Though it may sound a little ‘fluffy’ for entrepreneurs, and the self-employed managing your mindset is hugely important. Negative, catastrophic thinking doesn’t promote growth or development and instead stymies your progress in life and in business. Of course, it is easier to work for someone else; hence most of us do.
With a full-time employee job, the regular paycheck, steady flow of work plus the camaraderie of workplace colleagues is compelling, however for many people the aspiration of creating a business and being the boss are equally attractive.
Training your mindset to stay the course so you can achieve your goals is doable. Here are three key pointers to help keep your mindset in check.
1. Be conscious
Know what you’re thinking – don’t allow background ‘noise’ – if you’re having a ‘down’ day, it’s probably because your thoughts aren’t of the most positive variety. Feeling negative? Ask yourself why – tease out those thoughts and deal with them. To form a new habit takes some time. According to this research article, set yourself enough time to ensure the new habit becomes the norm.
There are four stages of competence and you want to be consciously aware that you’re not your worst enemy and that your mindset remains positive regardless of what challenges come your way in life and in business.
2. Write it down
Whatever’s bothering you – write it down. Is it that bad? Remember, there’s a solution or options in dealing with whatever it is. Don’t run away from it. When you write it down, which can be done on your smartphone, really whatever you have at hand at the time so you can release the problem from occupying your mind wholly. Your subconscious can work on your issues while you’re asleep. By parking the point, you can continue your high level of productivity without constant distraction.
3. Test the reality
Is this issue really possible? Have you left it to fester for so long that it seems insurmountable? Give yourself a ‘worst-case-scenario’ and remind yourself that even that can be dealt with efficiently. How do you feel now?
Remember that you are responsible for how you feel – things happen around us; however it’s how we deal with them that directly impacts our mood – in turn, our attitude impacts how well we cope. Be mindset savvy!
4. Review your progress regularly
One way to make sure your business challenges have been dealt with accordingly is to conduct regular reviews of your work activity and performance. Make sure you set aside time without distraction to perform a thorough assessment of your productivity and achievements every week. During this time also set new goals for the coming week. Grab that ‘To Do’ list and work out how and when you can solve each challenge.
5. Use Inspiring Mindset Quotes
Quotes by famous people can provide the tonic an Entrepreneur needs when it seems there are more negatives than positives to being your own boss. See our Darwin Quotes and see if they don’t help you with your challenges.