As you know, success is all about having the proper mindset moving forward—if you have a successful mindset, you open yourself up for success and opportunity. But simply having the proper mind set of success isn’t enough—you have to carefully cultivate it and help it grow through your experiences. For example, learning what works and what doesn’t is part of life. Trial and error aren’t always the best way to gather new experience, but sometimes it does become necessary.
But the true successful mindset takes each of these “errors” and stores them into the memory bank. Successful people simply don’t repeat their errors. In fact, having a mindset rooted in success will help you take your lessons and apply them to other facets and aspects of your life and career. This will help you avoid trial and error learning wherever possible.
Eight Mistakes Not to Be Repeated if You Want Success
To help you get a better idea of the types of things that take place in a truly successful mindset, here are eight things that successful people might have done once, but never will again:
- Try to Please Everyone. There’s no use trying to please everyone, it just won’t work. As President Lincoln once said, you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time—or even some of the time! Focus on what’s important to your success and long-term goals and don’t worry if some people aren’t happy. It’s inevitable.
- Forgo Long-Term Benefits for Short-Term Gains. Finding short-term pleasure and benefits sure does feel good right now, but they’re called short-term not just because they happen quickly, but because they fade away just as fast. To be truly successful, focus on the long-term goals and your future happiness and before you know it, you’ll be reaping rewards that last a lifetime.
- Buy Into Things that Seem Too Good to Be True. If something seems too good to be true, it likely is. Approach it with caution and vet all of your sources before moving forward with it. Sometimes, gold mines really do exist, but just be sure yours is filled with real gold and not fool’s.
- Wing It. Every now and then you have to just let go and wing it. You can’t plan for every situation and unexpected bumps in the road do arise. But careful planning and preparation for those bumps in the road allows you to avoid completely winging it. Have a plan of action for everything and expect the unexpected. Failure to plan is planning to fail.
- Try to Change Others. The only person that you can change is yourself, so don’t waste time and effort trying to change others. If somebody else doesn’t fit into your success plan, leave them behind. They will either change to catch up or you will replace them with other, like-minded people who are driven to succeed.
- Expect Different Results. The definition of insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Yes, iteration is important, but make sure that you are constantly tweaking your approach to get the results you desire, not failing again.
- Remain in their Comfort Zone. Extraordinary things happen during extraordinary situations. You will never get the wild success you desire if you don’t step out of your comfort zone and make things happen. Shoot for the stars, the worst that can happen is you miss and wind up in the clouds.
- Fail to See the Big Picture. Successful people are able to see the big picture at all times, allowing them to make the tough decisions quickly. They know that a minor setback is just that—minor. Sometimes, short-term losses can lead to long-term gain so never be afraid to sacrifice something if the big picture calls for it.
How to Avoid Learning by Trial and Error
Of course, the real goal here is still the overall success of your integration and learning processes. Your mindset will only be as strong and powerful as the information you have to build it with. If you are constantly learning by trial and error, you are likely experiencing a lot of “error” and that can be discouraging, not to mention a waste of precious time. To find out how you can reduce the lessons you learn through trial and error.