Entrepreneurs are unlike most people in that we are willing to fail harder and faster if it means having the opportunity to reach the life of our dreams. In fact becoming an entrepreneur usually means failure. Having the will to sacrifice just about anything will mean disappointment and feelings of inadequacy will come knocking at your door. Having the ability to overcome obstacles takes persistence, creativity, and a solid plan. The key is never willing to give up.
“Dreams are the seedlings of reality”
– Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Understanding Your Mind:
Your mind is your greatest ally. One of the most amazing things about our brains is our ability to conceive ideas through creativity and imagination. What we allow ourselves to think about is the single most important factor in achieving our dreams. Psychologists often use positive and constructive thinking as a treatment plan for those suffering from mental disease. The mind has the unique ability to heal itself.
When we fill our minds with destructive thoughts and continually focus on how we have failed, eventually we may give up altogether on the dreams we so desire. If you wake up in the morning and tell yourself today I will overcome my failure and become successful; this will most likely lead you towards moving forward and perhaps thinking of a new way to bring your dream into a reality. Positive thinking is a powerful tool but to bring an idea into the physical you need to take action.
Focusing Your Thoughts:
Entrepreneurs are dreamers. We love to imagine, dream, and envision ourselves becoming successful. Unfortunately, our greatest strength is also our biggest weakness. We’re often scatterbrained, we get anxious when plans lose their momentum or don’t turn out the way we want them to.
You may not realize it now, but training your mind to think a certain way is one of the most difficult skills in better understanding your mind. One way you can control this is by whenever you feel discouraged, undermined, or in disbelief speak out loud the exact opposite of what your feeling. By voicing your plans out loud, this will help your subconscious mind become more accustomed to thinking about your dream plans and help you to envision them with further mental clarity.
Flexing Your Brain Muscle:
The ability to formulate concrete and detailed plans takes significant brain power. Think about when and where you develop your best ideas; this may be in the shower when you’re lying in bed or even riding a lawnmower. Are you able to think with more mental clarity before or after exercise? When you get up in the morning for work, or when you’re about to go to bed.
Once you focus more attention on what you’re thinking, you will realize a particular time of day you are the most inventive and creative. Once you realize this, plan to spend 10-15 minutes a day focusing on your dream plan. Stop what you’re doing and slow your mind down, breathe deeply and close your eyes. Do this every day, and you will naturally be able to formulate concrete plans easier than ever before.
Formulating a Plan:
Plans without action are useless. Once you have a clear idea of what it is you want to do, the next step is writing it down. It may sound like a very meaningless step, but I promise you it will help you realize your dream might just be possible.
Bringing an idea onto paper will give you the opportunity to see your vision not in your head but with your eyes. Once you have written the basic idea of your vision the next step is writing twenty specific, measurable, and time sensitive goals to achieving your vision. The last step of goal making is writing down 3-5 action plans you can do to meet each one of your goals.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
– Francis of Assisi
Any time you set out to do something great you will always come face to face with an opposition. One of the key distinguishing factors between someone who fails, and someone who succeeds is consistency. The only way someone can continue to press through obstacles is through persistence and focus. Never loose site of your vision, continually remind yourself of why you are doing this. What do you want your finances, health, and relationships to look like? What is your dream business and how will you help others improve their lives. How badly do you want to change your life?
Whatever it is your wanting to do. Do not wait, start today and continue tomorrow. Anything is possible. First envision your dream in your mind, write it down, and start taking action steps towards making it possible. Your greatest achievements are waiting for you.
Written works that inspired me to write this post:
Book: Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Book: The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson