How To Align Your Attitude Toward Success

One thing that many successful people have in common is a great attitude.  They all have mindsets that lead them toward success.  It’s not luck and it’s not talent alone.

A notable psychologist, B.L. Fredrickson, has a theory called broaden-and-build that says that feeling positivity (a mindset that predicts success and leads to it) on a daily basis fosters further positivity.  So how do you build up an attitude that leads to success?  Here are some ideas.

1. Exercise Your Mind Every Day– Do something each and every day to strengthen your mind.  You may have in place daily affirmations or daily resolutions.  You may start off each day writing some plans.  These are all good ways of keeping your attitude moving in the right directions.  But be sure to find one way or another every single day to keep your brain fit and moving toward the right attitude.

2. Strengths and Weaknesses- Here’s something that will surprise you: being aware of your weaknesses is key to cultivate the right attitude for success.  Here’s why.  Being successful means expecting to be successful.  That means having self-confidence and having a pretty high opinion of yourself. 

But it’s important that this be real confidence, not bluster.  The way to true, healthy confidence is to have a good sense of one’s limitations or weaknesses.  That means that the confidence you have will be in your true strengths—you won’t have false confidence in traits that don’t merit it.  Also, as you might guess, being aware of your weaknesses means working on them and drastically reducing them.

3. Be Where the People Are- There’s a good chance you’re familiar with the Big Five traits of success, a popular theory that is accepted among people who study success in business and other areas.  The Big Five traits are low neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.  Three of these, extraversion, openness, and agreeableness, refer to dealing with other people.

While it’s important to pull success from within with effective habits of mind, a lot of success has been proven to refer to being a “people person.”  If you’re not a champion in this area, be sure to get out there and do as much networking as possible. Be conscientious (one of the Big 5) about turning these social opportunities into strengths in the areas of openness, extraversion, and agreeableness.

4. Longterm/Shortterm- If you look at successful CEO’s, app developers, investors, and entrepreneurs of all sorts, they have longterm goals and visions.  Many of them are driven by specific principles, such as bringing people together, making access to X or Y easier and more convenient, treating customers with respect, etc.

But that doesn’t mean that they fly by the seat of their pants with no short-term goals to guide them.  Short-term goals that are clearly tied to longterm goals are helpful.

5. Build on Successes- Let’s go back to Fredrickson’s broaden-and-build construct.  Positive mindsets and those mindsets geared toward success beget more of the same.  And they then cause stronger, more effective positivity.

So it’s important to inventory not only successes you’ve had but successes you’ve had with developing a positive and confident outlook.  These will teach you greater and more versions of these kinds of ideas!

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