The Mindset Series
When the stresses of running a small business all come together at once, having the right mindset is the key to overcoming and growing. Here are our 5 ways to improve your mindset and think like a business person.
1. Accept the Challenge
There are few decisions that are easy to make - and becoming self-employed is one of them. Now that you are here, let us help you make the most of it.
Challenges can sometimes feel like insurmountable hurdles, particularly if you are working on your own. Though each new challenge you face within your business may feel like a test of your skills and experience, it is vital that you face them head on. Remember that your skills, experience, tenacity and passion have got you to where you are today and all of these attributes are armor to take you into battle so that you may overcome whatever challeng-es you may face.
Flexibility and creativity are key entrepreneurial mindsets which will allow you to accept each challenge and overcome them.
Accept the challenge - Learn from it. Grow with it. Embrace it. Each one could open a new door and teach you something new about your work, your customers and yourself.
2. Believe in Yourself
Your mindset is everything. If you don’t believe in yourself and your business, then no one else will. Nothing will work if you don’t believe in it.
It is vital that you start each day believing in your ability to achieve. Other-wise as yourself, are you determined to fail? Ask yourself whether you are searching for reasons why your ideas won't succeed instead of figuring out a way to make something good happen.
The biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful ones is that successful people are determined to make the situation work for them rather than playing the role of the victim and searching for reasons why a situation won't work.
When you truly believe in yourself, you can achieve anything you want. Without this mindset, you will give up when you are faced with any hurdle for fear of not being good enough. And you are good enough.
3. Choose Good Company
Find your tribe and know who you energises you, supports you and inspires you. Whether that is your business partner, your employees, a business coach, or your family and friends, who you choose to surround yourself with is key to a positive mindset. To reach the goals you desire, don’t be afraid to turn your back on someone who has a toxic effect on your mindset. Equally, if you surround yourself with like-minded, successful and goal-orientated people, you can learn from them and take on some of their habits to add to your own.
If you are a solo entrepreneur, your working week can be a lonely place. Don’t let it be. Network, talk, reach out and find good company. Inspiration can sometimes be found in the most unusual of places.
4. Have Vision
You need to create visions (not just goals) as these will drive you towards personal happiness and fulfilment. Vision is your why. Vision gives some-thing direction. It’s your desired future. Your vision includes what you believe in (your core values) and what you want in your future (what you want to be). It’s the powerful reason why you want to do something; your overarching purpose. Your vision is your passion and keeps you excited and motivated. It’s what inspires you to do whatever it is you want to do.
We talk in the office all the time about where we are heading, what we want for our business and ourselves. We make sure there is room to grow, develop and create. We have personal vision and share an exciting vision for the future of our business. In this way, the Buy-From team are on a journey together.
5. Have a Growth Mindset
All of the above point to one mindset: the growth mindset. The theory is that intelligence can develop, and effort leads to success. A growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure as an opportunity to learn, develop and grow. Intelligence can be developed, but it’s up to you to reach for that book, or go to that talk, and learn what it is you need to. So, embrace your challenges, persist in the face of obstacles, make an effort, accept constructive criticism and learn from the success of others.
Be creative, be responsive, be flexible, be reactive, and don’t be afraid to fail.