“Your attitude will determine your future.” It sounds simple, but it is harder to actually do, especially for business people. Developing and maintaining a positive mental attitude requires determining and controlling your thoughts. There is so much negativity and doom and gloom being discussed and it is easy to tune in to that type of thinking. With the downturn in the economy, people losing jobs and money, politicians squabbling and selling their policies, sometimes it is challenging to turn your thinking to a position that is helpful to you rather than destructive. I’m a pretty positive guy and my friends always tell me i see the positive in every bad situation, but I still had to make some changes in order to pursue success in life.
Every single thought you allow in your mind has a ripple effect on not only the way you act but the things you invite into your life. This principle applies to family, love, health, happiness and even in business.
WHAT IS MINDSET
Your mindset is the sum of your knowledge, including beliefs and thoughts about the world and yourself in it. It is your filter for information you get in and put out. So it determines how you receive and reacts to information in other words… your thought process.
WHY CHANGE IT
If you are reading this you are probably already know you need to change yours and are investigating what it requires and what is involved. Well I’m no phycologist but I can surely provide some advice on how I changed mine and share the benefits of having the correct state of mind.
Be positive and shun “I can’t” attitude
Don’t give in to negative thoughts. Believing in limitation creates limitation and these false beliefs block motivation and harvest fear… We all do it… It’s unavoidable sometimes. I summary you are unconsciously limiting yourself to what you are capable of. Every business has faced this at some point or another, whether it’s on a smaller scale or has become a part of the culture.“Not possible”,“I can’t”. These are all thoughts that literally make it impossible to be successful in your business. What I’m about to say might be cliché, but if there’s a will, there’s a way.
If you approach your business endeavors with an attitude of “I can“ and “I will”, you can change the path of your success. You can even change the course of your company, the success of your clients and the colleagues around you. By breaking your thought limitations you are opening endless possibilities.
BENEFITS OF POSITIVE MINDSET
There are a millions benefits for being positive and it is a way of life. By practicing this.. and I say practice because you consciously need to train yourself to be positive… you can create a positive environment around you and inspire and bring out the positivity in people around you. You are not going to flip a switch and say… hey I’m mr positive now.. it takes practice.
- It sets the stage for career growth
Self-limiting thinking does just that: it limits you. If you don’t believe you can do it, chances are that you never will. But thinking that you’ll do a great job actually helps you do well, and it can even make you healthier.
- Positive mindset has been proven to help problem solving
According to a research by Barbara Fredrickson, a psychology professor who has written extensively about positivity, found that those who think positive thoughts have a greater capacity to take on board new information. This then improves a person’s perspective and ability to “connect the dots”, enabling them to tackle any problems and obstacles that may arise.
- Positivity helps you build tough skin to negative situations
Mental toughness is required if you want to be successful in business! Very few entrepreneur make it big with their first idea or business venture. There are often many failures and mistakes behind a prosperous business. The good news is that studies have shown that positivity can help you become more resilient and embrace your failures.
- Positive mindset improves decision making
You’re less likely to make decisions that have a positive impact if you’re in negative state of mind. Negative thinking from entrepreneurs in a negative mood could lead to decisions which are more likely to be poor for their venture.
- You are your thoughts
Mahatma Gandhi said “A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks he becomes.“ What do you want to be? Your thoughts have more impact than you realize, and define who you are, how others react to you, what comes into your life, and how you will be remembered when you are no longer here.
HOW DO I CHANGE MY MINDSET
- Break The System
Every day we are distracted by influences from all over that stops you from focusing in your own success in life. In other words it changes your thought process to calculate unnecessary things and not on what you need to do to be successful in life, love, health, wealth or happiness. This includes television or spending hours or days looking at what other people are doing on reality shows, Youtube or Social Media.
- Believe in yourself
Believing in yourself is paramount if you want to succeed. It’s about self-motivation & overcoming your fears. Accept the idea that you are capable of doing amazing things when you believe in you. We all have unlimited potential to do something great, but ONLY when we are willing to take risks & work on a plan of action.
- Disregard Your Detractors
Should someone doubt your business, or belittle it, take stock of where the criticism is coming from. Jealousy is born from an ineptness to imitate; others desire what you possess, but cannot attain it. Therefore, envy takes root and is manifested in insults.“ The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” Chinese Proverb.
- Stand on the shoulders of giants
One of the easiest things to do is to “Stand on the shoulders of giants.” Every day, look up to people who have changed the world for the better, Susan B. Anthony and M.C. Escher. Reading about the lives can get you in the right state of mind and keeps you there.
- Surrounding yourself with the right people
The best way to create and maintain the right mindset for success, is to surround yourself with people who share common goals with you. People who share your goals and have the same motivation will help keep you focused and support you up when you face challenges in business. Additionally, if possible, try to surround yourself with people who are living the life you desire or have the type of business you strive for. They will inspire and motivate you in down times!
- Embrace Your Failures
Embrace failure! Rarely do entrepreneurs “get it right” the first time around. Accepting and embracing failure allows business owners to think more creatively about their product or service. It forces entrepreneurs to develop more innovative ways to penetrate their competitive landscape and encourages them to think outside the box.
- Visualize Success
Breathe deeply and visualize your success. During a short moment of calm, picture yourself in that celebratory moment after you’ve achieved your goal. The more detailed the visualization, the better. Once you’ve seen your destination in your mind’s eye, you can get there!
By reading books you not only train your brain but you see how other people think and address situations… and i’m not talking about Harry Potter or Bilbo Baggins, I’m talking about real world books. Autobiographies of successful people and books on psychology, those which will develop your mindset and thinking process. As part of the “Change your mindset” series I will add book recommendation and reviews to help you on this journey.
Please feel free to leave any comments or ask questions below, I’ll be happy to help!
The Mind Is Everything What You Think You Become…