6P Success Mindset Model

What is a success mindset?

A success mindset, also referred to as success thinking or success mentality, is a mindset or a specific attitude that helps individuals to be successful and achieve their goals. A success mindset typically encompasses the following characteristics:

Positive Thinking: People with a success mindset tend to think positively and focus on solutions rather than problems. They believe in their ability to overcome obstacles.

Self-Confidence: Self-confidence and self-assurance are crucial elements of a success mindset. This mindset enables people to believe in themselves and leverage their abilities.

Goal Orientation: Successful individuals set clear goals and work hard to achieve them. They have a clear vision for their future.

Determination and Persistence: A success mindset involves the ability to persist and not give up even in the face of setbacks or difficulties.

Openness to Change: Successful individuals are often open to changes and adaptations. They are willing to explore new avenues and learn from their experiences.

Responsibility: A success mindset involves taking responsibility for one's actions and decisions.

Motivation and Enthusiasm: Successful individuals are often highly motivated and have a passion for what they do.

Solution Orientation: They focus on solutions rather than problems and are willing to tackle challenges head-on.

A success mindset is not innate but can be developed and nurtured. The 6P Success Mindset Model provides a concrete, easily applicable structure with its 6 key factors on how to develop this success mindset.

The 6P success mindset model

The 6P success mindset model shows the key factors for developing a success mindset for increased mental performance, motivation, courage and satisfaction.

The self-developed model is based on a combination of studies (see below), as well as the result of 20 years experience of athletic, personal and professional hurdles, failures and achieving seemingly impossible goals, and over 10+ years of coaching and 200 workshops focused on developing a success mindset.

The 6Ps:



Have a strong reason for what you are doing. You must believe in your own mission 200%.



Know and leverage your strengths. Only when you know what they are can you apply them effectively.



Take responsibility, be active, make decisions and shape your own future.



Focus on the big picture and don't get distracted by unimportant things.



Surround yourself with people who believe in you, and don't let the opinions of others sway you.



Create a path that works for you, is fun, achievable and always motivates you.

Studies on the success mindset

  1. Carol Dweck's research on the growth mindset:
    • Main study: "Self-image: How our thinking causes success or defeat" by Carol S. Dweck (2006)
      • Results: Dweck's research shows that people with a growth mindset, who believe that their skills can be developed through dedication and hard work, are more successful than those with a static mindset. This mindset promotes resilience in the face of challenges.
      • Implications: Emphasizes the importance of praising effort rather than innate ability to foster a growth mindset in educational and professional environments.
  1. Self-efficacy and academic success:
    • Main study: "Self-efficacy: A decisive factor for behavioral change" by Albert Bandura (1977)
      • Results: Bandura's theory of self-efficacy suggests that people who believe in their ability to succeed in certain situations or tasks are more likely to face challenges and persevere in the face of difficulties.
      • Implications: Increasing self-efficacy can improve motivation and performance in various areas such as education, sport and work.
  1. Positive psychology and success:
    • Main study: "Positive Psychology: An Introduction" by Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (2000)
      • Results: This foundational work in positive psychology argues that fostering positive emotions, engagement and meaning can lead to higher levels of happiness and success.
      • Implications: Positive psychology interventions, such as gratitude exercises and strengths-based approaches, can improve well-being and performance.
  1. Mindset interventions and educational outcomes:
    • Main study: "Mindset interventions are a scalable measure against academic underachievement" by David S. Yeager et al. (2016)
      • Results: Brief mindset interventions that teach students that intelligence can grow through effort have been shown to improve academic performance, especially in low-achieving students.
      • Implications: Implementing mindset interventions in schools can reduce achievement gaps and promote long-term educational success.
  1. Resilience and success:
    • Main study: "The Role of Resilience in the Academic Success of Long-Term Special Education Students" by Tara L. Koon and Donald J. Thompson (2010)
      • Results: Resilience, the ability to bounce back from setbacks, is a critical factor in academic success, especially for students facing significant challenges.
      • Implications: Developing resilience through supportive relationships and adaptive coping strategies can improve academic and life outcomes.

These studies emphasize the importance of a success mindset through principles of growth mindset, self-efficacy, positive psychology, mindset interventions and resilience strategies. Fostering these attitudes can lead to improved performance, greater motivation and higher overall success in various areas of life.

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