The world we live is the world we choose to live in, whether consciously or unconsciously. If we choose bliss, that’s what we get. If we choose misery, we get that, too. Belief is the foundation of excellence. Our beliefs are specific, consistent organizational approaches to perception. They are the fundamental choices we make about how to perceive our lives and thus how to live them. They are how to turn off our brain. So the first step toward excellence is to find the beliefs that guide us toward the outcomes we want.
The path to success consists of knowing your outcome, taking action, knowing what results you’re getting, and having the flexibility to change until you’re successful. The same is true of beliefs. You have to find the beliefs that support your outcome – the beliefs that get you where you want to go. If your beliefs don’t do that, you have to throw them out and try something new.
People are sometimes put off when talked about the ‘lies’ of success. Who wants to live by lies? But all we mean is that we don’t know how the world really is. We don’t know if the line is concave or convex. We don’t know if our beliefs are true or false. What we can know, though, is if they work – if they support us, if they make our lives richer, if they make us better people, if they help us and help others.
The word ‘lies’ is used in this article as a consistent reminder that we do not know for certain exactly how things are. Once we know the line is concave for example, we are no longer free to see it as convex. The word ‘lie’ does not mean ‘to be deceitful or dishonest’ but, rather is a useful way to remind us that no matter how much we believe in a concept, we should be open to other possibilities and continuous learning. It is recommended you look at these seven beliefs and decide whether they’re useful for you. They were found time and again in successful people. To model excellence, we have to start with the belief systems of excellence. These seven beliefs have empowered people to use more, do more, take greater action, and produce greater results. They are not the only useful beliefs of success. They are a start. They’ve worked for others, and they can also work for you.
Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves us:
Remember the story of W Mitchell? What was the central belief that helped him overcome adversity? He decided to take what happened to him and make it work for him in whatever way he could. In the same way, all successful people have the uncanny ability to focus on what is possible in a situation, what positive results could come from it. No matter how much negative feedback they get from their environment, they think in terms of possibilities. They think that everything happens for a reason, and it serves them. They believe that every adversity contains the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
People who produce outstanding results think, this way. Think about it in your own life. There are an infinite number of ways to react to any situation. Let’s say your business fails to get a contract you had counted on, one that you were certain you deserved. Some of us would be hurt and frustrated. We might sit home and mope or go out and get drunk. Some of us would be mad. We might blame the company that awarded the contract, figuring they were a bunch of ignorant individuals. Or we might blame our own people for ruining a sure thing.
All of that might allow us to let off some steam, but it doesn’t help us. It doesn’t bring us any closer to our desired outcome. It takes a lot of discipline to be able to retrace your steps, learn painful lessons, mend fences, and take a good look at new possibilities. But that’s the only way to get a positive outcome from what seems like a negative result.