failure is a chapter in the book that will one day be written about you. It would be a pretty boring book if you simply tried and succeeded right away, right? Failure is part of learning, just make sure your failures propel you forward and don’t set you back.
- Setting clear goals and keeping them in your mind
Goal-setting is a critical part of your career success. After all, how will you know if you’re successful if you aren’t aiming at anything?
Set clear long-term and short-term goals. Long-term goals include your big picture vision. For instance, what is your definition of success in your career? If you start with your big vision, you can work backward and decide what short-term goals will eventually lead you to where you want to go.
- Focusing on your habits
We all have good and bad habits. Good habits are ones that get us closer to where we want to be, and bad habits are the ones that hold us back from those goals. Since habits become second nature, the more good habits you can develop, the more likely you are to succeed with much less effort.
After you’re clear on your goals, you can then determine what habits would be best for you to cultivate. What daily actions will lead you to success? List out 2 to 3 and then start doing those things every single day. After a month or two, you’ll be doing them without even realizing it.