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Master Your Mindset: The Key to Unleashing Your Potential

Success isn’t just about talent or luck—it’s about mindset.


In today’s fast-paced world, success isn’t just about talent or luck—it’s about mindset. Your mindset shapes your opportunities, influences how you handle challenges, and ultimately determines your path to success. In this blog post, we’ll explore the power of mindset and how you can harness it to unlock your full potential.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

As the saying goes, “You become who you hang out with.” Growing up in a community filled with struggle and hardship, I witnessed firsthand how negativity can shape one’s mindset. When all you see is struggle, it’s easy to adopt a mindset that limits your belief in what’s possible for your future. That’s why it’s crucial to surround yourself with positivity and individuals who uplift and inspire you.

Choose Your Circle Wisely

As you transition from adolescence to young adulthood, you have the power to shape your own mindset. Be intentional about the company you keep and the influences you allow into your life. Engage in activities that align with your goals and values, and surround yourself with people who support your aspirations. Whether it’s joining a sports team, pursuing a hobby, or participating in extracurricular activities, find outlets that keep you focused and motivated.

The Power of Visualization

One of the most powerful tools for shaping your mindset is visualization. I vividly remember the impact of a simple poster on my wall during my university days. The image of someone climbing a mountain, coupled with the quote “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life,” served as a daily reminder to embrace courage and pursue my goals fearlessly. By immersing yourself in positive imagery and affirmations, you can program your mind for success and overcome any obstacles that come your way.

Feed Your Mind with Positivity

Just as important as what you surround yourself with physically is what you feed your mind mentally. I experienced a profound shift in my mindset when I began listening to motivational speakers like Les Brown and investing in personal development audiobooks and seminars. These resources not only provided me with practical insights and strategies but also infused my mindset with positivity and resilience. By filling your mind with uplifting content, you can cultivate a mindset of abundance and possibility.

Give Yourself Permission to Succeed

Perhaps the most important aspect of mastering your mindset is giving yourself permission to succeed. Too often, we allow self-doubt and external opinions to hold us back from pursuing our dreams. But the truth is, your dreams are yours alone, and you owe it to yourself to pursue them relentlessly. Whether it’s starting a business, pursuing a passion project, or embarking on a new career path, give yourself permission to take risks, make mistakes, and learn and grow along the way.

Your Mindset, Your Future

Your mindset is the foundation upon which your future success is built. By surrounding yourself with positivity, choosing your influences wisely, visualizing your goals, feeding your mind with positivity, and giving yourself permission to succeed, you can unlock your full potential and achieve your wildest dreams. Remember, the power to shape your mindset lies within you—embrace it, nurture it, and watch as it propels you towards a future filled with endless possibilities.

Mindset shapes your opportunities and how you handle challenges, opportunities, and many other things that’ll come in your path in the future.

There’s a saying that, “You become who you hang out with.”

Now, I can share with you from personal accounts over the years that unfortunately there’s many times where I had to go through and witness a lot of negativity in my own community.

In growing up on the res, you see a lot of struggle, you see hardships, you see poverty.

And over time, that could really affect the person’s mindset and their own belief in themselves and who they can become.

All you see is struggle, unconsciously you’re going to start to feel like, “Maybe that’s what my life is going to be like.” And then the habits you adopt will be in alignment with what you see every single day.

This is why it’s extremely, extremely important to surround yourself.

When you get to a certain age, you’re now on your own.

You go from teen to a young adult and you start to develop your own mindset for yourself.

During that time, it’s important that you watch who you hang out with.

That’s why people say it’s important to have something look forward to, to have an extracurricular activity that you do, to keep you away from trouble that is around you.

I could tell you from personal accounts, if it wasn’t for sports, I don’t know if I’d be here with you.

I probably would’ve been in all the other trouble that unfortunately a lot of my friends went through, but I always had something on the weekends that took me away from them, and it was sports for me.

Now, I want to share with you a few accounts that you can hopefully relate to in your journey.

As I’m sharing them with you, I want you to think about every decision that you’ve made, all the things that have shaped you, and how important it is that your mind will stay in alignment with what it is that you want in the future.

Some of the hacks are we watch who we hang out with.

One of the quickest ways to get to where we want and to affect ourselves positively up here is what we see every day and what we listen to every day.

And I’ll get to that as we wrap up this lesson today.

Before we get into that, I want to share with you back when I was in high school and sports was my go-to activity at lunch, then Phys.

Ed, after school, and so on.

One day there was a speaker that came into our assembly.

I remember being in the back of the bleachers and I was watching this speaker on stage.

And the speaker was, he started to make sense in my mind.

I didn’t want to listen, but I was listening.

And I went from being like this, to going like this, to being on the edge of my seat wanting to listen to more.

You see, that person, what they were speaking to really got me up here, and I was at the edge of my seat watching, listening.

At the end of that engagement, as shy as I was, as scared as I was, I never got up to speak in front of my peers ever, I told myself in my mind, I said, “I’m going to do something like that one day.” I made a decision that day.

That was the mindset, I said, “I was going to do. I was going to adopt that into my mind.”

Fast-forward into the future, as a university student, I remember walking into the University of Saskatchewan the very first week, and they used to have posters set up in the front where you could buy posters for the first week of school, and I remember walking past it and I couldn’t really afford much, and I was like,

“Man, I really like this poster.”

It keeps standing, it’s popping out to me, and I really wanted it, but after the first day or two, I just kept walking past it.

And finally on the third day, I was like, “You know what? I’m just going to get this thing.” So I bought this poster.

I go back home to my apartment and I put it on my wall, and that was my main image in my room.

It was a image of someone climbing this mountain top, and there is a quote on that image.
The quote said, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” And I was like, “Wow, I want to be courageous whatever I do, I want to do something.

I’m going to put this on my wall.” Little did I know that I was looking at this every single day and programming my own mindset to think more courageously.

When it came time to start my first company that failed, I wanted to be courageous, and I jumped into it.

It gave birth to Neechie Gear, I jumped into that with courage.

And I kept going after goal after goal, regardless if it was a winner or not, I kept trying.

That courageous mindset was embedded up here because of years and days of watching that on my wall.

That was the only image I had.

The power of mindset is extremely important.

In 2015, right up until that moment, I remember being at the speaking engagement in a northern community.

At the end of 2014, I remember being at this community and I did a keynote back then, and at the end of it, this person comes from the back of the room to the front and he gives me this little sticky note and he says, “Kendal, I want you to YouTube this guy.

Great job today.

I want you to YouTube this guy, and listen to him, watch him.” And I looked at that sticky note.

I didn’t think nothing of it.

I put it in my pocket and off I went.

Christmas comes around and it’s almost 2015, and I thought, “You know what, what the heck, I have a few weeks off here, I’m going to listen to this person.” And it said, Les Brown YOU DESERVE, there’s a motivational speaker.

So I remember YouTubing him and watching for the next however long I had on my break, I was watching this guy and I got hooked, and I was listening to keynote after keynote.

That first initial instance of listening to someone speak to me, it manifested into audio programs.

So now, I started investing in audible programs, live seminars that were pre-recorded, and I would put it on my phone and I would listen when I’m driving, when I was going to an airport, when I was flying somewhere, when I go for a walk, I’d be listening to something.

And what happened from that moment was I started to notice, and my wife noticed this too, that I was starting to become more positive in my mindset, in my energy, and how I interacted with my wife and my children.

My wife started to notice that, and she started asking me, “I noticed there’s a change, what’s going on?”

And I told her, I said, “I’m listening to more audio programs about leadership, about mindset, about resilience, about where I wanted to go with my career.” I said, “I want to become a speaker.” So in 2015, I committed to that, I want to become a speaker.

And I remember sitting, I went to this convention in Meadowland, Columbia.

I was there to buy t-shirts for each year, but when I got there, something happens when you’re outside of your comfort zone.

And oftentimes people say that when you travel, sometimes you get some really cool ideas or something happens in a positive way, and I can attest to this because when I left the country and I went there, the second day, this feeling of like, “I got to work on the speaker brand.” So I remember locking myself in my hotel room for the next two days and working and mapping out everything.

In the goal setting, the same exercises I had done that first day in Columbia back then, and I remember mapping out everything I needed to do to build a speaker brand, I had to make a website video, I had to get photos done and all this type of stuff, I had to reach out to people.

So I mapped it all up.

When I got back home, I went as fast as I could with it.

Next thing you know, I’m at my first event, and I’m listening to live speakers, I was like, “Man, I want to go to the best of the best.” I remember in 2015, I went to this event in Toronto where there was Tony Robbins, Les Brown, there was late Bob Proctor, Dean Graziosi, Joe Polish, all these amazing people.

And I remember, man, when I got there, I was like, “I want to learn from the best of the best.”

So I remember sitting there in the back of the crowd.

And at the intermission, I went up to the stage and I did a little selfie after.

I was like, “I’m going to be doing this one day.” See, this is the mindset that I was creating for myself back then.

What you tell yourself and how you speak to yourself up here really impacts your future success in whatever career you’re trying to go through.

It’s important that we’re kind to ourselves, that you give yourself permission to be successful.

I could tell you growing up that I had a hard time with this.

I grew up in a lot of poverty, a lot of problems.

I did not see myself as a university student, I did not see myself as an entrepreneur, I did not see myself as an author and speaker.

That came later.

It came as I started to associate myself with people who were also dreamers, people who had achieved things, and I started to invest in people’s books, their courses, I went to live event, I went to seminars, I started investing in more audio programs.

And I hope that today, as you’re listening today and you’re taking ideas and implementing them into your life, you continue that journey.

You grew upon what I have shared with you today.

This is a stepping stone to your journey, all the things I’m sharing with you today.

The power of our minds dictates all of our future physical form opportunities, and wins, and so on.

Wash that self-talk.

Give yourself permission to succeed.

And the next time someone tries to push you away from your goal, your dream, you have to understand, that’s your goal, your dream.

You can’t live someone else’s dream, that’s been given to you.

So, if something comes to you that’s a positive thing, you want to try something, go after it, especially if it keeps you up late at night, if it wakes you up in the morning, you can’t stop thinking about, that’s been given to you, not someone else.

Go make something happen with that, give yourself permission to succeed.


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