Your mindset is the attitude you bring to your work every day.
It encompasses your beliefs, your ideas, your thought patterns, and your vision. And it’s the main driver behind your business results.
Those with a limiting mindset find themselves doing the same things over and over again each day, and despite all the hours they put in, and all the money they spend on marketing, they can’t seem to budge.
Meanwhile, those with a growth mindset are tackling their income goals, innovating new strategies that attract phenomenal customers, and standing way out from the crowd.
Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset
If you believe there are limitations to what you can do, there are.
Plain and simple.
This is your fixed mindset building a wall around you, blocking out your potential.
You collaborate less, take fewer risks, avoid challenges, feel threatened by the success of others, and avoid failure at all costs.
With a fixed mindset, you feel stuck because you believe (whether you recognize it or not) that your business’s potential for success is set in stone. You’re harmfully assuming your business has a limited capacity for growth.
So you accept the status quo, no questions asked.
Instead of looking over the horizon at new opportunities, trends or challenges, you keep your head down in the day-to-day workload. Because you’ve learned that success, intelligence, talent, etc. are rigid. Either you have it, or you don’t.
With a fixed mindset, there’s no room for growth, risk-taking, expanding, or learning new skills. You’re not motivated to try something new, because (in your mind) it won’t change the inevitable — that your business has flatlined, you’ve maxed out on hours in the day, and this is the best you can do.
Think of it this way:
There’s a hurdle blocking the middle of the road (this road represents your business journey).
If you have a fixed mindset, you will try to avoid the hurdle at all costs:
- What if I trip?
- What if people laugh at me?
- Maybe it’s not even worth my time?
- Why is this stupid thing here, anyway?
So you stop in your tracks. You don’t leap, and you don’t learn. You give up before you even start. You head back down the road you were on.
Your fixed mindset is holding your business back from unprecedented success.
With a growth mindset, however, you view the hurdle as a new challenge. Sure, you might jump and fall. Then you’ll try again. And again. And again if necessary. And when you clear the hurdle, you’ll take off sprinting down that road of business success and tackle the next hurdle that pops up, too.
Because each time you fail, you learn something new and approach the hurdles from a different angle.
A growth mindset drives entrepreneurs to take calculated risks, be problem solvers, view mistakes as lessons, and dream big.
Your attitudes and efforts affect everything. Your business can only grow/adapt/change/flourish when you have the drive to persevere and take on the inevitable hurdles.
Adopting a Growth Mindset in Business
The biggest barriers to embracing a growth mindset (and your business’s success) are emotional.
Fear, anxiety, shame…they all limit your actions and hold you back.
So, Step #1 in adopting a growth mindset is overcoming your emotional challenges. Because you can’t be truly successful in your business if you are self-sabotaging your own success. Your limiting beliefs drag you down… no matter how talented/skilled/amazing you are.
Give yourself permission to fail.
Those with a growth mindset view mistakes as lessons. They see obstacles as puzzles. They view challenges as fun. Yes, fun!
And in order to grow your business, you WILL have to do things you’ve never done before – things that never even occurred to you. Because that’s the nature of the beast.
And if you let fear, envy, anger or frustration stand in your way, you’re never going to achieve extraordinary business success.
Want to read more on conquering the nasty alligator of fear? Read How to Overcome Fear in Business as an Entrepreneur
Exercising a Growth Mindset: Practice, Practice, Practice
Becoming a growth-focused entrepreneurial machine takes daily mindset work. You have to train your brain to leap toward obstacles, instead of away from them. You’ll have to unlearn the patterns that kept you cemented in business stagnation for years (or decades!).
Then, you have to re-learn and practice. Change doesn’t happen overnight.
Practice continual improvement, exercise the skills, and solve your problems.
Think of the emotions that build walls around us when we have a fixed mindset. And then identify which thought patterns break through those walls:
- Fight frustration with appreciation
- Fight fear with curiosity
- Fight anxiety with confidence
Start small and build. Celebrate success (no matter how minuscule) and use the momentum to break down your next roadblock.
Read more about momentum and ‘The Snowball Effect’ here: Entrepreneurs: What You Must Understand About Challenges
Keep Your Head in the Right Place
It’s up to you to make your business growth a priority. That’s really all there is to it.
Step out of your daily duties and take time to practice the mindset work it takes to truly believe in unlimited growth.
Say it, repeat it, visualize it.
A growth mindset takes regular, consistent practice and an incredible amount of self-awareness.
Find a mentor or coach who can help you identify barriers you might be blind to, and who can reign you back in when those ugly limiting thoughts rear their heads again (they like to do that).
Then, when you’re ready, schedule a breakthrough call with my team or join my free training class for growing your business in record time.
We’ll talk about how to make big shifts in your business that bring in exponentially more money with fewer working hours, and avoiding the mistakes that keep skilled entrepreneurs feeling trapped, overwhelmed and exhausted. Don’t be that entrepreneur.
Join my Free Masterclass using the link below when you’re ready to shift your mindset and catapult your business to new levels of success.