Do you know the real secret to business success?
As a business mentor, I am always having conversations with women about their dreams to start a business. I love hearing all of their amazing ideas, and many of the women I speak with have done an impressive amount of research.
But, when planning what they need to get their businesses up and running, I’ve found that they often miss the most important element. Themselves.
For career women, it can be easy to forget the importance of working on themselves too, yet this is going to be what helps them stand out and maintain the courage to speak out and be visible in the workplace.
I’ve heard it said that “Mindset is everything,” and I 100% agree.
The best part is, you can start working on your mindset today, therefore, working towards your future success.
Here are seven things you can start doing today to build your success mindset:
1. Say “Fascinating”
When things don’t go according to plan, don’t beat yourself up about it. Instead, say “Fascinating!” Think through what happened and what you can do better or differently next time. Ban words like would have, could have, or should have during this process, and instead, focus on the lessons you will apply next time.
Mastery in anything is all about continual growth and development, so making mistakes and learning from them is an important part of the entrepreneurial journey. Isn’t that fascinating?
2. Invest in Yourself
This follows my previous point nicely. Every day invest in your self-development by reading books and articles, listening to podcasts, and watching videos. The best investment you’ll ever make is in your own development. Ask the people who inspire you what they read and listen to. Regularly reading Women on Business is already a great place to start!
3. Protect Yourself from Negativity
We live in an incredible world, but if we leave ourselves open to negative influences, we can quickly find ourselves with a limited view of what is really possible. Be mindful of negative influences from the people around you and the news and publications you are exposed to, and consciously replace these with more positive influences.
4. Create an Inspiring Vision
Think forward to where you want to be five to 10 years from now. Where will you live? What will you do each day? How will you feel?
Make your vision for the future as exciting and inspiring as possible, and don’t worry about any current resource constraints. Give yourself permission to dream as big and vibrant as possible. Then replay this vision in your mind at least once a day. This will program your mind to believe this reality is possible for you, and you’ll soon see yourself looking at challenges and opportunities in new ways.
5. Engage in Gratitude
Over the years, I’ve observed that it’s often the simplest tools and practices that have the biggest positive impacts on our success. Gratitude is one of those. At the end of every day, note down at least three things that you are grateful for and watch as a world of possibility opens up for you.
6. Get Help
No one succeeds in business alone and there are no exceptions to this rule. Create a Success Circle — a group of two to five other women who inspire you and encourage you to grow into your best self, and for whom you do the same.
You can also seek out professional help from coaches, mentors, and trainers. This can be particularly helpful when you aspire to be or do something that others around you haven’t previously achieved.
Life is to be enjoyed and a simple smile can do wonders. It can relieve stress, boost your wellbeing, and make you feel more successful and confident. Best of all, it will attract more smiles from those around you creating a positive shift in the energy around you.
About the Author
Melitta Campbell is a Business Coach and Mentor with a passion for using her 25 years of business experience to help women confidently build businesses they love. Originally from Wales, she now lives in a chalet overlooking the Swiss Alps with her husband and two daughters. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.