I have not been able to focus on writing since my Dad passed away two weeks ago. My dear friend Sylviane Nuccio has very kindly written this guest post for me. I am honored to have Sylviane do this as she is very busy running her three blogs and working as a Life Coach and Freelance Writer.
So take it away Sylviane ……
What Are The 3 Signs Of Success And 3 Signs Of Failure ?
Thomas Edison failed some 8,000 times before he was able to come up with the electric light bulb. Imagine if he had given up after just only a handful tries? However, what’s even more interesting is that he didn’t call these 8,000 tries “failures”, but 8,000 proofs that showed him that it didn’t work.
How many times do you try before you declare yourself a failure? Do you have the same mindset as Edison did? If not, then you need to look at yourself and reevaluate where you stand when it comes to success and failure.
In this post we are going to analyze what are the 3 signs of success and what the signs of failure. As a sneak peak, let me tell you that they are closely related. So, let see what they are.
#1 Sign of Success – Persistence
Looking at Thomas Edison’s example above, persistence had a lot to do with his success, didn’t it? Imagine if Edison had not been persistent with his many tries and failures? We might still be lighting up with candles. Well, someone else might have eventually come up with a similar invention you might say. Yes, probably, but this wouldn’t have made Thomas Edison successful, would it? His persistence is what made him successful, and we today are taking advantage of his success.
Success often shows up at the end of a long tunnel of persistence.
# 1 Sign of Failure – Lack of Persistence
Lack of persistence is one of the most important signs of failure. There is very little chance that you’ll be able to succeed if you are lacking this vital quality called persistence.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that successful people had it made and that everything came easy to them. Most successful people had to show a great deal of persistence at one point or another, and it’s only because of such persistence that they’ve succeeded.
How Can you Improve your Persistence Level?
- Tell yourself that you won’t give up until you succeed (make a pact with yourself)
- Don’t see a step back as a failure but as a way to learn from like Edison did
- Surround yourself with successful people and ask them what they did to get where they are
- Write down each of your goals step by step
- Visualize your accomplished goals
- Keep record of each small successes as you go along
#2 Sign of Success – Positive Mindset
Successful people have a positive mindset, no matter what happens to them. Sue has recently written an article about mindset that you could go read if you need to understand what mindset is.
Your mindset is pretty much what’s been embedded in your subconscious mind as you were growing up. That’s why it’s not easy to go against your mindset, and that’s why you might not understand the way someone reacts to certain things or circumstances that may be happening to them.
For example, you may see someone reacting differently to bad news about their health or the death of someone they love than you would. You might even judge that person depending on how different they are from you. What you need to understand is that how they react is strongly based on their mindset. Different mindset provokes different reactions and emotions.
A positive mindset is vital if you want to be successful in life. If you feel that you don’t have a positive mindset you should take actions to change that.
How can you Change your Mindset?
- Read personal development material
- Read about stories from people who have managed to beat great odds
- Practice positive thinking
- Avoid people who have a negative mindset
#2 Sign of Failure – Negative Mindset
A negative mindset will lead you to failure almost automatically by default, just like a computer that’s got a virus will make that computer not work right. It is essential that you make sure that you cultivate a positive mindset. A positive mindset will help you to be more willing, more persistent , more patient, more able, happier, healthier, wealthier and overall more successful.
#3 Sign of Success – Building Relationships
What type of people are you surrounding yourself with? I’m sure you’ve heard before that statistics show that you make about the same salary as the 5 people closest to you. Maybe that’s why most rich people don’t marry poor people, and vice versa. They tend to stay within their income bracket when it comes to fall in love and marry, don’t they?
It goes without saying that such people are also looking for partners who have the same mindset as theirs, and they know that wealthy people usually don’t have the same mindset as poor people do. That’s just the way it is.
Rich and wealthy people understand that money is part of their life. They respect money and attract it. Poor people tend to say things such as “the love of money is bad”, “money is evil”, and so forth and so on.
Yet, as Zig Zigglar once said, “money is pretty much like oxygen, you’ve got to have it”. Can you deny that?
Poor people tend to gather and talk about lack, while rich people tend to gather and talk about their successes. That’s why you need to surround yourself with successful people. Analyze your relationships and see who you are hanging out with.
How Can you Build Relationships with Successful People?
- Go online and look for successful people through social media and blogs
- Look for master mind groups of success minded people
- Start you own success minded mastermind group
- Avoid building relationships with people who are not where you want to be
# 3 Sign of Failure – Bad Relationships
When I’m talking about bad relationships I’m not talking about romance here, I’m talking about the people that surround you on a daily basis and the type of influence they have on you.
For example, for 10 years of my life I was influenced by people who looked at rich people and money in a negative way and they discouraged me to seek a successful career. This, of course has affected me in more ways than one, and more than I would have ever imagined. At the end of those 10 years I was a total failure financially, and emotionally. I’m still recuperating from that.
That’s why it’s extremely importance to surround yourself with positive people that will be encouraging you all the way, and have a positive mindset.
There you have it; the 3 signs of success and the 3 signs of failure; persistence and lack thereof, Positive mindset and lack thereof, and up building relationships or lack thereof. Those can make a huge difference in your life.
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