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Success, in its broadest meaning, is not limited to only monetary and material possessions. Is your mind open enough to create and achieve your own definition of success?

Every individual has two sides to them. One side wants to move forward while the other side feels like pulling back. As each side struggles to take control of your decisions, which one wins – the negative or the positive?

We already know that manifesting positive thoughts can create positive outcomes. Having a closed mind or not having a definition of success outside of monetary and material possessions can greatly inhibit your ability to get what you want out of your life. If you pride yourself on your stubbornness and are not one to welcome new experiences, your closed mind will keep you stuck right where you are.

Of course the opposite of a closed mind is an open mind. With an open mind, you have access to all types of opportunities and possibilities, big or small. The mind is an amazing thing. Whatever it can envision, it can create. When your mind sees, believes, feels and thinks something will work then chances are it will. Many people call this visualization.

Keep in mind, however, that visualization is not enough on its own. Your dreams and hopes will not materialize on their own. The vision is designed to give you the power needed for you to take action on achieving it.

How is this done? By focusing on possibilities, rather than limitations, your thoughts will expand to what it is you want/need the most.

Here are some guidelines on how to program your thoughts for success;

  1. Continuously and abundantly display images of your ideal self/life and things you want to accomplish. Read magazines containing stories and pictures of lives that you wish to attain. Cut them out and create a vision board/wall so you’re constantly reminded of the direction you want to go.
  2. Read auto-biographies of people you deem successful. Pick up personal development books packed with examples and ideas of women and men who have set goals, overcome hardships/misfortunes and accomplished what they set their sights on.
  3. Close your eyes and set a clear mental image of your vision. Repeatedly remind yourself, out loud, what that vision entails – as if you’ve already achieved it.
  4. Be conscious of the thoughts that come into your mind; let the positive in and never entertain the negative.

Thoughts hold great power. Open up your mind to possibilities and never be afraid to try. Use failing as an opportunity to learn from and try a different approach. What is your definition of success?