In today’s episode we’ll discuss something no entrepreneur can or should ignore and that’s mindset. Yeah, I know you’ve probably heard about mindset from a gazillion other people, but there is a good reason for that.
With success being 80% mindset and 20% everything else there is no way anyone in their right can act as if it doesn’t exist. Ladies, in order for us to succeed in just about any area of our life and/or business, we must have your minds right.
Whether you like it or not, you either fall into one of two mindset categories; positive or negative. It might not even be something you’re aware of, but your mindset not only determines your entire outlook on life and how you handle situations but it also heavily impacts the success of your business or the lack thereof.
So what is mindset? Our mindset is made up of our thoughts, our attitudes, and our opinions. There several different types of mindsets referenced online. Today we will explore the Positive Mindset vs the Negative Mindset and the Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset.
Negative Mindset vs Positive Mindset
A person with a negative mindset sees just about every situation as a glass half empty. They have self-defeating thoughts and will frequently speak against what they really want which pretty much kills their motivation. When presented with setbacks and/or obstacles they are more likely to give up.
A person with a positive mindset is optimistic, they have positive thoughts and self-talk. They are confident in their skill sets and abilities. They see the glass as half-full and even though hardships may present themselves, they are motivated to succeed regardless.
The thing is as humans so many of us have a negative mindset because it comes easy and natural. Positive thinking really takes some effort. We actually have to teach our brain to think positive.
We have somewhere between 25,000 to 70,000 thoughts going through our minds every day, it’s up to us to use our thoughts properly. As entrepreneurs, negative self-talk and/or limiting beliefs can make a huge impact on our ability to be successful and limit our full potential.
If you believe you’re going to fail you will. Remember, what we give the most attention is what we’ll create in our businesses and our lives. When we allow ourselves to think negatively and/or hide behind limiting beliefs we are not operating from our higher selves. To make matters worst, we get so caught up in the negativity and fear that we cannot even see that there is a way out.
Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
a Stanford University psychologist discovered in decades of research on achievement and success that there are two types of mindsets: Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset.
The Growth Mindset
- A person with a growth mindset believes that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work, brains and talent are just starting points for them. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great achievement.
The Fixed Mindset
- A person with a fixed mindset believes their basic qualities like their intelligence or talents are simply fixed traits and can not be improved or expanded upon. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success without effort.
Carol Dweck research suggests by teaching a growth mindset it creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. I highly recommend her book “Mindset The New Psychology of Success”
she digs deep on how we can learn to fulfill our potential.
As an entrepreneur, it is my belief that we need both a positive mindset and a growth mindset. It is vital that we train our brains to have more positive than negative thoughts, but to also enhance our basic skills and abilities.
I am so excited to share with you 5 Steps to Develop A Mindset for Success.
I pride myself on having a positive mindset, but I admit there are times when even I have negative thoughts and those thoughts are based on my fears. With the help of an awesome mindset coach and through my NLP Certification, NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. I’ve learned how to quickly shift and/or reframe any and all limiting thoughts and beliefs.
Here’s the method I used to shift my negative thoughts and limiting beliefs.
Know Your Mindset. Do you have a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset? Remember, based on Carol Dweck’s research a person with a growth mindset believes that their most basic abilities can be developed and a person with a fixed mindset believes their basic qualities like their intelligence or talents are simply fixed traits and can not be improved or expanded upon.
In order to develop a mindset for success, it is important to know what type of mindset you have going in. The best way to do this is to take a mindset quiz. There is a free one online at http://mindsetonline.com.
I’ve also provided the link in the show notes.
If you find that your results are that of a fixed mindset there is an exercise on that same website as to how you can begin to recognize your fixed mindset voice and take growth mindset actions. Carol Dweck’s book is also a great resource for anyone who has a fixed mindset and would like to change it to a growth mindset.
Positive Mindset or Negative Mindset. How are your thoughts affecting you? Do you have mostly positive thoughts or negative thoughts? The best way to gage your thoughts is to do a simple exercise.
Grab a pen and paper after listening to this podcast and for 5 mins allow your mind to just go wild. When you have a thought that doesn’t positively support you and/or goes against what you want most write a number 1 on the paper. It’s very important not to judge yourself here, just let it flow. The first thought you have may be that this exercise is stupid and it won’t work. That my friend is a negative thought.
Review your results. If find that you have more negative thoughts than positive ones. Don't be hard on yourself. It’s just the way you have trained your brain over the years. The great thing is you can reprogram your those thoughts by replacing them with positive ones.
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