3 Mindsets To Fast-Track Your Success
When it comes to success, the consensus appears to be that we have to work hard, exercise patience, and pay our dues before we can be worthy of it. When asked, most will attribute their success to such tenets, but this is not the full story. Sage as these words are and solid as this path may be, there are stories, examples of success that seem to run counter to this line of thought. Folks who find a way to reach success with much less blood, sweat, and tears – and time: the fast-track corporate employee rising through ranks quicker than their peers, the business owner that find success overnight, it seems. How do we explain the circumstances of their success without dismissing them as simple luck, one-off anomalies?
We do so by understanding a simple truth: there’s always a better way. In all things, there’s always a better way. Whether that relates to quality or efficiency or something else, it’s a simple truth that packs a big punch. In this case, that understanding gives us the context we need to understand that any system or plan can be hacked, even success. The idea that there are no shortcuts to success is simply not true. And also not true – the idea that shortcuts are synonymous with the easier path, which some might make the mistake to assume.
Below are three mindset hacks that can fast-track your success if you’re willing to step even further outside your comfort zone, face your fears and, perhaps, think about things just a bit differently.
Boldness is a willingness to act despite the perceived risk; to take action in the face of potential danger. Not always but often, the risks we shy away from are social in nature: we don’t want to rock the boat, or look silly in front of others, for example. The risk of failure in these scenarios can be enough for us to decide to play it safe. If instead, we decided to be bold, to cross the line and rise to the challenge when the potential rewards for doing so were high, we’d give ourselves more opportunities to fast-track our own success, shortening the time it takes us to reach our goals.
In this context, being unreasonable means not being confined by arbitrary constructs and definitions of reasonableness and appropriateness, especially to the detriment of our own end goals and the quickness in which they can be achieved. Instead of submitting to the rules and definitions of others, we could create our own rules and definitions. In this way, we’d likely seem unreasonable to some, but inevitably we’d have the opportunity to create a more direct path to our end goals and faster route to our success.
Act As If:
Who we are is not fixed, it’s a moving target. We’re always in the process of becoming who we are – with time and by our thoughts and actions. The idea of acting as if is the idea of hacking what’s a typically passive process by bringing more direction and a level of awareness to it. In doing so we more accurately and more quickly move through the process of change, allowing us to access the better versions of ourselves sooner.
Having the right mindset is crucial to fast-tracking success. In addition to the right mindset, we can also apply certain strategies to further hack the system and collapse the length of time it takes us to reach our goals. Why work harder or take longer than necessary? Working smarter means leveraging every blood, sweat, and tear, for maximum impact. Smartcuts by Shane Snow, shows us how to do exactly this! In Smartcuts, Shane lays out nine strategies that help us leverage our efforts that when effectively applied, can shorten our road to accomplishment. It’s a great read with useful information that can be put into practice immediately.