Having the Right Mindset Sets You Up for Success

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill


Close your eyes and take a deep breath. When you think about where you’re headed in life, do you have a clear vision of where you want to go? Can you see yourself taking the steps to get where you want to be, and achieve whatever it is that you’re thinking about doing? If you’re stuck, you’re not alone.

In a study of 10,000 participants conducted by career success coach and Forbes writer, Kathy Caprino*, nearly 70% felt that they did not have “concrete, measurable, or specific goals for their career”. And 43% of those people had no idea what they were even passionate about.

That’s a significant amount of people.

Professionals at every stage in their life just aren’t where they want to be– yet. That’s where cultivating a positive mindset, creating attainable goals and finding habits that put them within your reach is so important.

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck, she explains the difference between two of the most recognized types of mindsets: Growth and the Fixed. In her book, she reveals the results of her study, and how these two mindsets affected her study group of students:

In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.

In a growth mindset, students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”

Allowing ourselves to think that we are only limited to a select number of skills because it is in our nature, we can never fully tap our potential and nurture new ways of thinking.

Someone in a fixed mindset might say: “I’m either good at something, or I’m not.”

Where someone in a growth mindset might say: “My effort and attitude define my abilities.”

Where do you fit into the Fixed Vs. Growth types of mindset? How can you restructure your thinking to a more positive outlook?

Developing Success Habits

Without utilizing habits that cultivate a successful mindset, achieving your career goals might be a longer, bumpier road. Brainstorming things you can do every day is a great way to getting yourself on track and minimizing the time it takes you to get to where you want to be.

If you need a starting point, here are some habits to get you started:

    1. Create a To-Do List— Every night, make a list of 5 things you can get done the next day towards your goal. This could be researching a life coach, reading blogs, or registering for a class.
    2. Learn from your failures! Every goal you set might not turn out the way you planned. What worked? What didn’t? How can you try it a different way so that it becomes a success?
    3. Don’t be afraid to reassess your goals and discover new ones! Learning that you have new goals isn’t a detriment, it means you’ve grown. Listen to that voice.
    4. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Knowing where you need to improve is much different than believing you’re either good at something or you’re not. Developing skills attributed to your weaknesses fits nicely into the growth mindset.
    5. Set a small goal each day. Maybe you want to learn a new language. Setting a small goal could be– “Today I will learn how to say this phrase in my new language, and use it.”




Set your Goals

Now that you’ve had a chance to think about what you want to achieve, create yourself a list of goals. Consider writing down your end game first. What is the big kahuna you want to accomplish? Now, work backward until you have at least 5 goals in mind that will get you there, and make yourself a visual (a poster, a colorful list, etc.) that you can see every single day. It’s that easy!

Do you have any other techniques to set your goals or find successful mindset habits? We want to hear from you! Comment below!


(*You can read more of Kathy Caprino’s article here: The Happiest And Most Successful Professionals — 8 Ways They Think Differently)

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