Focus on These 4 Successful Mindsets to Rise to the Top

By Ajit Nawalkha /TNJ | 4/13/2017, midnight

Success is a mind game. If you don't believe this, take a look around.

There are plenty of people who have extraordinary talent, passion and skills but aren't succeeding in business or winning the game of life.

Do you know a gifted web designer or coach who's barely making ends meet? Maybe you're friends with an incredibly smart and driven entrepreneur who can't pay the rent. Or maybe you think that the talented yet not so successful person is you. You could be thinking, "I know I have the skills to succeed, but I have no idea how I'm going to pay the bills this month."

When it comes to rising to the top, talent, skills and passion are just part of the game plan. The rest is all about your mindset.

Here are four of the most powerful mindsets successful people share. Play up the ones you have and work on the ones you don't.

  1. Start, then finish

You have all you need to achieve your goals. You're driven, geared up, and you don't mind doing the work to get there. In fact, you're looking forward to it.

So, when exciting projects and collaborations enter your radar, you say yes -- to all of them. You think being successful is about having lots of amazing projects going on at the same time. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you're wrong.

I was quite competitive in my early career, always eager to take on new projects with high goals. Sometimes I got really lucky and hit my goals, but I used to fail a lot more than I used to win. I realized after some time that it wasn't because of a lack of skills or knowledge. I wasn't focusing on the things that really mattered.

Truly successful people are very careful about choosing what projects to work on. Their main focus is to follow through and finish what they start. No matter how good the project, no matter how great the idea, you won't see results or massive forward movement in your life and business if you never finish what you start.

Remember, going all out for one or two good projects beats going halfway on 100 great projects. Always.

  1. Go for growth

In her book, "Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfill Your Potential," Stanford University Psychologist Dr. Carol S. Dweck explains that successful people focus on growth.

A growth mindset arises from the belief that achieving success is about continuous, consistent improvement. If you focus on growth, you see success as a journey rather than a destination. This means you're always open to learning and improving until you achieve your goals.

Successful people are happy to keep trying until they get what they want. They're willing to try all kinds of strategies and techniques because they know they'll eventually get where they want to go. And they're right.

  1. Develop a positive inner belief

Check your negative beliefs at the door. Your beliefs influence your outer behaviors and actions, meaning you need to believe you can succeed before you actually do.