I find it humorous and still tragic to see thousands upon thousands of entrepreneurs who are frantically searching for the silver bullet to their greatest success.
More times than not, the silver bullet looks a lot like just hard work.
Often in my high-end coaching sessions, my client will bring in an “enormous challenge” that is keeping them from getting to their goals.
We work through a process that I have developed to consider multiple solution paths, and voila! the challenge is not near as difficult as first thought.
It is common for us to psych ourselves out and become convinced that our challenge is unsolvable. When in reality, the fear or confusion is what we are focusing on rather than the potential solution.
If we can learn how to back up and gain perspective, creativity will soon follow in almost every circumstance.
My experience has always been that silver bullets, shortcuts, and fast tracks tend to sound better than they actually work.
We have to get out of our own head, know what the solution is within us, and release your thoughts to let it come to the front of your consciousness.
More times than not, our fear is bigger than our challenge.
Think about that.
We’ve spent several days talking about the power of perception and what it means to your journey. Today is no exception.
In fact, it’s probably the most important principle around perception.
It is important for us to pay attention how other people see us. It helps us clarify a lot about who we are and where we choose to belong.
However, it is even more important for us to focus on how we see ourselves.
If we see ourselves as successful, as powerful, as forward, and as a leader, we are far more likely to be successful than if we see ourselves as a victim, or as someone who is going to suffer hardship.
It is a life changing principle that we have to learn and then master.
Certainly, there are things in life and business that are outside of our control. However, our ability to see ourselves as our best potential self greatly gives us enormous momentum and an advantage in actually achieving our dreams.
So much about what we do is based upon our perception of what we see.
When we see challenges and problems, if we see solutions inside those challenges and problems, we will overcome them. However, when we allow ourselves to fall prey and feel like we are trapped in thinking there is no path to success, our mind will shut off, and creativity and problem solving will flee from us.
Don’t believe me? Over the past several years, I have begun training myself to where when issues happen, I quickly go inward and focus on looking for solutions rather than giving in to fear and limited thinking that can come with that.
How I deal with the onset of problems and challenges has a significant amount to do with how I solve those challenges.
In almost every way, your initial approach will determine the outcomes and where you end up.
Think about that.
Entrepreneurs like us are funny birds, don’t you think?
We are not wired like most other people. We have to find our own way and look at almost everything differently that others do. But why is that?
Top entrepreneurs know that passion and purpose are the perfect compliments to each other, however, they also have one additional element at their disposal…Mindset.
For us, we HAVE to built because that is how we are wired. And our passion is what drives us, albeit money, impact, humanitarian, or some other noble driver. But the genuinely successful entrepreneur will tell you that having your mindset right is paramount to any successful venture. Being able to drive your mindset is of particular value with us, because we often face challenges of self-doubt. Anytime we put a new product or concept out in the field, every entrepreneur I know will tell you that last “send” is the hardest thing they have to do.
That is why I am all about mindset. It is the difference between chasing your dreams and driving them.
Think about that.
Let’s face it. We are all busy and often take things for granted. And for many entrepreneurs like you and me, we often let our health slide.
With well-meaning intentions, many of us fall prey to poor food choices, fast food, a little too much alcohol, and being very sporadic with wise choices versus just something that will do right now.
Health often takes a back seat to driving our business. We rationalize it with statements like, “once I make $____ I will do better!” or “I will hire a personal chef.”
All good thoughts, but like mindset, health begins with a mental focus before we can ever hope to re-engineer actual outward behavior. Most of us will make a declaration of “I am going to eat healthy from now on.” Those are easy words to say and very tough to follow through on. We must be intentional in our thoughts first, then our actions.
Without a healthy focus, your body can become your enemy. With a healthy focus, your body can energize and power up to give you clarity, stamina, and focus.
Take a few moments and write out everything you can remember that you have consumed in the past 48 hours. Then, go back and rate on a scale of 1 – 5. Five being awesome and healthy, one being nutritionally equal to a Twinkie.
How are you really doing in your pursuit to healthiness?
Think About That.