It’s truly fascinating how successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers – they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome. Their confidence is driven by the ability to let go of the negativity that holds many otherwise sensible people back.
Maintaining the success mindset isn’t easy. There are seven things that tend to shatter it. These challenges drag people down, appearing to be barriers that can’t be overcome. Not so for successful people. These seven challenges never hold them back.
Age really is just a number. Successful people don’t let their age define who they are and what they can do. Just ask Betty White or any young, thriving entrepreneur. Without fail, people feel compelled to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do because of your age. Don’t listen to them. Successful people certainly don’t. They follow their heart and allow their passion—not the body they’re living in—to be their guide.
2. What Other People Think
When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction is derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own destiny. It’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, but you don’t have to compare your accomplishments to anyone else’s. You can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking, your self-worth comes from within. Successful people know that caring about what other people think is a waste of time and energy. When they feel good about something that they’ve done, they don’t let anyone’s opinions take that away from them.
3. Toxic People
Successful people believe in a simple notion: you are the average of the five people closest to you. Just as great people help you to reach your full potential, toxic people drag you right down with them. Whether it’s negativity, cruelty, or the victim syndrome, toxic people create stress and strife that must be avoided at all costs. You’ll never reach your peak until you surround yourself with the right people.
Fear is nothing more than a lingering emotion fueled by your imagination. Danger is real. Fear is a choice. Successful people know this better than anyone, so they flip fear on its head. They are addicted to the euphoric feeling they get from conquering their fears. Don’t ever hold back in life just because you feel scared. I often hear people say, “What’s the worst thing that can happen to you? Will it kill you?” Yet, death isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you. The worst thing that can happen to you is allowing yourself to die inside while you’re still alive.
Life won’t always go the way you want. When it comes down to it, you have the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else. Successful people make their time count. Instead of complaining, they are grateful for everything they have. They find the best solution available, tackle the problem, and move on. When the negativity comes from someone else, successful people avoid it by setting limits and distancing themselves from it.
6. The Past or the Future
Like fear, the past and the future are products of your mind. No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future. Successful people know this, and they focus on living in the present moment. It’s impossible to reach your full potential if you’re constantly somewhere else, unable to fully embrace reality (good or bad).
To live in the moment, you must do two things:
1) Accept your past. If you don’t make peace with your past, it will never leave you and it will create your future. Successful people know the only good time to look at the past is to see how far you’ve come.
2) Accept the uncertainty of the future, and don’t place unnecessary expectations upon yourself. Worry has no place in the here and now. As Mark Twain once said, “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe”.
7. The State of the World
Keep your eyes on the news for any length of time and you’ll see it’s just one endless cycle of war, violent attacks, fragile economies, failing companies, and environmental disasters. It’s easy to think the world is headed downhill fast. Who knows? Maybe it is. Successful people don’t worry about that. They aren’t caught up in things they can’t control. Instead, they focus their energy on directing the two things that are completely within their power—their attention and their effort. They focus their attention on the things they’re grateful for, and they look for the good that’s happening in the world. They focus their effort on doing what they can every single moment to improve their own lives and the world around them.
Bringing It All Together
Your mindset drives your success. With discipline and focus, you can ensure that these seven obstacles never hold you back from reaching your full potential.
Note: Passages were taken from an article published in 2015 by Dr. Travis Bradberry.