As we count down the hours until Chris and Susan launch the first of our books, The Mindset Shift – From Employee to Home Business Entrepreneur, it got me thinking about other opportunities for celebrating we might miss.
A launch is an obvious opportunity to celebrate because it is carefully planned, happens at a specific time and marks the start of something. We all understand the significance of a launch.
You should also celebrate milestones as you go, share your successes, what’s working now and how you adapted to get or create it.
Share stories of what didn’t work only AFTER you’ve found a solution. You want to inspire others, not provide them with an excuse to quit or to disregard the other nuggets you might have for them!
The greatest tool you’ll ever have will lie in your ability to be honest with yourself. Know your strengths so that you can play to them. Be clear about what you can do but don’t like doing and make excuses to avoid. Admit to yourself when you’re procrastinating or avoiding something and instead spend the energy finding a compelling reason to do it.
Maybe an accountability partner is the answer if you struggle with following through with things… Perhaps keeping a journal… A blog is a good way to combine the two – it’s like a very public declaration of your journal!
Learn to admit what you’re not good at and find ways to improve and build your confidence in it.
Remember every entrepreneur is on their own journey. You might share the road for a while, you might recommend things or share lessons you’ve learned but you cannot make their journey for them, nor they for you.
When you make the Mindset Shift and decide to become a successful entrepreneur you are choosing to take responsibility for your life, to control your own destiny.
You are saying,
“from here on in, my success is up to me”
and you are committing to take the necessary action to make it so.
You can take advice. You can buy systems, read books, watch videos and attend courses and meetings. You can hire the best coach in the world and learn from the cleverest mentor, but only YOU can take action.
It’s pointless looking to anyone else to tell you what’s right for you or what you must do next. They can’t tell you because they’re not you. They can tell you what worked for them but that’s it. What’s right for them may not be right for you and vice versa and that’s not their fault or their responsibility. You have to walk your own path. You have to make your own Mindset Shift.
In the same way you must resist the urge to be a rescuer.
By all means share what’s worked for you, but don’t try to tell your team or anyone else what will work for them or to do it for them.
You may do it with the best of intentions, but all you actually do is disempower them.
If they succeed it’ll be your success not theirs and if they fail, it’ll be your fault.
Like you, if they are to be successful, they have to take responsibility for themselves. If you are taking responsibility for your life, no credit or blame can be laid elsewhere and there is nothing more exhilarating or empowering in this world.
Yes it may hurt when it doesn’t go right the first few times, but as long as you keep going, your success rates will improve.
Each time you find another way that doesn’t work, it’ll be one less dead end to go down and one avenue closer to your perfect road and achieving your goals.
With practice you can learn to welcome these temporary setbacks as certain signs that you are getting nearer to your target.
Accept that you cannot make anyone apart from you successful and you’ll both be happier. You can tell them what you’ve done and what worked and what didn’t. You can share your route map and then it’s up to them. Allow them the joy of making their own success story and their own map.
So tomorrow we’ll be celebrating the launch of our book, The Mindset Shift – From Employee to Home Business Entrepreneur, in Chicago.
You can be sure that as well as all the nuggets we’ve shared in the book, we will continue to share our journey in the hope we might enlighten or inspire yours.
We’d love to hear your story too. How did you come to make The Mindset Shift and what has changed in your life since you did?