Mindset matters. Whether you’re a founder, CEO, first-day-on-the-job newbie, or bold, would-be entrepreneur, if your mind isn’t right then your decisions aren’t right
and with suboptimal decision-making comes suboptimal results. How you show up everyday determines how you tackle the challenges that comes your way. Dealing with the inevitable ups and downs of entrepreneurship can be a difficult challenge, to say the least
You can grow a profitable, meaningful business for the product or service you’re passionate about. You can learn how to retrain your brain for business success. All you need to do is develop a business “growth mindset” (based on your values), learn the valuable skills you’ll need, and find the right team and tools to help you along your path to success.
Choose courage over fear.
To be successful, you have to have courage and to become courageous, do courageous things. Much of being successful is about going beyond what you think you’re capable of — venturing into the unknown. Whether you fail or succeed, you will learn and grow.
Growth, in and of itself, means attaining a level of success whether it came from success or failure.
Believe in yourself.
Attitude is everything. A negative attitude decreases success and a positive attitude creates success. Without that belief in yourself, you’ll lack a path to success.
Success is something that’s created. It’s not something that merely “happens.”
When you firmly believe in yourself, you can achieve virtually anything. It’s within this belief that you’ll find the power to create the resilience and fortitude needed to keep going when things get tough.
Trust Your Own Ideas and Strength
Too many times, we second-guess our ideas and ourselves. As a business owner, you have to be clear on your mission and vision and stand behind your ideas and decisions 100%.
It’s important to set realistic goals but you also have to put forth the effort to turn them into reality. To do that, you must first trust your own ideas and strengths so you can build your brand and promote your business.
Comparing yourself to others and viewing other people as better or more successful as you is not the right mindset to have. You have to be confident in yourself and focused on the task at hand.
Now that you know what you’re up against, the next step, is recognizing that you aren’t stuck with the thoughts you currently have. “How you interpret challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice,”. You can interpret them in a fixed mindset as signs that your fixed talents or abilities are lacking. Or you can interpret them in a growth mindset as signs that you need to ramp up your strategies and effort, stretch yourself, and expand your abilities.
Changing the script in your head is a huge step, the whole point of doing so is to change not just your thoughts, but your actions as well. Don’t content yourself with a remodeled inner voice. Get out there and practice what you’re preaching to yourself.
Realize That You Can’t Do Everything Alone
Being a one man or one-woman shop is literally impossible when running a successful business. Sure, it might be cost effective, but there’s literally so much to do that you will either get burnt out quickly or make a costly mistake.
Outsourcing is often necessary for your sanity and the success of your business. If you’re a perfectionist and like to do everything yourself, you may struggle with the idea of handing off tasks to someone else.
In this case, you need to find the right person for your business with a proven track record and take the time to train him or her extensively. Outsourcing can help you focus on the most important aspects of your business.
On another note, you may also realize that you need a different type of professional help in the form of a coach or mentor. Most of the successful entrepreneurs I know have all had coaches or mentors at one point in their careers and their businesses have benefited as a result.
If you feel stuck or overwhelmed, having a session with a coach or following a mentor around could help. Realize that trying to run a business by yourself can be a losing game. Be open to receiving help and guidance from others and you’ll be more successful in half the time.
Hire a team to help you rule the tools.
Being a solopreneur has its rewards . . . but it can be more difficult than having a team. However, you may need to work independently for a while . . . just until you get the ball rolling for your business’s steady cash flow. You can actually run your business on $100 a month if need be. And why not attend a college job fair to find an intern who’s interested in working for you?
Finding and working with an awesome, creative team can be one of the best aspects of business life. This is your chance to lead by example! And if you don’t already know the people with whom you want to work, I highly recommend exploring LinkedIn. There are talented people out there who can and want to help you grow your business.
Do some digging, and you’ll find the right people. And once your set-up with a team of professionals, they can help you strategize, program and develop remarkable content, optimize your sales and marketing tools, and sift through all the data.
Am I Generous?
The most successful people, from CEO’s to students share a common behavior. They invest their time, energy, talent, and networks in helping others succeed. “Don’t wait until you think you’ve achieved success to become generous and helpful to others. You become successful by helping others every step of the way.”