What’s the number one factor that determines whether someone succeeds at achieving a goal? Do you know?
Is it genetics? Luck?
What about skills or natural talent?
Hard work has to be in there somewhere, right?
How about networking and getting the right degree?
All of these factors are important, some more so than others, but none hold the number one spot.
So, what’s number one?
Mindset! That’s it! Research has shown that mindset is a better predictor of future success than every other factor you can consider, including hard work and natural talent.
This is the case with every endeavor. Whether it’s graduating from high school, getting a promotion at work, buying a home, starting a business, or making it into a professional sports league, mindset is the most important determinant of success.
Do you remember the saying: If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right?
Obviously, your mindset has to line up with your skills. Not everyone can be a pro-football player or a rocket scientist. There are natural skills involved.
Yet there are many who have the natural skills but who haven’t developed the mindset to believe in themselves.
Why is mindset so important? What makes it so important that it overrides many other factors which can influence success?
Mindset is what drives you, what motivates you, and what makes you get up to try again when you fail.
No one succeeds on the first try. No one, no matter how talented, gets where they want to be without some failures or setbacks. Those who don’t have the right mindset -who have a fixed mindset or a negative mindset -will give up well before they reach their goal.
They’ll conclude that whatever it was isn’t for them and move on to something else.
People who have a growth mindset will get up and try again. They’ll find another way to get where they want to go. They’ll work harder and smarter, get coaching, ask for help, and do whatever else they can to reach their goals. They see failure as an obstacle and a challenge, not a final verdict on whether or not they can get where they want to be.
Mindset gives you grit, determination, and stamina. It can keep you going when everything seems lost and hopeless. This is why mindset is the number one predictor of success. If you want to up your odds of achieving your goals, you must cultivate a growth mindset