Being successful in business and in any career is difficult. So why is it that some people thrive, while others flounder? The more people that I meet in this adventure of being an entrepreneur, the more this question has come up in my mind. How is it possible for everyone not to succeed?
The answer is you.
If you're struggling to come up with finances for more investments, this may be because you're not being resourceful, or is rooted in your negative view on money. Or if you can't find anyone you think is qualified for a job, this may be due to your inability to trust others.
Or maybe if you've hit a wall with your creativity in marketing or design, perhaps this is because you lack the confidence to believe in your ideas or you have hit burnout and need to recharge.
Your mindset and your limiting beliefs are holding back not only you but also your business and your employees from thriving.
I found myself in this place and it didn't feel good. In order to not get trapped in a victim mindset and move from mediocre performance to thriving success, I found these three actions to be transformational.
1. Invest in learning.
Sure, you can fill your business and knowledge gaps by taking a course, reading a book or doing research online. But high-level tactics will only take you so far. Your learning needs to be about more than your business itself. You need to learn about yourself.
The more introspective you are, the more self-aware and emotionally intelligent you'll become. This, in turn, will enable you to make more educated business decisions and become aware of how other coworkers, customers or partners affect you.
Use this investment in yourself as a tool for your business. The most successful entrepreneurs have a grasp of their strengths, weaknesses, and biases and use this awareness to improve upon themselves and their organization. When you know your weaknesses, you can hire a team that will fill the gaps.
2. Hire a coach.
Once I started to make money from my business, I turned around and invested it all straight back into improving the company. One of those investments was me. I hired a coach for every aspect of my life. I started to work with a business coach, a purpose coach, and a life coach. This might sound like overkill, but when you realize that you are your biggest assets it becomes a necessity.
Coaches have the ability to see things from an external point of view. When you are inside the box of your life it can be pretty difficult to read the label and ingredients placed on the outside. You now have a team of supporters who only have your best interest in mind.
Never try to tread the path alone. Isolation only leads you to be disconnected, and that is the last thing you want in business. Surround yourself with the right people in the right environments.
3. Build personal practices into your daily life.
One of the best things I ever did to move the needle of my business forward was committing to daily rituals that fostered success. Each day I committed to practice gratitude, meditate, and to journal.
These practices provided me with a positive state of mind, and were a constant reminder of my purpose and mission. But deeper than that, making a promise to myself to do these small and simple rituals every day has been an example that I can commit to something and that I can take small steps each day to improve.
The more you build this practice of commitment, the more confidence you will gain that can transcribe when it comes to making a big business decision or having a tough conversation.
You might be thinking, this all sounds selfish and will only detract from me building a successful business. I get why you may think that, but a better you is a better world. It's not selfish, in fact, if you can take care of yourself you can take better care of others-including your business.
There is a reason the airplanes tell you to put your oxygen mask on first before helping your children or those in need. Unravel the blocks that are holding you back and provide benefits to everyone to create a successful business.