Dr. Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, explains the concept of having a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
One of the key principles of a growth mindset is the relationship that we have with effort. Effort is one of those things that gives meaning to life. It simply means that you care about something, something that’s important to you, and you’re willing to work for it.
Now, I love that quote because we tend to think that if something is hard, we might should shy away from it. We procrastinate. We avoid it.
When in truth, effort is a marker and a flag we should pay attention to. Effort indicates that we are on to something that is worthwhile because we’re willing to do the hard work.
I’ve always found that the greatest successes, as well as the greatest joys, come at the end of significant effort.
There are some in the internet marketing world and in the digital space that’ll tell you that everything is easy and it’s simple. I don’t believe they’re telling you the truth.
It is important for us to know that anything that is worth doing well, that is able to impact mankind, takes significant effort.
So what are you spending your effort on today?
When first considering this Mindset to share with you, I thought it only about relationships or love—but then, I looked again.
When facing most anything, it is helpful for entrepreneurs like us to have a solid hold on memories, experience, and past fears. Keeping these emotions and experiences in a balanced perspective can save us from analysis paralysis.
Now I am not suggesting we throw experience out the window completely. We certainly do not want to make old mistakes once again.
However, we must balance our lessons learned with our desire for action. Use what you know and keep moving forward. In more cases than not, the moving forward is the more valuable of the two.
But as this quote says, where hurt or fear has hit us previously, we have to find healing. Whether in a relationship or a business transaction, we have to allow ourselves the healing process. Otherwise, we will spend our lives responded out of fear rather than abundance.
Think about that.
President Roosevelt is credited with saying, “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” No disrespect to the president, I actually think that’s not entirely correct.
I think if you believe that you can, you are 90% there. Belief in mindset is the most powerful tool in any entrepreneur’s toolbox. In fact, it’s the most powerful tool in any person’s toolbox.
Regardless of what it is that you want to do, your mindset will directly impact the outcome. The more clarity you can get, your why, and most importantly why you want to do something will help you move forward. It is all part of being brutally honest with yourself and your brand. When you do, people will get it. People will like it. They’ll appreciate it. They’ll come towards you in a more positive way. Walking in a positive mindset allows people to understand who you are. They very quickly decide whether or not they want more or less or you.
Simply believe in what you are doing. If you don’t believe in what you are doing, question what you’re doing. Because if you believe you can, you are 90% there.
(and if you honestly do not believe in what you are doing, why would you keep trying to fake it?)
Think about that.
In the life of an entrepreneur, I think progress is probably the greatest motivator any entrepreneur can have.
For those of us who have a mindset that focuses on moving forward and upward, you have an incredible tool at your disposal that many do not have. Sadly, many entrepreneurs fall into the trap of only giving credence, or value, only to accomplishment. Many only focus on what they have done, instead of what they are in the act of doing.
True winning, skill, and success come out of embracing the fact that as you grow, you become better. If ever we stop growing, we immediately fade as an entrepreneur.
I want you to stop and evaluate where you are mentally and physically in the project that you are working on.
Are you in a place where you are celebrating your progress, or are you finding yourself trapped, frustrated, and being hard on yourself because you’re not as close to the finish as you should be?
I encourage you to look at how far you’ve come since yesterday and how far you’ve come since seven days ago.
If you pay attention to how far you’ve come instead of how far you have reaming, your success will grow exponentially faster.
Think about that.
Progress is completely impossible without change. Those who cannot change, especially if they cannot change their mind, if they cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw gave us this fantastic principle that helps us realize that change is inevitable. If we are moving forward, if we are building and growing anything, change is going to happen. To obtain positive change, we must allow our mind to move forward, to move upward, and work more consistently with who we are.
Obviously, I believe mindset is key otherwise I would not have built Mindset Engine. I want to be excellent at everything that I do. Now, I know that your success lies in your mindset. If you are not achieving the level that you want to achieve, the first place you go is mindset. Without an honest conversation, internally, you may experience busy, but your most likely will not experience positive change. I know a lot of entrepreneurs that are busy. I know few who are dynamically and deeply growing themselves, their teams, and their business.
Your mindset is your success.
Think about that.