Want to start changing your life? Then you need to change yourself. You are in the position you’re in right now because you chose to be there. You might not realize that you wanted it, even by your inaction, you did.

The job you have right now, your financial circumstances and nearly every other aspect of your life is a matter of choice – and if you wanted to, you could go out there and change everything today. You need to take action!

But if you want to make a change and you want to start by changing your mindset, how do you know where to start? What is it you need to change to achieve a successful mindset? Here are five top tips that will help make that transformation much more manageable.

#1 Find Your Path
Most of us have a clear idea of what success means, but this is an idea that we have inherited from our schools and our parents. This is not our version of success, and as such, it’s not going to be what we’re passionate about, and it won’t give us that fire and drive to wake up early in the morning to work on our projects.

To be truly successful, you need to find your path, and that is going to mean forgetting what others think and finding what makes you happy.

#2 Take Risks
Learning to take risks is a difficult step, but if you’re going to achieve the things you want in life, you need to leap sometimes. Learn to take measured, calculated risks.

#3 Be Prepared to Fail
Taking risks means being prepared to fail. In this instance, you need to learn how to manage failure and take it on the chin. Pick up the pieces and go again for round two!

#4 Find the ‘Essence’ of What Drives You
Sometimes success doesn’t come in the form we expect. Sometimes we don’t know what we need to be happy. That’s why it can be useful to break down our dreams to their essence. What is it about that idea that appeals to you and what’s the easiest way to get there?

#5 Invest in Yourself
Knowing how important that passion is to you, you now need to invest in yourself and be willing to spend both time and money on everything from your appearance to your skill set. There is no better investment than investing in you!