Last year, I had a conversation with a man that completely changed the way I approach my work each day. He said words to me that day that empowered me, clarified my direction and inspired me to keep moving towards my dreams.
This man has become a mentor and friend. Very successful in his own right, he’s learned there’s so much more to life than just a paycheck and a title. We met over some great brick oven pizza and cokes. He shared his vision for the work he’s doing, and I told him more about my story.
I asked him for his perspective on some of the ideas that I shared. He said:
“You know what you need to do. You don’t need me to tell you.”
Simple, yet profound. I’ve found it to be true more and more each day.
This message means a few things to me. It may to you, as well. When we’re searching for answers in our lives, we can feel like we’re so far away. Far away from the end-goal that we want to achieve — and sometimes, far away from even a daily or weekly goal. Whatever it may be.
All of this comes down to what we believe. Or as many people say these days — our “mindset.”
So, what is our mindset? Well, it really comes down to what we think is true. Carol Dweck, author of the mega-bestseller, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success has said it’s a “self-perception or “self-theory” that people hold about themselves.” [Source: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success]
Further, she writes,
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” [Source: Ibid]
It All Comes Back to Self-Belief
Our mindset is what we feed our subconscious and conscious mind. If we believe we’re going to do something great, then that belief and faith can literally end up making the difference between a joyful, fulfilling life, and one where we’re living in our own mental prison of doubt and despair.
When we believe good things will happen, they usually will, in time.
Knowing what we need to do steels our mindset and backs up our faith with confidence. It’s wise to seek counsel from others, but don’t make the mistake of missing the signs that are right in front of you. Listen to your intuition. Get into a daily habit of routine and planning that validates your thoughts and encourages positive affirmation.
You likely already have the answers. You know what you need to do.
Remember to “Keep the main thing the main thing.” Keep your main goal front and center. Focus on 1–2 things. That’s it. This is the guidance I always give my coaching clients. Concentrate on what matters most to you. You know what that is.
Clear your mind, prioritize and live with intention. If you do this, you will never go wrong.