Much of what I write or communicate in terms of achieving success will find its root in our ‘thinking’.
I’m certainly not considered the bible scholar, but I have dedicated many years to studying the Bible and to reading books and learning from many other successful people in varying fields and industries. And over the years I have applied much of what I’ve learned — although there is a lot of room for improvement in this regard. I haven’t been as consistent as I should in some areas and it’s taken me a while to really grasp many of the principles. But it’s also helped that I’ve spent a good amount of time teaching some of these principles to others and seeing the results or lack of in my life andtheirs too.
In the last few years with the help of my mentors, Paul Martinelli and Roddy Galbraith, who have guided me through the study and application of the principles taught in the classic book, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, a lot has come together for me as I uncovered this profound truth:
Success requires a winning mindset and a mastered skill set.
Although both are necessary, I think most of us tend to focus more on the skill set than we do on the mindset and the results we get are okay, but not the consistently outstanding results we desire.
What we think and how we think has more to do with our success than anything else.
We do need to master a skill set and to provide great value to others in order to achieve success, but we will get nowhere if we don’t have the right thinking.
Here’s one example:
Having an abundance mindset vs a scarcity mindset.
We live in a world of abundance and until I learn to think that way it will hold me back.
If we understand that our source is endless and that the resources are abundant we will have a different perspective on everything in our life, including how we see and treat others. When we have a scarcity mindset, we think the source is limited and may run out and we tend to hold on tightly to what we have and to fight or compete against others we think might be taking away the limited resources available. I’ve been guilty of this thinking and it has caused me to hold back from helping others, at times even needy family members.
Last year I spent several days at a condo on the beach and made an attempt to pick up shells on shore every morning. And it didn’t take me long to realize that there was an abundance of shells. It didn’t matter how many I got or how many I missed each day, there were many more to choose from the next day. And the waves kept crashing in but the ocean did not and will not run dry.
How many apples are in a seed? Think about one apple seed planted and how many seeded apples that tree produces and how many more trees could be planted from these apples. If you think about it, there is an endless amount of apples in just one seed! How does this apply to you and your unlimited creativity and amazing capacity? The possibilities are truly greater than we can imagine. But if we don’t think this way it doesn’t matter that it is true.
What you think and how you think has more to do with your success than anything else.