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Mobilizing your Mind: 14 Key Strategies for Success

Mobilizing your Mind, Key Strategies for Success

We are constantly searching for strategies for achieving success. We read books, blogs, newspaper articles, magazines, and everything else we can put our hands on to learn how to “crack” the code for achieving success. The bottom line is that success is a state of mind. Success is about creating a mind set that guides our thinking and behavior in a very deliberate manner towards realizing the results we want to achieve, in relation to the goals we have established for ourselves – whether for self-improvement, professional growth, enhanced social relations, educational aspirations, financial objectives, healthy behaviors, etc.

You’ve most likely have heard that “attitude is everything.” I feel confident that these key strategies for success will have a significant impact on your attitude and state of mind if you put to them to work – with consistency. Invest in yourself. You are worth it!

14 Key Strategies for Success

  1. Have an attitude of gratitude: Motivational guru Zig Ziglar, constantly reminds himself and others that “The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.” Giving thanks brings immense joy, and opens ones heart and mind to new possibilities.

  1. Work hard no matter how bad the job is and do it better than anyone else:  Adhere to nothing but the highest standards in your work. Don’t allow the negativity of others to influence how you relate with your colleagues and customers. Always deliver your best.

  1. Stop, reflect, and ask yourself “Why am I working so much?”:  Make constructive use of your time and ensure a balanced home and work life. It is not about quantity – IT IS about quality. A tired mind no longer focuses on the pleasure of reaching the goal and instead becomes discouraged. And when a particular project comes along that requires a larger investment of energy and time, do include in your “project schedule” periodical rest and renewal activities to carry you through.

  1. Dress and walk with joy:  How you dress, how you walk and how you carry yourself all contribute to a different mindset. How you feel about yourself will change your state of mind. So pay attention to how your attire makes you feel, and make the necessary changes that make you indeed feel like a million bucks (and no need to spend that kind of money!).

  1. Read, read, read:  Learn constantly, and be an avid reader. “Leaders are readers, but not all readers are leaders.” It is true that learning is a motivator, but the education and inspiration you gain from reading is invaluable.

  1. Surround yourself with great people and avoid toxic relationships:  Avoid relationships that discourage success and bring you down. Other people’s words or deeds can influence our view of ourselves and directly affect our ability to succeed. So surround yourself with positive successful people that inspire and encourage you!

  1. Change your mindset from “why should I?” to “why shouldn’t I?”:  If you are continually demonstrating negative or pessimistic attitudes, even if you think it is a way to remain realistic, you will drain yourself of energy, which could potentially lead to losing motivation and giving up. Instead practice positive thinking and maintaining the kind of attitude that you know successful people use throughout the day. As Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can or think you can not—you are probably right.” A positive attitude almost always breeds positive results, but a negative attitude will do just the opposite.

  1. Don’t’ fear failure and take risks:  Really, ask yourself, “So what’s the worse that can happen?” Failure is not to be feared; rather it should be something to learn from. Re-assess what did not work well, discover a better way of doing it, and don’t make the same mistake twice. Successful people do whatever it takes to overcome obstacles. Even when we succeed we should be thinking if there is even a better way of accomplishing our goals. Don’t let fear hold you back, or even worse, paralyze you. Remember, “When we think of failure, failure will be ours.”

  1. Enough already! Get real and stop complaining:  Stop being a victim or martyr and stop making excuses why you can’t succeed. Check your mindset and attitude regularly and avoid procrastination. Rather, identify your strengths and discover your opportunities for improvement, over and over again. There is always room for improvement. So say it to yourself – no whining allowed!

  1. Let those endorphins loose!: Research shows that laughter, in addition to making life fun, keeps us healthy, positive and happy. Researchers believe that true laughter causes the abdominal muscles to repeatedly contract, triggering endorphin release, resulting in a “good feel” effect. So keep a good sense of humor and relieve stress while improving your mood.

  1. Live success in your mind and avoid poverty thinking:  Envision yourself being successful – how does it feel? What do you hear? Where and with whom do you see yourself? You were born to be successful, period. Keep this present in your mind all the time. You become what you think about most of the time, hence the importance of maintaining a positive state of mind. All we need to do is to want to achieve something great, and then simply do it. It’s all about YOU!

  1. “Feel” the energy:  Successful leaders possess the skills/competencies and practice those leadership strategies that allow them to “feel, hear, and see” beyond the obvious. Non-verbal behavior can send powerful messages, negative or positive. The choice is yours.

  1. Be “fully” present:  Give respect, gain trust, and don’t dampen the enthusiasm of yourself or others. People do matter, and sharing a piece of your time with them can be life changing for both of you.

  1. Be tenacious, don’t give up, and be tough:  Every day you must apply 100% focus and nothing else. You have to fight for what you believe in. There are few things of worth that are easy to achieve. Never lose sight of your dream and do what you must do to get what you want to get, because no one is going to do it for you.

Dr. Teresa Albizu About Dr. Teresa Albizu

Dr. Teresa Albizu is the Founder & Co-President of the R-A Pinnacle Group. Formerly, Dr. Albizu served as a higher education leader for over 20 years, held a faculty appointment teaching courses in Marriage and Family Therapy, and maintained a private mental health practice focusing on relationship issues. She is an alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program, and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program. Dr. Albizu currently serves on the Advisory Board of the ELLA Leadership Institute, a training and consulting center designed to advance the lives, careers and leadership of women. Dr. Albizu possesses a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She obtained a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Carlos Albizu University, completing her clinical practicum at the University of Miami’s Mailman Center. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology is from Florida State University. She is a native of Puerto Rico and is bi-literate in both Spanish and English. View full bio »

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