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.
Being broke is something that can be changed. Having a poor mindset is something that could be eternal.
I have the opportunity to network with many of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. I feel very fortunate to be able to have this network of people, but with it, I have to see myself as a student.
I ask myself all the time, “Why am able to have this network of people, and what should I do with this as a steward?”
The benefits are numerous from being around people of this skill and talent. So, to maximize the value, I need to look at their habits and actions of the most successful. What do the most forward thinking and highest performing people in my community do to perform at their level?
One key thing I have noticed is that even when in the midst of failure, they’re always looking at the lesson. They are always looking at the progress.
When you have that outlook and mindset, financial gain is merely a matter of time.
Think about that.
We would all do well to strive and long for health, contentment, and faithfulness.
Without out our health, we have but one single focus—to be whole.
Without contentment, we are running to and fro, chasing anything that will satisfy our want.
Without faithfulness, we have a skewed image of truth and trust.With our health, we are free to dream, run, and laugh.
With contentment, we have peace and satisfaction that quenches us.
With faithfulness, we have security and are free from mindless worry.
Yes, there are a number of attributes and life principle that are beneficial to us at all times. Today’s mindset from Buddha is an exceptional reminder of that which we should pursue.
Take a moment, journal, and rate where you are in your health, contentment, and faithfulness. I would wager that the higher your rating and assessment, the more connected and successful you feel about where you are today. If you feel unsettled in where you are, begin by pursuing these things.
Think about that.
Would it surprise you if I said you are capable of obtaining and achieving anything you want?
Now, within reason of course. You have to realize that if you are five feet tall, dreaming of becoming an NBA player is probably not going to happen for you. But setting that aside, I can tell you from personal experience—as well as being around thousands of successful entrepreneurs—your ability to set your mind and focus will greatly determine your ability to achieve it.
I know when I can see myself having achieved my goal. And I can hear myself talk with the emotion of having completed my journey; I am 9/10ths of the way to reaching my dream.
Yes, that can sound almost silly at first, except I have experienced it and have witnessed it more times than I can count. So what do you have to lose?
I challenge you to spend some time journaling or using the Vision90 document from the Tools and Resources tab, to set your goals and dreams into motion. Focus on what you want exactly, and then have a conversation internally about what achieving that goal would feel like. Not the money, what would it feel like?
There is where success lay.
Think About That.