One of the common traits of self-made millionaires is that they are leaders. 91% of the wealthy in my Rich Habits Study held leadership roles either as a small business owner or as a key employee working for a large company.
There are many studies on leadership. In these numerous studies, a common trait often cited among leaders is vision. Leaders have the ability to see things that are invisible to everyone else. They see solutions to problems others can not see. They see opportunities in situations where others only see pitfalls. They see a path towards success where others only see obstacles.
I have seen this trait at work while advising small business owners and senior executives in large organizations. What separates leaders from everyone else is their ability to see through the invisible. When you develop the ability to visualize solutions, opportunities and alternate routes towards success, you are able to pivot and pursue those solutions, opportunities and alternate paths towards success.
Acquiring this trait, however, takes practice. Vision is an acquired habit. And this habit emerges only by developing a positive mental outlook. When you have a positive mental outlook you open up your mind to possibilities. Positivity gives you a superman-type X-Ray vision. Those with a negative mental outlook, on the other hand, are only able to see problems, pitfalls and obstacles. Negativity makes you blind to possibilities. It causes a type of tunnel vision that shuts down your peripheral vision. There’s a lot of science to back this up. Dr. Barbara Frederickson, University of North Carolina, recently published the results of a study she conducted on this very topic. According to her findings, when you are able to adopt habits that shift your thinking from negative to positive, you expand your thinking. An abundance mindset takes hold and you are able to see solutions and opportunities that are all around you. You turn on your entire brain, which then goes to work helping you see solutions, opportunities and alternate paths to take that lead to success.
If you want to succeed you need to lead. Leadership requires a positive mental outlook and a positive mental outlook takes daily practice. You have to practice positivity every day. Gratitude is the gateway to positivity. Gratitude shifts your focus from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. So, the starting point for those desiring to become leaders is to develop an abundance mindset. An abundance mindset enables you to see a garden of flowers. Those with a scarcity mindset see only the weeds. The key to becoming a leader is therefore to become a visionary and this requires a positive mental outlook. It’s a domino effect. Positivity creates an abundance mindset which allows you to see solutions, opportunities and helps you find the yellow brick road that leads to your City of Oz.