After working as a stockbroker, network marketer, a makeup artist & over a decade as a nurse I am the LAST person who expected to become an entrepreneur. I always expected to graduate from some kind of graduate school as a doctor of something (may still happen) & retirement would come after many hard years of loyal work somewhere. How did full-time entrepreneurship become an absolute do or die for me?
Well because my work experiences & my beliefs about success pointed me in that direction. Let me share with you my top 10 beliefs about success & you will see that running a business may become the only option for you too.
1. We are where we are due to our choices.
This means we get to be who & what we want. Most employers encourage dependence on them while entrepreneurs encourage independence and creativity.
2. Tomorrow is not promised.
Life is NOW. Heavy focus on either the past or the future is only going to keep you unhappy and anxious. Employers foster a focus on future retirement & benefits. Entrepreneurs focus on creating freedom RIGHT TA NOW!
3. Our circumstances are a reflection of what we are doing.
If things aren’t working or feeling good, employment encourages putting these issues aside in order to get the job done. Entrepreneurs, however, focus on daily personal and spiritual development. This way you can “coach” yourself to figure out and resolve whatever the problem is. This skill alone creates transformation in virtually every area of life.
4. Gratitude is a prerequisite for success.
Life is a gift that if you’re not careful with will pass you by. The more grateful you are, the more you’re able to receive even more things to continue being grateful for! If your criteria for success isn’t based solely on money then I can honestly say, I have yet to meet a successful entrepreneur who is ungrateful.
5. Goals should stretch you.
You must go all out. The accomplishment of stretch goals can’t happen with half-ass attempts. #sorrynotsorry Employment at times encourages stagnation. As a nurse, I’ve had quarterly reviews from people who have never even met me in person! Talk about feeling like what you do actually doesn’t matter.. sheesh
6. Everything starts with belief.
You create your own reality. Your beliefs dictate your actions. Your actions create your outcome. If things aren’t aligning the way you like, take a long hard look at your mindset & beliefs. When working with clients who struggle with sales if they are taking action daily & still not seeing results nearly 100% of the time mindset & beliefs are to blame.
7. What you make a MUST can either help or hurt you.
Emotional attachment to a vision is great but detaching from outcomes is even better. If not you become the person giving off a desperate vibe that repels away the very things you desire. You can make certain actions/activities a must but the outcome of those activities is up to God, not you. The sooner you understand that the more resilient & consistent you will be.
8. Success isn’t for the weak or lazy.
If sitting on a couch daily binging on TV & food, while living for one weekend to the next means living to you then honey becoming a CEO/owner of a business is NOT for you. You will constantly be called on to get stronger, better, & faster every day that your eyelids pop open & you’re breathing. Just saying…
9. Successful people are called to share a message with the world by the way they live.
People will look up to you as an authority & leader. They are going to look to you for help overcoming fears, strategies to excel in whatever your area of expertise is. They are going to want to know your opinions on things as well. Some will not like what you have to say but like I tell my clients “If you don’t have haters you not popping!” How you continue to share your message in spite of them & other obstacles will be an encouragement to someone else who hasn’t reached as far as you.
10. What you speak about you bring about.
There is literally the power of life & death in the tongue. Stop complaining. View the words “I AM” as a powerful mantra for whatever you wish to receive. So in my case I make a serious effort to eliminate the following phrases from my vocabulary; “I’m tired.” “I’m broke.” “I’m sick.” “I’m dead.” Now, this doesn’t mean you will never feel these things but speaking on them doesn’t change your feelings at the moment so why bother right? Exactly…
Every single one of these beliefs has in some way, shape, or form impacted the amount of money I make as both an employee & entrepreneur. The only difference is as an entrepreneur sales & growing relationships are the lifeblood of my business. As an employee.. hmm.. not so much. So there wasn’t really the same amount of motivation to change. So for me, the choice to go full speed into business was a no-brainer.
What about you? What are your beliefs about success? Comment below and let me know!
Until next time…
P.S. I’m opening up 2 spots for a 4 hour Sales That Slay Intensive where we will figure out how to increase your sales from both your inner beliefs & outer activities. If you want more information on snagging one of the 2 spots you can message me at facebook.com/ipbff or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org