16 Prosperity Values & Mindsets. How to Be Happy & Succeed
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The Personal Standards of Success and Prosperity
Highly successful people understand that there are 16 belief mindsets that drive significant intrinsic and extrinsic success and prosperity.
For this reason, the highly successful person, adopts these as strongly held personal values; our values being those beliefs we hold most important, making them Personal Standards and Rules.
Self-awareness and Personal Growth Determine our Prosperity
Highly successful people, including life’s most happy and fulfilled folks, understand that who we are, by God or nature, is only the rough draft. God gave us free-will and only through consistent and focused exercise of free will might we actualize our individual purpose and potential in life and achieve our great destiny.
But 99% of people are either unaware or unwilling to do what it takes to live a rich and wildly successful life. The 99% give in to the natural tendencies we all have to seek the path of least resistance and to seek and find negatives. But more on that in the first of three free training videos you will receive in the coming days (after this free e-book).
Through self-education, self-awareness and change, then and only then, might we sculpt ourselves into our greatest potential success.
By success and prosperity, I mean both intrinsic fulfillment and extrinsic prosperity. The success of living a highly charged, deeply meaningful and fulfilled life of joy, energy and contribution.
Life by Intention
Achievers understand the need to cultivate a psychological and behavioral framework of prosperity and success. They leave nothing to chance. They manage and lead themselves moment by moment, day by day. They consciously make creative and productive decisions. They do this so often that it becomes habit.
As you go through these values, please apply them (candidly and honestly) to yourself. Don’t read them as more theoretical ideas. Rather, actively ask yourself “when, how and why do I adopt this value as a personal standard?”
Also ask yourself “when, how and why have I do not adopted this belief?"
Then ask yourself if you want to and will adopt the mindset now and going forward.
Theory is useless unless we consistently apply it to ourselves.
So… what are the prosperity values mindsets that the most successful people recognize and nurture in themselves?
Prosperity Mindset 1: Insatiable Thirst for Growth and Exceptionalism
Winners have an insatiable thirst for growth. This leads to constant self-improvement: in skills, thoughts, behaviors, actions and results. It leads to consistent pursuit and achievement of exceptionalism, which is necessary to considerable success. There are flashes in the pan that luck out, then are found out, but for long-term success you must develop your gifts such that you truly are able to peak perform over the long-haul.
Don’t confuse excellence with perfection. That is a trap many people fall into. They believe and feel like they aren’t good enough, therefore they put their dreams and potential on hold or they sabotage their efforts and results. There is no such thing as perfection. Or, another way to look at it, everything is already perfect.
Prosperity Mindset 2: Optimism—the Super-charged Mindset
Thousands of studies of optimism (and pessimism) have proven that optimists perform better, they succeed at a higher rates and levels, they are healthier and there is good evidence that they live longer. If you want to be a peak performer and if you want to succeed to your greatest potential YOU MUST BECOME AN OPTIMIST.
Prosperity Mindset 3: Enthusiasm – Optimism Mindset on Steroids
Enthusiasm, as used here, is synonymous with passionate optimism (optimism on steroids). Any great thing that any human being ever has or will ever purposefully accomplish—as opposed to something someone accidentally or serendipitously accomplishes—is fueled by great passion, or enthusiasm. Exceptional results take time. They require considerable creativity, industriousness and sense of purpose. Without the passion of enthusiasm, our will and intention are too wilted and powerless to fuel the necessary and sustained behavior and action over the long-term to achieve great things. What’s more, without the passion of enthusiasm, we may falter, stumble or quit upon meeting inevitable obstacles. With enthusiasm, we storm through, over or around these obstacles.
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Prosperity Mindset 4: Why? And Why! The Crucial Question and Statement
When you question or explore your beliefs and the drivers of your behaviors and actions (and as an achiever you must do this), always ask yourself “why?” Don’t accept your answers at face value. Drill past your obvious answers. Our first answers to questions of beliefs have often been programmed into us by media, society, family or peer groups. We sometimes answer why? with a knee-jerk, socially programmed answer that we
have accepted as ours, but it may actually be one that you don’t really believe; one that doesn’t truly drive your behavior.
Successful people find and use their “why!” Their meaning and passion as to why they MUST do what they must do to succeed. The reason they believe and act as they do. This is the passionate force behind why they know that they must think, act and succeed or their life will not have been lived. Remember, no great thing has ever been purposefully accomplished by any human being without great passion (enthusiasm). Your “why!” is your passion, your meaning and your purpose.
Prosperity Mindset 5: Self-Confidence
Just as enthusiasm is primarily a state and a perspective, but is also a belief and a tool among peak performers, so too is self-confidence. Peak performers know how important self-confidence is to success. They are naturally self-confident people, but they also recognize and believe that confidence as an important trait that can be further developed and must be consistently nurtured. One word of advice though. Interviews and studies with highly successful people typically show that they over-estimate their contribution to organizations and under-estimate others’ contribution. Studies also
show that highly successful entrepreneurs either never doubted themselves and their vision or they habitually minimized or destroyed any doubts that entered their mind. As a peak performer, fully believe in yourself and your vision. Never give in to doubt or pessimism. Destroy them. However, as you add to your team or if you are not an entrepreneur and you work in an organization with others, be aware that you might unfairly minimize others’ contribution. Believe in yourself. Also believe in and support those on your team.
Prosperity Mindset 6: Gratitude and Celebration
Without gratitude, there is a lack of recognition and acknowledgement of accomplishment, success and contribution. Whatever recognition occurs is arguably not fully actualized if you don’t feel gratitude. If you don’t recognize and acknowledge your accomplishments and good fortune, they might as well have never happened. The whole point is to experience and enjoy the fruits of success, right? Aren’t you attracted to people who are grateful? This is especially true if their gratitude is extended towards you? And aren’t people who celebrate much more fun to be around? Their intention and behavior is one of fun, enjoyment and recognition (not to be confused with one of partying. A person can be celebratory and playful, yet industrious and successful).
Gratitude and celebration within and directed towards yourself and others are important to success, happiness and fulfillment.
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Prosperity Mindset 7: Meaning – Perspective
Peak performers, the highly successful, understand that they cannot and do not control the world. Things happen. Many events and circumstances remain outside of our control. The highly successful inherently or purposefully perceive or define meaning from life’s circumstances and events that empower and embolden them. They never Nballow events or circumstances to diminish them, their passion or their determination.
Prosperity Mindset 8: Things (I) Must Change and Only I Can Change Them
Peak performers recognize the need for change; constant change in the form of improvement. They recognize that they are the ones that must change and that, in fact, only they can affect the change. Without growth we stagnate. When we stagnate, our performance and results will plateau at best and possibly diminish. Peak performers have a voracious appetite to learn, grow and improve.
Prosperity Mindset 9: Humility
While humility is not a prerequisite to peak performance or success, it is to the ultimate performer and success. We aren’t just concerned with peak performance and success but with the components of ultimate performance and success. Successful people are over-confident. They are certain. They have clear visions that they must make happen. At the end of the day, the best of the best also embody humility. They realize that they are very fortunate custodians of incredible gifts: intellectual, perceptual and conditional gifts. They also realize that they are no better than any other decent person and that others are equally deserving of respect and consideration.
Prosperity Mindset 10: Future-Oriented Vision and Motivation, While Fully Present
Peak performers are future oriented in that they have a precise, compelling destination they are committed to reaching in ten, twenty or more years. Is this in any way mutually-exclusive with presence? No. The peak performer and any highly successful person does not stumble through life cognizant of and caring only about whatever is in front of their face right now. They are not interested in immediate gratification or empty pleasures, such as over-eating or wasting their life watching television or playing
video games. While they do allow themselves limited downtime, they are on a clear and compelling path of growth, development and exceptionalism; all culminating at a particular point well in the future. Do they remain flexible in the exact destination? Absolutely. A better, or simply a different, destination might present itself and they remain open to that possibility. No human being is fully prescient, nor is any person god-like in their ability to control events; life does tend to happen as we go about our plans and the peak performer remains nimble, aware and adaptive.
Prosperity Mindset 11: My Mindset Determines My Performance Determines My Results
Peak performers understand that the difference between success and failure, greatness and mediocrity is, in large part, in how they manage their thoughts, perceptions, emotions and beliefs. Because each of these things are precursors to action. They determine what we do, how often we do it and how well we do it. And it is consistent, sustained and effective action that creates our success (or lack thereof). Think of those times when you have been in your Zone. When your performance has been in its peak range and your results matched. You began and continued that performance in a mental and emotional state that was most conducive to energy, extreme focus and commitment to the activity at hand—not for the sake of the activity itself, but to excel at the activity. State can make or break your efforts and your results.
Prosperity Mindset 12: Self-esteem and Self-compassion
Self-esteem (thinking highly of yourself) and self-compassion (understanding and acceptance of your perceived faults, errors or unwanted results) are necessary to a consistently happy and healthy life. However, don’t confuse self-esteem or self-compassion with efficacy or success. A person can have considerable self-esteem and self-compassion, yet feel little to no drive to grow or succeed. Alternatively, a person can feel little self-esteem or self-compassion, yet have massive drive to succeed and, in fact, be successful.
Self-esteem and self-compassion are more important to a healthy and happy life than success, although low levels of either have a negative impact on a person’s performance in anything. Success without self-esteem and self-compassion is a relatively empty vessel; a limited and sorry life. Self-esteem and self-compassion without success is fine and we are concerned with the development and success of the individual on the spiritual, meta-physical level; but we are also concerned with actualization of our highest potential and passion in this life, in this world.
Prosperity Mindset 13: Bold, Intelligent Risk Taking is a MUST
Reward is commensurate with risk. Think about anything substantial you’ve done in life. College? Relationships? Sports or hobbies? Children? Work? Every substantial endeavor in life carries risk. No (potential for) pain, no gain. It’s that simple. Those who play it safe do not accomplish exceptional things. There’s nothing wrong with this and I in no way demean safe choices or safe people. It is true though that those who gain the most take more risk. Not fool-hardy or reckless risk, but risk nevertheless.
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Prosperity Mindset 14: Ownership of Outcome
One of the peak performer’s most valued beliefs is ownership of outcome. They understand and embrace that they are wholly responsible for any and all results in their life. Even when circumstances are beyond their control, they own the result, because, after all, it is their life and no one else’s. Only we can choose meaning and action that will either forge the metal of our intention or weaken our resolve. No one can do this for us.
Prosperity Mindset 15: Let Go of the Results
The flip side of the ownership of outcome belief is the paradoxical belief to let go of attachment to specific results. This doesn’t mean the peak performer doesn’t shoot for specific results. They do. But once they’ve made their decision, they act with full attention, intention and action; and they let go of the results. Holding too tightly to specific results is a recipe for rigidity, lack of creativity and misery. If one vision or action results in seeming failure, make failure soup, nourish yourself with the feedback, adjust and push through to your ultimate vision.
Prosperity Mindset 16: Contribution
Contribution is the fullest expression and meaning of your purpose and passion. By contribution I mean contribution to your own growth and evolution and, perhaps most importantly, contribution to the growth, evolution or sustenance of other living things for whom your actions reach; including seemingly inanimate objects, such as the earth. Without deep commitment to contribution, the individual cannot peak perform or succeed to their greatest range possible. While people can perform at high levels and succeed without an awareness of or a commitment to contribution, they will not perform at to their peak range, nor will they succeed to their greatest ability possible. This, I believe is true in the most superficial measurements of performance and success, such as work results and direct rewards for those results, such as economic remuneration. It is even more true of the less obvious rewards, such as having a materially positive impact on others’ lives and beginning or continuing a cycle of “paying it forward” that can truly impact hundreds or millions of people.
Contribution, while primarily an expression through action, is also a belief in the form of a value and personal standard. The action of contribution is supported and fueled by the its attending belief in that it is through contribution that we make the biggest difference and most fully express and share our purpose or our passion. Through contribution, we reach our pinnacle of success.
There you have it. Sixteen traits and behaviors that highly successful people understand they must seek and practice active mastery over as beliefs such as Personal Rules and Personal Standards. We must eat healthy food and exercise daily if we wish to remain in optimal health with clarity of mind and body and with optimal mind/spirit/body life and longevity of life. Our psychology, our choices in how we perceive, think, feel and behave is not less subject to the laws requiring constant awareness, discipline and mastery. Review these beliefs on a regular basis and actively apply them to the context of you: ask yourself if you are owning these beliefs on a constant, habitual basis. Don’t allow this information to become just more useless information you never actually or consistently apply to yourself and your life.
I genuinely wish and expect for you the very best, the greatest in self and life.
Cheers to all!