One of the most powerful tools any individual can possess is the ability to laser-focus your mind.
Having expertise, capability, and skill is a beautiful thing, but those things will only get you so far. Just ask any professional athlete. A mindset that is developed, honed, and exercised is like a healthy physique it can move you to places you never thought possible. It can also give you an unfair advantage.
Even as a skeptic, as an introvert, and as someone who may not always be positive-minded (which by the way is me), your mind can be proactively directed toward positive thoughts and actions.
When you do, your life will start to change. How do I know this? Because that is my life story.
Any time in my history where I’ve allowed myself to get down, to get afraid, to be in a place of fear or negativity, everything around me begins just to close up and kind of get harder sort of like walking in mud. By stopping to evaluate and refocus my mindset, everything turns and works in momentum WITH me and FOR me.
Now this is not just a warm and fuzzy feeling. Mindset and visualization are well-documented skills among thousands of the world’s top athletes. If you can learn how to drive rather than respond to your mindset, you have the ability to create your future rather than be limited to only chase it.
Look at the Vision90 resource tool in the Tools and Resources tab of this app. This simple exercise has become the central driver of my success. I use it every day to focus on quarterly and yearly goals. For me, it has made all the difference.
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.
I like to keep things simple and easy to follow. Today’s mindset is just that.
If we did nothing more than wake up with determination and work to be able to sleep with satisfaction, our lives and businesses would be a great space.
But if you are like me, we often let that little entrepreneur’s critic voice get into our head and stay far longer than we should.
You know the voice…we all have one.
That is the voice that tells us we are not good enough or that no one will buy our products. That voice is lying to you.
By learning to be intentional to wake up with determination, we set a tone and pace for our day from the onset. This drive posture keeps us from reacting and getting sidetracked by distractions and other people’s agendas
Finishing the day with satisfaction, however, takes a bit more work.
The truth is, we can easily let the day get away from us if not careful. This rushed and sense of emergency often takes us off task and keeps us from obtaining our goals day after day.
That is why a focused approach is so crucial.
Certainly, I know that we all live in the real world. We all have to deal with life and challenges in our business and family.
But the idea is to be aware of what trips you and avoid it before you ever get trapped.
In short, be intentional and stick to your committed time.
It is a mindset driver for sure.
Think about that.
OH, today’s mindset is one of my all-time favorites of the entire year.
Not only is it infinitely true, but so incredibly relevant for entrepreneurs and leaders like us. As we move our lives and businesses through the world, we will no doubt have major trials. But those trials can be dealt with appropriately (notice I did not say easily).
Our mindset determines how we approach challenges. Mindset can control the outcome.
We must do the mental game before we ever step foot in the arena.
When we fail to prepare fully, we are instantly reacting and on our heels. That is not a place of strength.
So how do you prepare?
Research, journaling, planning, writing, mental focus exercises, scripting, studying proven sales models, etc. Anything and everything can be handled far better with a bit of mental preparation
Your mindset paired with strategic action is the secret one-two punch you need to win the battle before it ever begins.
Think about that.
No one likes failure. Also, I am discovering that many do not like learning either.
“No way!” you say? It has to be true because we forget to pay attention to life’s lessons all the time.
There really is no such thing as failure. There is success, and there is learning. Failing is just one way to determine how not to try it the next time.
The sooner we learn this perspective and we “Learn from the Turn,” the sooner we will come upon our ultimate success.
Our perspective on the other side of struggle has an immense impact on how quickly we move through our next challenge.
Of course, I am like you. I am no fan of perceived failure either. I always want to succeed. However, if you find that you are not failing often, I am convinced you are not pushing yourself far enough.
We all struggle.
The question is how do we respond when we struggle.
Think about that.
Prepared to Win
All of us take preparation for granted. Whether dealing with hardship or raging success, preparation is often lacking, and we end up scrambling to hold things together.
For most entrepreneurs, we love that feeling of urgency.
However, for the 1% that reach epic heights in their business, there is a common denominator—They Prepared for Success.
Winning or succeeding in your life or business is almost never about luck. If we want the big wins, we have to go out and do the work to get the big wins.
Now, on the other side of the coin, many entrepreneurs get caught up in doing and building and do not ever actually sell. For these, they over prepare and continue to build a product or service, but never actually promote and announce said service.
Your answer lays somewhere in the middle.
We have to do the work. We have to promote. We have to put ourselves “out there.”
So what preparation are you doing today that will help you win?
Think about that.