If you really want to develop a winning mindset and achieve true success, start doing these 12 things every day

Are you tired of feeling stuck in the same old routine, day in, day out?

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about achieving big things, but aren’t sure how to make that dream a reality? You’re not alone. We’ve all been there.

But here’s a secret: success isn’t just about luck or talent. It’s about having the right mindset.

What if I told you that with a few simple changes to your daily routine, you could start developing a winning mindset that could catapult you towards the success you’ve always wanted? Intriguing, right?

In this article, we’re going to dive into eight practical things you can start doing every day. This isn’t about overnight miracles, but more about developing consistent habits that could change the game for you.

But with consistency and commitment, these habits can change your life by helping you develop a winning mindset and setting you on the path to true success.

So, here they are and who knows? You might discover something new about yourself.

1. Start your day with gratitude

We often jump out of bed and rush into our day without taking a moment to appreciate what we have. This can lead to feeling stressed and unfulfilled. Successful people know the power of starting their day with a sense of gratitude.

So, before you check your phone or start thinking about your to-do list, take a few moments to reflect on what you’re grateful for. It could be something big like your family or something small like your morning coffee. This simple habit can help you start your day on a positive note and set the tone for the rest of your day. Try it tomorrow morning and see how it changes your outlook!

2. Set clear goals for the day

Ever noticed how easy it is to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the day without really accomplishing anything? That’s where setting clear and achievable goals come in.

Successful people understand the importance of having a roadmap for their day. They set clear goals for what they want to achieve and this helps them stay focused and motivated.

So, before your day begins, take a few minutes to jot down your goals. They don’t have to be big or complicated. Just simple, achievable things you want to get done that day. You’ll be surprised at how much more productive you’ll become!

3. Practice mindfulness

In a world filled with constant distractions, it’s easy to lose sight of the present moment. This is where mindfulness comes in.

Now, you might be wondering, “What exactly is mindfulness?” It’s simply being fully present and engaged in whatever you’re doing at that moment. It’s about noticing and appreciating the here and now.

I’ll share a personal example. I used to be constantly stressed out, always worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. Then I started practicing mindfulness. I began with just a few minutes each day, focusing on my breath, and gradually increased my practice.

The difference it made was astounding. I felt calmer, more focused, and more in tune with myself and my surroundings. It’s one of the best habits I’ve adopted and one that I encourage you to try as well!

4. Make time for exercise

A lot of successful people swear by their morning workout routine. And there’s a good reason for it. Exercise doesn’t just keep your body healthy, it also helps to clear your mind and boost your mood.

Here’s an interesting fact: Exercise has been shown to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that supports brain health. In simple terms, regular exercise can make you smarter!

It doesn’t have to be a strenuous workout either. Even a short walk or a few stretches in the morning can make a significant difference. So, make sure to add some form of physical activity to your daily routine. Your body and brain will thank you for it!

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5. Show kindness to others

Success isn’t just about achieving personal goals. It’s also about how we treat others along the way. Kindness might seem like a small thing, but it can have a big impact on our mindset and overall happiness.

When we show kindness to others, whether it’s a simple smile, a helping hand, or a thoughtful gesture, it doesn’t just make their day better – it makes ours better too.

Remember, we’re all on this journey together. By showing kindness to others, we not only foster positive relationships but also build a supportive community that can propel us towards our goals. So, let’s make an effort to be kinder to those around us. It might just be the key to unlocking our own success.

6. Seek continuous learning

Successful people never stop learning. They understand that to grow and progress, they need to keep expanding their knowledge and skills.

I can’t stress enough how important this has been in my own journey. I’ve always been curious and eager to learn new things. This hunger for knowledge has opened up so many doors for me.

Whether it’s reading a book, taking an online course, or even just listening to a podcast, I make sure to learn something new every day. This habit keeps me motivated, inspired, and ready to tackle whatever comes my way.

So, if you want to develop a winning mindset, never stop learning. Be curious, ask questions, and seek knowledge. It will not only help you grow professionally but also personally.

7. Be honest with yourself

If you want to develop a winning mindset, you’ve got to be brutally honest with yourself. I’m talking about looking yourself in the mirror and acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses.

We’re all guilty of lying to ourselves sometimes. Maybe we’re scared of failure, or we don’t want to step out of our comfort zone. But let me tell you something – growth never happens in comfort zones.

The truth might be hard to swallow, but it’s necessary. Being honest with yourself means recognizing where you’re going wrong and making changes. It means taking responsibility for your actions and not blaming others.

Remember, everyone makes mistakes. What matters is that you learn from them and move forward. So let’s start being honest with ourselves, because only then can we truly start to win.

8. Embrace failure

This is something many of us struggle with: failure. We’re so afraid of it that we often avoid taking risks or trying new things. But here’s an interesting fact: the most successful people in the world have all experienced failure.

Did you know that Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for “lacking creativity” before he went on to create Disney World? Or that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishers before finally getting published and becoming a global phenomenon?

Failure isn’t a sign of incompetence; it’s a sign that you’re pushing your boundaries and trying to grow. So instead of fearing failure, embrace it. Learn from your mistakes and keep going. Remember, the only real failure is not trying at all.

9. Surround yourself with positive influences

I’ve learned over the years that the people you surround yourself with can greatly influence your mindset and your life. People who are positive, motivated, and ambitious can inspire you to become better. On the other hand, negative or passive people can drain your energy and hold you back.

This doesn’t mean you should cut ties with anyone who’s going through a tough time or is less successful than you. But it does mean you should be mindful of the overall influence people have on you.

In my own life, I’ve made a conscious effort to spend more time with people who inspire me and less time with those who bring me down. This has made a huge difference in my mindset and my overall happiness.

So take a look at your circle. Are there people there who inspire and uplift you? If not, it might be time to seek out new connections.

10. Stop comparing yourself to others

Here’s a hard truth: the comparison game is a losing one. It’s so easy to scroll through social media and feel like everyone else is doing better than you. But remember, you’re only seeing their highlight reel, not their behind-the-scenes.

Comparing yourself to others can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. It can stop you from appreciating your own progress and achievements. So do yourself a favor and quit it.

Instead, focus on your own journey. Celebrate your wins, learn from your losses, and keep striving for your own version of success.

11. Take care of your wellbeing

This is something we often overlook but is incredibly important. Your mental health matters just as much as your physical health.

We all have bad days and that’s okay. What’s not okay is ignoring those feelings or pushing them aside. Listen to what your mind and body are telling you. Take time to relax, unwind, and do things that make you happy.

Remember, success isn’t just about achieving goals or making money. It’s also about being happy and content with who you are.

12. Believe in yourself

Finally, but most importantly, believe in yourself. This might sound like a cliché, but it’s true. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?

You are capable of so much more than you think. Yes, there will be obstacles and yes, there will be doubts. But with belief in yourself and determination, there’s nothing you can’t overcome.

So hold your head up high, have faith in your abilities, and step into each day with confidence. 

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Jeanette Brown

I have been in Education as a teacher, career coach and executive manager over many years. I'm also an experienced coach who is passionate about supporting people in finding real meaning and purpose in their lives, building a resilient, grounded inner self and achieving their desired goals.

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