Barely a day goes by that I do not get asked why mindset is such an important topic for me. Most often, the questioner ‘knows’ that mindset is to be thought of, but has no clear understanding of its true impact. I cannot stress it enough. Mindset is the single most important thing you can refine and perfect in your life.
Now, how can I say such a sweeping statement like that? The answer is simple. It has been my life story. In fact, you see this post within the app, Mindset Engine, solely because I discovered the hidden power behind mastering mindset.
So how to you get started down the path to mastering mindset?
First, you simply start. Everything begins with a deeply personal internal conversation. I call it being “brutally honest” with yourself. My conversation started with a morning journaling session.
Very quickly—a matter of a couple of days—things would pop up and take me away from my newfound journaling routine. I would miss one day, then two, until suddenly I would look up and my goal was now three months passed with no progress.
So, I committed to change (mindset) by removing distractions from my morning. I stopped looking at my phone as my first activity from awake. (I used to say, ‘yeah but it is my alarm.’ What I was actually doing was checking the news, email, and Facebook as my first activity.
That single action corrected my course more than I can explain.
We have much more to cover in the coming days. For today, start your brutally honest conversation internally. It takes far more mental strength than one might think.
Relationships can be tricky things. We all have a picture in our minds of what the perfect dating relationship, or marriage relationship, or best friendship should look like. Business relationships can be equally challenging if we are not careful.
Why is that? A lack of honesty and candor.
As I think back over the relationships, both personal and professional, I can say with a clear conscience that the reason it did not turn out as desired is due to the lack of honesty and candor. I did not say what I truly thought. Nor did I present the true person I am to the other individual in the relationship. I held details and perspectives back, rather than openly invest as the “me” I am.
The best relationships occur when both members are open, honest, and speak to one another with full investment in one another’s success, dreams, and goals. When we don’t go at our relationships with this level of fervor, we end up with something far less meaningful, less exciting, and less fulfilling.
Think about that.
I get asked all the time, why it is that I preach about or harp on mindset?
The truth is because it’s the DNA of my success—I know it for a fact. I’ve shared with you many stories about how critical it was in my heart, business, and life. Mindset is the thing that controls our behavior, outlook, and our mental attitude. The things that we can control ultimately can drive our success. That is why I focus on mindset—because I know that it works! Irrespective of who you are, what your business is, what your market is, what your niche is, or what your relationships are like; if you can master your mindset, everything about your life will immediately begin to move forward and upward. I know it. All the successful entrepreneurs I know, know it as well. It truly is the DNA of your success.
Think about that.
Do you journal?
You are in the best place in your life to start. Even though it may not feel like it, you are in the perfect spot to begin the journey to your success. Let’s face it. We all have droves of interests, distractions, and roadblocks that try to keep us from where we want to be. And as a result, we have to make a decision:
Are we to be defined by our goal or by our struggle?
For quite some time, I allowed myself to be defined by my struggle. I was habitually dogged by the, “I don’t have enough time,” mindset. I now know that viewpoint is a lie. I have all the time in the world. It is merely my priorities in how I use my time that needs work. I spent years making excuses and beating myself up over my path, rather than just taking action and focusing on my goal. Now, even on very busy days that are full of other business tasks, I make time for my goal—even if the smallest of steps, every day gets forward motion toward my goals. And when setbacks occur, they are no longer failures. Those setbacks are guiding lessons that get me one step closer to my goal.
Think about that.
Will Rogers is a significant icon of American history. His comment today, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there,” is very simple and yet truly profound. What a great reminder for us all.
We can have all the wisdom in the world. We can have the best plans in the world. But if we procrastinate and don’t take actions—if we don’t take the risk of stepping out or getting out of our comfort zone—we absolutely will get run over anyway. I know several inventors who had great ideas that could have changed the world. But because they were so afraid that someone might steal their idea or they were unable to find a partner that could help them market or to manufacture it, they ended up taking those inventions to the grave.
It’s important for you to understand that even when you have the best of everything ready to go, you are not finished until you take the first step. Why not start today?
Think about that.