The Key to Success

The Key to Success

  I was talking to a group and this question was asked: “With all the people you have coached, what’s the one thing that is the key to success?” I smiled. I love this question. Because the answer is so simple – but it’s not easy. It’s MINDSET. I know, I know. It is a word that is thrown around so often we have almost trained ourselves to become numb to it. Ignoring it like it’s the big pimple in the middle of the speaker’s forehead. You don’t want to recognize it but it’s hard not to. So, you change the subject, thinking there’s nothing you can really do about it. You tell yourself it doesn’t apply to you. It’s too “woo-woo”, and you stay far away from anything that resembles a crystal or smells like patchouli. The truth is, mindset is actually very scientific. Joe Dispenze, DC says the following in his book, Evolve Your Brain: The Sicence of Changing Your Mind “Whether we like it or not, once a thought happens in the brain, the rest is history. All of the bodily reactions that occur from both our intentional or unintentional thinking unfold behind the scenes of our awareness. When you come right down to it, it is startling to realize how influential and extensive the effects of one or two conscious or unconscious thoughts can be.” When you think about something stressful, your body immediately begins to release cortisol. When you are nervous, your stomach may get queasy. When you are excited, you may get butterflies in your belly. And when you are sad, you may feel a lump in your throat. These are just a few examples of how our body responds to our thoughts and feelings. So, if our thoughts can cause our body to react, why do we think that mindset has nothing to do with success? If we tell ourselves we aren’t good at making sales calls, how do you think our body will respond when we need to make a sales call? Yes, sometimes you have to push past the fear in order to make things happen. However, how much more effective (and pleasant) would it be if we just believed we were good at it? Instead of dreading making sales calls, we could train ourselves to look forward to it. WHAT???? I know this is true, first-hand. When I was about 4 or 5-years old, I was scared to ride a bike without training wheels. I was a shy, very timid child who was scared of pretty much everything. My grandmother had a neighbor whose daughter was about my same age. One day I was visiting my grandma and the...

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