How to Think Differently: 5 Ways To Become More Successful

How to Think Differently: 5 Ways To Become More Successful

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It’s no secret that our modern world is obsessed with success. From social media to the 24-hour news cycle, we are constantly barraged with advice on how to be successful. And while some of this advice may be helpful, there’s a lot of garbage as well. If you’re looking for ways to become more successful but don’t know where to start, this article is for you. In this article, you’ll learn about the ins and outs of becoming more successful from a cognitive behavioral standpoint. Furthermore, by learning about how to think differently, you will increase your chances of achieving success. After reading this article, you’ll have a much better idea of what it takes to become more successful and how in the first place.

What Is Success?

In order to become more successful, you must first define what success means to you. Do you want more money? More time? More power? More freedom? If you can answer this question and understand what success means to you, then it becomes much easier to know how to achieve it. Another way of thinking about achieving success is by understanding that there are many different types of success. In an article by the Harvard Business Review, they list four ways of being successful:

  • “Intrinsic” success: Developing your own personal skills and knowledge
  • “Extrinsic” success: Making a lot of money or having status in society
  • “Social” success: Living up to social expectations
  • “Purposeful” success: Contributing meaningfully and engaging in fulfilling work

How to Think Differently

Success is a common goal for many of us. But how do we become more successful? That question is much harder to answer than you may think, as success is clearly defined by each individual. But there are a few ways to think differently that can help you improve your chances of achieving success:

●   Focus on the process instead of the outcome

●   Be proactive in achieving your goals

●    Don’t compare yourself to other people

●    Think about what’s going to make you happy

Be Flexible

Being flexible is one of the most important things you can do. You may be a perfectionist, or you may just not want to make changes because there’s no guarantee that your old ways will work, but the reality is that success requires change. So how do you become flexible? One way to become more flexible is by being open-minded about new experiences and opinions. Another way is by trying new things–always. Try something new each day and this will help with flexibility. Finally, be open to feedback from others. Be willing to accept feedback and suggestions from anyone as it’s likely that they have something unique to offer you.

Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More

Like many of us, you’ve probably heard the phrase “the plan is the enemy of the plan.” This is true in a lot of respects. Planning is good and planning well is even better. But if you spend too much time planning out your strategy, you’re likely to lose sight of what’s really important: staying focused on your goals. If you want to be more successful, you need to be able to take risks. If you can’t take risks, how will you be able to achieve success? To use an analogy, think about a chess player who plans every move before making it on the board. The player may think that way because he or she has calculated all possible moves and knows what each move will cost them. But this type of thinking doesn’t build confidence and doesn’t work in real life–it only works when everything is planned out ahead of time and all the variables are accounted for. In real life, things happen unexpectedly; unexpected opportunities arise and unexpected foes attack at inopportune moments–and that’s when the best players make their moves. They don’t spend all their time calculating every single move they could possibly make–they simply react by taking advantage of opportunities as they come up. To become more successful, one must adopt a mindset where anything can happen and there are no certainties to predict what will happen next. You have to stop planning ahead–you have to stop assuming that whatever happens next will happen for certain because there

Be an Expert

at Something That Doesn’t Interest You It seems like a no-brainer, but you have to be an expert at something that doesn’t interest you in order to become more successful. Successful people are experts in something that interests them. As an example, Oprah Winfrey is a self-made millionaire who received many accolades for being the first African American female billionaire. However, she didn’t just decide to be successful and start making money. She was a journalist and TV producer before becoming a huge success.

Exercise Self-Discipline

The first step in thinking differently is asking yourself what success means to you. What does success look like for you? Does it mean getting a promotion or that your company makes more money? There are many different ways to measure success. The key here is being proactive with your idea of success. Next, set goals for yourself that are achievable and measurable. It’s important to be specific about what you want to accomplish and make sure your goals align with your idea of success. Finally, after setting goals you should start taking concrete steps towards accomplishing them by committing to deadlines and creating a plan of action. This includes writing down thoughts, feelings, and any setbacks you might encounter while trying to reach your goals.


Success is a feeling, but it’s also a process. If you want to think differently and become more successful, you must take the time to do the work. You don’t need to be an expert in everything, but you do need to know what your expertise is, and how to use it to your advantage. Success is not a destination, it’s a process.

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