12 Ways to Build a Success Mindset for amazing results

Feb 27, 2024 | Blog

12 Ways to Build a Success Mindset for amazing results
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Is your mindset helping you or holding you back?

If we want to achieve success, our mindset has incredible power.

An effective mindset can be your greatest asset – but an unhelpful mindset can be your biggest obstacle.

With the right mindset, leadership, work and business can be fun, and success can come more easily. There is more than enough success to go around, and mindset mastery is your key to getting it.

Developing a Success Mindset

Below, I’m sharing 12 things that will help you to create a success mindset of positivity to fuel growth in your business or working life. Each of these things done on their own would have a profound impact on your life, but all of them combine to give you a mindset which supports your success. A success mindset doesn’t mean that everything goes well all the time, but it supports you in overcoming challenges and difficult curcumstances that might get in your way.

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1. Embrace a Growth Mindset

Most people have a fixed mindset. It’s where we believe that our intelligence, talents and capabilities are fixed and there’s little we can do about them.

A successful mindset is a growth mindset and whether you have a fixed mindset vs growth mindset makes all the difference. A growth mindset is the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. A growth mindset is also a learning mindset, where we see everything as a learning opportunity.

Developing a growth mindset involves cultivating a belief in our capacity to learn, adapt and improve through effort and perseverance. To foster this mindset, we must embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, view failures as learning experiences, and seek new experiences that stretch our abilities.

In a work setting, senior business leaders who receives constructive feedback don’t see it as criticism but as helpful feedback that can be used to enhance their skills. Entrepreneurs who encounter setbacks don’t abandon their ventures but use failures to refine their strategies. They know that in order to achieve success, they’re going to experience failure, criticism and setbacks along the way.

I often share a mantra with my clients to help them develop a growth mindset: ‘Everything is a stepping stone towards greater and greater success’. Remind yourself of this often! 

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2. Set Clear Goals

Getting good at regularly setting goals is key for a successful mindset. How can we get there if we don’t know where we’re going? Goal-setting is vital for any entrepreneur or leader. It starts with stepping away from what success looks like for other people and instead defining what success looks like for you. Don’t let societal pressures or others’ expectations dictate your definition of success. It should be authentic to you, not based on others’ opinions (like, your parents!). 

We want to look at our values and purpose, what our ideal day looks like, and consider factors like personal growth, relationships, health, and well-being.

If you have financial goals, how much and by when would you like to reach them? If you’d like more work-life balance – what does that look like? Do you finish work at 4 pm and take Fridays off? Being specific is key.

Break down your long-term goals into smaller, achievable milestones, and celebrate each accomplishment. Regularly review your goals and definition of success. As you evolve or enter a different season in your life, your aspirations might change, and that’s okay.

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3. Reprogram your subconscious blocks

We all have limiting beliefs that hold us back from having a success mindset. They are blocks in the unconscious mind, deeply ingrained thoughts or perceptions that stop us from realising our full potential and achieving our goals. In business and leadership, limiting beliefs can stop us from achieving success and growth or mean that we self-sabotage or repeat mistakes over and over again. 

Sometimes, we're well aware of these unconscious blocks, while other times, these beliefs are buried so deep that it takes some digging to recognise what's there. 

Common beliefs can be things like 'I'm not good enough', 'I'm a fraud' or 'My family will dislike me if I make more money than them'. Once we're aware of the limiting thought patterns, we can change them using hypnotherapy, coaching and a range of other tools and approaches to create subconscious transformation. Creating a success mindset at the unconscious level frees you up to reach your next level of success. 

Check out my hypnotherapy audios shop to find tools to reprogram subconscious blocks

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4. Build a Support Network

It can be lonely at the top, and when you're an entrepreneur or leader, you can sometimes feel as though you're battling alone with no one understanding your unique struggles. To truly build a success mindset we need to know that we're not alone and get feedback from others on the same path.

How can you surround yourself with supportive mentors, business besties, peers, and team members? Building a network of like-minded women can provide encouragement, inspiration, and constructive feedback.

Knowing that you're not alone is a huge step in building self-confidence, and that's why peer support is an essential aspect of my group coaching programmes. Hearing that other people struggle with the same things you do is worth its weight in gold, as is hearing how others overcome these struggles and create success.

When you gather a group of successful women together, you realise that not feeling good enough, self-doubt, imposter syndrome and challenges with boundaries, and people-pleasing are completely normal. Realising how universal they are helps to take the sting out and reminds us this is something we can work through and succeed despite these things. 

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5. Practice Meditation

If you ask top performers and successful people about their habits and routines, meditation is nearly always a part of their schedule. Many people say to themselves that they 'don't have time' to meditate. But what if meditation had the power to give us more time because of the mental clarity, focus and increased productivity it provides? Many studies support the idea that meditation leads to better productivity, easier decision making and lowered stress levels. Other studies also suggest that when leaders meditate, it positively impacts their direct reports.

Whether listening to meditation on an app, learning Transcendental Meditation or even trying hypnotherapy - making this part of your daily routine is key to creating a success mindset.

6. Cultivate Resilience with kindness

Can a success mindset also be a kind one? Absolutely. There's an out-of-date idea that we need tough love and to crack the whip in order to get ahead, but science doesn't support this approach for creating success.

Being kind to yourself is the number one thing you can do to build resilience. It cushions you against failure, meaning that you're more able to bounce back and try again. But the inner critical voice is always waiting to pounce on any perceived mistake, despite the fact that setbacks are natural in entrepreneurship and leadership. However, positive self-talk helps to combat a negative mindset, low self-esteem and self-doubt.

Practising self-compassion is simple but not always easy. It's about speaking to yourself as you would a good friend, cultivating an inner voice of patience, kindness and understanding.

The next time you hear your inner voice bitching about that small mistake you made on an email - take a deep breath and ask yourself, 'What would I say to a good friend in my position?' It takes practice, but as you catch yourself and change your perspective repeatedly, it starts to become second nature.

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7. Celebrate Successes, Big and Small

Teresa Amabile and Steven J Kramer from Harvard Business School created what they call 'The Progress Principle'. They found that 'Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.' They discovered that the best thing we can do is to record and acknowledge our progress and celebrate the small wins.

What small win can you celebrate today? It could be sending an email you've been putting off, having a difficult conversation, completing a document or making a start on a big project. Take the time to notice that you made progress today, no matter how small a step it was.

Too many of us breeze on to the next task and fail to acknowledge and celebrate achievements along the way. But recognising your progress boosts motivation and creativity and creates a positive mindset that's primed for success.

8. Align with Your Values and Purpose

When your business goals align with your personal values and mission, this alignment creates a deeper connection to your work and your motivation.

It guides your decisions, inspires innovation, and attracts employees and customers who share your vision. Businesses rooted in values and purpose have the resilience to weather challenges and the ability to positively impact society.

Do your personal values align with your work or business values? Do you know what your purpose is? If not, how could you bring more of what's important to you into your work? Other people will also be able to feel your authenticity when you connect to this.

9. Avoid Comparison Traps

As much as we may want to cheer other women on, let's be honest; other people's successes can be triggering. Seeing a colleague get the promotion you wanted or another business owner get an incredible new client can leave us feeling less than.

On one hand we may want success for others, but on the other it brings up all our feelings of unworthiness, not-enoughness and our loud self-criticism.

Instead, we must focus on our unique journey and remember that our uniqueness makes us incomparable. No one has the unique blend of gifts, challenges, strengths, privileges and hardships that you do. Your path is going to look very different to someone else's. You might be in a particular season of your life, like in the beginning stages of a start-up or have just returned to work, exhausted from maternity leave. Don't compare your winter to someone else's spring.

If you can't help but compare yourself (it's natural and normal to do so, BTW, look into social comparison theory for more on this) - what can you do to keep your blinkers on and stick to your own path? That might look like muting or unfollowing people on Instagram who trigger you or networking with people outside your niche. You might not have to do this forever. When you're in a better place, and your self-esteem is more robust, you can unmute them, but for now, be kind to yourself. Practicing self compassion is a life long quest and involves consistently coming back to the idea 'what would I say to someone that I love' in this situation.

10. Have an abundance mentality

Many of us have a lack mentality. From a young age, we're taught that life is a zero-sum game (there can only be one winner), that we need to compete, and that money doesn't grow on trees. Maybe you didn't have enough money or food when you were growing up.

Added to that, the media gives us the impression that we're never ‘good enough’ and that we never have or do enough. All of these things can create subconscious programmes that there isn't enough to go around, which leads us to have a scarcity mindset.

Developing an abundance mentality in business involves shifting from a scarcity-focused mindset to one that embraces the concept of limitless opportunities. It's about recognising that success is not finite and that there's enough room for growth, collaboration, and prosperity for everyone.

To cultivate this mindset, we can focus on collaboration rather than competition, seeking win-win scenarios that benefit all parties involved. Embracing a philosophy of continuous learning and improvement also contributes to abundance, as it fosters adaptability and openness to new ideas.

Take the time to focus on the abundance that you already have in your life, whether it's simple things like clean water running from the taps, healthy food on your plate or being grateful for a client paying on time or having enough money to pay yourself each month. Remembering that you already have a lot of abundance in your life is the first step to creating an abundance mindset.

11. Develop a positive mindset

Whether it's tackling the inner critical voice or shifting negative thoughts about the future, having positive self talk, a positive mental attitude and putting a positive frame around things is a mindset that is essential for moving forwards from setbacks and having a successful day. A positive mindset also helps is with our self confidence because we're able to see the best in ourselves and others.

Making a list of positive things you like about yourself or things you're grateful for is a great start. Doing so trains your mind to look for more good things and gradually your thinking patterns change for the better and you have more positive thoughts.

Instead of asking yourself 'What could go wrong?' Try asking 'What could go right?' and see where that takes you.

12. Seek Professional Help

Professional coaching or therapy can be beneficial in overcoming deep-seated mental blocks or challenges. If you're a leader or business owner and you feel stuck, blocked or overwhelmed - I'd love to help. I support leaders in feeling grounded and calm and removing unconscious blocks that hold them back so that they can take bold action in their work.

Cultivating a success mindset takes effort, positive self-talk, self-improvement and incorporating practises into our everyday lives. Our minds are malleable and constantly changing, and with a few simple tweaks, we can create significant changes.

If you'd like to talk to me about how we can work together to help you create a success mindset and overcome your unconscious blocks - send me an email at chloe@calmer-you.com

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Frequently asked questions

Why is mindset so powerful?

Mindset is so powerful because it shapes our perceptions, attitudes, and responses to the world around us. It influences how we interpret challenges, failures, and successes, directly impacting our behaviour and decision-making processes. A positive mindset can lead to resilience, motivation, and a willingness to learn and grow, while a negative mindset can hinder progress and fulfilment. Essentially, our mindset acts as a filter through which we experience life, making it a crucial determinant of our overall happiness and achievement.

What is a success mindset?

A success mindset is a way of thinking that embraces challenges, views failures as opportunities for growth, and believes in one's ability to achieve goals. It involves setting clear objectives, maintaining a positive outlook, and persisting through obstacles with resilience and determination. Individuals with a success mindset are proactive, continuously seek improvement, and are adaptable to change, enabling them to navigate the path to their goals more effectively.

What is a mindset?

A mindset is a set of attitudes, beliefs, and ways of thinking that influences how an individual perceives and reacts to situations. It is the mental framework that shapes our understanding of ourselves and the world around us, guiding our behaviors, decisions, and interactions. Mindsets can be positive or negative, fixed or growth-oriented, and they play a critical role in determining our overall outlook on life and our capacity for achieving personal and professional goals.

What is a growth mindset?

A growth mindset is the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication, hard work, and perseverance. It contrasts with a fixed mindset, which views talent and intelligence as static traits. Individuals with a growth mindset embrace challenges, learn from criticism, and persist in the face of setbacks. This mindset fosters a love for learning, resilience, and a drive for self-improvement, making it a key factor in personal and academic success.

How does mindset affect success?

Mindset profoundly affects success by influencing how we approach our goals, challenges, and interactions with others. A positive, growth-oriented mindset encourages resilience, adaptability, and a proactive approach to problem-solving, which are essential for overcoming obstacles and achieving long-term objectives. Conversely, a negative or fixed mindset can lead to avoidance of challenges, fear of failure, and a reluctance to embrace change, hindering personal and professional growth. Ultimately, cultivating a success-oriented mindset is foundational to realising one's potential and achieving lasting success.

What are different types of mindset?

The most widely recognised are the fixed mindset and the growth mindset, as introduced by psychologist Carol Dweck. Individuals with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities, intelligence, and talents are innate traits that cannot be developed. In contrast, those with a growth mindset believe that their skills and intelligence can be improved with effort, learning, and persistence. Beyond these, there are also abundance mindsets, which focus on the possibilities and opportunities available, versus scarcity mindsets, which see resources and successes as limited. Another important distinction is between a positive mindset, which approaches life with optimism and a focus on solutions, and a negative mindset, which often dwells on problems and limitations.

What is a deep mindset?

A deep mindset refers to a profound and thoughtful approach to understanding and engaging with the world. It embodies a willingness to explore complex ideas, reflect on one's beliefs and behaviours, and consider the deeper meaning behind experiences and challenges. Individuals with a deep mindset are often introspective, seeking to learn and grow from every situation. They prioritise personal development and are open to changing their perspectives based on new insights. This mindset encourages a rich, nuanced view of life, fostering resilience, empathy, and a strong sense of purpose. By embracing depth in thought and action, those with a deep mindset navigate life with a focus on continuous growth and a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

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