By Meiko Patton via flipboard.com Article
How Very Successful People Think Differently
“Would you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?
- I wish I had fewer problems in life.
- I wish I didn’t have to struggle so much in life.
- I wish I had the opportunities that other people have.
If you agreed to any one of the above statements, then you are not thinking like an incredibly successful person. Success leaves clues. What clues can we glean from incredibly successful people? Let’s break down each of the above statements.
1. I WISH I HAD FEWER PROBLEMS IN LIFE.
… The only way you grow in life is when you face your problems head on. Stop wishing for fewer problems. Whatever you focus on grows, so instead of focusing on your problems, focus on the solutions. A great way to do that is by becoming more skillful. Get useful advice from a mentor. Attend that seminar. Make the needed changes.
… Incredibly successful thinkers are a lot like Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born into poverty and struggled to overcome every setback in his life. His mother died while he was young. He accumulated debt and struggled to pay it back. Lincoln ran for office and lost more than once. A fiancée died, prompting a nervous breakdown. Still Lincoln did not give up. … If Lincoln had not encountered all those setbacks, would he have known how strong he really was? …
2. I WISH I DIDN’T HAVE TO STRUGGLE SO MUCH IN LIFE.
… New York Times best-selling author Brendon Burchard says incredibly successful people make it their job to go learn what they don’t know. “They take their current limitation and put it on their agenda as a job to do, as a thing to figure out, as something to make happen.” …
3. I WISH I HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE.
There are only two ways in which change happens in your life. Either you create something new in your life or something new will come to you without you having to work at it all. Which one do you have control over?
Incredibly successful people don’t wait for circumstances to come looking for them. They go out and find it, no matter how long it takes. Opportunities in life are created by incredibly successful thinkers — people like inventor Thomas Edison.
Where would any of us be without the lightbulb? Suffice it to say, all us are immeasurably grateful that Edison did not give up after the struggle. It has been estimated that he failed more than 1,000 times before he created the lightbulb. Now, what if he just stopped trying, or what if he just kept wishing that he had the opportunities that the wealthy have?
Each so-called failure got him one step closer to the real thing. As Jim Rohn said, ‘Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.'”