Mental Shifts for Career Success

Apparently, success has a lot to do with outlook, who would’ve thought? Being stuck on a loop of self-deprecation, self-loathing and self-medicating might be the reason you don’t have the success you want and dream of.

So, what can you do to shift your mentality and succeed? I don’t have all the answers but here are just a few simple mental shifts you can make for career success.

From Day to Day to Everyday

Stop and take a long look at yourself in the mirror…yes, I realize that it’s not the most pleasant experience in the world, but take a long hard look. You have become a robot of your routine (which is also semantically correct because robot translates literally to slave). You wake up in the morning (way too late, usually) in a panic shower get dressed and get to work, plug through your daily routine with the enjoyment of an eight year-old on its fourth hour of homework, get home, watch T.V. for a few hours and go to bed. Most successful people treat each day as an opportunity to learn, grow and actively try to make each day worthwhile. By approaching your day in same way, you will see opportunities that you were otherwise oblivious, too. You will grow and evolve within your position and you might even get the chance to move beyond your set responsibilities. I know, you’d prefer to drive yourself into a club after work , but instead, try reading something that will teach you some work related skills.

Set Goals

I know that you have goals, but getting minty drunk every night while binging on what you believe to be 100% beef is doing your career no favors whatsoever. Having professional goals and even holding yourself accountable for achieving them in a certain timeline is an exercise that the most successful people in the world actively engage in. Athletes usually set plateaus of performance that they want to achieve in a specific period of time (usually before the beginning of their sport’s season). Okay let’s use an example a little closer to home for you (considering the most physical thing you do is move from the couch to the fridge) is Mark Zuckerberg. Mr. Facebook every year gives himself a personal betterment goal. One year it was to learn Mandarin, the other year it was to run a mile a day.


We all work long hours being compensated meekly for our time and efforts but by saying “I deserve this” and “I deserve that” will only make you feel taken advantage of, disgruntled and demotivate. Try saying “I want that and this is how I’m going to get it”- as long as those means are legal of course. You can take things you want but the police usually makes you give them back and put you in jail if they aren’t actually yours.