Entrepreneurship can be a hard road for the unprepared. Entrepreneurship goes against everything you have been taught in school about what it means to be successful. When most of us think about success, we are really gauging our lives against what I refer to as the Master Plan – go to school, get good grades, graduate, find a good job, make lots of money, get married, buy a house with a white-picket fence, have 2.5 kids, and a dog. This is the American Dream!
Entrepreneurship rarely follows this formula. The road to entrepreneurial success is paved with bumps and bruises, hard knocks, disappointments, repeat failures, and broken relationships. Don’t get me wrong; entrepreneurship is great! Owning your own business is an amazing accomplishment that can create freedom, control, and flexibility in your life. However, in order to overcome the challenges that come along with choosing this path, you will need to adopt an entrepreneur mindset. You will need to shift your mindset by changing your stinking thinking. These are the negative thoughts, internal voices, fears, and other roadblocks crowding your brain and preventing you from moving forward toward your business success goals.
There are 3 simple words you need to own to create a mindset shift from stinking thinking to that of a business owner. I invite you to embrace these words by meditating on what each of these truly mean to you. You may want to develop a mantra, affirmation, or incantation that incorporates each of these 3 simple words to fully create the mindset shift you need.
3 Simple Words to Create Mindset Shift
- Go. After partnering with hundreds of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, I have noticed that one of the biggest concerns or obstacles standing in their way is just to get started in the first place. There are usually one of four issues that keep aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners immobilized. The first is that you are stuck in information overload. You are overwhelmed by the wealth of how-to information out there and have no idea how to make it applicable to your specific situation. The second issue is that you suffer from analysis paralysis. You want everything to be perfect. You’re so busy striving for perfection that you fail to make any real or lasting connections to your dream customers. The third issue is that you’re a procrastinator. You may lack the time management and organizational skills required to put one foot in front of the other. The longer you S.I.T., the longer you Stay In Trouble. The final issue is fear. Fear can definitely be immobilizing. Ask yourself what would you do if fear were not present. Do that! You have to create a mindset shift from a place of lack to a place of intentional, directed, strategic action. Get moving. Just go!
- Be. A lack of faith and belief in the value you have to give to the world is a real problem for many entrepreneurs. If you don’t know your value then neither will your customers. This is why so many would-be successful business owners fail to attract the right customers who are willing and able to pay their prices. Much of this lack of faith and belief in yourself stems from the expectations placed upon you by others. The roles you play (mother, teacher, consultant, etc.) and the labels you assume (teenage mother, dope addict, urban, etc.) create internal hard-wired notions about what is expected of you and your capacity to achieve success. Create a mindset shift. You do not have to live within the constraints of how others define you. You do not have to be confined to the expectations of what society says you should be. You are not responsible for fulfilling anyone’s expectations for your life other than your own. You are exactly what you choose to be. Choose it. Be it!
- Now. A recent participant in one of my entrepreneurship workshops asked me when was the best time in life to open your own business. She was worried about being too old. I hear this often. You are never too old, young, fat, skinny, sick, crazy, bossy, or whatever other negative, self-deprecating belief you have been carrying around as baggage from your past. Your past circumstance doesn’t define your future finance. Your current situation doesn’t inhibit your possible elevation. Your age doesn’t stop progression to the next stage. Start the second you have been awakened to your passion and purpose. Create a mindset shift. The hardest part really is to start. Start now!
There you have it! These 3 simple words will help you to begin thinking like a successful entrepreneur. Put them all together to create a drastic mindset shift today. Stop waiting on the sidelines of life! GO BE NOW!
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