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Ask any successful entrepreneur the key to their success and they’ll all give you the same answer….mindset!
It’s not money, brilliant ideas, or even powerful friends (although all of those things are very helpful). It’s mindset. A positive, unstoppable, I’m-on-a-mission mindset.
Why is it their secret sauce and strategy?
Because without the proper mindset, you’ll constantly be battling naysayers, doubters and haters, as well as your own limiting beliefs, and that’s exhausting. So how can you bolster that entrepreneurial mindset? Here are three ways.
Get the RIGHT Mindset
Carol Dweck, the author of Mindset, started her research by noticing that there were some students who would be completely devastated by even the smallest setback, while other rebounded relatively easily. From her research she discovered that some people have fixed mindsets, meaning their intelligence and therefore their potential was limited. Others, however, embraced challenges and failures and saw them as opportunities for growth and development. In other words, they wouldn’t get “stuck” and possibly give up when the going got tough. Ultimately, when you believe the sky is the limit, nothing can stop you from achieving even your most wildest dreams.
With a fixed mindset you believe your ideas are no good, remain convinced that you aren’t smart enough, and certain that someone else did it (whatever “it” is) better. As a result you’ll talk yourself right out of doing what you need to do. From launching your new program, seeking out that partnership, or writing your book. In no time at all, you’ll be back at your day job. You’ll find yourself working away on someone else’s dream because you don’t have the confidence to live your own.
A simple mindset change can make all the difference, but you have to first get the right mindset.
Wondering which one you have? Take the following quiz and find out! If you find you have a fixed mindset, start working on re-training your brain.
Dress for the Life You Want
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. Well, I’d like to change that a bit. How about, “Dress for the life you want, not the life you have”. Can you see and feel the shift in that statement?
So….if you had the lifestyle you always wanted courtesy of your amazing business or career what would you be wearing? Would you be dressed in your pajamas or sweatpants (sub yoga pants here) and a t-shirt? Or would you be getting up in the morning and getting prepped for the day, including getting dressed?
I know when you work from home, it’s easy to fall into the habit of rolling out of bed and into your office. No wonder you feel as if you work all day every day! You’ve never created a clear demarcation between “work time” and “off time”. Yes I know many of you quit your job to stay in your PJs all day, but that doesn’t support a business growth mindset.
A quick and easy way to instantly shift your mindset in the right direction is to ditch the yoga pants and break out the lipstick (among other things). Studies have found those who get up and prepare for work before heading to their home office are more productive then those who blur the lines between work life and home life. You’ll shift your mindset to feel confident, and ready to face whatever comes your way.
Don’t Put Fear in the Driver’s Seat
When fear is in the driver’s seat you’ll find that you operate from a limited or “fixed” mindset. You’ll live in the land of scarcity rather abundance.
One of the key indicators of this is an individuals refusal to hire a coach or mentor because “you can’t afford it”. Now, let me clear. If you do not have the money, you shouldn’t go into debt hiring a coach, VA or anyone else. However, if your business is not providing the income you need to hire support you’ll want to ask yourself two questions: (a) do I really have a business and (b) do I need help to move the needle on my business? If the answer is a resounding yes to both questions, then you’ll want to start investing in whatever you can afford until you can build up to higher levels of support.
I personally have invested over $50,000 in coaching support, programs, and mentorship to grow my business. With each investment, my business grows. The key, however, is investing in the right coaching program or mentorship. The bottom line is when you’re great student, you’ll become an amazing teach.
If you find yourself in fearful conversations that start with “I can’t afford it” or “I don’t know if I’ll have the time” or my personal favorite, “I’ll figure it out on my own,” then stop yourself and start reframing the conversation. Rather than thinking, “I can’t afford it” ask yourself, “How can I earn the money I need?” Instead of, “I”ll figure it out on my own,” remind yourself that your hourly rate used on DIY’ing it is probably much more than you’d pay to get the support you need. Focus your time and energy on what you’re good at, and hire those who are good at what they do to help you.
By reformatting your thoughts, you’ll kick fear out of the driver’s seat and place your positive and abundant mindset behind the wheel.
Listen, developing the right mindset is not as easy as it seems. While these ideas and strategies are excellent starting points, it takes time to unlearn some old habits and behaviors. If want that level of support and are truly ready and prepared for what’s next in your career or business, then schedule a free Strategy Session with me. My superpower empowers women to take the lid off of their limiting beliefs and fixed mindsets, to embrace their significance, see only the sky as their limit. If you’re ready to reach your fullest potential, the let’s connect.
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