If you live in a climate with all four seasons, you bear witness to how the old falls away and everything stills in preparation for new growth and prosperity. In what season is your business? Is it fall, winter, spring or summer?
When you are in the midst of a startup, trying to gain traction in your market, it can feel like your business winter will never end. Maintaining your motivation day after day, as you work your tail off, can feel like an uphill climb.
Overnight success awaits you
The lucky ones, those who experienced “overnight success,” were lucky because of the hundreds of hours they invested in their dream. They achieved overnight success by burning the midnight oil over many, many, many nights. You can be certain that they suffered moments of doubt during the roughest times, during their winters, but the difference between their success or failure lay in their approach.
Entrepreneurs must be ready to face storms. Even after your business begins to grow, and you move into spring, followed by a season of summertime prosperity, there will be times when winter will come around again. So you have to be prepared to weather the worst that the business world can throw your way, just like every other business owner.
Stepping up your game
Being an entrepreneur is one of the toughest, but most rewarding pursuits you can follow. The secret is learning how to embrace a mindset of possibility, even when you think it’s impossible. The truth is that you can create any thoughts you want, in any situation. The right thoughts, and a perspective of possibilities, requires consistent effort on your part. You must learn to expect success, rather than question it.
Your entrepreneurial path was created by a dream, passion, purpose and a plan. But you can’t stop there. Commit it all to paper, and make it real. Post it where you can see it and read it every day. Share it with your biggest supporters, so they can give you a boost when you need one. Keep your eyes on the horizon you so dearly want to reach. And clean house when it comes to unproductive thoughts, only spending time thinking about the outcomes you desire to achieve.
These are the first steps to developing a mindset of possibilities. The more proactive your approach to business, the easier it will be to clear the hurdles that come your way. And there will be hurdles. But there is great wisdom and clarity that comes with each leap and stumble, victory and loss. Each experience presents a new possibility. The successful entrepreneurs have the right mindset to find it. What will you choose to see today?
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