In my years of studies on success, I’ve discovered that success really only boils down to a few key things.
Master these things, (assuming you have an excellent business vehicle, such as eBay, affiliate marketing or internet marketing) and you will become successful.
I will list four of the key components to success here, but today, I want to focus on the two main ingredients in this article.
Core components to success:
- Your attitude, or mindset
- Your actions, or daily activities you do to get you to success
- Your vision, such as your ability to visualize and believe in your outcomes
- Your ability to leverage your actions and scale up to your vision
I listed Attitude and Actions at the top because without these two components, you won’t even get off the ground.
Today, I want to discuss the critical ingredient, your attitude or mindset.
I once had a mentor who lived by the credo: “Attitude is everything” and I completely agree.
When your attitude is right, you cannot help but do great things in your life.
A lot is said about attitude, but no one really takes the time to break it down to its essential elements.
I want to do that right here.
Developing a positive, winning attitude is something that you must cultivate over time – it doesn’t come naturally and there is very little support for it in the “real world”.
- Your co-workers are generally not positive and excited, are they?
- Your spouse or significant other is often not positive and excited about your involvement in an eBay business.
- Your general peer group is usually not that excited and positive about their prospects in life.
You may have heard the phrase: “If it is to be, it is up to me”
Well, if you want to improve your attitude and your mindset, (and therefore improve your life dramatically) then that is what this is going to take – a personal effort on your part and an attitude of never quitting.
First of all, I want to define attitude and mindset so that we are on the same page when we discuss these terms:
Attitude – The way I define attitude is: “An unbeatable, daring spirit of winning that never quits until the goal is achieved”
There are several words there that I want to focus on…
When you are unbeatable, you have the attitude that says: “Bring it on – I can take whatever you’re bringing!”
This unbeatable (a more poetic word would be indomitable, which is similar to invincible) spirit allows you to keep on keeping on, even when things seem impossible. I believe you MUST have this spirit in order to succeed in anything. (But, what if you don’t have this spirit? Read on!)
The next word I used to describe attitude was “daring”.
I believe that to accomplish anything great in life, you must have a bit of a “daredevil” spirit.
If you study successful entrepreneurs, you find that many of them are actively involved in action sports or are just seriously into “living life” and not just sitting around on a couch.
There has to be a little bit of that daring spirit in someone who wants to make it big.
The next descriptor I used was a “spirit of winning that never quits”.
When you have the spirit of winning and you never quit, you have the edge over most other people.
Most people want what’s easy and winning is usually not easy.
Winning comes after hard practice, preparation and work and those are things most people are not willing to do – therefore, most people do not end up winning!
And one thing people will do easily is quit.
They’ll quit their marriage if things get uncomfortable, they’ll quit on their dreams if things get difficult, they’ll quit on themselves, too! (though they would never really call it that)
I believe that if you want to win in your eBay business, you need to have these things in place.
How To Get The Winning Attitude – The Winning Edge
You know, the sad thing is, we are not typically brought up to learn even the basics of acquiring a winning attitude.
You are not taught how to have a great, winning attitude in school, for the most part. (some sports coaches often do a great job at this, but many people do not decide to apply these lessons to life after school)
Many parents do not know how to impart this winning attitude. (or know that it is a vital part of a child’s success habits that will benefit them later in life.
And colleges and universities do not really get into this topic, either!
So, how do you acquire this winning, indomitable spirit?
Here’s what I recommend – make this your goal:
I believe that acquiring a positive, winning attitude will result from constantly feeding your mind positive inputs.
Below is a list of positive inputs you can use to “pump up” your attitude over the long term:
- Positive CDs, Videos and audio books
- Positive, inspirational movies
- Positive peer groups and friends (don’t have any? Make some by attending seminars)
- Positive seminars, workshops and bootcamps
- Learning from successful people – reading their books gives you an insight into their mindset
- Careful control of other inputs – avoiding negative inputs like destructive or violent video games, movies, TV shows, broadcast news, newspapers and other media that tend to focus on the negative in the world
- Carefully limiting the amount of attention you give to the negative or smaller-thinking people in your life.
Here’s what I believe and what has worked for me:
If you do not have a local mentor who can help you be as big as you want to be; then do it yourself, by immersing yourself in positive inputs.
By doing this, you will begin to think bigger, you will expand your mind and you will also open up all kinds of channels of new thinking.
As you get further into this adventure, you will begin to meet people that are like-minded and that also want to win. Align yourself with good people and begin to build your own network of positive friends and your own mastermind group.
By doing this, you can definitely build your attitude and your mindset and, most importantly, you will become a winner in business and in life.
2. Activity And Actions
Right now, as you sit and read this article, your success (or lack of) is a direct result of the actions you’ve taken up to this point.
When you look back on this year, the success you experienced this year will be directly related to the actions you decided to take.
Did you take “success actions: or “failure actions”?
Another way to look at it is that you will be the sum total of the decisions you made and the habits you developed throughout the year.
These decisions or actions are what will determine your success this year.
So, if you can take some time to sit down – right now – and write down some goals and outcomes that you’d like to see, put some timeframes to them and lay out an action plan, you will be far ahead of the average person in terms of your chances for success in your business!
It’s all about taking action.
When I think about the success I’ve had, I realize that it is because I have a bias toward action that I’ve achieved anything in life.
Remember the old saying about there being three types of people in life:
1. Those who watch things happen
2. Those who make things happen and
3. Those who wonder: “What happened?”
Well, action alone is no good unless you have a clear direction and a vision for what you want to accomplish.
So, aligning your actions with a solid game plan and the proper attitude about your business, you will begin to see some incredible results!