When I started my business as a new entrepreneur, I had so much to learn and so many bad habits to break. I struggled to find ways to make my goals a reality—because of the mindsets I held to. Eventually, I discovered I needed to become a new person to reach success.
Maybe you’ve also faced some major changes and need to step forward into a new start. Possibly you haven’t achieved the goals you had in mind. You don’t have to restart everything from scratch. You just need a strategy to reinvent yourself.
Adapting for Growth
By now, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that talking about success doesn’t actually move you closer to achieving it. Learning all you can about success doesn’t guarantee it. So what actually helps you find sweet success?
I have a secret: Finding success doesn’t have much to do with getting all the information. It has much more to do with you—meaning your character and transformation. It means adapting to make the best of circumstances and growing into a leader worth following. As entrepreneurs, we have to become intentional about our transformation… because it won’t happen with any quick-fix, magic formula.
During the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, businesses either had to reinvent themselves or lose business. They had to adapt to the unexpected crisis to continue drawing in revenue. If they got stuck in old ways, they struggled to function under the circumstances. But when they adapted to appeal to at-home consumers, many saw incredible successes.
If you want to jump into success and reach your goals, you need to reinvent your mindset. Start now, and a year from now, you’ll see how much you—and your business—have grown.
4 Ways to Reinvent Yourself for Success
Take my advice and establish a new you through these mindset changes:
1. Don’t Let Your Inner Critic Drive You
Some people hinder themselves from moving forward because they give too much attention to that little voice that tells them they can’t.
Listen… you need your inner critic to help keep you balanced. If you never listen to it, you would make a habit of rash decisions. But letting your inner critic drive all your decisions keeps you complacent. Remember: You have the final say over your internal negativity. When you need to take an informed risk for the sake of your business, silence that inner critic.
Replace the inner critic with other primary influences. Don’t just get rid of negative thoughts and influences, but replace them with others that help you progress. Additionally, if you have other outside negative voices discouraging you, remain selective about what you share with them. Select trusted outside influences to share ideas with and get encouragement from. Pay attention to how media consumption shapes your thoughts and filters it. Find reliable thought leaders and listen to what they have to say. You’ve got the option of listening to podcasts and TED talks, and you can read (or listen to) books on topics that apply to you.
Focus on solutions, not just problems. Then you can create a sense of positivity toward all your goals and find the path toward success.
If you have big dreams, but you neglect to take real steps toward those goals, you won’t find success. Don’t let distractions and existing responsibilities become an excuse for why you can’t move forward. Determine ways to work around them. You have to take ownership of your success. Your progress is up to you, and no one else. If you feel frustrated about your current circumstances, you need to take responsibility for the changes you want to see.
Instead of complaining about whatever you think hinders you, set realistic goals. I like to talk about S.M.A.R.T. goals because they create something tangible to move toward. Mark steps that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. Vague goals set you up for frustration and failure. Breaking larger goals down into S.M.A.R.T. steps lets you measure progress and make real improvements.
3. Give Yourself an Environment Wired for Success
Does your environment create stress or allow you to be creative? Does your schedule exist as a practical tool to help you? Do you have a healthy work-life balance? Do you have times set aside when you don’t think about work?
Create a practical workspace where you can actually focus. Make a schedule prioritizing your responsibilities, so you can see how you use your time and make measurable progress. Allow yourself to step out of work mode when it’s time to quit.
You need an environment that makes accomplishing daily and long-term goals easy. Subtract items from your workspace and work schedule that distract you, and add things that protect your time, energy, and environment.
4. Prioritize Healthy Relationships
We talked about the voices you allow to influence your progress. This goes further by creating healthy support systems. Give attention to your most important relationships and how you interact with friends and family. Relationships that provide enrichment and encouragement make all the difference across every aspect of your life.
In addition to fostering healthy relationships with loved ones, surround yourself with people you want to emulate. Learn from their successes and failures. Find a mentor. Take notes from your conversations. Join groups, like masterminds, where you can learn and be challenged. You don’t even have to stick to in-person groups. Our digital age means you can easily connect with people across the globe.
When you facilitate the right factors in your life, you will start seeing positive changes. Pretty soon, you’ll notice how smoothly you stride on the path toward success.
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