Realize That Motivation and Willpower Are Not Enough

Most people incorrectly believe that motivation and willpower are all they need to achieve goals. That is because it is common advice given by friends, family, motivation gurus, and life coaches.

Motivation is hard to maintain no matter how important your goal may be, and that’s when willpower is supposed to kick in. Willpower is like a gas tank. You start with a full tank, but deplete your supply each time you use it.

High achievers understand this reality: achievement is not about grinding your way to success. By accepting this fact, you will stop punishing yourself for stumbling or failing to stick to your plan. This emotionally frees you to optimistically try again tomorrow.

Start Small So You Can Finish Big

This may sound counter-intuitive, but one of the best ways to change your mindset and realize your dreams is through setting ridiculously tiny, utterly achievable goals.

Decide that your tiny goal is the minimum and that you can do more if you feel up to it. Some days, you will do more and feel great because you are overachieving. Other days, you may do the minimum and feel great because you have met your goal. Either way, you feel great!

Massive change requires small steps, repeated daily, which create momentum and yield positive high-performance results over time.

Nine Points to Changing Your Mindset

According to an article published in 2018 by the Chicago Tribune (, the top 8% of achievers apply this approach. Sadly, most people never try this strategy because they think it is pointless to start so small.

Wrong! Over time, consistently hitting your small goals will form new mindset habits. The result is real progress toward revamping your thinking so you can live your biggest dreams.

Get Comfortable with the “F” Word

The previous steps will help you move forward with confidence toward achieving your goals and dreams. However, it is critical to understand that it is hard work.

That’s why high-performance achievers are comfortable with the “F” word: FAILURE.

When most people hit a wall, they make excuses and give up. High-performance achievers realize that the only thing that keeps them from winning is not trying.

What separates them from underachievers is they mentally prepare for failure. They know it is coming, and it does not scare them or make them give up. When failure happens, they seek feedback and adjust to get back in the game.

Give yourself permission to fail. It takes the pressure off getting a perfect result. Learn from missteps and make adjustments that will keep you moving forward. That is progress!

Changing your mindset does not happen by accident, it happens by choice. These seven steps will help get you on the right track and stay there. Enjoy a better future by employing the power of your positive, success-oriented, high-performance mindset!