On the #1 Brain Training Newsletter
in the World

Email Address


The Ultimate Success Mindset—According to Science!

Author: NeuroGym Team | 2022

Have you ever heard someone mutter that there’s no use working hard since they’re never going to succeed? Have you felt that way yourself?

It’s easy to see how this pessimistic mindset makes it harder to succeed. If you believe there’s no point in trying, why would you?

On the other hand, being blindly optimistic about everything can lead to disaster. If you don’t think about and plan for negative outcomes, you won’t know what to do when they eventually arise.

So, if someone wants to succeed in their career, what’s the right mindset?

According to a new report, “future-mindedness” is the best success mindset. People with this mindset are more likely to succeed in their careers—and with less stress than others around them!

Read on to find out more about future-mindedness, and what changing your mindset can do for you!

Future-Mindedness: The Right Mindset for Success According to BetterUp Labs

A recent report released by scientists from BetterUp Labs demonstrates that people who subscribe to a certain success mindset do better in their careers, with lower stress levels to boot!

This mindset is called “future-mindedness,” which is also known as “prospection.” According to a news report on the research, people with this mindset share three traits:

  1. Thoughtful pragmatism: These people will think about the best outcome they can achieve, and make a realistic plan to do so.
  2. Optimistic action: Instead of assuming the worst will happen and stressing about it, they take action to achieve the outcome they want.
  3. Imagining setbacks: By thinking about possible setbacks, they can prepare to overcome them in advance.


Workers on teams managed by people with this success mindset scored 18% higher on tests of performance and innovation, and were 34% and 35% less likely to report symptoms of anxiety and depression, respectively. They were also around 15% more resilient, allowing them to cope with stress much better than their counterparts.

Who wouldn’t want to get in on that? Despite how great this mindset sounds, 82% of the population BetterUp Labs surveyed hadn’t fully adopted it.

Ready to stop worrying and start achieving? Join us for free virtual training this weekend to hear how to maximize your success—from the experts! Book your spot TODAY!

How Your Mindset Affects Your Success

When we fail, do we think about what we could have done differently, or do we blame someone else? When something goes wrong, do we wallow in disappointment, or look for a silver lining?

A person’s answers to these questions depends on their mindset. While most people only think about mindsets as patterns of thought, they go much deeper than that.

Our thoughts derive from brain signaling in the form of electrical stimulation and neurotransmitters moving from neuron to neuron. These signals move along pathways composed of neural structures that guide our conscious thinking, the way we interpret our experiences, and the way we’re most likely to react.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’re familiar by now with the concept of neuroplasticity, and you know that our brain structure isn’t set in stone, but can be altered by environmental cues or by a little training!

If you’ve explored Innercise™, you already know all about repetition helping reinforce habits in our brains. By going through the same experiences repeatedly, you reinforce neural pathways in your brain, creating a habit. The neural networks you have a habit of using are much more “ready to fire” than those that are used less often.

It takes a lot of effort to step outside neural pathways that have been reinforced for years by a negative mindset or habits. But it is possible to change your mindset and build new habits that put you on the road to the high-paying career you’ve always dreamed of.

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Habits

If you’ve read this far, it’s probably because you want to be more successful: You want to increase your income, get a job with more prestige, or achieve a goal you’ve been working for!


Innercise™ is a science-backed way to take control of your incredible brainpower that can help you strengthen your mindset and adopt the right habits for success. An Innercise™ is a simple brain exercise you can perform practically anytime, anywhere, to help you take back control of your brainpower! Not only that, it’s all scientifically proven!

Using an understanding of how the brain can be shaped and molded with a little practice and dedication, brain training expert John Assaraf developed Innercise™ in collaboration with some of the top neuroscientists in the world. His organization NeuroGym shares this knowledge with hundreds of thousands of people around the world every day—people just like you!

In this section, we’ll go through some basic Innercises™ you can use to strengthen your success mindset. You can find more information at, as well as tips, advice, and online workshops for taking charge of your brainpower, and your success!

Want to learn more about how YOUR brain is capable of more than you ever dreamed? Book your spot at the completely free and completely virtual Live Brainathon NOW!

Thoughtful Pragmatism

“If I want to get that high-paying position, I need to carefully prepare myself for the interview.”

People with this aspect of the future-oriented success mindset carefully think about all aspects of the situation they face, and set realistic goals with a plan to achieve them.

People who make realistic plans in their work and personal lives are also less stressed than those who try to “wing it,” or who make plans they can’t feasibly follow. Burnout is inevitable if you don’t schedule yourself enough time for relaxation and self care, while trying to play it by ear can leave you blindsided by unexpected hurdles.

According to John Assaraf’s philosophy on setting and achieving goals, having a solid plan is an essential part of the process!

Want some inspiration for setting up a realistic plan to achieve your career goals? Need help making planning a habit? Try the Strategies, Tactics, and Timelines (STT) Process from NeuroGym!

The STT Process helps you create this plan by providing a template based on three questions. Once you’ve decided on a goal, try grabbing a pen and paper and filling these out! Let’s say your goal is to increase your income at your current position.

The first step is to pick a strategy—how will you achieve that goal? In this example, you could sit down with your boss and make a reasoned argument that you should be making more money.

The second step is to pick a tactic—what’s an actionable step you could take towards achieving that goal? In our example, the tactic could be to research what other people in your position with your experience are making at other companies and present these statistics at the meeting.

The final step is to make a specific timeline for putting that plan into action. In our example, you could decide that at 6 p.m. after work on Tuesday and Wednesday you’ll do the required research, and on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. you’ll sit down and make a dossier of the information you want to present.

Optimistic Action

“I don’t know if my boss will give me a pay raise, but I’ll ask. I think I have a good chance since my numbers were so high this quarter!”

While pragmatism is an essential part of the future-oriented success mindset, so is a realistic level of optimistic action. Increasing your income and advancing your career requires a certain level of risk.

Optimism is also important to incorporate into your success mindset for another reason: mental wellness. Having an optimistic view of the future and your power to change things can increase your overall well-being, reducing stress as well as anxiety and depression.


How can you shift towards making optimistic action a habit? One Innercise™ that can help you in this area is the AiA process, which stands for Awareness, Intention, and Action. Doing this Innercise™ daily works the brain “muscles” you need to strengthen in order to take action to achieve your goals.

Before you do this brain workout, make sure you’re feeling calm, and take deep, slow, even breaths by performing the Take 6 Innercise™ first (find it at the link above)!

Next, think about the three concepts of the AiA process:

Awareness: As you continue breathing deeply, be mindful of your body and how it feels. Are you tense? Jittery? How are your thoughts? Are they positive, or are they negative and pessimistic? Are you feeling critical of yourself, or are you confident in your ability to achieve your goals?

Don’t try to change your thoughts and feelings now; just focus on being aware of them.

Intention: Now that you’re truly aware of the negative thoughts and feelings holding you back, think about how you can change them. If you’re currently stuck in a low-paying position, are you going to wallow in fears that you’ll never advance further, or will you take action to advance? What’s the plan going forward?

Action: Once you know how you intend to change your situation, think about one action you could do to put that into practice—something realistic you can do today. Visualize yourself doing that, and set your intention to put that plan into action.

Doing this daily—or whenever you feel you need to—can help you change to a more positive mindset around how you go about achieving your goals!

Want to learn more about how YOU have the power to achieve more than you’ve ever imagined? Join us at the free virtual Brainathon event this weekend to hear it from the experts! Don’t wait! Book your spot NOW!

Imagining Setbacks

“I want to apply for a higher-paying position, but I’m missing some of the background the posting asks for. I’ll try to highlight how my skills will make up for that.”

We know, we know—we just told you to be optimistic! But optimism and pessimism are not a binary; they’re a spectrum, with realism/pragmatism in the middle. In order to adopt the best mindset for success, you need to have a realistic view of the ways you might fail, as well as the ways you might succeed.

This does not mean to slide back into ruminating on the worst case scenario! Instead, think about the goal you’re trying to achieve. What’s actually standing in your way? What will you do if you run into a problem?

The main advantage of realistically imagining what could go wrong is boosting your resilience. You can make a habit of dedicating mental space to considering potential roadblocks and what you can do about them, so that if they come to pass in reality, you can focus your energy on reacting positively. This will help keep your stress down and your eyes on the prize.


Planning for setbacks reduces stress and boosts well-being in another way: It helps you feel in control of your situation, and eliminates feelings of helplessness.

What’s one of the biggest setbacks people face when trying to achieve their goals? Try this Innercise™ we call The Flip-Flop, from John Assaraf’s Innercise™: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power!

Start by choosing a goal. If you want to increase your income, for example, set a realistic starting goal. For example, going from $50,000 a year to $55,000 a year.

Imagine the obstacles and potential setbacks stopping you from achieving that goal. This could be something like “I don’t have the skills to get a higher-paying position.” Take some time to think about your obstacles, and write them down.

Finally, imagine the things that are in your power to do to achieve your goal. These can be things that will help you overcome the roadblocks you thought of in the last step, or things you can do in general to advance. For example: “I can go back to school part-time to get more certifications.”

The key to the last step, and this is very important, is to write down the positive actions on a different page. This allows you to create separate mental space for thinking about possible setbacks that doesn’t encroach on your plan for optimistic action!

Final Thoughts

What’s the one thing we really want you to take from this article? You are in control. If you have a pessimistic mindset or if you haven’t formed positive habits around planning, you might feel like you have no power over your level of work success and how much money you’re making, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

People who feel like they’re stuck in a situation they can’t control are often overwhelmed by stress, and that’s not good for your mental health or your career success! If you’re stuck in a rut, changing your mindset is the first step out of it.

There are always things a person can do to improve their situation, even if they don’t achieve everything they want! Having a positive but pragmatic view of your life situation, what you can do to change it, and what setbacks you might face is key to adopting the right mindset for success.

Want to learn how harnessing your brainpower can help you achieve five times as much success in half the time? Book your free spot at this weekend’s virtual Brainathon NOW!

About The Author

NeuroGym Team

NeuroGym Team: NeuroGym’s Team of experts consists of neuroscientists, researchers, and staff who are enthusiasts in their fields. The team is committed to making a difference in the lives of others by sharing the latest scientific findings to help you change your life by understanding and using the mindset, skill set and action set to change your brain.

Sign-up for the NeuroGym Newsletter and learn how to achieve your goals faster and easier than ever before.

We value your privacy and would never spam you.

You'll Like These Too

Join the Conversation