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Your Mindset Flashlight

Your Mindset Flashlight

I say to clients all the time that their success lies in the shadow work that we will do together over time.


Shadow work refers to the steps and thoughts that become our actions externally.  We all have a shadow side that deals with our fears, limiting thoughts, and that pesky internal voice that often scares us from action.


But your mindset flashlight exposes all of that and allows you to make your mindset work for you rather than against you.


It takes time and is never something you can just ignore. But over time, it is much much easier every day.


If you find yourself listening to that internal voice a little more than you should – being afraid, getting stuck with inaction, over analyzing and doing nothing when you know you need to move—grab your mindset flashlight and take a look around.


Mindset is the single most powerful tool you can have as an entrepreneur and leader.


Think about that.

Those Who Matter Don’t Mind

Those Who Matter Don’t Mind

When I was little, there was a preacher that would jokingly say, “Oh we’ve done gone from preaching to meddling now…”


The nemesis of most entrepreneurs is this struggle to settle in and just be who you are. For many, all is too polished, too scripted, too ‘branded;’ Although an inauthentic action is nowhere near a brand.


And yet, many of us—yes….us—struggle to show up as our genuine selves.


Why is that?


I could say that it is because we are trying to create a presence about who we are for business. But truthfully, we create a persona because we are secretly unhappy with who we are in the first place.


Now, my job here is not to be the Shrink. I am here to nudge you with mindset.


The greatest advice I can give you is to strive to be you—the you that is truly you—in your business and your life.  The audience you serve or seek to serve can tell if you are putting on a façade.


You would do well to heed today’s Mindset for Today.


Think about that.

Are You Bulking Up?

Are You Bulking Up?

Is it possible that life is getting easier for you? Or is it that you are just far more tough than you used to be?


My experience is that everything we go through—good or bad—clearly feeds us and prepares us for what is coming next.

The trick is to make sure you are “taking notes” as you go along the way.


Being intentionally aware of what you are experiencing when you are doing so is a great habit and skill to hone.


What we go through will strengthen you later in ways we most likely cannot understand at the moment.


I just know that when I pay attention, I end up more prepared for whatever comes my way.


So, go ahead, bulk up on life and experience.  It will help you show up in a big way later and make the waves of future life fare more easy to enjoy.


Think about that.

As You Are

As You Are

Learning to assess people by their character is not only right, but it will make you better for doing so.


It is not as easy as it sounds.


Now, with that said, I also think it is important to be cautious about who you let in your inner circle.  Not guarding that space and be reckless and dangerous for you because you welcome potential poor advice.


But when you consider someone upon their character—the content of their hearts—you know exactly who is an asset to you and who is a distraction.


For leaders and entrepreneurs like you, this decision is key.


So, there are two big lessons in today’s mindset focus:


1) Do the right thing and judge others based upon their character, not their past; and


2) Use this information to determine who is worthy to be in your inner circle.


Think about that.

Even If You Have to Squint

Even If You Have to Squint

One of the best practices you can have is the ability to find one positive thing in your day no matter how tough it might have been.


This special skill can literally save your life.


How do I know? It saved mine.


I remember back to when I was neck deep in the middle of a tough divorce and a business bankruptcy. I thought everything in my life was lost forever and never going to get better again.


But then I stopped and realized that if I did not take control of my mind, I was going to lose my mind—and probably my life as well.


But how do I start? There was nothing good going on…(or so I thought.)


Then, my oldest daughter called for no reason at all, just to check on me and say, ‘hey.’  There is was…


My one good thing for the day that gave me a place to start.


I realized that I was loved, and that if just that one thing were true, I could rebuild the rest. And so, I did.  Finding that one thing positive on one dark day allowed me to go from divorced and bankrupt to build a multi-6-figure business back all in that year.


No matter how dark things are….find your one thing today.


Think about that.