In the dynamic landscape of the business world, rigid thinking can be a significant hindrance to success. Embracing a success mindset involves flexibility, positivity, gratitude, and self-acceptance. In this article, we explore the transformative power of these principles and how they can propel you towards your business goals.
What else can be more restraining to success than rigid thinking? It stifles progress. Rigid thinking is an impasse that amounts to rigid behaviors and rigid behaviors lead to blind alleys. It is a problem to become very rigid in your thinking. It causes creative cul-de-sacs and blind ends. Although it is comfortable to follow a routine, becoming too routine can reduce your chances of successfully reaching your business goals.
You may wonder why, but the answer is simple: the world at large and the business world are evolving. And things around us are constantly changing. Isn’t that so? By definition, rigid thinking and rigid behavior are resistance to change. Therefore, rigidity is outmoded and obsolete in business circles. Rigidity in thought and action is unfashionable in the business world. You will see for yourself that everybody is moving forward while you are the one left in the dust. As an answer to this problem, the best you can do for yourself is to become flexible.
You may have noticed that information is power in today’s world, just like money and control. The rate at which information flies is unprecedented. There is a fast and free flow of information in the ever-changing business world. What used to be a successful formula or a popular product in one cycle can, in a twinkle of an eye, become old news in another. Everything changes quickly nowadays. The best way to use it to your advantage and successfully stay on top of this wild or untamed horse of information that is characteristically difficult to understand how it transforms is to roll with the changes by becoming flexible.
It is very easy to achieve flexibility as long as you are not restricted to any single idea. Or closely connected to a product, a service, or its rendering. You can spot and adapt to new trends in business even before your competitors act by adapting to market-changing conditions through farsightedness or sagaciously using the flow of information. Flexibility makes you mentally smart. The way to go is to avoid fear, eliminate every form of fear that you have for change, embrace change with sound judgment, and be open to learning new things. It is opined that change is a reality in the business world, and for this reason, you are to embrace change as a reality if you must succeed there.
You must have heard about the supposed power of positive thinking. It is a power that is inherent in man and it has the ability to turn situations around if engaged. Funnily enough, most people still do not believe in this power. They are very skeptical about positivism and its established benefits. While there is finesse in positivism, a weak or unwell skepticism connotes negative thinking.
Having or expressing doubt over positive thinking and its abilities in your entrepreneurial journey to the extent of not trying it at all means you have negated the chances of taking your business to the next level because positive thinking works. Having said that, by engaging in positive thinking, you will enjoy the ride that life provides.
This is the quality of being contingent and seeing possibilities. It’s about being flexible and having creative abilities. It’s about something happening by chance—developing and having a lot of power for the things you love. You see yourself having passion and staying strong in the face of adversity. It’s about enthusiasm, or enjoyment, and vivaciousness, and doing things with flamboyance. It’s a proposition that is the diametric opposite of rigid skepticism.
It juxtaposes preconceived negativity and brings to light the benefits of positivism and its powers that every one of us has, to the extent that if we do away with the chains of tradition, norms, and routine ways of doing business that have held us up for so long a time, we would have success. There is power in positive thinking. It’s real and it has been attested to by many that it works. So key into it and you will have good success.
You will do a critical assessment of your own personal style and a prognosis of what you want to achieve before starting to engage the power of positive thinking. You will begin by honestly examining yourself and how you operate every day. Ask yourself whether there are instances when negativity, in any of its forms, manifests in your business and overvalues positivity. If yes, then there is room for an instant change. You will begin to change this by engaging in positive thinking. Look at barriers like choice and possibility, then freedom, and then again, optimism and openness.
Now, in any of these areas, have you increased your own options? Start changing your concepts by asking yourself, “Why is it that I cannot do this?” instead of saying, “I cannot do this.” Remove “I cannot” from your lexicon and start saying “I can do this,” “I can do that,” and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).” Your freedom to choose success will become evident by the time you’re able to change your personal management style to one that circumscribes positivity on a daily basis.
Be aware that the attainment of success is a privilege; it’s a gift, a reward for hard work, and not a right. There is a problem with expecting to succeed; when it doesn’t happen, the preoccupation with that expectation plus the exclusion of everything else will gradually corrupt everything that you’ve achieved with your business over the years.
You earn true success. True success should be celebrated with a sense of gratitude. Gratitude here shouldn’t be self-serving; it is not about relishing your accomplishment but rather you should be magnanimous enough to remember those who assisted you in one way or another to get to where you are.
You should recognize every person for the various roles they play. And it’s not a time to take sides over what one person did in the past that maddened you. Be grateful enough in the moment of success for every person involved in your voyage of success. Refusing to do this or remonstrate grounded gratitude will diminish your success; it becomes fleeting and, in much likelihood, a lessened achievement.
Perhaps you’re asking if you will repay those who helped you achieve your goals. You can begin by acknowledging those people and sharing the benefits of your success with them. Being big-hearted and generous to the individuals who assisted you in attaining your new levels is a great place to start.
Don’t be selfish and don’t abdicate anyone. Although you have your own needs and those of your family to look after, nevertheless, pay it forward by mentoring and tutoring others who are on their journey to achieving success, especially those you left behind.
Find a way to work together with somebody for the furtherance of their efforts. Think of ways that you can contribute to their projects. This contribution mustn’t involve money. Your advice and your wisdom from experience will outweigh the money. These two, if combined, are more effective than money.
This appreciation can extend even further. There are people in your circle who are currently helping you daily that you wouldn’t see as mentors. The chief among them are your customers. Your customers can make or mar your success. Without your customers, it is imperative to know that you may not be successful.
Take the time to make them feel good by telling them how important they are. Use these moments to treat them as kings and queens. You remember how powerful positive words can be, right? Now pay it forward by making them understand that, without them, it wouldn’t have been possible for you to become what you’ve accomplished. In doing so, make sure that your words are efficacious.
How about your vendors? They are equally important, right? Yes, they are, because without them making available the right materials that you paid for, accomplishing this great feat wouldn’t have been easy either. So, a truly grounded and grateful attitude towards them will recognize every one of them for the role they played in your business. Think outside the box and it will become clear to you that success is not a one-person effort, but rather, it’s teamwork.
To be successful and reach your goals, you must accept who you are. You have to appreciate yourself and what you do before anyone else will. The world knows how you feel about yourself and merely shares the opinion you have concerning you. Stay calm and be relaxed in the process. You are unique in your own way. No other person can be like you. Your skill set and DNA, your principles and interests, and your opinions and values show who you are. It’s unnecessary to hide a part of you or alter a part of you for the sake of conformity.
Success is about freedom and all the people who have attained true success can attest to that. You don’t need to be somebody else before you succeed. The people who succeeded in times past and those who are still succeeding today are individuals who have accepted the way they are and glorified their mortal bodies without trying to alter anything. They are proud of the way they are, believing they are the best version of themselves. You should do likewise.
For the umpteenth time, be aware that being yourself doesn’t make you mediocre in any way at all. As some people will say, “He behaves this way because he likes to glory in mediocrity.” That’s not true about you. Choose to act in a manner that conforms to your person, not minding what anybody will say. Be your true self, fearing nothing. Do not allow anybody to paint the wrong picture of you. Be proud of yourself, hold your head high, and become the very best version of yourself possible. Be free, and just be yourself. Work at being you and nobody else.
Invest in knowledge by putting the time into self-improvement. Do not allow anybody to cow you into believing that acceptance is an excuse for laziness. Make them aware that you’re in tune with what you’re doing. This has nothing to do with cowardice, fear, or whatnot. Remember that life is a gift. It is a privilege. For this same reason, you have to be yourself—the best self you can be.
Use the gift that life throws at you and take advantage of its privileges. Use it judiciously and do not squander the chance, but allow your unique light to shine so that whoever sees it will be thankful on your behalf. This is the same light that illuminates the path to true success in life. This is the light that makes it possible for you to enjoy real success by attracting other people to you.
“Let your light so shine that men may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) This verse reminds us that by embracing our unique talents and sharing them with the world, we not only benefit ourselves but also inspire others to do the same. So, let your light shine brightly, for it has the power to ignite a chain reaction of positivity and transformation in the lives of those around you.
So you now see that success is a multifaceted accomplishment that involves many nuances and, often, many different people. However, as you’ve learned, the concepts for succeeding in business can be mastered and applied to our everyday lives. Understanding the basics of a successful business mindset is easy; appreciating the nuances takes years. But these are learnable principles that can easily be put into use by serious-minded individuals who are committed to reaching the next level of achievement in their lives. You need to be dedicated enough to enjoy all-around success.
You will begin by changing things in your program of events. Look for those things that might need adjustment and make amendments where necessary. Organize your diary and get one for yourself already if you don’t have any. A diary is a temporary, organized plan for matters to be attended to. Successful business individuals will always have their agendas scripted in a fine diary. Remember that you can also use the Bible as a reference tool to help you make the necessary corrections in areas where you’re experiencing difficulties.
You can begin by highlighting and reviewing those sections that can be of help to you. Also, bookmark the pages of the Bible that speak to you directly for easy referencing anytime. It will be of help to you when the need arises. In a nutshell, we said life is about success. What it then means is that you have your entire life to continuously refine things for the better. Success in its entirety is a process; it’s a continuum and, as well, a journey. Be patient and continue mastering these easy-to-do business skills. To your success, here’s wishing you a smooth ride.