Understanding where the boundaries of your comfort zone are is significant.
There are so many entrepreneurs and individuals like you who have great ideas, great aspirations, great goals but for whatever reason; they allow themselves to be limited in their thinking.
Many are limited in their thought, understanding, or problem-solving because they come at something without a clear position and a mindset that against them instead of for them.
This should not be. (and it does not have to be.)
Our life truly does begin at the end of our comfort zone.
This has been my experience. In fact, it’s been the experience of every entrepreneur that I’ve ever worked with, successful and not successful.
The challenge for us all is that first step. But if you want to move forward and upward, you have to take it—including fear and all.
I remember when wanting to start Mindset Engine, I loved the idea. I was simply afraid to take action. Why? Because as long as it was only an idea, it could not fail. But conversely, as only an idea, it could never succeed as it has either.
Consider this: Is there something that you have thought about for a long time but have not been able to get moving the way you want?
Perhaps your comfort zone is getting in the way.
I would suggest two things. First, get brutally honest with yourself about what you want and why it is important. Otherwise, stop wasting mental time.
Second, create a “rapid design” plan to get from point A to point B. Do not worry about the entire project, just commit to building out the first piece. Just that simple momentum can help unlock a lot of doors.
Think about that.
Do you have a clear picture of what your best day looks like?
In our pursuit of an effective and powerful mindset, I encourage you to think about that question and how best to respond.
As I began my coaching business, I went through numerous “starts and stops” trying to get everything perfect right out of the gate. Although a lofty goal, I was literally sabotaging my success.
The secret ingredient was just to start.
Once I took forward action, and I got past my self-imposed mental barriers, solutions and creativity simply began to flow at a high level.
One of the tools that I used to arrive at this place in my journey was to visualize and write out “my perfect day.”
That is my challenge and encouragement to you right now.
Use your journal or the digital journal in this app and spend a few moments writing out a detailed account of what your perfect day will look like.
When did you awake? What will you do? How will you spend your time? Who will share your time with you? What will you get accomplished? For what will you be grateful?
These questions and many others will often unlock your thinking and allow you to see solutions that you might be missing. I use this exercise personally at least once a quarter.
Think about that.
For a long time, I have known that the way you approach a situation has a significant impact on the outcome.
If you believe you can achieve something, you are exponentially more likely to achieve it.
Conversely, if you limit yourself and are afraid you will ultimately fail, you are far more likely actually to fail.
What makes the difference? The way you come at a problem has a significant impact on the outcome.
What you dwell upon is what you attract.
Our life and our thoughts are made up of the successes and challenges that we experience. And the lessons learned as a result of those experiences, create the fabric of who we are and how we succeed.
Whatever is going on in your life today, whatever challenges, whatever goals, whatever building you might be doing in your life or your business, I challenge you to pause for a moment.
Journal if you need to and think about how to reposition your mindset to succeed.
I have a very successful coach friend of mine who always says, “Until you learn to think about your thinking, you’re not ever going to get on the right path.” I honestly believe that.
I welcome you today to pause to ‘think about what are you thinking about,’ and which outcome are you dwelling upon? How can you focus your mindset to work for you so that you are in a posture of success before you ever get started?
Think about that.
You are an amazing human being.
You are full of life, wisdom, joy, thoughtfulness, and strength—even when you have times that may not feel like it.
Strength is often ill-defined as confidence when in actuality it has far more to do with persistence than anything else. How I know that is from my own journey, as well as that of virtually all of my one on one clients.
The more successful they are, the longer their story of persistence. These entrepreneurs simply cannot and will not give up.
But being backed into a corner, or being trapped by circumstances is something very different. The challenge is situations like this is in clearing your mind and focusing on solutions rather than the stress of the problem.
Recently, I had a coaching client that was up against the wall of a cash crisis in his business. In talking through it, he fixated on the amount that was owed rather than realizing that his customers were the source of his solution.
I encouraged him to know where his numbers are; but then, he is to look at how many customers would hire him all over again today if they needed someone? How many were moving up in business versus down? How many praise emails and phone calls had he gotten in the last 90 days.
Once we did this exercise together, we quickly realized that he did not have a cash flow issue—he had a client service issue. His team had gotten lax in servicing the clients with an over-and-above experience.
Perspective and brutal honesty reveal pure strength. You have it—you just have to know how to look for it.
Think about that.
I get asked all the time, “what it is that makes successful people successful?” or, “why is that when someone has a particular success that they tend to have another and another?”
The truth is that success really does happen when your dreams and your desires get bigger than your excuses.
I wanted to be in personal coaching for quite some time and wanted to create something like Mindset Engine to give away to help other people achieve a healthy, focused mindset.
For me, I had to get to the place where my desire for success became greater than my excuses. Then, and only then, did I take strong forward action and put myself out there.
Was I scared? You bet! But I quickly realized that all of us fight the challenge of fear and self-doubt.
Once you learn to make your mind work for you instead of against you, you have the ability to do virtually anything.
Grab your journal or your phone, tablet, or the journal function in this app—whatever it is that you use to take notes on and ask yourself, what is holding you back? What is keeping you from where you want to be?
Before you allow yourself to accept those things, look at each statement that you’ve written down and asked yourself why.
Why is that holding you back?
What is that you could do differently and break through to your goal?
Excuses are like a warm, comfortable blanket on a cold day. But ultimately, excuses deny us the ability to experience life and the success we want.
You have to pay attention and be brutally honest with yourself. It is super easy to get caught in a life of excuses where you miss the success and the dreams that you want. Mindset will give you a giant step forward.
Think about that.