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A positive mindset in online business can make or break your likelihood for success. We all have that inner critic telling us that we can’t do what we are trying to do, or that everyone is going to make fun of us if we do it. This is no different if you are starting an online business.
If anything, that voice changes from feeling like someone whispering in your ear, to someone standing in your face screaming at you at the top of their lungs.
The general population outside of online business owners don’t fully understand the digital world, so they doubt that what you are doing will be successful. You have to be your own cheerleader and ignore all the naysayers.
In this article from CNBC.com they interviewed those who continue to be incredibly successful in business, such as Warren Buffet, and they state that “Through extensive research, neuroscientists have found that a growth mindset is the most effective mindset for achieving goals, gaining new skills and developing positive changes in your life.”
It’s not just a theory, the connection between having a growth mindset in online business, or any business for that matter, and succeeding is backed by scientific research.
Here are 4 simple but effective techniques that you need in order to succeed in the online business environment.
You Must Fail to Succeed
In order to figure out what works, you have to figure out what doesn’t work. You will fail. Many times. You will make mistakes, you will stumble, and you will fall on your face.
You must change your mindset in online business so that you become happy that you failed, or at least not beat yourself up over every mistake. Consider it progress everytime you fail. When you try something and it doesn’t work, consider it a win. You have now learned that it doesn’t work.
Failing is part of succeeding. Everything that has ever been created has had MANY failures before the world saw the successful final product.
Not if, but when you fail, the important part is how you proceed. Do you give up, or do you move on? If you give up, you will never know what you were capable of. If you already know failure is part of success then you can learn from your failures to create more successes.
“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 that don’t work.” -Thomas Edison
Make it Your FOCUS
The best way to get where you want to go is to Follow One Course Until Successful. Make this your mantra for your success mindset in online business.
As this article by the Huffington Post states, “…we now have scientific evidence proving that we cannot multi task.”
If you are going to be successful in anything you strive for in life you need to FOCUS on that thing until you get results. Here are some tips to help you arrange your life to make your goal your focus:
- Set aside specific time to work on it and eliminate any distractions
- Chose only one project at a time and focus on it until you gain momentum
- Listen to podcasts on your topic while you do chores, exercise, or commute
- Make it a priority
- Surround yourself with others that have the same goal
- Find a mentor that has already been where you are going
If you focus on something long enough and give it your full attention, you will eventually become successful. This doesn’t mean you can’t pivot along the way, but don’t abandon your goal until you have seen it through.
Would you rather do multiple things poorly, or one thing well?
Make Goals and Be Consistent
Imagine a house builder walking up to a site, putting a brick on the ground and asking “is it done, is it a mansion yet?” It wouldn’t happen. They make a plan, they get their supplies, and they show up every day and put in the work.
Creating realistic goals, or even just taking a piece of paper and jotting down what the destination looks like, will go a long way in helping you get there.
Here are some simple tips that can help you illustrate your goals so you can shift your mindset in online business:
- Write down what your life looks like when you reach that goal
- Be specific, write down actual dollar figures
- Work backwards from you goal and dissect how you get there with a specific task list
- Draw little pictures or illustrations if it will help you visualize your goal
- Break it up into smaller goals
Now take the list you just created and go to work. Be consistent and work on it every day. Don’t get lost in the weeds. Make sure you are focusing on the actions that will get results and not just the minutia of running a business.
If you lifted weights today, would you expect bulging muscles tomorrow? No. You know that in order to build muscle, you need to exercise consistently.
Fall in Love with the Journey, Not the Destination
If you think about every challenge you have ever faced in your life, all the way back to learning how to read or learning to drive a car, every one of those tasks would have been way more overwhelming if you looked at the end result instead of focused on one step at a time.
It is crucial to your happiness, and your success, to fall in love with the journey rather than romanticizing the end result. If you don’t like the work it takes to get there, then find a different route, or outsource that work and focus on the work that you love.
If you wanted to be a marathon runner, you wouldn’t start day one being able to run the entire marathon, it takes a lot of training, time, patience, and skill to get there. If you don’t love running and the process of learning to run, why would you even bother?
It’s fun to think about the destination and dream about what it could mean for your life, but if you want to be be a blogger, but you don’t like writing, then you will never have enough of a blogger mindset to be successful.
Changing Your Mindset Around Income Can Take Time
Changing your mindset around income isn’t easy. It takes practice and it takes time. In the end, it is worth every ounce of effort that you put into it.
It can be helpful to have reminders like sticky notes around your desk, or a motivational message on your desktop. Take inventory of your mindset around income every week or so to make sure you are not backsliding into a negative attitude.
Learn to accept failure as a part of life, make goals, and focus on what you want. Don’t forget to enjoy it along the way.
If you are like most people that strive for success in online business, you are looking for a more fulfilling and independent way to make a living. If you don’t enjoy it, then you need to take stock of what you do enjoy and outsource the rest.
I will leave you with this 3 minute video by The Conscious Leadership Group that has helped pull me out of a negative mindset time and time again.
This is a guest post brought to you by Kris D from HerEndlessAmbition.com
Kris is a copywriter and blogger from the Great White North. She loves creating content, copy, and partakes in hobbies such as photography, kayaking, and hunting for a great cup of coffee. Kris believes in working hard and striving for more while keeping a good sense of humour in all aspects of life.