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Creating a Success Mindset 

 May 22, 2022

By  Vicky McGrath

In today’s post, I wanted to delve deeper into how to create a success mindset, to give you more information on how and why mindset works. I learned a lot about creating a success mindset from Dana Wilde.

What creates a success mindset?

If you were to speak with 25 people who were successful and asked them what they did to be so successful, your going to get 25 different responses! Some people might say you have to use LinkedIn, others might say good customer service or follow up and others may say it’s video, YouTube or Facebook lives.

Others may say forget being online, you have to meet your clients in person and that it’s all about relationships.

And, all of these answers are correct, for these people! What these people actually have in common, although they may not be able to articulate it, is a success mindset. They expect success and so they get success.

So, to create success, you must create a success mindset and then no matter what you love to do, you will have success. You may have heard about quotes like “what you think about grows” or “you bring about what you think about” but have you ever asked yourself why these sayings are so common?

Your BFF The Reticular Activating System

The answer is the program running in the part of the subconscious mind known as the reticular activating system. The reticular activating system filters out a lot of the thoughts, ideas, colours, sensations and data that flood the mind each day.

It spends all day sifting through all the different information and stimuli and it looks for thoughts and ideas that match the information. It’s like a little matchmaker in your mind, matching all day, every day. What is it matching? It matching what your thinking or talking about with evidence from the stimuli!

So, whatever you’re thinking about or talking about is getting matched up all day every day with external  data by the reticular activating system. Perhaps you have bought a new car and you suddenly notice how many other people are driving that car? Or you may be pregnant or have just had a baby and suddenly you notice how many pregnant women there are or there are babies every where?

That’s the reticular activating system at work! The reticular activating system can only filter and accept data and reflect back to you what is meaningful to you. What you are thinking about or talking about it matches.

And do you know, approximately 96% of those thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday!

Become Aware

We may have moments throughout the day where we’re aware that we’re having a negative feeling, or we’re having a bad feeling but most of the time we are just repeating the same thoughts every single day.

 Now that we know this, we have to decide, “Do I want to keep matching it up?” If it’s something that you don’t want to keep matching up, then you must find a way to install new programming. You must find a new way to talk about the current situation in a way that feels good.

Successful people think and talk differently. They do it naturally. It becomes automatic for them. They get to the top and they do it naturally. They don’t even know they’re doing it, and that’s why mindset is so vital to success. Stay tuned for my next post on how you can create your own success mindset!

Vicky McGrath


Vicky is a professional speaker with over thirty years of speaking experience across North America. Vicky will lead your team, virtually or in person, through her engaging, empowering formula to develop: a success mindset, intuitive sales success and goal setting for success.

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