One thing to consider about success is how our perception of reality completely changes our subjective experience of this – and therefore the outcome.
What do I mean by this? Simply that what you experience is actually less important for your state of
mind than what you believe.
For example then, if you were to come face to face with a lion in the woods, there would be a good chance that you’d see your heartrate jump up sharply, your breathing become faster and shallower and your blood start rushing to your muscles, your eyes and your brain. This is what we know as the ‘fight or flight response’.
But what if you see the lion but don’t believe in the lion? What if you think the lion is animatronic? Then none of those changes will occur and you’ll remain entirely calm.
The thing to remember is that many of the things we encounter in our daily lives are just like those lions. When you encounter a challenge in the work place, a difficult friend or partner, or financial troubles… you can choose to see it as a lion, or you can choose to see it as no big deal.
This is where techniques like ‘CBT’ come in. These strategies allow us to actively change the way we think about challenges, about ourselves and about our situations – and thereby to achieve incredible things and even completely remove fear!
Finally though, what’s also highly important is that we have positivity and belief in what we’re doing. Positivity is one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal and can help you to take chances, challenge the system and generally make waves.
If you are a pessimist with low self-esteem, is it like that you’ll set up your own business? No. If you’re someone who is afraid to take chances, then how likely is it that you’ll end up quitting your job and going travelling? Not very!
Too many of us are simply beaten down by our circumstances and our upbringing and we believe that the best way to get by is to stay quiet and try not to rock the boat. The reality though is that you need to take chances and risks in order to truly live.
Would you rather fail at doing something amazing, or succeed at doing nothing at all? And in order to take that leap, we need to change our mindset.