In our private members Facebook group, I recently posed the question, “What is Your Favorite Tool for Your Business”. The answers included lots of great online tools such as Evernote, Trello and Google Keep, and one member mentioned mental tools, such as mediation and journaling. I believe your mindset is the most powerful tool in your business. Harnessing the immense powers of your mind can set you up for business success.
I first heard the concept of using affirmations when I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. As I built up a morning routine to include mediation, journaling, movement, visualization and affirmations, I struggled with the process of affirmations. Frankly I felt silly, and it reminded me of an old Saturday Night Live Skit with the character Stuart Smalley saying, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and Gosh Darn It, People Like Me”
I gave affirmations another chance after attending the Biz Chix Live event last October. We did an exercise where we wrote down some affirmations. I wrote these down:
I am an amazing connector of people
I am inspiring to others when I stand in my power
I am in perfect wellness
I review these regularly, and keep them posted where I see them every day. It makes a difference.
An attitude of gratitude is one of the simplest ways to benefit your overall quality of life. In this Forbes article, gratitude is scientifically proven to provide the following benefits; improved relationships, physical and psychological health, improved sleep and self-esteem and finally improved mental strength.
Visualization is a mental technique that uses imagination to make dreams a goals a reality. It’s a success practice of many CEO’s and professional athletes. Jim Carrey reported visualizing himself making 10 million dollars as an actor and even wrote himself a check for that amount, dated ten years in the future and kept it in his wallet as a reminder. Try picturing yourself in a very specific situation that you want in your life and make this a daily practice.
Last year I read the book, Mindset, The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dwick. The book presents the concepts Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. … Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.
The good news is that a growth mindset can be learned. Phrases like, “I can’t do that” become a positive intention when “yet” is added to the end.
Try adding these to your list of commonly used phrases
“I can’t do that yet”
“I like to try new things”
“I can learn to do anything I want”
“Failure is an opportunity to grow”
What mindset practices do you utilize and how do you feel they help you in business?