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The mindset you need for a phenomenal 2019

According to U.S. News and World Report, by the second week of February, 80 percent of resolutioners have abandoned their goals.

Unfortunately, most of these goals fail because the focus is on the wrong thing. Few people are unaware of the process of manifestation. Made popular by Bob Proctor, the concept covers that fact that one’s thoughts led to feeling, which leads to action, reality, and results. In other words, if your thoughts are not in positive alignment with your desires, you will not see a positive result.

Originally inspired by a 2019 Forbes article entitled “7 Mindsets of Highly Successful (and Happy People)”, below are five mindset shifts you need in order to make 2019 Phenomenal. Over the years, I have personally strengthened each of these areas and know that anyone with a desire can possess them all.

1 . A growth mindset

Let’s say you feel like you’re not getting ahead at work. A fixed mindset says the situation is the way it is, and it will never change no matter what you do. A growth mindset says you can create change if you work hard, adapt to feedback and implement strategies for personal development. It goes without saying which type of people go further in their careers. It comes down to the difference between limiting and empowering beliefs. If you believe your growth is restricted to its current state, you’re not likely to develop. But if you believe in your capacity to achieve greatness, you’ll find that everything in your life will follow suit. Read the book called “Mindset” by Carol Dweck for a deep dive on this.

2. An abundance mindset

Several years ago, I resigned from a top position in an organization because I was finally ready to start my own training company. However, the leaders of that organization were not happy and became almost obsessed with shutting my business down within the first few months. It might be safe to say they were driven by a scarcity mentality – one that believes there is only enough success for one. This kind of thinking breeds a culture where everyone lives in a fear of loss. Alternatively, an abundance mentality believes that everyone benefits when we share ideas, even with the competition – an there is something for everyone. By recognizing that there is more than enough success to go around, we’ve freed ourselves from limitations.

3. A risk-taking/willing to fail mindset

Risk-averse people who stay in their comfort zones rarely lead the pack. It’s the people who move fast, break things and challenge the status quo who change the world. Success is all about grit, guts, and gumption — so if you want to progress your career, business or organization this year, it’s a must. Furthermore, the number one reason people don’t succeed is because they are afraid to fail — which can even keep them from starting something in the first place. Accept the WTF (Willing to Fail) mindset in 2019 because the only way to grow is to make mistakes. Risk and failure are scary, but stagnation is worse. Remember: if you’re not progressing then you’re failing anyway, so you’re better off taking the chance.

4. A visionary mindset

Goal setting is not enough. You cannot reach a destination if you don’t know where you’re going. Same goes if you’re climbing the corporate ladder, growing an organization, or starting a new business. Before you can create a strategy and a set of short-term goals, you first need to write a long-term vision of success. Author Cameron Herold uses the term Vivid Vision – a crystal-clear snapshot of how your business or organization will look, feel and act in the future. His process is a powerful one and a great way of keeping yourself and everyone on your team aligned and motivated to succeed.

5. A positive mindset

While this may be difficult for some, it is scientifically proven that optimists are happier and more successful than pessimists (provided they’re realistic about goals and outcomes). Positivity breeds positivity; so when you adopt a glass-half-full attitude, it will start to guide everything you do. The truth is that success doesn’t automatically bring happiness — but a positive frame of mind will invite success into your life. All it takes is a few simple tweaks to your thinking to become your happiest, most fulfilled self.

Based on these five areas, take a moment to evaluate yourself using a 1-5 (5 being highest) scale. How do you score? Are you flying high in all five areas or do you realize there’s a lot of work to do? Each of these ways of thinking may take time to develop for some but will be well worth the effort when the results you desire begin to show.

• Keshelle is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, corporate and business trainer and the CEO of the Training Authority. She is the former executive director of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Institute and an internationally recognized speaker and author. A leading expert in corporate training, technology performance and entrepreneurship, she has helped thousands of people fulfill their vision, obtain mastery and become more productive in their lives. To comment on the article or join her list for free monthly training tips, email keshelle@keshelledavis.com.

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