A Common Theme We Still Miss Often

This principle is universal, and yet, as entrepreneurs we miss it almost every time.

Our failures are our University. But, we tend to forget those times and rather choose to remember when things went perfectly.

There is only one problem with that…

All the best lessons in life and in business come because of a fall or failure.

To remedy this, I use a process I learned while an executive at Walmart Stores. This process is called the Correction of Errors, or COE meeting.

Simply, after each major project, you schedule time with yourself to evaluate what went wrong, what went well, and what improvements can be made for the next time around.

We did the COE process worldwide the entire time I was in the stores—even back when we were opening 50 stores per week. Obviously, the company saw a remarkable difference or they would not have spent the time.

Continuous learning from our struggles and mistakes is a treasure chest of wisdom we all should explore daily.

Think about that.

Exciting to Think, Tough to Hear

I hate it when my own app smacks me in the head.  The Mindset for Today does exactly that for me.

Waiting for change is never a good idea. 

It is up to us to make a choice, take a chance, and go create the change we want to see.

But how do you know that you are building/chasing the right thing? This is a tough question that we all must conquer to find our place of strength, peace, and growth.

For me, I go back to my non-negotiables.

I am all about scale and purpose.  I help entrepreneurs scale their businesses significantly while clarifying and building the business to support the greater goals they want to see happen. 

In order to do that, you must get brutally honest with yourself, do the work, and stay committed to the course you have charted.

It is only through that commitment that we discover our true potential. 

So let me ask you…Are you where you want to be?

If not, what are you doing today to make your choice?  If you are not sure where you are going, then pursue clarity first. And if you already know, look for the distractions that are all around you and remove them.

Your path is YOUR path.  Yet, you must take specific, intentional action to make that a reality today.

Think about that.

Execution and Passion

Competition and fear paralyze far too easily. 

In my coaching business, I hear people all the time say that they have such great ideas, but they fear them being knocked off or stolen.

To that, I say, “hogwash.”

Yes, someone may, in fact, try to mimic or knockoff your content.  But the answer to that dilemma is to be better.  Call them out if you have to, but be the original and be better.

Not that long ago, someone was trying to steal Mindset Engine content and share it on their own Instagram account.  At first, I was flattered, and then I remembered how much work it was to build the app and write all this content for you.

So, I sent them a private message and notified IG.  Problem solved for now.

I choose to look at this challenge from the other side.

Specifically – asking, “Is my content so good that people are wanting to steal my work?” If not, maybe I should step it up.

We often will keep things to ourselves, saying, “people will try to steal our work.” I find that is almost always resistance and procrastination hiding behind an excuse.

Your wisdom and work need to be out in the world.  Get it out there.  Be first. Be original. Be better.

Think about that.

A Bird Without Wings

I am cautious when referring to something as a tragedy. However, today’s mindset is exactly that.

We all know those friends and contacts that have the potential of the world at their fingertips, yet they cannot or choose not to see it.

Having all the talent, intelligence, and skill in the world is useless if we also do not possess ambition, drive, and work ethic.

What a waste it would be for the world to never hear your wisdom or your insights because of fear or a lack of determination. 

I remember once meeting a man that had an invention that was nothing short of amazing.  It would have changed the world in a significant way.  Sadly, his invention went to the grave with him because he was too afraid to share it for fear of his idea being stolen.

My challenge to you today is to hone your talent and wisdom, and then GET IT OUT THERE. Even though you may feel like what you have to say and what you have to teach is not quite ready to be public.

I encourage you to start and simply update and improve out in the marketplace.

Two things will happen: 1) you will find freedom in creating more, and 2) your audience will give you crucial feedback that will result in a better product.

Do not be like a bird without wings.  Launch your wisdom today!

So Good

A simple, yet profound thought from funny man turned musical play write, Steve Martin.

Often there is little more you can do when working toward a goal.  Especially those that require input or recognition from someone else.

When at those times, you best and only option is to be “so good” that they have no option but to say yes or give you the recognition you deserve.

In a world that is fraught with those who seek to blame everyone for their shortcomings, you can stand out as original, confident, and worthy of attention.

So how do you go about doing that?

It has been said that mastery requires 10,000 hours of effort to master a craft.  I certainly know that before I hire an advisor or businesses/life consultant, that I do my homework and find out what have they done and who do they work with now.

So, my advice to you is to do the work, document the efforts and the results, and then craft the way you talk about what you do using words that you hear from your tribe.

You may be the best at what you do in the world, but if you cannot say it in a way that others will hear, then you are just noise in the market place.

We all know that a better marketer will beat a better talent every time.

You must be the best AND be the best at saying so.

Think about that.

A Slave to Praise

Take if from one of the foremost psychologists who specializes in the research of mindset.  Dr. Carol Dweck can clearly speak to the impact of those who learn to grow through struggle versus those who are raised in a challenge-free, praise riddled manner.

All of us, if honest, would admit that real life growth and change occur from struggle far more than from success.

As a result, we would do well to help our children and our clients learn to see the good when things go less than wonderful.

We are doing no one a favor when we sugarcoat reality and cover it with pseudo-praise.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a huge fan of being an encouragement and positive praise when needed and warranted. But we must always focus on the desired outcome for those we are praising.

The world will not always praise them. Nor will they be coddled forever—short of you making them a trust fund kid.

So I encourage you…raise your kids to be real people in the real world.  A little dirt never hurt anyone. Neither did a bit of struggle and hardship.

Remember—the hotter the fire, the stronger the steel.

Think about that.

Simple and to the Point

I like to keep things simple and easy to follow.  Today’s mindset is just that.

If we did nothing more than wake up with determination and work to be able to sleep with satisfaction, our lives and businesses would be a great space. 

But if you are like me, we often let that little entrepreneur’s critic voice get into our head and stay far longer than we should.

You know the voice…we all have one.

That is the voice that tells us we are not good enough or that no one will buy our products.  That voice is lying to you.

By learning to be intentional to wake up with determination, we set a tone and pace for our day from the onset.  This drive posture keeps us from reacting and getting sidetracked by distractions and other people’s agendas.

Finishing the day with satisfaction, however, takes a bit more work. 

The truth is, we can easily let the day get away from us if not careful.  This rushed and sense of emergency often takes us off task and keeps us from obtaining our goals day after day.

That is why a focused approach is so crucial.

Certainly, I know that we all live in the real world.  We all have to deal with life and challenges in our business and family.

But the idea is to be aware of what trips you and avoid it before you ever get trapped.

In short, be intentional and stick to your committed time. 

It is a mindset driver for sure.

Think about that.

You Have Been Lied To

I hate to tell you this, but you have been lied to. The internet, Facebook, and many, many, many internet marketers continue to tell you that being an entrepreneur is easy and that money comes overnight.

Sorry, that is a lie.

Success and money can come quickly, but it can also disappear just as quickly.

In fact, I have learned that when I run into resistance today, I now see it as a sign I am going down the right path.  Anything too easy will almost certainly never last.

I love the idea and the romance of “perceived” simplicity of entrepreneurship, but that almost never happens. (And, anyone who says so is probably trying to sell you something.) Beware.

At the same time, I also focus on finding the fastest and most economical way.  Those two goals and concepts do not have to be exclusive of one another.

The key is this: 

1 – Know what you love and have expertise in, and

2 – Be crystal clear about whether your audience wants and will buy your expertise.

An old mentor of mine used to say, “Before you build the dog food factory, make sure the dog like the food.”

That simply means, do your homework.  As entrepreneurs, we love all out own ideas and often never stop to test and ask your tribe.

Think about that.

Think on These Things

We have all heard the phrase you are what you eat, right?

But did you know that you also ARE what you THINK?

Now, not always literally.  However, our bodies are funny things. We adapt and respond, even subconsciously, to thoughts and actions from within and from outside of us.

We are social beings that tend to evolve and adapt to our surroundings and environments.

So, what does that mean in relation to how we think?

The short answer is that we will become what we dwell on.

If you think about being a victim, you will remain a victim.

If you think about not having enough money, you will subconsciously find ways to actually repel money.

If you think about being a high-paid coach, you will attract people who need a high-end coach.

Now, we cannot be delusional. We have to do the work AND be authentic in who we are—but our thoughts make a HUGE difference in how we adapt and respond to those around us.

SO where do you start?

I used to fall victim to thoughts about all the things I could not do – not enough time, not enough money, not enough authority…

You know…

the same stuff you hear in your head most days.

So MY coach encouraged me to use my journal and write out every day – 50 Things that I am free to do today.  Things I CAN do, versus things I cannot do.

Funny thing…

All the sudden, I was finding solutions, time, money, and momentum came knocking at my door.

Incredible how simple mindset shifted everything.

Think about that.

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More Than Just Eating Right

What does it really mean to be healthy?

Far more than good food and rest.  A healthy lifestyle involved sleep, rest, exercise, creativity, quiet time, and a host of other things.

Sadly, many entrepreneurs do not prioritize around being healthy – diet or holistically—and it shows.

We all love our work and spend far more hours than we would like to admit most days.

So how healthy are you?

Not body size or weight, but rather, all around.  How well are you caring for your body, mind, soul, and creativity?

All of us can stand to do better in this area.  It is almost always last on our list unless health is our business.

I encourage you to look at how you can improve your overall health and make it your lifestyle.

The result will pay you back time after time after time.

Think about that.