Every Day, We Predict Our Future

perspectiveThe successful people I know have one thing in common. They focus their energy differently than those who remain in a rut.

And while this sounds simple, it’s worth taking a look at how the ways they focus their energy predict their future:

  • A successful person—whether in business, relationships or in any aspect of life—sees opportunities where others see roadblocks. When something doesn’t work, she pivots, makes some adjustments, tries again.

    “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.”

    —Henry Ford

  • She bonds with others over solutions, not over problems. When she talks with her friends, she may vent for a bit. But, because she doesn’t want to become deeply entrenched in misery—and perhaps stuck there indefinitely—she quickly shifts into solution mode.
  • She accepts responsibility. She doesn’t point fingers or find excuses. Rather, the solution starts from within herself. She views “rejection as an opportunity to adjust and improve, embracing the chance to learn, grow and try again,” says Bert Jacobs, co-founder of Life is Good, a company that started in the 1980s with $78 in the bank and grew its sales to more than $100 million by 2016.
  • She assumes that she has the ability to create the life she wants, to steer her own ship, rather than simply accept an unfortunate circumstance as fate. She’s more Tigger than Eeyore.