Mindset will make or break your business.
I know that is a bold statement. But if the owner does not believe in themselves or in the business, then it will not make it.
No matter how great the idea.
How do I know this?
Too many failed businesses, when I know the insides of a business like no other.
I have my undergrad in finance. I have my MBA. I read about business almost non-stop.
I LOVE business.
But until recently I had a negative mindset.
I had so many limiting beliefs that it is amazing I made any money!
Then I had some major transitions in my personal life. This led me to dive deep into mindset. Into the emotional personal growth side of business.
See your business is only as good as you are. I had heard that many times before.
So, I read more books. Hired more coaches. Came up with new products. Injected more capital.
Nothing worked. Now to be fair, some of it did, because I was doing the business side right.
What was wrong was my business mindset. As soon as that clicked, everything became easier. It was so much better that sometimes I just stop in amazement at how things work now.
Are you ready to change your mindset? Are you ready to let your business succeed?
Then read on. Here is what I did to change my mindset.
Just to be clear we need to make sure everyone is on the same page for a definition.
According to the dictionary:
Mindset is an established set of attitudes held by someone.
Your attitude is: a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior.
Mindset is what you believe, brought to life in the world by your actions.
It does not matter if you know you have that belief or not. Every belief will be acted upon.
That right there is where it gets tricky. If you don’t know you have a negative mindset, how the heck are you supposed to fix it?! Don’t worry, that is exactly what this article is for.
Without getting into too much about how this works. When you have a belief, our brains are wired to confirm its validity. So, if you believe that you won’t be as successful as your father. You will unconsciously attract into your life things that will make this real.
How do these beliefs even come about? As a child we are also wired to try to fit in as this is our means of survival. We are given beliefs by our parents, siblings, and society. Beyond what they say, many beliefs come from what they do.
So, as an example from above. Perhaps your dad always had issues with his brothers competing to be the best. You observed this and as a child determined that it would be safer if you were not in competition with your father. This became a belief based on a child’s need for safety.
So now matter what your father says about wanting you to succeed, and now matter how much you want to succeed. The young child belief that it is not safe, is the one that is overriding your desires.
It is not until these beliefs, that are no longer beneficial are re-written. That the opportunity to thrive in business will appear.
When changing your mindset there are many different aspects at work. But I am going to break it down into two areas. These two areas will help you start to do the work to have a great mindset for your business.
The two areas we will look at are comprised of two different dimensions.
The first is that there are conscious and unconscious beliefs. Some attitudes we know we have, and some we don’t.
The other dimension is in the moment changes versus making long-term changes.
Using these two dimensions I am going to address these in two scenarios.
Let’s start with the “easy” group, conscious mood shifts.
In the moment the first thing you want to focus on is shifting your mood. This will help you better deal with the business issue facing you.
The goal here is to allow your brain to move function from the part that drives instinct, to your rational mind. Allowing you to make better decisions.
Once you have adjusted your mood then, you can begin to shift the belief that you are dealing with.
Now that you are calm, take the belief that came up and start to dissect it.
For example, let’s say you are hosting a workshop. You arrive at the facility to discover the wrong chairs were delivered. You panic assuming that the rest of the day will be just one problem after another.
First do one of the calming in the moment items.
Then when calm, begin to ask yourself questions about the thought.
The goal here is to let your rational mind take over. To counter the belief that everything will be a problem, with facts. Without making this shift you can create your own issues by expecting problems.
If you discover the cause of your panic, you can quickly adjust and move on. If not, if nothing is coming up then you need to take the steps in the next section. Get back to calmly handling the issue at hand, and later begin the next process.
This is where the real work in changing your mindset lies. When you take the time to find the hidden beliefs that are impacting your life. You change everything about what happens in your life.
How do you go about this?
Here are some way to find your limiting beliefs:
Once you know what is giving you a negative mindset you need to re-write it. Your mind has made it a habit to have this belief. So while awareness is beneficial, you still need to train yourself to think differently.
My favorite tools to re-wire are tapping and meditation. The great part about these two is that you can use them in the moment and also to heal the belief. So, you don’t have to learn too many techniques.
Don’t just accept your negative thoughts as reality. Work to find why you have a negative mindset and begin to work on turning it positive. Your business will take off as soon as your mindset and your business practices are in line!
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Andrea Travillian is the founder of Aspirify, Inc. Andrea has her BBA in finance from the University of Iowa, her MBA from Creighton University and her coaching certificate from the International Coaching Academy. She is an author, speaker, and most importantly mom.