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7 Things You Can Do to Enhance Your Entrepreneurial Mindset



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Your success as an entrepreneur doesn’t only rely on your ability to deal with numbers and finances. Even though your skill may pave the way for numerous opportunities, capitalizing on those chances is an entirely different thing. With all the complexities that can arise, your performance as a business owner will heavily depend on your mental fitness.

Developing an entrepreneurial mindset is just as important as improving your skillset. A person with a strong mind will know when to take risks, can think of solutions outside the box, and has the strength to embrace uncertainty. Luckily, this mindset can be developed with time and effort.

Here are some things you can do to enhance your mental fitness.

1. Set a time for daily reflection

In Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he states the importance of beginning with an end in mind. As an entrepreneur, one of the most important things you need to have is a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Other than serving as your road map, the milestones you’ve set serves as a reminder of why you’re enduring the challenges you’re currently facing.

With this in mind, it’s essential to set a few minutes of your day dedicated to you and your thoughts. Constant reflection will allow you to see things clearly to make decisions based on the big picture. Setting sticky notes on your workstation, listening to inspirational speeches, and putting motivational wallpapers on your phone can also help.

2. Seek out mentors

Getting multiple mentors is beneficial in a lot of ways. Since you have guiding figures that know the ins-and-outs of their industries, you’ll be able to tell if your ideas are feasible, see things from multiple perspectives, and gain insight from their experiences. When it comes to seeking them out, keep in mind that you don’t need to know them personally. Thanks to learning platforms such as video tutorials and online seminars, you can be coached by knowledgeable figures anytime and anywhere.

3. Read everyday

Aside from getting a mentor, setting aside a few minutes of your day to read is also an excellent way to expand your knowledge. Books, articles, and all kinds of blogs allow you to dissect the experiences of the experts that have published them. By learning from their mistakes and successes, you can gain insight and concrete examples of what you should do and avoid as an entrepreneur.

4. Put yourself in challenging situations

Mental growth is acquired by going through difficult situations. If you want to improve your mindset, the most effective way to do it is to seek out challenges. Other than attempting to exceed the service expectations of your clients, you can also improve your mindset by performing daily tasks that aren’t even related to your business.

Challenging yourself always allows you to develop soft skills and values that can be useful in your professional life. Something as simple as learning a new hobby can already pose a lot of mental benefits and provide avenues for growth.

5. Attend entrepreneurial events

In this day and age, networking has never been more critical. Attending entrepreneurial events is the easiest way to build genuine relationships with other business owners. If you’re visiting one soon, remember that your main goal shouldn’t be to pitch your business. Instead, you should take the time to build your professional network and acquire valuable insight from likeminded entrepreneurs. You may not require a partnership in the meantime, but having a decent number of connections across various industries will prove useful in the years to come.

6. Build a routine

With your busy schedule in mind, nothing is more precious than the time and energy you have. The best way to stay in control of both is to provide structure for every single day. You’ll need to develop discipline in both your professional and personal life. Other than controlling your financial tendencies by regularly monitoring your money flow, developing the right routine will significantly increase your day-to-day productivity. 

Effectively managing your hours will require you to know what your priorities are. By taking note of those, you can quickly point out distractions and spend your time on more important matters.

7. Teach others

Teaching others is a fulfilling and enriching experience for both parties. When you’re helping someone out with their business ventures, you’ll need to go back and reflect on the similar experiences you’ve had. You may now see past situations in a different light and acquire new perspectives you can apply to your business today. At the same time, being exposed to the ideas of the person you’re helping out can give you a big boost of inspiration when you feel like you’re plateauing.

Being an entrepreneur goes beyond your ability to manage your resources. With innovations in technology and the development of new practices constantly changing the dynamics of industries, being a successful entrepreneur now requires a certain degree of mental strength.

Doing the things mentioned above would allow you to develop an entrepreneurial mindset that can benefit you greatly in both your professional and personal life.

AJ Balois is a Content Manager at BPI-Philam, a bancassurance company, based in the Philippines. She’s been working in the banking and insurance industry for seven years. Upon realizing the power of being financially literate, AJ promised to share her knowledge through informative and educational content.   

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For your first meeting, start small to ease yourself in – a big group could prove too daunting, and stop you from feeling comfortable enough to get involved. After all, you want to make a strong first impression!

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