The Right Mindset
Let’s say there are two businessmen both equally qualified and well-endowed with resources. While one thrives, the other barely survives the harsh business environment. What is the fundamental difference between these two businessmen, apart from their obvious success quotient?
The right mindset can make a huge difference. In order to grow and succeed as a businessperson, you need to have a firm belief in your ability to attain success, and that is only possible with a positive growth mindset.
One can go on and on arguing about the importance of competent marketing strategies for business growth, but a solid frame of mind and intuitiveness are the building blocks of a smart business startup.
Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck has conducted extensive research on the science of accomplishments and success, and concluded that having the right mindset can make all the difference in people’s’ lives. People with a fixed mindset fail to hone their skills, find it hard to adapt to a changing environment and are not interested in continuously learning – while people with a growth mindset regularly strive for improvement by enhancing their skills, developing new ones and feeling passionate and inspired about what they do.
Therefore, to make your mark in the business world, you need to create the right mindset, and this is where you can start:
1. Focus on self-development
Your business is your brain child, thus it is essentially an extension of you. If you wish to see your business reach new heights, you need to begin by focusing on self-development. Personal growth is a continuous process needing your utmost devotion every single day. Therefore, identify weaknesses which may hinder your business’s scalability and then work to overcome them.
Brutal honesty is the way to go here; you may have poor time management skills, a communication gap with your employees or failing customer relations. Pin pointing your shortcomings early on and understanding the importance of working on them can save you a lot of trouble later on. Devise a plan for effective time management, perform trust building exercises with your employees or put in place a CRM pipeline management system because you must do whatever it takes to improve yourself and your company.
2. Map out your goals
You set yourself up for success when you lay out a well thought out plan with distinctive goals to be completed within specific time limits. A comprehensive, targeted map outlining your business strategy in the long run motivates you to achieve every goal one at a time.
Completion of each goal instigates a sense of pride and contentment in you which compels you to keep moving full steam ahead. This feeling of achievement also keeps you positive and motivated all the while saving you from the shackles of developing a fixed mindset.
“All you need is the plan, the roadmap, and the courage to press on to your destination.” – Earl Nightingale
3. Accept challenges
As an entrepreneur, you will encounter numerous physical, mental and financial challenges. Mental challenges are the first in a long list of hurdles that need to be tackled immediately before you can move ahead on your path to success.
Before initiating your entrepreneurial journey, you need to prepare yourself mentally for all the inevitable challenges you will come across, and realize that taking challenges head on is a crucial step for your survival and prosperity in the corporate world. The right mindset ensures you do not stumble in the face of setbacks and difficulties when your temperament and abilities are challenging. Instead, you accept them as a fundamental part of the journey of growth.
4. Follow the successful entrepreneurs
To create the right mindset, you can study and learn the traits of successful businessmen through research and study. Reading books about these prosperous business tycoons, listening to their interviews and attending their motivational speeches is a great way to begin your journey of establishing a growth mindset imperative for business growth. As a beginner, you can gather a lot of vital information on how to start your business venture and what to expect in the course of its evolution.
Moreover, each business magnate has faced his own set of pitfalls and hurdles down the road to success. Even though you will have your own unique set of challenges, you can construct a generic idea of what to expect and better prepare yourself to avoid the stumbling blocks sure to be laid out along your journey.
5. Be proactive
You need to be proactive and fight on the front lines if you want to conquer the business world. Being proactive dictates you taking control of your life instead of just watching it pass you by. If you want to lead your employees effectively, you may need to make difficult decisions to make sure your business survives. If you are proactive, then consequently you are pro-growth, and thus you have started to create the right mindset to create a thriving business.
“Real freedom is creative, proactive, and will take me into new territories. I am not free if my freedom is predicated on reacting to my past.” – Kenny Loggins
6. Don’t lose your sense of humor
Being a businessman can be a tumultuous and humbling experience that leave you drained yet exhilarated at the same time. The key to surviving this experience with your sanity intact is your ability to appreciate humor and laugh at your own mistakes.
If you let each setback pull you down, you will lose your sense of motivation and functionality. Embrace each hurdle as an elementary part of your business’s growth and appreciate it for providing you with another learning curve without losing your focus.
Having the right frame of mind is a singular job. You can seek guidance and take assistance but creating a right mindset leads you to success. Just remember that although initiating and running a business requires great effort, the rewards are manifolds and worth the pain.