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6 Simple Mindset Shifts for Success

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What does mindset have to do with success? Don’t I just need to work harder and maybe get a lucky break or two? No! Your mindset has everything to do with your success. So here are 6 simple steps you can take to set yourself on the road for success.

While they might teach you so in college, getting a good job, working hard and waiting for success to somehow magically happen is not the answer. You can be much smarter and do much better than that.

Here are 6 ways to shift your mindset in order to find success:

1. Always question the status quo

Learn to love the question “How could this be better?” and apply it to all areas of your life, business, career, relationships – everything. The fact that something has ‘always been that way’ is not, on its own, a good enough reason for anything to stay the way it is.

In 2015 I challenged the fact that I’d ‘never been any good at running’. I used an app to get me from zero to 5k, started trail running and, within 6 months had competed in a 44.5 mile trail race, still running strong at the end after 10 hours of running.

What ‘facts’ are you living with that deserve to be challenged? How could they be better?

2. Always be experimenting

Embrace experimenting – because you never know until you try! Amazon is famous for their culture of constant experimentation. Not everything they try works, ands the same will be true for you, but if you try enough things then some will be wildly successful.

Experiment everywhere. Conduct a series of 30-day experiments on your health, happiness, fitness and finances. See what works, what you enjoy and what has the biggest impact – keep the best bits and then try something new.

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. Always look for the big picture

Know your big goals, your ideal life path, the overall goals of your business or job. And don’t get lost in the details. The details are important, of course, but only when they’re directly relevant to the big picture. If you’re obsessing over tiny details, make sure they’re ones that matter.

When you face problems, especially recurrent ones, always look for the opportunity. Fix the problem first if it’s urgent, but don’t stop thinking about it as soon as it goes away. Given the overall objective, is there something that could be done in a whole different way that would avoid this problem in the future? This applies to everything from internet security breaches to waiting for a taxi (think Uber) to running out of milk at home.

4. Never trust your assumptions

Assumptions are dangerous! When you assume something you’re effectively just imagining that you know how something is, or why it’s the way it is. That can be a useful thinking strategy but it’s no way to run a life or do business.

Don’t assume that new ways will always be better or that what everyone else is doing will work for you or your business. Don’t assume what people are thinking or feeling, or that you know why they’re acting as they are.

Until you test your assumptions you never really know. Ask questions whenever possible, experiment if you can see a way to. Try never to act on untested assumptions unless circumstances force you into it. And be prepared to be wrong. Don’t get too attached to your ideas of how things should be; maybe it should be the way it is and it’s you that needs to change!

5. Never complain – even when times get tough

Tough times will come, but then so will the good times. To paraphrase Jim Rohn, you have to have winter or else you can’t have spring and summer and harvest time. So don’t complain when it’s winter!

The metaphorical winter is the time to take stock, survey the landscape and, instead of complaining about it, ask good questions, like “How could this be better?” Regroup, gather your resources and prepare to sow new seed in the spring.

Nobody likes to hear you complaining, at least no one with an interest in you being more successful, so don’t do it. It won’t make you feel better and, if anything, your focus on everything that’s wrong will only make the tough times longer. So quit complaining and start being grateful for the good times that are coming.

6. Never reject who you really are

Self improvement is a wonderful thing, but don’t imagine that you can ‘improve’ yourself out of who you really are. Your natural talents and traits will always shine through or sabotage you.

If you’re naturally introverted, don’t go for a job in sales! Personal development can make you a good salesperson, but you won’t be happy and you’ll sabotage your success somehow. And if you love to spend a lot of time out in nature, don’t imagine you can be happy sitting at a computer in an office all day.

Embrace who you are, but also be aware that your introversion and love of nature don’t mean you can’t have an internet based business that sells things to people – you’ll just need to get a little more creative. Don’t focus on your weaknesses and try to develop them away. Instead focus on your strengths, magnify them and find a way to make them work effectively for you.

“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that.” – Linda Thompson

What is success anyway? Success is a journey, and only you can truly define what that journey of success looks like to you. You may not know yet. You may need to do some experimenting. You may be in a tough patch, wondering if you’ll ever achieve anything that looks remotely like success, but you will.

As long as you remember who you are and what’s important to you, and do things that you love to do, you’re already being successful. From that point, of course, the only question is: How could this be better?

Have you tried shifting your mindset successfully to experience a boost to your life? Let us know how you did it by commenting below!

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Christopher Vitalis started consulting multiple 7 and 8-figure companies, incorporated several businesses with 5+ employees and moved from an apartment with no hot water to every single corner of the world. In his spare time, he helps others do the same through The Big Picture Academy. Reach out to him on Facebook here.

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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