see the world differently

Successfully people are possibility thinkers. They believe in themselves and in others and their ability to make things happen. They do not expect the status quo as an unalterable given. They focus their energies via written goals backed up by concrete action plans.

Successful people accept the challenge. They know it won’t be easy, they know that there will be setbacks, defeats, struggles, delays, and regrets. They accept this as a normal part of life, they begin anyway, they persist, they persevere, and they eventually succeed.  They understand life has risks but that the greatest risk of all is to try to avoid all risk.

Successful people are open to feedback. They know they must grow and change, adapt and pivot to succeed in a constantly evolving world. They also know that some of the best lessons will come from painful failures and that some of the greatest instruction may be from some of the most irritating people they meet. The lesson still needs to be learned for life will keep forcing you to repeat the class until you learn the lesson!

Successful people take the long view, they think far ahead. They never, ever eat the marshmallow. They know the actions they take today create the life they will live tomorrow. They invest in themselves and they know they must plant, cultivate, and nourish before they can harvest. Many successful people journal in order to increase their perspective, track their progress, and organize and direct their thoughts.

Successful people possess great self-awareness. All too many people chase bright baubles that never give them the satisfaction they anticipated. Successful people generally have high EQ’s (Emotional Intelligence). They understand themselves, they take the time to stand outside themselves and observe themselves, their emotions and world view (see journaling above). They have good self-concepts, they accept themselves, and their self-talk is positive and solution oriented. They are can-do, self-motivated optimists.

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier