Cultivating a Successful Mindset
Your mindset, by definition, is the method by which you deal with adversity. If you plan to succeed at a task or project, remember that adversity will strike at some point. You will need to cultivate the right mindset to approach adversity and move past it. The problems you’ll run into will be both big and small, and how you deal with them will define you. I’ve put together a few tips below to help you understand how to deal with adversity and to begin to nurture the mindset required to propel you toward success.
Can You Find the Humor?
Not every mistake, setback, or obstacle is going to devastate you. Some will have a humorous angle. Laughter is indeed the best medicine; it releases endorphins and dopamine, two chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system that make you feel good. The better you feel, the clearer and more agile your thinking will be. The goal is to continue moving forward no matter what gets thrown your way, and sometimes a good chuckle can help you do that.
What does it mean to be prepared? It means thinking about as many worst-case scenarios as possible before they present themselves and working out a path forward. If you already know what to do the moment you encounter a setback, you can get to work righting the ship. Sometimes your approach to a situation requires you to get creative, other times your only recourse may be simply to try again. Do your best to prepare for failure, but without focusing too hard on it.
Go Over the Past
If you review your life, you’ve probably confronted quite a bit of adversity already. In some instances, you’ve found success and in others, you’ve been far from it. Whenever you fail or encounter a significant obstacle, it can help to look back at how far you’ve come and how many obstacles you’ve already surmounted. It doesn’t matter whether the obstacles were big or small, success is success, and it can be built upon. Every success builds self-confidence.
Accept Your Failures
Whether you’re encountering adversity due to your own personal failure or oversights or due to those of another now is not the time to play the blame game. It’s alright to be disappointed, but feeling sorry for yourself or blaming others is going to get you nowhere. Remember: the goal is to move ever-forward, no matter what gets thrown your way. Is moping or blaming going to move you forward? Probably not.
Don’t Give Up
Be patient. Cultivating the right mindset and honing your skills is going to take time. None of us is born with the right tools to succeed in life; they need to be learned. You’re going to run into successes and failures with any worthwhile endeavor. The key is never to give up and always to keep your eyes on the horizon. Forward is the door, mindset is the key.
Author and businessman, Tony Velasco, teaches the principles by which he built a multimillion-dollar business enterprise in his 20s. He lives in Valencia, CA with his wife, Allison. Tony believes that the prospect of losing is a part of growth, and greater than failure we should fear regret, in all things, at all costs.
His soon-to-be-released book, F**K Regret offers a step-by-step description of how the author executes every aspect of his daily life, how he was able to sustain the shutdown of gyms and other businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how he is rebuilding. Follow him on Instagram and at https://tonyvelasco.com