7 Ways to Develop a Motivated Mindset
It may be that your state of mind can make the difference between a successful business and a failed one. It can make a difference in your personal satisfaction and how others view your business efforts. Developing a successful mindset is key. But how? Here are some tips.
1. Be Grateful
It is easy to get stuck in a rut of feeling unmotivated to do the work that you need to do each day. When I get this feeling, I remind myself of what I have to be grateful for. Make a quick list even if only in your mind.
- I am grateful for the opportunity to run this business.
- I am grateful for clean water.
- I am grateful for my health.
- I am grateful for my family.
- I am grateful for this laptop…..
You’ll be surprised how fast you can re-motivate yourself by filling your mind with an attitude of gratitude.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou
2. Set Realistic Goals
Having impossible-to-reach goals is a good way to set yourself up for discouragement. You want to have goals that are high enough to inspire you, but not so high that you miss them again and again. If you are having trouble meeting your goals and thinking positively, stop and take an assessment of your goals. Maybe you need to break your big goal down further into mini-goals.
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward
3. Keep Positive Company
When you hang around with negative nay-sayers, it tends to rub off. Your acquaintances might be jealous of you, too, and threatened by your success. Try to keep company with upbeat people whose excitement is contagious.
“Look around you at the people you spend the most time with and realize that your life can’t rise any higher than your friendships.” Mandy Hale
4. Remember Your “WHY”
Keep a list handy of all the reasons why you started your business. Look at it whenever you feel overwhelmed or negative. Remind yourself of why you’re doing this. This list might include financial goals, too, and why you want to earn that money.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and WHY.” Eddie Cantor
5. Re-Frame Failures
Don’t blame others for your failures. Of course, it’s not positive to beat yourself up over your failures, either. The healthy way to handle failure is to take responsibility for the failure and learn from it. Think of it as a motivational moment – you can improve and not make the same mistakes again.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison
6. Take Bold Action
Sometimes, you can exhibit a negative mindset by being too cautious. If you always feel the need to have several back-up plans before taking any risk or venture, it can hold you back. Being sensible about risks is healthy, but being overly cautious can paralyze you.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” William Hutchison Murray
7. Advance Confidently
Sometimes it’s hard to believe in yourself and your talents. But if you want to develop a motivated mindset, you need to think well of yourself and your skills. Have confidence in your skills. There may be others who have similar skills, but no one has your personality behind them.
“If one advances confidentaly in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
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