How dependent is your success on your attitude, thought patterns, and approach? It seems pretty obvious. However, most people don’t think about it. Long term success cannot happen without a positive approach, proactivity, a good plan and action.
So success ultimately comes down to you being able to see where you want to go and being willing to step up and take the necessary steps to make it happen. Lasting success is a combination of positive attitude and proactivity. You have to have some skills obviously. But it’s really more about what’s going on inside you than what’s going on around you.
the mental edge
The other day while working out, I was watching ESPN. They were doing an interview with Kobe Bryant. Whether you like the Lakers or not is irrelevant. He is considered the best basketball player today. There are some who would argue at that point, but let’s just say it’s pretty good.
When asked about his success, Kobe said, “Well, I practice a lot. I spend a lot of time training every day.” He said: “I take more shots than most people. I work and practice more passes with my teammates. I really work on this game from many angles, every day. I don’t just work on my physical game, I work mentally on my attitude. and mind game every day. I enjoy it though. It’s fun, but it’s work, and I take the time to do it.”
He went on to say, “The reason I work so hard is because I don’t want to let myself down. I never want to say that I didn’t give it my all. I also know that my teammates depend on me. They expect me to be able to make that crucial shot, or make that perfect pass that can set up someone else.
Kobe said, “I’ve missed a lot of shots. That’s not the point. I also take a lot of shots in the clutch. At times when it’s absolutely necessary to do it, I can do it. But I do it for myself.” “I do that for them. We’re a team. We work together. We count on each other and doing those things can really make a difference for our team in the way we play.”
Has this entrepreneurial mindset worked? Well, his multiple championships have a lot to say about that. But the willingness to go out there, be proactive, take care of yourself, help the people who depend on you, also step up your game to meet the level is absolutely crucial. This attitude is an attitude of success. Use a successful pattern of self-talk. And both the positive attitude and the internal dialogue continue nonstop, moment by moment, day by day.
Focus on the positive and separate yourself from the negative
Continued success is not an accident. It’s not the end of the world to miss a shot. What is the end of the world is giving up when you miss the shot. Keep shooting. You keep practicing, you try again.
That positive focus, that positive thought pattern, that positive self-talk gives your mind more power. Your neurology works better and helps you transform annoying negative thought patterns and negative habits so you can move on to a better and better life. You can have the life you want.
Just like Kobe, keep practicing, keep going, don’t give up. Just because there are only a few seconds left and you’re down a few points, don’t give up. You don’t have to make every shot, but if you keep shooting, you’ll make a percentage.
So keep shooting, keep going. In every moment, you can make your relationships, your finances, the kind of life you have, your health, better and better. It’s a choice of focus, and you can do this. Day by day, keep going, keep going, don’t give up. Make today a great day!