Are You Thinking The Right Way?

Written By Dave Lavinsky
Red stop sign

I have two simple questions to ask you.

1. What color and shape is a STOP sign?

2. What color and shape is a YIELD sign?

Pretty much everyone gets the first question right. Yes, a STOP sign is octagonal and red.

But most people get the second question wrong. They incorrectly think that a YIELD sign is triangular and yellow. Now the triangular part is correct.

But yield signs are red on the outside and white in the middle (with the word “YIELD” written in red).

In fact, while yield signs were originally yellow when they were introduced in the United States in 1954, they were changed to red over 30 years ago.

Here’s a modern day yield sign:

yield sign on the road

So, why do many of us still think yield signs are yellow?  There are a few reasons I think. To begin, some of us still remember back to the 1970s when they were yellow. And in some towns, the old yellow signs weren’t replaced until the 1980s or 1990s. And many “clip arts” of yield signs still use the yellow color.

But the fact is, if you see a yield sign on the road today, it will be red on the outside and white in the middle.

The reason why we think it’s yellow is because we often see things as they used to be.

And seeing things this way represents a problem.

The problem is this — my guess is that right now, you are a regular entrepreneur. But, you wish to become an ultra successful entrepreneur.

But, if you see things as they used to be, you will see yourself as a regular entrepreneur.

And, to become successful, you need to see yourself as an ultra successful entrepreneur right NOW.

That’s right, if you can’t envision yourself being successful, you won’t become successful. The power of your mind is that strong.

By reading this blog post, it tells me that you are feeding your mind with education about becoming a successful entrepreneur. I genuinely commend that. But I want to make sure you’re taking it to the next level, and really committing your mind to believing that you can accomplish your dreams.

It’s a lot like the little red engine that could.  If you continue to think you can do something, you will be able to do it.

So, in addition to feeding your mind with business education, spend time visualizing success in your mind. Think about what your life will look like when you have achieved the success you desire. Where will you be living? What car will you be driving? What will you wear to work? What will you be doing at work each day? And so on.

And as much as possible, don’t just think about these things, but start achieving them. Dress NOW like you expect to dress when you have achieved success. Do the things at work each day that you see yourself doing as an ultra successful entrepreneur.

Earl Nightingale said, “The strangest secret is that we become what we think about most of the time.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated, “a man is what he thinks about all day long.”

I think they were both right. So, make sure you think about what success looks like for you. And then keep thinking about it.


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