Manage your Mind to Manage your Business

Manage your Mind to Manage your Business

Manage your Mind to Manage Your Business Entrepreneur are usually highly energetic individuals with tons of self-motivation and ideas. But that does not automatically mean they will be able to create, manage, and grow their businesses.

As the founder of Life & Business Fundamentals, a service-based business, and before that, a project management expert, I completely understand the struggles of being an entrepreneur.

In the time I’ve been running my own business, I’ve had lots of ups and downs and detours that could and have discouraged anyone. But the aspect that made all the difference, and now a crucial part of what I teach, is how critical it is to manage the way you think. Your thoughts drive your feelings which create the actions you take and, ultimately, the results you get.

There are two key mindsets which entrepreneurs and business owners should be aware of :

The Positive vs. Negative Mindset This one, I think, is pretty self-explanatory. You have the option to think of either positive or negative thoughts. Notice I said ‘option.’ It’s vital to understand and appreciate that you can ‘choose what you think.’ You can choose to think positively, or you can choose negative thinking. Be aware that negative thoughts create negative feelings, which then tend to limit any action or result. Positive thoughts tend to create positive emotions, which then drive engagement and results. It is not too difficult to understand that if you’re always choosing to think negatively, your options become limited, and this can and often does lead to underperformance.

Studies show that those who adopt a positive mindset tend to have a better outlook on life, are better at problem-solving, have high resilience, and are more productive and successful. As an entrepreneur, I have learned that staying positive, mainly when setbacks arise, is vital to keep moving forward. By not letting myself think negatively in moments of crisis, I’m able to brainstorm and find a way forward and not free time being stuck in a negative loop.

The Growth vs. Fixed Mindset The second mindset that concerns entrepreneurs is growth versus fixed mindset. A growth mindset views the opportunities ahead as limitless. The current state of things limits a fixed mindset. Successful entrepreneurs mostly focus on the growth mindset, as it allows them to think big and push forward. An entrepreneur with a fixed mindset will suffer failure and give up.

An entrepreneur with a growth mindset will take a failure and use it as a chance to demonstrate the resilience and determination necessary to overcome that perceived failure. A fixed mindset views the market as limited and shrinking, while a growth mindset sees the market as ever-growing and full of opportunities. As the leader of my business, I know I have to be growth-minded. I tell myself every day that there are thousands of clients I can reach out to, that money is everywhere, and people need what I have.

This keeps me motivated and focused on my end goal. Mindset is something I control and actively choose, and probably more importantly invest in. Developing Your Mindset Having the right mindset is essential for succeeding in business and life. But how can you build your mindset and lead it in the right direction? As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that there are some key things you have to keep doing to maintain a positive and growth mindset. The first is not to limit your thinking. The minute you begin to put limits on what you achieve or what is possible for you, your showing that you do not believe you can make it

. Limiting your thinking will only lead to restricting the ideas that flow, which then stunts any chance for growth and performance. Just as crucial as limitless thinking is being deliberate about your habits and actions. Imagine having a goal to run a marathon, but not being committed to creating the fitness plan that will get you from the couch to the marathon and cross the finish line.

How could that ‘goal’ ever come true, if you only THINK about it as a possibility without creating that plan. If you do not plan for how you will achieve your goals, then they become nothing more than a ‘wish.’ The same thing can be said about any goals you set for your business.

If you’re not deliberate about taking actions and creating a plan which will enable you to achieve those dreams/goals, then nothing will be accomplished. For me, what I have learnt to be right over my many years as a project manager is that in order for projects (aka goals/dreams) to come to fruition, it is vital to set in place a plan which breaks down the steps and tasks needed to be done for both the short and long term, along with any valid dependencies.

It’s critical to manage that plan then, work through any risks and issues, and develop a healthy mindset to ensure that no matter what happens, you are resilient enough to overcome it and met your goals.

By having limitless thinking and being deliberate about behaviors and habits, you can maintain your entrepreneurial spirit, develop a positive mindset, and be open to growth and success in your business. Liz Bloch Business and Life Coach

The Power of Our Mindset – Darrell LaSane

The Power of Our Mindset – Darrell LaSane

When I think back to how my mindset made my most significant change, I think of how difficult it was to do. This change was not me changing the degree I wanted to pursue after almost finishing it (which I’ve done) or changing my mind on the state I wanted to live in less than a year after I moved there (also me).

No, my biggest change was my mindset. I started my Life Coaching journey in the 9th year of my master’s program (yes, 9th) — Human Services with a specification in Life Coaching. My first ever life coaching experience or education on the subject, and I fell in love! The idea that I could channel my passion for helping others succeed in a way that truly spoke to me was Life changing for me.

And I took more classes and read more books and gained a lot of knowledge about how to help others. The person I was not expecting to help was myself. It sounds cliche or corny, but it’s the truth. Like a lot of us, I have my down days. I have moments (sometimes more than moments) where I feel overwhelmed and feel as though things I want are impossible to achieve, and goals I have will never be reached. Of course, I do! I am a mom, a wife, an entrepreneur; a student…I’m human! All this was especially true in the early stages of my businesses.

Yes, businesses. I have started and stopped at least ten different businesses, from canning my homemade jams to selling facial scrubs online. I would get excited about an idea, start working, and then I would hit a stumbling block and then quit. I did this so many times it became my norm; it was my thing, and I was good at it. That was until I started my life coaching business.

As a life coach, we come across people who feel they have no choice but to quit and give up on their goals. It’s the job of a coach to keep them motivated and hold them accountable. It’s their job NOT to let them give up on themselves and their goals.

Our job…my job. Fast forward to me starting my life coaching business and in the early stages. I’m very excited. I’m getting mentoring; I’m learning a lot, I’m thinking “wow, this is awesome! I found my calling.” Being a coach is all I can think about. And then, I hit my first hurdle.

I seek advice, and I march on. And then my second, and third hurdle and then the overwhelm set in, and things got hard. I had a huge to-do list that sat on me with the weight of an elephant. I was stuck in this overwhelmed place and would look at my to-do list and do nothing.

The anxiety of precious time passing was palpable. I realized that I hit my wall. The invisible wall that I would usually stop and give up. And there it was, staring me in the face. But this time, I didn’t give up, but I also didn’t take action.

So there I sat, literally for weeks doing nothing, stuck in neutral. Having sleepless nights and thinking of my to-do list and yet I did nothing. I could not move forward. “Why?” I asked myself, “why can’t I do this? Why WON’T I do this?” And then it hit me; my new-found knowledge helped me realize that it was me.

I was the hurtle. And the life coach inside me knew that I could not quit this time. This was my pattern, and it’s what kept me from trying to figure out how to jump the hurdles that came up. In the past, I had given myself permission to quit. But coach Darrell, would not let me give up this time. But still, I was stuck, and the fact that I knew I was stuck and knew it was in my mindset was agony.

I realized then how powerful the mind is in keeping us in one specific place. How powerful it is at masking our fears as reasonable excuses to quit and give up. And how good it is at keeping us from reaching the stars. I knew then that I had two choices, give up or press on.

Those were my only options, and I thank God for my Coaching because I chose to press on this time! But how? Well, what would I say to a woman in my position? Agree to take action. Okay, I agree. Then, understand your goal and have it be clear as day.

Okay, check. Next, break down that big goal into small goals and those small goals into steps. Then take your first step. Okay! I can take one action! One step is doable! And I took my first step, and then my next until I crossed over my hurtle. And it felt amazing! I was exhilarated!

I had never done that before, and I did it, and it worked! This is what I wanted to share with you. The mind is a powerful thing. Making changes to your mindset is easier said than done. But I am here to tell you it CAN be done, comfortable or not.

Don’t allow yourself to give up. If you can give yourself one small task that you can do today to get yourself closer to your goal, then you have already begun to succeed. And if you feel as though your dreams and goals are not reachable, find a coach to help guide you through.

You are important, your ideas are possible, and you can get through it. Start where you are, work with what you have, and do what you can. Why not you? – Darrell LaSane Career Confidence Coach and Owner of Why Not Me: Career Coaching and Counseling darrell@whynotmecareercoachingandcounseling.com

The Laws Behind A Positive Mindset

The Laws Behind A Positive Mindset

I have been competitively training in the sport of swimming since I was 15 years old. During my high school years, I was able to improve my times every year until my senior in high school. I would train so hard, and swim really fast in practice, but my times never improved. I was so frustrated as to why I could never race fast, but swim so fast in practice. At the time, I considered myself a “work horse instead of a race horse.” And right there was my problem. I believe in positive mentally, and that only that will take you to measures beyond human thought. There is a fact about swimming, I am sure it is said in all sports, that swimming is “10 percent physical and 90 percent mental.” I can remember the days where my body just was not working, no matter how hard I tried to push myself physically.

One of those days I used my mind to surpass that barrier of fatigue, and then my whole training style changed and so did my racing strategy. I was able to change my mentality by the power of manifestation, affirmation, and positive reassurance.

The Law of Manifestation is the ability to create, with your imagination, some idea, action, anything in life. The Law of Manifestation is closely related to the Law of Attraction but the difference between the two is attraction and creation. What this does is allow you to focus on creating a positive outcome that has not happened yet. Before I head to any practice I have, I say, “Thank you God and angels for a great practice! And so, it is!” Practice has not happened yet, but I am still creating the outcome. I am focusing on a positive outcome; therefore, I will create one. The phrase “And so it is” is to confirm that your outcome has already been fulfilled. I practice manifestation every day, especially if it has been a rough day and I am not-so-great of moods, to remind myself the power I have to create a positive mindset.

I believe in God and angels, yes, and I also believe everyone lives by believing in something. I see God as this universal energy that goes through all of us and makes us one; whatever you call this energy, it is there to support and direct you throughout your life. I use the power of affirmative prayer- in simpler terms it is being thankful for what you are praying for like it has already happened. Before races I would say, “Please let me swim fast, I know I capable of better times.” Now I say, “Thank you God and angels for the opportunity to race. Thank you for helping me prepare for this race. And so, it is!” Instead of using the word “please” I use “thank you” in my prayers. Affirmation allows you to acknowledge that the energy is guiding right then and there, for you to be thankful for the energy’s guidance, and to confirm that you are safe.

I am. The two most powerful self-constructing words there is to know. When we say ‘I am’ and a word or phrase after them, we are inviting the energy of those words to us. When one does this, they speak to the universe that this is true, and it will listen to us and make it true. If a teammate says to me that “they are not fast enough” I will respond, “You will never be because you are telling yourself and the universe you are not.” I always enjoy this tactic that I do. If someone says something negative, I stop them and tell them to say five things they are thankful for. I call this, “Thankful Five.”

Ever since I started using the Law of Manifestation, affirming prayers, and positive assurances my days and mentality is happier and more powerful. They allow me to go beyond what I never thought I could achieve. Changing my mentality allowed me to be comfortable while being uncomfortable. By using these techniques and tactics I have been able to excel in swimming, school, and personally.