I have yet to meet and entrepreneur or leader who would say that they learn more during good times than they have in dark times of struggle.
Whether in your business or in your personal life, we must get brutally honest with ourselves and deal with the turmoil and the dark topics that we like to pretend do not exist.
Oh, I see you.
We are similar — all entrepreneurs and leaders have the struggle of wanting to hide or gloss over our shadow areas.
For years, I did not know or understand the concept of Shadow Work. I just knew there were thoughts and actions in my past and present that I wanted to keep hidden.
But then I realized that by not dealing with it — not doing the shadow work — I was doing myself a HUGE injustice.
I was being a thief of my future joy!
Sound familiar? (It’s okay…you can just ask ‘for a friend’)
Shadow work is some of the most life-altering work you can do. The more we get in touch with our pains and our fears, the more free of them we become.
And when you get FREE – your life and business almost instantly hit epic momentum. It was my story for sure.
Embrace your struggles and all the things you want to hide. You will grow from facing them AND your audience will grow because you are being honest with them.
Think about that.
Our mind and our body see and experience things very differently. For many, we fall into the trap of allowing our mind to intervene long before our bodies need it to.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the leading neuroscientists in the country about this very topic.
They shared that during exercise, for example, our minds will immediately attempt to tell our bodies that we must stop anything strenuous. And in most cases, when the mind begins this warning conversation, our bodies are really only at 20%-30% of our physical capacity of strain.
Now, why is that?
Our minds, if not properly conditions, can trick our bodies into any number of reactions.
Without a well-honed mindset, our minds can limit our physical beings, as well as our emotional beings.
Simply put, our mindset can either work for us or against us. But the good news is that mindset is not genetically wired. According to numerous neurological studies, mindset is a choice rather than a predetermined physiological state.
It is up to us to decide how we want to approach life—with a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
Think about that.
I remember back when I left my corporate job to start my own business. I was asked probably twenty or thirty times why in the world would I do that.
The answer is quite simple; In order to achieve the life that I know that I’m capable of, and the life that I want, I have to be willing to spend a season doing things that other people will not do, so that later I can live my life doing things that others cannot do.
Entrepreneurship is a powerful place. I love being able to build my own economy and being proud of my work and what I do.
For those that are called to it, or drawn to it—everything starts and ends with mindset, determination, vision, and hard work.
I encourage you, wherever you are today in your growth process, learn to celebrate every single moment. Whether good, bad, or indifferent, your success is in the journey, not in the outcome.
Your fulfillment will come from getting honest with yourself and building a brand and a life that you love and are proud to be.
Think About That.