Is all too easy to get caught up in paralyzing thought about your future. Often, we allow ourselves to think that something is outside our reach.
I know that as a coach and mentor for entrepreneurs and leaders, it is so common that is almost funny—except it is debilitating.
Whatever your passion or goal, remembering today’s Mindset is a HUGE resource that will help you get to where you want to go.
In fact, just the other day, I was on an interview call with an entrepreneur with an 8-figure business, and they said, “All of us—every entrepreneur I know—thinks too little of their own worth.”
I find that challenging.
So, what do we do about this challenge? The answer is both simple and difficult. Set your goal and then focus on the process that will get you there—NOT on the goal itself.
Let me explain: If your goal is to grow your business to $1,000,000, that is great. But if you only dwell on the end result, you will be plagued with setbacks and frustrations.
Instead, focus on the actions and the processes that will get you to your goal. Be excellent at every step, and your goal will come to you.
HINT: Get out of your head and take action every single day (with excellence).
Think About That.
Not that long ago, I was invited to come speak to a young sports team. The coach had asked if I would give a little talk about the greatest truth that I’d ever learned from being an entrepreneur.
The choice of what I would share with them was very simple, and it’s contained in our mindset for today.
In order to be successful, in order to achieve, in order to excel above those around you, you have to stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and you have to constantly think and dwell upon what will go right.
People who see themselves as successful;
People who envision what it’s like to win;
People who focus on what it will feel like to achieve what you want to achieve;
Have a ninety plus percent greater likelihood of achieving their dreams.
Once I learned that, I knew that there was nothing in my life or business that was out of my reach.
Think About That.
To an entrepreneur, struggle, setback, and frustrations are not only common, but sadly often frequent. Some of that is beyond our control and some is completely self-induced. But any entrepreneur that has experienced success will tell you that their victory was defined in the struggle, not on the highs of the finish line. And the difference is greatly tied to your perspective on the journey.
When you face challenges, how you respond greatly determines how you finish. Having a solid framework and mental belief model that can keep you on track and your of your head, is key.
Sadly, for years I did not know this. And instead, believe that if I just worked longer, harder, faster, and better I would win. Although I did from time to time, I sacrificed a lot of things in the early days to the expense of my effort.
I encourage you not to do that.
Struggle is necessary, but it does not have to be common, eternal, or fatal. If you find yourself living in a constant state of struggle and chaos, it might be that much of that is because of your actions—even without realizing it.
The good news is that all of those things can be changed. And this change starts with mindset.
With the proper mindset, uncertainty and fear turn to determination, grit, and savvy. I highly recommend that path to your current path. I have come to a place where I am thankful for those early struggles. If I had not had to deal with them, I would not have near the satisfaction and peace that I do today.
The light of the stars on the darkest night is the purest illumination to your path.
Think about that.
Sorry, I could not resist the Queen reference, but there is serious truth in this Mindset for Today.
We’ve all had struggles from time-to-time, but some are far harder than others.
Sure, a surprise setback and serious life event can take you down quickly, but the path out is greatly determined by how you carry it and how you get up.
For some, carrying a hardship becomes a security blanket of limited thinking. Sure it comforts you at first, but eventually strangles away any hope for a better life and a way out.
I used to be that way.
Today, I have grown to realize that any challenge, if met with my full presence and creative problem-solving ability, can be overcome, managed, or walked away from pretty easily.
How I choose to see it, deal with it, and move past it makes all the difference.
There are lessons to learn—once. I have no interest in continually living in set-backs.
I may fall down, but I will definitely rise every time.
Think about that.
I will say it plain. I have zero interest in participation trophies and making sure everyone is treated the same. Fairly, yes—but the same no way!
Competition in sports and in music when I was young, made me who I am today. I discovered that when I worked hard and set a goal, I could achieve anything I wanted to.
Sure, there was always that person that was better than me at a sport or at the piano, but the most valuable lesson came from there as well: Comparison is the thief of joy.
Once I realized that competing with myself to do better than ever before IS the way to grow and mature.
I am all for building self-esteem, and I realize we live in a different era than when I was young, but honestly, I know we are doing our little ones and our legacy wrong by shielding others from the lessons of competing.
We need goals and we need to fall short of them from time to time. The lesson from this—that sometimes additional, extra second and third try effort—is required for success.
Had I not learned this, I would still be sitting on the sidelines of life.
No, thank you.
Think about that.