Do you believe you need a certain level of intelligence to achieve your goals? That the success you dream about is only available to certain people with a specialized skill set? If so, you could be pulling yourself out of the race before it even begins. Average people achieve outstanding success all the time, not because they are smarter, better or more competent than others, but because they give themselves the opportunity to try. The mental barriers we place before us are even more difficult to conquer than actual physical ones. For instance, if you see a wall that you need to be on the other side of, there is a good chance you’ll try and figure out a way to get over it or around it. However if hypothetically you believe that you are not smart enough to accomplish your goal, to get over the wall, then the feelings from that belief may make that same wall you physically conquered, feel insurmountable in your mind.
Believe in the possibilities
If, on the other hand, you believe that if someone else has accomplished their goal then it’s perfectly reasonable you can too, you will be open to figuring out how. In order to achieve success you first have to believe that you are capable of success. Change your mind-set to prepare yourself to learn, persevere, network and to work for it because you believe you can achieve your goals.
Pay attention to the dialogue in your head
Your inner voice will generally speak in familiar patterns. Is your inner voice encouraging or discouraging? Does it tell you to worry about what other people say or think? Is it quick to blame? There may be a chorus of positive words all around you, but the one in your head is your constant companion. Heed what it’s saying, and if the message is negative, correct it one thought at a time until you switch to a new general pattern.
Remember you have a choice
As Brian Tracy says, “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”
No matter what you are trying to achieve, you will hit obstacles and negative situations. You can decide if these obstacles are proof that you’ll never get where you’re going, or you can turn them into opportunities to learn what doesn’t work.
Do it anyway
One of the best ways to learn anything is through practice. So even if you don’t yet feel qualified to do what you want to do perfectly, go ahead and do it imperfectly. You’ll improve with every repetition.
People with a mind set on growth are much more likely to achieve success than their smarter or more skilled counterparts stuck with a negative mindset.