Why your mindset is important and everyone talks about it
Your mindset affects everything from your home life, relationships, feelings and your business. Mindset involves mood, motivation, beliefs and so much more. Renowned Stanford University Psychologist Carol S Dweck, Ph.D believes there are two types of mindset: fixed mindset and growth mindset.
Fixed mindset is when you believe your abilities are fixed traits and therefore can’t be changed.
Growth mindset is when you believe that your talents and abilities can be developed over time through effort and persistence.
Recognising which mindset you are currently in, can be the key to making long-lasting change in your life and your business. Success or failure; joy or misery? The choice is in your hands, well actually in your mind!
How your mindset affects business
Having a fixed mindset when it comes to your business can be really limiting. If you don’t believe in yourself, then why would anyone else believe in you? If you don’t believe in what your business does or sells, why would anyone want to work with you or pay for your service? Your self-belief will radiate like a beacon of hope, or a flare of anxiety. If you are fixed with the belief that you are as good as you are going to get, you won’t be taking leaps to try new things, scaling your business, and trusting yourself and your intuition. A famous saying which I live by ‘If you are not growing, you are dying’.
This fixed mindset leads to things like:
- Undercharging or over delivering
- Not creating higher level offerings
- Working with people who aren’t right for us
- Lack of boundaries
- Being ‘stuck’ in your business
If you feel like this, you may have been in a fixed mindset without even knowing it! There is good reason why business owners create this situation. It provides CERTAINTY and this is the main job of your unconscious brain. To be certain and keep you alive.
The first and most important step is recognising what certainty you are serving, finding a different way of serving it, then working through ways to grow to take your business to wherever you want it to go.
7 step mindset reframe
If you are finding that you have more of a fixed mindset rather than a growth mindset, then you need to be working on switching that around! Ask yourself these questions and write down the answers:
- Where do you feel you want to be?
- What are some actionable ways you can move towards that place?
- What has been holding you back?
- What excuses are you making?
- What positive outcome comes from staying stuck?
- What would you like to do to move forward?
- How can you start that right now?
Stick the answers to your fridge, your noticeboard, your bedroom mirror. Somewhere you can see them all the time. Really think and feel them. You are worth taking some time for. Deciding what you want, where you want to be, and what is holding you back, so that you can start believing that you can get yourself and your business there.
Often it really helps to talk to someone who is at a different stage of business to yourself, or is an expert at asking deep structure questions (like me). Talking it out and getting the clarity you need to move forward.
The power of your mindset
Those who do the inner work, and continue to do so, will notice that the way they react to previously stressful situations doesn’t impact them the same way. They are not as triggered; or have a different reaction to a trigger. Money isn’t a constant issue to deal with anymore. Being good enough or fitting in is no longer a constant worry. You are far more confident than you’ve ever been. It can almost feel effortless, that flow you hear people talk of. You know what you want to do and be, and you’re not afraid to go and get it! In fact, not doing so, seems ridiculous.
Think about where you want to be by the end of the day, or week, or month – or even your year? Remember, you are strong, capable, adaptable, and resilient. Think of past experiences that evidence this.