....the space left open when you let go of fear!
What is a "Fear Mindset"?: The fear mindset is characterized by a focus on limitations, risks, and the potential for failure. Business decisions driven by fear often lead to inaction, missed opportunities, and stagnation. Common fears that entrepreneurs and business owners face include: fear of failure, fear of rejection, or fear of the unknown-ultimately a fear of judgment, as discussed previously. The negative consequences of a fear-based mindset result in a total suppression of creativity, poor decision-making, and a lack of overall business growth. So think about this- you are already in a lack or scarcity mindset and want to free yourself of it by building a successful business- yet your fear based mindset is keeping you from growing and thus achieving the very abundance you claim to want!
Contrast the Power of a "Hope Mindset": Let's now examine a hope mindset, one that embraces optimism, possibility, and a belief in future success. If your hope based mindset is tied to an inner purpose or "why"- from a transformative, not just external motivational perspective- this is where real growth and opportunity to truly achieve abundance can occur. Hope-based thinking can inspire resilience, innovation, and a willingness to take calculated risks. When shifting to hope, the benefits are multiple and include: increased motivation, enhanced problem-solving abilities, and the ability to navigate challenges with greater ease. Living from a hope based perspective means living from the heart- trusting in our instincts, heightening and utilizing creativity, and enhancing our problem solving capabilities! Wow- that sounds like a lot of fun, yes? But what holds us back from getting there? - Fear. The fear of replacing what we already know and have become accustomed to (fear) with something that is uncomfortable or unknown (hope) keeps us from making that very (what should be) simple shift.
Cultivating a Hope Mindset: We've broken this issue down on many levels. Here's where we get practical. How do we replace fear with hope? Read on:
a. Self-reflection and awareness: Examine your current mindset and identify any fear-based patterns. Journaling and meditation are great tools to achieve this level of self reflection and clarity.
b. Surrounding oneself with Positivity: This may sound obvious, or even border on the "rah-rah", but a truly supportive network is powerful, and this is where the value of a mentor or COACH becomes important! A good coach isn't just a cheeleader. You should be held accountable to working towards the goals that you set for yourself and your business as well.
c. Celebrating Successes: Last weekend we celebrated Canada Day- July 1. As of June 30th we were already halfway through 2023. I took time with those close to me on the evening of June 30th to reflect on the first 6 months of this year, and to list the achievements we've made and celebrate the successes we've had so far this year. Do this- OFTEN, with even the smallest wins.
d. Setting Goals: We've talked about SMART goals before- but goals are no joke- especially directly tied to your why, your purpose, your mission, your vision. Are you, and everyone in your organization working from that place of alignment? To the mission? To the vision? To the values? To the goals?
e. Practice Gratitude: Practicing regular (even daily) gratitude is truly practical way to help foster a hope based mindset. The more you find to be thankful for, the more you'll find hope and new things to be thankful for!
Overcoming Challenges with Hope: Do you see every challenge as an opportunity to grow? Do you get stuck in your head, or are you aligned with you heart? If you are properly aligned and a challenge comes along, you'll have the capacity to use your mind for one of the two things it's designed for - creativity or problem solving. When working from a Hope mindset, you will be working from your heart- freeing your mind to handle challenges that occur, and with some capacity to do so. There is a positive compounding effect on energy as well which we'll address another day.
The mindset we adopt as business owners and entrepreneurs significantly influences our decision-making, actions, and ultimately, the success of our ventures. By understanding the differences between fear and hope mindsets, and intentionally cultivating a hopeful perspective, we unlock the power within ourselves, our energy and therefore our businesses. Let go of the fear, by literally replacing fear with hope. Slide hope into the place of fear within you. If the tips above still leave you unsure as to how, then let's talk! I will walk alongside you and assist in this process. If you want to know more, and have a chat about it, the coffee's on me- as always. www.infinitebusinesssolutions.ca is the website. Contact us by clicking HERE to set up a meeting!