Being your own boss can be hard sometimes. It’s not always the easiest. In my, nearly a decade, of running my own business, I have learned one lesson over and over again.
Change your mindset, change your business. I could sit here and share all the tactical tools, and tips, and tricks, but today I wanted to share with you eight mindset changes that I’ve made, that completely shifted my business for the better.
Mindset shift number one is so important. Abundance versus scarcity. When your first starting a business, and you’re diving into being an entrepreneur, it’s really easy to get into a scarcity mindset of, “How am I going pay my bills? How am I going get more clients? What if I lose my house? What if my family leaves me? What if I have no money? What if I never make any money?” And further down the rabbit hole we can go, but we’re not going to do that.
Instead, we’re going to choose to think in the abundance mindset, and realize that there is a more than enough opportunities for your business, and for everyone else out there. Here are two practical ways to implement the abundance versus scarcity mindset into your business.
The first way is competition versus collaboration. You want to go the collaboration route, versus the competition route. If you’re looking at everyone in your space, and thinking it’s so saturated, of course you’re going to get in a mindset of, “I’m never going to make any money.”
Instead, what you want to do is look at everybody who’s in your space, as a potential collaborator for you. Whether you’re making content with them, or you’re doing a guest blog for them, look for opportunities to work with people in your space. Big, small, maybe they’re just starting out, and they need some help growing their brand. Here’s the thing, when you choose to collaborate versus compete with people, you’re actually opening yourself up to their audience, which is a similar target audience to you. They’re doing the same, so you’re both growing your business, and you’re both benefiting from the relationship.
The second way to implement the abundance mindset into your business, is realizing that value equals value. I get asked all the time, “Why do you give away so much free information?” – I have realized, the more you give, and the more generous you are, the more you are going to get in return.
Mindset shift number two, is saying “no”, more than you say “yes.” I know, when you start a business, you want to say yes to everything, because you think everything is an opportunity for exposure and to grow your business. Here’s the thing, you’re going to wake up one day like I did and go, “Oh crap. I’ve been so busy saying yes to meetings, and requests, and interviews, and all these different things, and saying yes to clients that weren’t really a fit for me, that were sucking my energy and my time, that I wasn’t able to actually focus on building my business.”
I’m not saying go into hiding. I’m not saying say no to everything. I’m saying qualify the things that come your way, because you have to say no to the wrong opportunities, in order to make space for the right opportunities.
Mindset shift number three, is that the customer is always right. Whether you get horrible feedback or positive feedback, and I know this can hurt the ego, and it’s hurt mine in the past, truly the customer is always right.
Mindset shift number four, is that everyone, and I truly mean, everyone is reachable. Thank you to the wonderful world of social media for making every single person that you want to get in touch with, reachable. You really need to shift your mindset to believe that if there’s someone in your space that you want to work with, or that you want to get the attention of, there is a will and a way to make that happen.
Mindset shift number five, is ask for forgiveness later. This is one of my personal favourites, because running a business is difficult to begin with, and if you have to wait for permission for every single move and thing that you want to do, you are going to slow down your momentum. So my belief is that you just have to do things, and if you have to apologize for it later, apologize for it later and take accountability for it later. But for the most part, it’s the rule-breakers and the disruptors, that are going to get noticed the fastest, and are going to grow the fastest.
Mindset shift number six is all about finding the solution and not focusing on the problem. I can’t tell you how valuable this is in running a business. The last thing that you need to do, is if a problem arises or you make a mistake, you sit there, you feel sorry for yourself, and you dwell on the problem.
Aint nobody got time for that. You got to just move on. You have to get up, dust yourself off, find the solution, fix it, and move forward as quickly as possible. As an entrepreneur, and running your own business, you truly you don’t have time to sit there and feel sorry for yourself and dwell on the past. You just have to figure out how to fix it, how to find the solution, and move forward.
The seventh mindset shift, is all about figuring things out. Thanks to Google, and thanks to social media, and thanks to YouTube, you can find the answer to pretty much anything. So if you’re sitting there frustrated one day, and thinking, “I have no idea how to do this in my business. I’ve never had to do this before. I’m overwhelmed. This is never gonna happen.” We have all been there. I have been there. But the more research you do, the faster you’re going to get to the answer. So realize that you’re teachable, you’re coachable, and you absolutely can figure anything that you need to figure out in your business, figure it out.
The eighth mindset shift is blame yourself. Seriously, blame yourself for everything. If a mistake happens in my business, whether I made the mistake or someone who works with me made the mistake, I take full accountability. I realized that maybe I didn’t communicate something correctly, or there’s an improvement in the systems and processes of our business. That falls on my shoulders.
The best part about this, is when I take accountability, everybody who works with me, feels the same way. I empower the people that I work with, to be their own bosses, ironically. Everyone in the business is their own boss. We all live by the rule. We are accountable for everything that we do. So the faster that you can get up again, and find the solution, and take accountability for what happened and move forward, the faster your business is going to grow.
Finally, you have the mindset shifts, but maybe you need a little extra support, so I put together a Slay Your Fears, Survival Kit. Click the link and download a copy for yourself to work through, so you have all the support in place, to slay those fears and slay it in your business.
This entrepreneurship thing is not easy to do alone, so make sure you join the be your own boss mastermind group on Facebook. It is totally free, and there’s over 10,000 entrepreneurs in there, waiting to help support you in growing your business
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