There are many things that are important in having a successful business for all entrepreneurs; the right system, mentors, coaches, training, products, etc. One thing that the top successful entrepreneurs also realised was that their Mindset was also top on this list. Realising, that without the correct mindset they would be battling against themselves in order to get where they wanted.
This is where many entrepreneurs fail and can be a huge contributing factor to why 97% of all businesses fail. Having the right mindset, positive outlook and the attitude of a winner is the ‘fuel' that drives people towards success. Many people find it tricky to switch from their old familiar mindset to adopt the new success mindset. Sound familiar?
It is a process of un-packing how your mind works and reacts to external factors. Positive thinking is a part of the process. Finding a way to calm natural instincts and slow down knee jerk reactions. This will lead to achieving success in business and your personal life much easier.
Having a positive mindset has been attributed (by many successful people) to helping them reach many goals, like moving up to the next income bracket or moving their business into the six or seven-figure range. The Power of Positive Thinking, puts it simply: “Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.”
Model Successful People
This doesn't mean try to be them. Rather observe traits, habits and thinking of successful people that inspire you. And find ways you can model this in your life, without loosing who you are. Many people may throw the term ‘Fake it until you make it'.
The thing is that if you are ‘faking' it people see through that and it often comes across as being insincere. It is far better to look at people you respect and apply their traits and habits into your life. To begin with it may seem difficult and perhaps unfamiliar. With time this will just be natural.
However, don't be afraid to ‘be human' people connect with those that seem human, think of successful people such as Sir Richard Branson, he comes across like just a ‘really nice laid back guy'. All those who reach success, work on developing better habits, better ways of thinking without losing who they are.
Always seek successful role models that inspire you.
Albert Bandera came up with the Social Learning Theory, which states that people learn from each other through observation and modeling.
“Most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others, one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.”
Where you observe someones behavior/habits and you then find a way to copy/apply it into your life.
Choose Your Mentor
The best way to start getting results is to get a mentor, for some they may be put off by the expense of a mentor. However, mentorship is always worth it. There maybe successful people that you are inspired by and it is not possible to work with them, they may no longer be living or do not offer mentorship or mentorship opportunities with them is out of your current reach.
So find a picture of them and place it in an area where you keep inspiration (ideally somewhere you will see it often). Then read about them, study videos, interviews etc with them and get to know how they think, the language they use, the habits they have. People like Wayne Dyer, Steve Jobs, Tony Robins, Ophra Winfrey, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet, etc are great people to look at and study.
Always make sure when investing in a mentor that they are achieving the type of results in life that you aspire to! Always work with someone working at a higher level than you.
Creating a Positive Attitude
In “Before Happiness“by Shawn Achor, he recommends the following ways to fight negativity and cultivate a positive attitude:
- Don’t skip meals. Negativity and anger are common side effects of missing meals. Your brain can’t function at its best when you routinely forego mealtime for work.
- Change the scenery. When you’re frustrated, seek out a new environment. The smaller issues you are struggling with will fade and be put into perspective when you leave your office, house or wherever it is you became upset.
- Get a different point of view. It’s good to talk to people who have the same views as you, but sometimes it’s better to get a different opinion. Talk to someone out of your age group or outside of your industry, and try to understand their point of view on certain issues. You might come away with some valuable insight.
Other Important Mindset Factors
Remember it isn't simply how you react to life that influences your mindset it is also how you are looking after yourself:
- Spend time with positive people. If the people around you are intelligent, successful, well-adjusted, etc you are likely to imitate them and feel similarly.
- Nourish your body. If your body is struggling to make do with junk as your fuel or lack of fuel, your body and your brain functionality will suffer. Choose a healthy lifestyle, good food, correct hydration and exercise will affect energy levels as well as overall performance.
- Watch your language. Cut down on the complaints, watch the negative self-talk and make more effort to be positive when speaking.
- Attitude of gratitude. Never forget about all the wonderful things you have. Start small and then work up to the bigger things you are grateful for.
It Is Worth the Effort
Sometimes, you are the only barrier to your own success. To achieve the shift to success mindset you will have to identify, work on and change your negativity. Alter your perspective, take full responsibility and be accountable for everything that you do. Always find ways to shift your mindset to something positive to build your confidence, knowledge and skills so you can open up more opportunities and reach your goals.