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6 Steps To Success For An Entrepreneurial Mindset

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The beauty of entrepreneurialism is that there is no structured career path and certainly no guarantees.

The entrepreneurs journey involves a myriad of twists and turns complete with unexpected diverges, challenges and obstacles. That is why it is important for an entrepreneur to have a mindset that enables them to navigate the inevitable highs and lows.

For success is not a destination, it is a journey.

An entrepreneur sets up a business that will either fail or succeed. If it fails they may start another business and if it succeeds they may hold onto it for a few years before selling it, only to start all over again.

Irrespective of where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, if you are just starting out or an experienced professional here are six steps to create a mindset set for success:

 

1. Dance to your own tune

Be an authentic leader not a follower. It does not matter how many people do what you do, the fact of the matter is no one will do it the way you do it.

People are drawn to you for your unique gifts and talents. Learn from others whilst remaining authentic. If you are not authentic, people see straight through it.

 “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine” – John.C.Maxwell

2. Admire without idolising

It is inspiring to admire people for what they have achieved however it can be taken too far.

It is easy to get caught up with the success of people you admire and want to emulate them. We have the same traits as those we admire whether we see it or not.

When you put someone on a pedestal, you are also putting yourself down.

Take the time to realise where you have those same traits. Then utilise your precious time and energy to dream big, stay inspired and focus on achieving your own goals.

 

3. See both sides

In business and life in general, aim to see both sides. Quite often we are motivated to act by seeing the benefits over the drawbacks. This is how we make decisions, by searching for things that give us more pleasure than pain.

However, if you can take a step back and look at both sides before acting that prepares you for whatever comes your way and ensures you refrain from getting too excited or stressed. As Dr John Demartini says: “If you are too excited about something, you are not ready for it”.

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4. The Power of meditation

Aim to set aside 10-20 minutes per day to quiet your mind. Meditation enables you to get to know yourself better by connecting to your soul.

This gives you access to information you will not receive by thinking logically about it.

Our mind is too busy and by quietening the mind daily it gives us the guidance and visions that are connected with our heart in order to reach our true purpose in life.

This one step alone changes your life. When we seek answers from within we are able to stay strong, live on purpose and have a greater impact in the world.

 

5. Appreciation

Every morning or evening, spend 5 minutes writing down everything you are grateful for in your life. We can often take things and people for granted.

By appreciating even the smallest things like a cup of coffee in the morning, a walk on the beach, or your best friend it helps us to focus on the many blessings we have right now.

As opposed to being on the continuing search of wanting more and feeling dissatisfied.  This enables you to live in the present moment and ride out the waves of highs and lows.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

6. Beware the seesaw of praise and criticism

The universe offers us a balance of support and challenge with 50% of the world loving us and the other 50% disliking us.

When we become reliant on external validation it makes us hungry for more and results in lessening the impact you have. It alters the message you are sending as you are overly concerned about others perception.

Likewise, understand the benefits of being criticised such as: implementing better systems for your business, creating an improved version of your keynote speech, or notice how it is helping to make you a stronger, more resilient person.

When we allow life to flow and focus on serving others, this is when we truly impact others lives and add the most value to the world.

By being less emotional, you have more vitality and a more balanced mind, which is crucial for success as an entrepreneur.

 

These 6 steps allow you to experience the entrepreneurial journey with fewer highs and lows.

Angelina Zimmerman is a Head Coach & Trainer who specialises in mindset coaching and workshops to help people shift their mindset from a fixed to a growth mindset in order to promote exponential growth to achieve personal and professional goals.

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Mindful Productivity: How Top Achievers Combine Focus and Balance

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The Art of Convincing: 10 Persuasion Techniques That Really Work

The knack for persuading others can act as a catalyst for change, open doors, forge alliances, and effect positive change

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Persuasion is not as complicated as it may sound. In fact, it is something that we have been practicing since childhood. Do you remember convincing your parents to let you skip school, asking your teacher not to assign homework, or persuading your boss to give you a day off? Well, these are just small examples of what persuasion looks like. (more…)

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5 Steps to Leveraging Industry Speaker Events for Career Advancement

Jumping into industry events is a smart move for your career, but there’s a knack to it

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Jumping into industry events is a smart move for your career, but there’s a knack to it. It’s not just about sitting in a room full of people. You’ve got to find the ones that fit your career puzzle, dive in while you’re there, and then make the most of what you’ve learned afterward. (more…)

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Overcoming Plateaus: 6 Powerful Strategies for Breakthrough Success

A plateau is not a full stop; it’s a comma that allows you to pause, reflect, and shift gears

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In the pursuit of personal and professional growth, plateaus are inevitable. They appear when progress seems to halt, despite your continuous efforts. But remember, a plateau is not a full stop; it’s a comma that allows you to pause, reflect, and shift gears. This article provides six powerful strategies to overcome plateaus and achieve breakthrough success.

1. Find Out the Root Cause

When facing a plateau, there is likely something causing you to sabotage your progress. Identify the root cause. What is sabotaging your progress? Examine your daily routine and how you spend your time. Are you wasting time on unnecessary activities? Or are you taking on too many tasks that you can’t handle?

Often, adding more tasks overloads your already tight routine and distracts you from focusing on the most important tasks. Therefore, often eliminating unnecessary activity will work to overcome plateaus. However, be cautious of not doing things right, such as tasks you have not yet undertaken or missing something. What actions do you need to take or improve to achieve your goal? Are you avoiding them, or have you not started yet?

2. Never Tolerate Problems

Once you’ve identified the root cause, never tolerate problems. If you tolerate them, you’ll end up staying stuck. You get what you tolerate. Once you recognize the problem you’re facing, never tolerate it. Instead, address and improve the situation.

3. Focus on a 100% Solution and 0% Problems

To overcome a challenge, it’s essential to plan how to get through it. Yet, people often find themselves asking, ‘Why is it bad?’ or ‘What is wrong with it?’ Questions of this nature limit our thinking, leading our brains to generate responses like ‘Because you’re not good enough’ or ‘Everything is wrong with you.’ These limited answers tend to resonate with the situation and drag you down further.

Instead, ask empowering questions without limits, such as ‘What is not perfect yet, and how can I turn things around while making a more positive impact?’ By asking unlimited empowering questions, you’ll shift your focus from the problem to the solution. Additionally, you will also notice that asking empowering questions can expand available options and allow you to see from an angle you couldn’t see before.

Focusing on problems rarely yields positive outcomes. The key to positive results lies in concentrating on the solution. The next time you face adversity and notice getting caught by unresourceful thoughts, snap out of it and direct your focus to a 100% solution and 0% problems.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

4. Cultivate Success-Driven Traits

Identify the traits you need to have and get rid of to become the person you aspire to be. Consider your specific goals – for instance, attracting positive relationships. To achieve this, note down the traits you need to embrace, such as being open-minded, gentle, healthy, and treating others the way you want to be treated.

Cultivate a positive mindset. Simultaneously, get rid of traits like criticizing others, having a short temper, and engaging in unhealthy habits like taking drugs.

Learn from individuals who have achieved similar goals. Study their traits, both the ones they have and those they’ve consciously avoided. Implement these traits to align with the person you want to become.

Once you have your lists of traits to embrace and eliminate, diligently follow them. Place the list on your desk or the door of your room, ensuring you read it at least once a day to reinforce your commitment to these traits.

5. Track Your Habits

Carry a notepad to track your habits throughout the day, especially those contributing to plateaus, as well as your new habits or traits aligned with achieving your goals. For instance, if your root cause is excessive internet use, record instances of mindless scrolling on social media. Note when you engage, the emotional state prompting it, and the approximate duration.

Calculate the total minutes wasted at the end of the day. This habit tracking makes you aware of the emotions triggering these behaviors (stress, boredom, and frustration) and the time wasted.

Additionally, track positive new habits, like reading good books and exercising. Document what you’ve learned from the book and the time spent exercising. This practice helps you build new positive habits by enabling you to compare today’s results with those from yesterday or a week ago. 

Moreover, consistently sticking to new habits for around 18 months transforms them into lifelong habits. Even if you take breaks, you will find yourself naturally returning to those habits.

6. See Obstacles as Opportunities

Every obstacle can be an opportunity to turn things around. If the economy is in a downturn, it’s time to recognize it as an opportunity to thrive while everyone else is struggling and focused on the problem. If someone makes fun of you or causes you trouble, ask yourself, ‘What can I learn from this experience?’

Alternatively, consider that the person underrating you is setting low expectations, which are easier to exceed. If your business receives a bad review from a customer, see it as free feedback that guides you on how to improve and take your business to the next level.

Always try to see different angles that others may overlook. This perspective can reveal aspects you might be missing. When you view a problem as an opportunity, it has the potential to foster growth.

In the journey toward success, plateaus are just temporary pauses, not dead ends. So, keep moving, keep growing, and make your breakthrough.

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