In business, success isn't just about having a great idea or a solid business plan. It's about having the right mindset to engage with, capitalise on and navigate the challenges that inevitably arise.
But why does mindset influence not only our motivation but our outcomes so dramatically? This is why:
Thoughts create Beliefs
Beliefs create Actions
Actions create Reality
Our mindset is therefore intrinsically linked not only to HOW we show up, but WHAT we do when we show up. It is the cornerstone for our success.
So - How do we leverage this to our benefit in business? If we struggle with our mindset and thought patterns… how do we change this? Following are some very practical actions we can implement daily - to re-wire our brains to improve our mindset and motivation.
· Start Your Day with Purpose: Begin each morning by setting clear intentions for the day ahead. I write a list the night prior. This also helps to ensure my mind is not overwhelmed by competing priorities. One thing at a time... Visualise your goals and remind yourself why you're working towards them.
· Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness is a powerful tool for cultivating a positive mindset. Spend a few minutes each day in meditation, focusing on your breath and letting go of negative thoughts. This practice will help you remain calm and centred in the face of challenges.
· Continuous Learning: The most successful individuals never stop learning. Dedicate time each day to expand your knowledge, whether it's through reading, online courses, or podcasts. Consider how you learn best and what you find least stressful. For me I’m an auditory learner. I love podcasts and the ability to multitask whilst learning. I often listen on an evening walk along the beach. This also helps to make the learning not feel like ‘work’.
· Gratitude Journaling: Change the focus from what is lacking to what is in abundance. Each day, jot down a few things you're grateful for. If you’re pressed for time, recite them out loud as you shower :P
· Surround Yourself with Positivity: Your environment greatly influences your mindset. Surround yourself with people who inspire and support you. Eliminate or minimise interactions with those who drain your energy or bring negativity into your life. Choose positive topics of conversation. Encouraging media. Calming or happy auditory experiences (the classical music in my home isn’t just for the plants!)
· Set Realistic Goals: While aiming high is important, break your stretch goals down into smaller, manageable steps. Consistently achieving these smaller milestones will boost both your confidence and motivation.
· Daily Affirmations: Incorporate positive affirmations into your daily routine. Repeating phrases can rewire your subconscious mind for success. And if you are one of the stubborn ones who feels too silly to do this out loud, start by using positive affirmations as your phone or laptop screensaver… a constant reminder. I've created 15 positive business affirmations as phone screensavers. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line AFFIRMATIONS if you'd like a free copy.
· Physical Activity: Regular exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. Find a physical activity you enjoy and make it a part of your daily routine. It will improve your mindset, and your overall well-being.
· Celebrate Small Wins: Don't wait for a major achievement to feel successful. Celebrate your daily accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. This habit reinforces a positive mindset and motivates you to keep going. Years ago, I remember getting my first well paid TVC. My boyfriend at the time encouraged me to spend most of the earnings on a watch I had admired. At that point in time, I would not have elected to spend that money on myself. But I was so happy in the next few years that I did. Each time that I looked at that watch it reminded me that I could indeed land a well-paid role.
Elevating your mindset and building motivation is an ongoing journey. It's not a quick fix but rather the training of your mind muscle – and making these exercises a part of your daily life.
Because success isn’t just about the WHAT. It’s about the WHO.