One Important Way Successful People Think Differently

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the ways that successful people think differently from the rest of us.

There really is such a thing as success thinking, and it goes way beyond positive affirmations and catchy slogans. Success is a mindset and it is rare. (I suppose if everyone thought that way, everyone would be successful). The only real difference between people who succeed in life and people who struggle is their mindset. But the truth is, success thinking is not easy or comfortable. Sure, you can be a jerk and make a whole bunch of money, but it won’t last and it won’t be satisfying. Success doesn’t just happen, no matter how you define success for yourself. Success is more than making money and living richly (and your definition may not even include money). the problem is that most people aren’t willing to do what it takes to get to the life of their dreams.

Let me share an example of what I’m talking about.

Continuing Education Is A Mindset

As part of my licensure as a chiropractor, I have to undergo a certain amount of continuing education every year. It keeps me sharp, keeps me aware of changes in our understanding of the wonder that is the human body, so I don’t mind doing it. Most of my colleagues do this, and I think it’s reasonable that we expect it from healthcare providers, tax preparers, teachers, and other professionals who have to manage overwhelming loads of changing information year after year. It provides a level of accountability, too.

I could be an egotistical snot about it and insist that I already know everything I need to know, but I know better than that. To be the best I can be, I have to keep investing in my skills.

Professional development is widely understood as a key to business success, but what do we do to keep our people skills sharp? How do we make sure we’re providing our families with excellent service year after year, as well as our clients/patients?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to submit myself to a level of accountability where people I know and trust can speak into my life, not just as a doctor, but as a person. I realized a while ago that I don’t know everything, and it was a breakthrough that brought enormous freedom to my life. Being a “know-it-all” comes with unbelievable pressure to keep up appearances.

I realized a while ago that I don’t know everything, and it was a breakthrough that brought enormous freedom to my life. Being a know it all comes with unbelievable pressure to keep up appearances.I surround myself with people who are smarter than I am in specific areas and let them show me what to do and correct me when I’m getting off track. Someone told me years ago that if I want something, I need to find someone who has and do what they did to get it. I’ve since found it’s as true for my relationships, finances, hobbies, and parenting as it is in my practice.

Don’t Be The Expert, Learn From Experts

I learned early on to surround myself with people who are smarter than I am in specific areas and let them show me what to do and correct me when I’m getting off track. Someone told me years ago that if I want something, I need to find someone who has and do what they did to get it. I’ve since found it’s as true for my relationships, finances, hobbies, and parenting as it is in my practice.

For example, in all my years of college and graduate school, no one ever said anything about how to run a practice. At least, not anything that made a difference when I got back to Naples to set up shop. I have attorneys and accountants on retainer, but I also have doctors and other business owners I can talk to.

I listen when I hear business owners talk: What do they struggle with? What did they do to overcome those challenges? What lessons did they learn? When did they realize they had a problem? What were the warning signs? Do I see any of those signs in my work?

I want to be a good employer. That’s a whole other set of skills and knowledge. I talk to people to learn how they work with their staffs. Beyond payroll and insurance issues is the interpersonal stuff: finding good people, assigning them the right tasks and responsibilities, keeping them challenged but not overwhelmed, helping them work together, bringing out the best in them. There are so many considerations. I am grateful that I have the best people in the history of chiropractic on my staff because they make it so much easier. Some of my friends are too busy putting out fires in their office to get much done, so I recognize that I am very fortunate. It wasn’t always this easy and I had to learn some important lessons from some smart people.

I want to be a good dad. I have the benefit of having had amazing parents, but I don’t assume that I know what to do with my kids. I have made my share of mistakes (and probably your share, too), but I always know who I can talk to when I need to work through a challenge.

The Mindset of Success

I guess the short takeaway from this post is “stay teachable.” No one ever really knows it all. Even if you have mastered one specific area of living, you haven’t mastered all of life. We all have strengths, but the smartest people honestly identify their weaknesses and shore them up. Find some people who know what they are doing in the other areas and listen to them. Humble yourself enough to let them correct you when you’re wrong. Wow, is that ever hard! But you have to do it if you want to be successful. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything.

The key is to be willing to listen and learn, not to assume you know it all already.I have to remind myself often about this. We all do. Of course, you probably know someone who needs to be reminded about this message right now. It would be tempting to post it directly to their wall with their name a bunch of exclamation points. Resist that temptation. It’s probably better to just share it on your wall and let them get the hint, right? Good idea. We’re all learning.

I have to remind myself often about this. We all do. Of course, you probably know someone who needs to be reminded about this message right now. It would be tempting to post it directly to their wall with their name a bunch of exclamation points. Resist that temptation. It’s probably better to just share it on your wall and let them get the hint, right? Good idea. We’re all learning.Have a terrific weekend. If you haven’t joined our Fundamental Facebook Family, there’s no time like the present. Stay up to date on our latest “Move Right Monday,” “Wellness Wednesday,” and “Think Right Thursday,” posts, plus upcoming events like our Fundamental Foods dinners at our office in Naples.

Have a terrific weekend. If you haven’t joined our Fundamental Facebook Family, there’s no time like the present. Stay up to date on our latest “Move Right Monday,” “Wellness Wednesday,” and “Think Right Thursday,” posts, plus upcoming events like our Fundamental Foods dinners at our office in Naples.

At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.”  — Eric Thomas

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