As an entrepreneur you have a choice when building and growing your business. You can come from a scarcity mindset or an abundance mindset.
That choice on which mindset to take can have a huge bearing on your success.
A scarcity mindset can lead to envy about what people have, guilt about what others have and anger about what other people are doing in the world.
With an abundance mindset you are more grateful, more creative and focused on collaboration.
When you come from an abundance mindset you get to free yourself up and custom design your ideal future.
This creates more opportunity, more happiness and more fulfilment.
So, how do you stay in an abundance mindset?
How do you stop living a life based on comparison and not being true to yourself?
Here are 7 ways living with an abundance mindset, can free you up to make your life happier, more fulfilling and allow you to achieve your biggest goals in business and life.
1. Focus on Gratitude
Grateful people practice proactive gratitude.
There is an appreciation for what they have and are not envious of what others have.
They don’t feel guilty about what they have or what others don’t have.
The key is to focus on being happy with who you are and what you have.
It is all about expanding strengths, expanding your internal gratitude and appreciating the people you have in your life.
If you go into any situation with a proactive gratitude mindset you will always focus on what it great about the situation or people, rather than what is wrong.
A simple tool to help you build up your gratitude muscle is to list 3 things you’re grateful for at the end of each day.
Another tool is, before any meeting, think about the things you appreciate about the person before you meet.
You will go into the meeting with a very positive attitude and the person will pick up on that.
Your gratitude will expand the more you express it.
Rather than thinking about what you don’t have
2. Surround Yourself with Abundance Mindset People
If you want your life to support your growth and success, it’s essential to build a network of likeminded people.
You need people around you who are also committed to constantly growing and who will appreciate your experiences.
Having people who will push you forward, cheer you on, hold you accountable and be happy for you and your achievements is a key choice you can make.
They can instantly upgrade your thinking, act as collaborators and provide a community that can take you to higher and higher levels.
Find people who are looking to create their own breakthroughs and simply get you.
3. Create a Vision of Your Ideal Future
Creating a vision of your future gives you clarity about what could be possible, your ideal future if you will.
This vision can fill you with enormous excitement and energy.
This vision helps you simplify everything and can remove a lot of complexity you may feel about where your business is heading and what action steps to take next.
Your vision will act as a guiding path.
From your vision you can create 12 month goals and then work back and create specific, measurable 90 day goals.
You can envision what your future business and life could look like and, as well as setting goals.
This helps establish the personal improvements you want to make along the way.
Ensure you are always measuring backwards from where you started, to motivate you and ensure that you’re always making progress.
4. Focus on Your Unique Strengths
When you spend more and more time utilising your unique strengths and adding real value to your clients and team you will feel a real sense of abundance.
You may feel anything is possible. This ensures you become more creative, more energised, and more confident.
From this abundance mindset, you look for multipliers within your own business and seek other abundance mindset entrepreneurs to collaborate with.
This mindset increases your happiness and ensures you are always progressing.
You are constantly moving forward.
This abundance mindset means you seek ways to grow further.
You are always looking for further breakthroughs in both your own and your client’s thinking.
More and more opportunities seem to open up because you have freed yourself up and are spending more time utilising your unique strengths.
5. Do More of What You Love
If you look at your business and life what things, activities and people would you like to be freed up from?
How much time are you currently spending doing the things you love and bring you the biggest return?
Conversely, how much time are you spending on low value activities that drain energy and don’t bring you a lot of joy?
If the answer is quite a lot, then you probably want freedom from these activities.
So how can you free yourself up to do more of the things you love. The high value, high joy activities.
Every 90 days look to REMOVE 3 of the activities you don’t enjoy and drain energy.
Either drop them completely, outsource or delegate.
Look to ADD 3 activities you love to do and deliver the biggest value.
In 12 months you will have freed yourself up from 12 activities you don’t want to do and added 12 activities that you love.
A real Win-Win.
6. Create Time for Rest and Rejuvenation
Those with an abundance mindset crave learning and growth. Improving their work life balance is a key focus.
They are looking for new knowledge and wisdom to consume.
There is a focus on improving thinking, and that requires a mind and body at peak performance.
Keys to this include getting a good night’s sleep, exercising regularly eating healthily and finding time to just rest and rejuvenate.
Take days out of your business for complete rest and rejuvenation when you can.
This means being completely cut off from all distractions.
You will come back physically and mentally stronger.
7. Expand Strengths Instead of Improving Weaknesses
Rather than trying to improve your perceived weaknesses or skills shortage, instead focus on expanding your existing strengths.
But, do you know what your strengths are?
Have you taken any time to review and assess what you do really well?
As an entrepreneur, you will face a number of challenges so it’s essential to understand:
- What’s the best use of your time?
- How will you add value?
- What things do you do well?
- Which activities can you be paid the most for?
- Who can help you get to your ideal future?
If you can maximise your company and personal strengths what would that mean to your revenue and profits?
How much time could you free up and how much simple would your life be? Focusing on increasing your productivity is key.
Invest your time on maximising strengths. You will save time and get to your goals a lot quicker.
Ready to jump to the next level?
Mark Pettit is a Business Coach who helps successful entrepreneurs create a vision of their ideal future and then build a plan and path to create it. By having this clarity, his clients are able to expand their freedom and multiply their revenue and growth.
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