Many of us have thought about starting a business but haven’t taken action on it because of fear.
Perhaps you worry about what others will think if you make a crazy big career move or
…..whether you’re just wasting your time on this fantasy business of yours
…..or maybe you fear the consequences of failing at your business venture.
As Tony Robbins says starting your own business is the best personal development course you could ever take and so when it comes to having the courage to start your own business you’ve got to master your mindset.
You’ve got to get mentally fit to deal with whatever comes your way. This week I’m talking to you about the first step to starting the right business and that is: Mindset Mastery, which builds on that all-important topic of faith that we talked about last week.
It is the foundation that you have to get straight in order to be successful.
The way I like to look at mindset is how you deal with things. Mindset is really about your approach.
- Are you somebody who is open to challenges?
- Are you somebody who is available to make mistakes?
- Are you somebody who worries about judgment and criticism from other people?
Whilst we all have fears and we all have these doubts in our minds, what we do with them is what really counts when you’re starting a business.
If you’re in that stage where you’re thinking about “Should I do this? Should I do that?” but you just can’t move forward, then I invite you today to really start to cultivate a more positive mental attitude, a more positive mindset, or a growth mindset, according to Carol Dweck, who is a Stanford-based psychologist and has an awesome book, which I highly recommend, called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
What is this growth mindset?
Well, in the book, Carol talks about you can either have a limited mindset or a growth mindset, a fixed mindset or one where you’re open to trying new things. She did studies on adults, she did studies on children, and looked at resiliency and achievement and success, and found that those who had a growth mindset were more successful.
Those who were more open to learning and felt they could learn anything were more successful. Those who persevered in spite of frustrations were more successful. Those who were open to challenges were more successful. Those who said, “Okay, if I fail, that means I’ve learned something,” they were more successful. If they were more focused on effort and attitude to determine the results, they were more successful than those who were focused on only their abilities.
It’s really important to really think about where you stand.
Are you somebody who has these traits of a growth mindset?
Or are you someone who has more of that fixed or limited mindset where you think:
- I’m either good at something or I’m not?
- If I’m frustrated, I’m just going to give up and walk away.
- I don’t like to be challenged.
- If I fail, that means that I’m no good.
- If you succeed, then I feel threatened.
Where do you fit on this scale?
Are you more fixed mindset? Do you think that your abilities determine everything and challenge is something that you don’t want to deal with?
Or are you more on the growth mindset, where you’re open to making mistakes and accepting challenges and just trusting that they’re part of the journey?
I invite you today to make a commitment to decide whether you want to adopt a growth mindset.
It is absolutely possible to turn it around, which is the good news.
It really starts with the decision and then the commitment to make it happen. Cultivating a growth mindset is like going to the gym. When you’re developing physical fitness, you also need a regime to develop some mental fitness.
I will share a couple of tips and tricks to developing a growth mindset, but first, make a decision:
- Are you committed to adopting a growth mindset?
- Are you willing to do what it takes and cultivate a practice that will get you there?
So how do you cultivate a growth mindset?
Idea 1: Reading
I highly recommend reading books like Carol Dweck’s mindset book and reading more books and really immersing yourself in the more positive mental attitudes that are there in the world. Unfortunately, we hear a lot of negative things on media or on Facebook. It’s imperative to feed your mind with positive things.
I ask you to look out for books that will feed your soul. Just 15 minutes a day is all that’s needed to get into that state.
Idea 2: Mantras
Positive affirmations or mantras, which get you into a positive state can help you to shift those negative thought patterns into positive ones.
Idea 3: Vision Boarding
Create images of the life that you want to create and look at that every day. See, feel and believe that you are living that life. You’ll start to “act as if” and attract opportunities that align to your ideal business.
These are just 3 ideas but you can do whatever works for you to develop this growth mindset.
I want to hear from you:
- Are you going to commit to cultivating this growth mindset?
- What will you do to cultivate this growth mindset?
When you build up this really important muscle, I guarantee that starting your own business and the journey of entrepreneurship will become easier because you’re just ready and prepared.
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You’ve got this!