How to Think Your Way to Success

It seems that some people have been given every advantage in life and still manage to sabotage their success and destroy their chances at happiness. Then there are those who seem to have every obstacle imaginable thrown in front of them and yet they still move ahead, refusing to give up. They take these obstacles and somehow manage to make their lives work and even enjoy the process as they go.

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It is my belief that those in the latter group, consciously or unconsciously, shift their thoughts to create an empowering belief system that will steer them to a successful outcome. So what can you do to mimic this shifting?

How to Shift Your Thoughts for Success

The most important first step is to understand that you have the power to experience any challenge in your life as a positive and an opportunity for growth. The way that you ultimately experience any challenge is through your thought process. You identify, classify, and address all experiences through your continuous thoughts about them. You can think of your thoughts as a conscious stream of mental judgments, evaluations, and even arguments.

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What’s important to remember is that they are almost impossible to turn off, except perhaps through meditation. But even then those pain-in-the-butt thoughts will do whatever they can to keep you from the peace and quiet you deserve. “Hello!” they’ll say. “It’s too quiet in here! I have things to say! What about my needs?” Also, your thoughts can be seen in a very simple way: are they strengthening or weakening you?

People who are successful tend to predominantly have thoughts of optimism for health, wealth, and abundance. Whether they are conscious of it or not, they simply don’t allow negative thoughts of failure to take root in their minds.

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That doesn’t mean they don’t have negative thoughts. We all do. It simply means that they’re the people who see the glass half full, whose view of life is generally positive. It’s easy to determine which kind of people are you come into contact with.

Have you noticed that those who dwell on their ailments are always ill? Those who speak about prosperity are prosperous. We have to understand that our thoughts provide a general blueprint of directives for how we react to everything in our lives.

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The Takeaway

Whatever we think about most ends up becoming part of our reality. Understanding this can be liberating and can serve as a catalyst to your success. Just remember to monitor the thoughts in your head and ask if they are dragging you down or helping you grow. And if you need to…make the shift!


steve rizzoSteve Rizzo is a personal development expert and author of Get Your SHIFT Together: How to Think, Laugh, and Enjoy Your Way to Success in Business and in Life. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, and the Oprah and Friends Radio Network, as well as his own PBS special, “Becoming a Humor Being.” Prior to his speaking career, Steve was a headline standup comedian, sharing the stage with comic greats, such as Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Murphy, and Rodney Dangerfield, among others.

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Originally published 2/28/13 and updated 7/30/13. 

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