I. Love. This. Mindset. I cannot express fully how powerful and freeing this particular Mindset is.
Having the skill to cause yourself to pause and be still is something for which we should all seek. More times than not, when searching for a solution, I am in scramble mode or spending all my energy looking for a magic bullet.
Instead, what I should do more often is make time to be still.
In the stillness, our heart, head, mind, and soul can connect to our true selves. This connection, brings clarity and momentum to our problem-solving needs. In fact, I try to include a time of quiet and stillness in my morning routine.
Being busy and taking action are big tools in the toolbox of an entrepreneur. However, we all would do well to “sharpen the axe” of being still.
I dare you to try this for one week. 10 minutes of still and quiet every single morning. At first it will seem like an eternity. By the end of the week you will discover that your best thoughts come from that time. Also, your body will thank you.
Think About That.
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.
We’ve spent several days talking about the power of perception and what it means to your journey. Today is no exception.
In fact, it’s probably the most important principle around perception.
It is important for us to pay attention how other people see us. It helps us clarify a lot about who we are and where we choose to belong.
However, it is even more important for us to focus on how we see ourselves.
If we see ourselves as successful, as powerful, as forward, and as a leader, we are far more likely to be successful than if we see ourselves as a victim, or as someone who is going to suffer hardship.
It is a life changing principle that we have to learn and then master.
Certainly, there are things in life and business that are outside of our control. However, our ability to see ourselves as our best potential self greatly gives us enormous momentum and an advantage in actually achieving our dreams.
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.
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.
In the life of an entrepreneur, I think progress is probably the greatest motivator any entrepreneur can have.
For those of us who have a mindset that focuses on moving forward and upward, you have an incredible tool at your disposal that many do not have. Sadly, many entrepreneurs fall into the trap of only giving credence, or value, only to accomplishment. Many only focus on what they have done, instead of what they are in the act of doing.
True winning, skill, and success come out of embracing the fact that as you grow, you become better. If ever we stop growing, we immediately fade as an entrepreneur.
I want you to stop and evaluate where you are mentally and physically in the project that you are working on.
Are you in a place where you are celebrating your progress, or are you finding yourself trapped, frustrated, and being hard on yourself because you’re not as close to the finish as you should be?
I encourage you to look at how far you’ve come since yesterday and how far you’ve come since seven days ago.
If you pay attention to how far you’ve come instead of how far you have reaming, your success will grow exponentially faster.
Think about that.