It’s no secret that I’m a self-help junkie. I love going on meditation retreats, reading self-help books, and doing yoga (and I smile with glee when I can finally hold the crow pose for more than 7 seconds!).
Mindset is the most important thing when becoming a successful entrepreneur. It really is a choice. And for as much as I’ve written about it here, I’m still all talk and no action! I still haven’t made the mindset leap. Thus keeping me in a perpetual “transition”, “in limbo”, because I’m stuck in limiting beliefs, procrastination, “laziness”.
I’m back on square one. I broke up with my boyfriend, and I feel like the way forwards seem backwards.
NOW is the time, more than ever, to change your mindset and work towards your goals to turning pro. Do the work. That’s all it takes. Blogs don’t become businesses on their own. You’ve got to treat it as a business from the get-go, even if it’s not making money. Trust that doing the work will eventually lead you there.
Here are 7 tools to help elevate your mindset along the way.
1. Watch Motivational and Inspirational Videos
Here is a recent video that made an impact on me. There is never “going backwards” in life. Even if you feel that where you are in this moment is a “step backwards”, it is always a constant evolution; a spiral. So whenever I feel super lame for feeling still blocked and not acting like a pro, I remember this. I’ve still evolved. I take it my pace and eventually I will get there.
2. Plug into Nature
Yes, unplug the computer for awhile and plug in to nature.
I’m an Earth sign, and naturally, the symbol that speaks to me most is a tree. Rooted. Grounded. Earthy. And living in Portland, I am blessed to be around many of them.
My favorite childhood tree is in the backyard of my parent’s house, where I’m currently staying. At least once a week, I still climb it and connect to its power source. The memories and experiences I had of innocence… It’s a great spot to meditate, write, reflect, or even start creating. I’d like to use this special magnolia tree every day and connect to nature while working on my business. The environment should be an inspiring retreat.
3. Emotional Freedom Technique and Affirmations
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is one of the most powerful affirmation tools I have ever tried. I used EFT to make my best month ever and since then have abandoned doing it.
When I did EFT daily as a morning ritual, I noticed a vast improvement on my productivity and focus. The affirmations felt good and I felt it in my body, because it uses acupressure points and touch to stimulate your energy meridians, and affirmations to help you rewire your thoughts. The combination packs a strong punch. I showed results (huge improvement on my best month ever) and will continue to use this technique.
4. Hire a Coach
So far, I’ve been investing in coaches. I just hired a sexual liberation coach a month ago that has been working wonders for me and I most recently hired a transformation coach. I’m so glad I did! I haven’t even started yet but the signs were good and I felt I resonated with the offer well. I saw that Jodi of Soul Speak was doing some giveaways and when I saw one giveaway for a free coaching session with Nandi Hetenyi, I made the intention that I would love to receive it and that I believed I would. Somehow, I had a feeling it would happen. I didn’t even know who Nandi was and didn’t research but I felt that it would be good for me.
I won the giveaway and researched her “Mud to Lotus” offering and it really spoke to the struggle I’ve been having for years.
Her background in yoga and Buddhism makes her a perfect match for me as my transformation coach.
Hiring a coach may be a big investment, but potentially one of the best investments you could ever make with yourself. It will be life changing and full of ABUNDANCE. Yes, I had to train myself to think that parting with money is actually abundant but the gift of abundance you give to yourself and the return of investment will be well worth it. I feel like I’m finally ready to make big changes and take bold risks.
Meditating regularly can help you come up with great solutions to problems. Just 15 minutes a day is all it takes to clear your mind and reenergize for the day ahead. You’ll be calmer, more peaceful and healthier, emotionally, physically and spiritually! Starting the day right and creating a morning ritual is great. I’ve been experimenting with morning ritual and there are some great free meditation apps to help you set a timer.
6. Keep a Journal
Write a gratitude journal. List down any signs or synchronicity when it happens. List three goals you’d like to achieve each day. Write down “morning pages” (three pages of freewrite every morning).
There are a lot of things you can do with a journal. I write mine in my Care Bears notebook, but you can keep one on your computer too.
I also do a process of ‘automatic writing’ on the computer where I write down a question, meditate briefly to center myself, and call upon my spirit guides to answer the question. I write whatever comes up without thinking about it. So far, since starting in December, I have had a few predictions come true. I’m not saying that I’m psychic, but there is definitely something there no matter how skeptical I get about the process, and how much I question getting out of my own way, and wondering if what I write is total drivel and wishful thinking. There was no idea I could have known about some of the things I’ve written down and they have eventually come true! Unfortunately, I used this technique mainly in my love life and should use it more for business strategy. Let spirit be your coach. Let intuition guide you and that’s all you really need.
Read books to expand your knowledge and learn new things. I’m currently reading Natalie Sisson’s new book, Suitcase Entrepreneur, about creating freedom in business and adventure in life.
I’m also reading Women Who Run With the Wolves for my women powered inspiration and Love With a Chance of Drowning for my memoir inspiration of another graphic designer turned author that I’d like to be someday!
I’ve been a voracious bookworm since I was a kid. I knew that the more I read, the better I’d be in writing. And the more you read, the more you can learn about how to go pro, start a biz, or learn new skills. The library is my lifeline.
Which key tools will you turn to regularly to maintain your mindset and how will you use them effectively? This is the question Natalie Sisson asks on Day 7 of the Blog Challenge.
I’d love to hear what tools resonate with you and what you use to maintain your mindset in the comments below!
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